Reformer Pilates is Pilates on a Reformer machine, and is the most effective piece of kit in the entire Pilates repertoire. The Reformer is a spring based piece of equipment that provides both resistance and support. The Reformer’s resistance (which can be changed depending on the exercise and depending on the individual using the machine) allows you to set it up to suit your body perfectly, meaning that all the work you do on it will be extremely effective, providing enough resistance to build strong bones and muscles, building strength while increasing flexibility.

For us, nothing beats the Reformer – that’s why we were Cork’s first dedicated Reformer studio! The Pilates method using the Reformer gives our clients what they want in the least amount of time: a toned, energetic, lean, pain-free body that moves with ease!


This class is to introduce you to the Reformer machine and to the Elite Pilates Principles – core engagement and connection, breathing, alignment and breath. We move at a slightly slower pace as we take you through 60-70% of the repertoire of exercises that you would typically see in a Level 1 class. All our clients need to complete an Intro class or a 1:1 session before progressing into Level 1.

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What if I have never used a reformer before?

You will need to start with 1 Intro class regardless of Mat/yoga experience

What if I have an injury/concern?

You need to start with a 1-1 session

What if I have done reformer before at another studio?

Please email info@elitepilates.ie with your history and we can advise you of the best class for you.

What is Level 1?

Level 1 is for anyone who has completed their Intro class with us or for anyone who has done reformer before but is returning after an extended break. Your instructor will advise on when it’s time to progress into Level 1.5.

What is Level 1.5?

Level 1.5 is a transitional Level between Level 1 & 2 in order to aid you with your progress. 1.5 is suitable for anyone who has been attending Level 1 for between 8-10 weeks. Transition into 1.5 happens only under the advice of your instructor. 

What is Level 2?

Level 2 is an advanced class for injury-free clients only. Clients may only attend a Level 2 class after attending for a minimum of twice per week over the course of 6 months. Progression to Level 2 only happens under the advice of your instructor.