Reformer Pilates Clerkenwell

Pilates Reformer in Islington

Pilates Central is an exclusive Pilates studio offering reformer Pilates classes within easy reach of Clerkenwell and the surrounding area including Islington, Holloway, Pentonville and Haggerston. The studio is a modern space containing reformer machines with a variety of setups under a glass roof.

Our teachers all have many years of experience.  The majority of them are ex dangers.  The studio has a variety of other Pilates equipment at your disposal and you’ll be under constant supervision.

We’ll access you fully before any exercises are recommended.

Why we don’t offer online booking.

Our Pilates lessons are tailored to the individual. We can’t leave that to the foibles of some code in a booking system. You’ll talk to a real person, usually Pete, our manager. We’ll then assess you and guide you on the way to a stronger and healthier self.

So, to get started it’s always best to give the studio a call 020 7288 8080

Reformer Pilates

Joseph Pilates, the father of Pilates established his exercise philosophy over many years along with the development of the reformer, starting during the 1920s.

The reformer is easy to use under expert tuition but it can be slightly daunting at first glance.

Elements of the Reformer Machine

  • The Carriage
  • Head Rest
  • Shoulder Blocks
  • The Springs & Foot Bar
  • A Gear System
  • Straps & Ropes

Reformer Pilates


The Carriage

You can lie, kneel, stand or sit as you use your body to glide on the carriage by pulling the straps or push on the foot bar.

Head Rest & Shoulder Blocks

The shoulder blocks keep your body stable as you move the carriage. Your feet, hands or knees can also use the blocks.

The Springs & Foot Bar

The foot bar allows you to move your body while on the carriage and is adjustable. Springs provide the resistance, combined with your body weight.

The Gear System

Adjusting the gears changes the tension of the springs.

Straps and Ropes

Reformer Machines vary, some have ropes and some straps. Straps connect to pulleys at the top of the reformer and you use them to move your body on the carriage.

During your sessions you’ll get to use the reformer for a variety of exercises that will strengthen your whole body and without causing any undue stress.

If you would like to know more then please pop into the studio or give us a call. We’re a friendly bunch and happy to answer your questions.

If you’d like to read a bit more about Joseph Pilates then here’s a list of his Top Ten Quotes. Also popular on the blog is the post ‘The History and Origins of Pilates.’

You can find out more about reformer Pilates on the NHS website in this guide.