I’ve done reformer Pilates plenty of times, but never took on the intimidating tower apparatus, until now. I took the class at Studio Flo Pilates in the Mission Bay area. I unknowingly signed up for an intermediate class and was forewarned by the instructor that it was faster paced class and a first-timer would be better suited for a tower 101 class. Since I was already there and ready to go I did the intermediate class anyway.
This 50 minute class is much like any other Pilates reformer class. It uses spring loaded straps and bars for arm and leg exercises. There is a heavy focus on positioning, Pilates V, where yours legs and hands are placed in each position and A LOT of concentration on articulating the spine, opening/closing the rib cage, rounding and scooping in the belly. It’s all about form in this class! This is a full body workout and the various moves are done lying on your back, side and standing on the machine.
Despite being a beginner in an intermediate class I was able to keep the pace for the most part. My only concern was the weight, it was heavy! Some of the arm pumping was a serious challenge, but an amazing workout! The instructor was really great about keeping watching everyone and correcting our form so we got the most out of our workout. When the class ended the instructor apologized for scaring me beforehand because “you’re a Pilates natural.”
If you’ve done Pilates classes before them you would be familiar enough with the technique to do a tower class. It’s a step up from regular reformer classes, fun and a great workout for strength and toning your muscles. I would love to and will continue to incorporate more tower Pilates work into my fitness routine.