The Feel Good Pilates reformers all have a variety of settings for the springs, foot bar, headrest, and straps. These many adjustable features make the Reformer beneficial for people with a wide range of goals and fitness levels. The spring settings and other features for the Reformer vary from one brand to the next. The information here will describe the reformers we use at Feel Good Yoga and Pilates.
The springs attach to the spring bar on the foot bar end of the reformer. Spring settings provide the opportunity to adjust the resistance. Changing the resistance can alternately make exercises either easier by providing more support or more challenging by providing less support or more resistance. Finding the right balance between challenge and support through use of the appropriate spring setting is a vital skill to master as a Pilates instructor and comes naturally with time, effort, and experience.
There are 6 foot bar settings on the Feel Good reformers. They are as follows:
A. Straight up: This setting makes the foot bar perpendicular to the carriage and can be achieved by placing the foot bar in the lowest groove. Most people will never need to use this setting. On very rare occasions, shorter students and students unable to work in a neutral spinal position during footwork.
B. High: This setting can be achieved by placing the foot bar in the second lowest groove. This is the most common setting for the foot bar on the reformer.
C. Medium-high: This setting can be achieved by placing the foot bar in the third lowest groove.
D. Medium-low: This setting can be achieved by placing the foot bar in the fourth lowest groove.
E. Low: This setting can be achieved by placing the foot bar in the fifth lowest groove.
F. Flat: This setting can be achieved by placing the foot bar in the sixth lowest groove (or the top). In this setting, the foot bar lies flat and in line with the frame of the reformer. This setting gets the foot bar out of the way for the head, neck, arms, and legs in exercises where the foot bar is not required.
The Feel Good reformers have three options for the headrest.
The Feel Good reformer features double loop handles at the ends of the straps which makes it easy to quickly shorten or lengthen the straps as needed during any given reformer class or workout. Being able to choose between the smaller or larger looped handles can reduce the need to adjust the straps. Nonetheless, it can be a good idea to adjust the straps for certain exercises like arm work facing straps. The ideal length can vary depending on the flexibility and height of the practitioner.
To shorten the straps, place the smaller loops on the pegs and pull the other end of the strap through the cleats until the rope is taut. To lengthen the straps, pull them out from in between the cleats, adjust the straps to the desired length and place them back in between the cleats.