At first glance it looks a little bit like voluntary medieval torture, but Reformer Pilates is the exercise Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley use to keep their lean limbs and flat stomachs in shape.
An excerpt from InStyle’s Q&A with Victoria Secret Model, Alessandra Ambrosio:
Why do you think it has become so popular, particularly with the A-list?
“Pilates is synonymous with the long, lean dancers’ physique prized by Hollywood. The design of the Pilates Reformer helps you to achieve long, lean, strong muscles because you are in control of every movement – from the pull or push of the carriage against the spring tension and the return or close of the springs, you will work through the maximum length of a muscle to build strength and power without bulking up.”
Why is [Reformer Pilates] more effective?
“A Reformer-based Pilates routine is effective at providing a full-body workout because the constant resistance of spring tension on a moving carriage keeps the whole body awake and working through full ranges of movement. The Reformer acts as a teacher – it helps you to get into the right position to ensure you’re working the muscles correctly… and it definitely tells you off if you’re not focused and precise with your movements!” – Alessandra Ambrosio