My gym awarded me with a free Pilates workout with a personal trainer for my birthday.  I need to get it scheduled – but I was curious about the Pilates machine so I’ve done a little homework so I know what to expect.

First of all, the machine is called a reformer.  And it looks a little bit like it may be a Medieval torture device.  It’s kind of like a bed that rolls up and down the frame and it’s all about building your core muscles through resistance supplied by straps and springs built into the device.

Click here for a great description of the reformer and its benefits.

All I can say is that I’m glad I’m a fairly flexible person and that I’ll be working in a private session with a trainer.   Click here to see what a basic workout looks like.  I think I’m going to be sore!