Reformer Pilates Classes at the JCC Indianapolis
Reformer Pilates is the Pilates method of movement done with the help of a machine, a piece of specialized equipment that adds tension and resistance to increase and focus the impact of a traditional mat Pilates workout. The equipment looks like a bed with springs. It has five springs of different strengths, a sliding carriage, ropes, and pulleys. Movement is slow and precise and breath control plays a large role. Experience your first class or continue your journey at JCC Indianapolis!
New participants, please contact Cathleen at chamilton@JCCindy.org to schedule your first session.
Benefits of Reformer Pilates
- Flexibility and overall body tone
- Balance and core stability
- Spinal alignment and posture
- Body awareness and a sense that declines with age, causing greater probability of falls
Reformer Pilates is a non-impact exercise system that focuses on core strength and proper muscle engagement. The benefits of Reformer Pilates exercise include improvement in:
Breathing patterns taught during a Reformer session can boost power to your muscles and will push you through the times when it really starts to hurt.
Strong trunk stability will keep shoulders, pelvis, and spine balanced and aligned so that they can generate power through the legs in order to improve speed and endurance. Reformer Pilates allows for elongation and alignment of the spine, which in turn improves all aspects of stability.
Posture is very dependent on a strong core. Reformer Pilates develops a strong core by supporting and strengthening the muscles of the torso, hips, shoulders, and pelvis.
Reformer Pilates gives a full-body workout, which in turn improves power, strength, flexibility, and efficiency.
One of the biggest benefits of Reformer Pilates is that it decreases the likelihood of getting injured. With key focuses on the spine and posture, it allows for greater balance, ensuring your movements are the most efficient for your body. Pilates can draw attention to where you are least flexible and allow you to build up in these areas, and therefore reduce your risk of injury.
Pilates Reformer Exercise Is Best Suited for …
- Pilates on the Reformer is great for injury rehabilitation, pre- and post-natal conditions, and other contraindications to strengthen the body.
- Men and women ages 55 and older use the Pilates Reformer to strengthen their core and improve balance.
- Athletes who need to improve their range of motion, balance, and flexibility benefit from it. Reformer Pilates is particularly great for golfers, as it provides a more effective way of increasing flexibility, strength, and stability than traditional free weights, machines, and static stretches. The game of golf relies on correct alignment, speed, timing, balance, coordination, good postural awareness, core strength, and rotation of your body.
- Reformer Pilates is an ideal exercise during pregnancy. It strengthens the core muscles and improves flexibility and mobility, all of which will help during childbirth and aid with recovery once the child is born. Reformer exercises are safe for women at all stages of pregnancy and can be performed in positions such as on hands and knees, sitting, or side-lying. These exercise techniques may take the stress off the back and pelvic floor and help with the positioning of the baby for delivery.
In its simplest form, Reformer Pilates allows you to flow through movement and should make everything else you do easier, allowing you to continue to do it longer.
What to Expect
Sessions with a JCC certified Pilates instructor on the Allegro Tower of Power Reformer are scheduled at a date and time that fits your schedule. We offer half-hour and hour sessions. To learn more or to schedule a session with one of our Pilates instructors, contact Cathleen at chamilton@JCCindy.org or 317-715-9245.
Our staff are trained to provide a variety of workouts emphasizing areas most important to you. We offer one-on-one private sessions, or if you prefer, a duet, trio, or quartet. If you’re new to Pilates, two private sessions are required before you can join a duet, trio, or quartet.
It is best to wear yoga pants and tops and yoga footwear for better gripping. Bare feet are not allowed for hygienic reasons. It’s important that the instructor can see your body shape and how your joints and muscles are moving. A billowy tank top or basketball shorts makes it harder for the teacher to see and correct your alignment.
Cost varies depending on the number of people in the session.
|1 Hour Private||1 Hour Duet||1 Hour Trio||1 Hour Quartet|
|1/2 Hour Private||1/2 Hour Duet||1/2 Hour Trio||1/2 Hour Quartet
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JCC Reformer Pilates Trainers
Cara graduated cum laude with honors for excellence in Health Promotion from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Exercise Physiology. She has served as a trainer for the White House Athletic Center, where her personal training clients ranged from Department of Justice attorneys to members of the U.S. Marshal Service. Simultaneously, Cara served as a yoga and strength instructor for the Jewish Community Center in Fairfax, VA, as well as a prenatal fitness trainer for the Women’s Crisis Pregnancy Center in Washington D.C. Cara is dedicated to her clients and receives no greater joy than seeing her customers attain their goals and be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle long after she has stopped training them.
A graduate of Butler University (Go, Dawgs!), Stacy is a pharmacist by day. When she really got into fitness, Stacy lost 40-50 pounds. She credits the Reformer with being a great overall workout, helping with flexibility and strengthening abdominal muscles.
Lisa graduated from Indiana University in 2008 with a degree in Kinesiology. Just days after graduating, she started her career in the fitness industry. While getting her bachelor’s degree in Bloomington, she became an ACE certified personal trainer as well as a STOTT (Merrithew) certified Pilates instructor. She stays current in her training methods by attending annual continuing education workshops. In her free time, she enjoys working out and spending time with her friends and family. If you are eager to learn a new and safe way to exercise via Pilates Reformer or need some extra motivation with your workouts via personal training, Lisa is just what you need!
Susan received her Master’s of Health Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 1989 and shortly thereafter developed an interest in Pilates as a rehabilitation technique. In 2000 she began taking a variety of Pilates courses, began teaching mat classes and later certified on the Reformer. Her passion is working with older adults to improve their quality of life, having developed her “Better Bones and Balance” class.
In addition to teaching Pilates Reformer/Mat Pilates, Ashley teaches yoga and is a Reiki Master. She is a certified yoga instructor (E-RYT® 200) with over 20 years of teaching experience. She formerly managed two wellness studios and was the Wellness School Manager at the JCC of Indianapolis for four years.
Her personal testimony of using the healing arts to ease anxiety, depression, and physical pain brings raw authenticity to her teaching style. Whether teaching Power Vinyasa or Restorative Yoga, Ashley’s classes always have a basis of healing, freedom, and play. Ashley’s students are often reminded to truly be still. She encourages students not to pass judgment on any challenges within or around the body—it is essential to accept contrast by asking what can be learned. Participants are encouraged to set their own pace and listen to their own bodies. All levels are welcome in every yoga class.
Ashley’s first formal training was with the founder of All People Yoga Center and creator of Heartland Yoga Therapy, Nancy Schalk in 2005. She spent the next seven years mentoring and training with Master Yoga Teacher, Linda Marques, and Grand Master Yoga Teacher, Jean Pierre Marques, at Coronado Yoga and Wellness Center in Coronado, California. She later studied Reiki with Christine Eartheart in Bloomington, Indiana. Ashley also studied PHI Pilates with Susan Holewinski in Indianapolis, IN, and with Christine Romani-Ruby in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Fitness is a Core Jewish Value
At the JCC, fitness isn’t just something we do; it’s who we are. Although exercise is not mentioned in the Torah, taking care of one’s health is. In fact, while other belief systems advocate for the healing power of prayer, Judaism encourages people to look after their health and seek counsel from medical experts. In Judaism, good health is not a goal in itself. Rather, it is a means to an end – to serve the Creator.