5 Get Your Heart Rate Up Laying Down
This might be the only cardio workout you can do in the same position you sleep in… unless you’ve been in space training. Laying down help you keep your spine in optimal alignment for the movement. This is one training session you can take laying down!
4 Low Impact
Think about it, the reformer has taken gravity out of the equation! These jumps are the only jumps that are low impact, even lower impact than on a trampoline. Why is low impact exercise good for you? Because it is joint friendly! Keep your joints healthy while getting the same benefits of a high impact workout. Low impact exercises actually help promote healing and recovery by keeping the joint mobile and increasing strength. If you have an injury, check with your doctor or physical therapist before signing up for any exercise class. They will be able to recommend if it’s right for you, or maybe it’s a goal to work for.
On top of burning mega calories, using the Jumpboard is a great abdominal workout. Most people think the heavier the spring the harder the exercise. That’s sometimes false, depending on the exercise. For a Jumpboard class, the heavier the spring the more it works your legs. The lighter the spring the more your abs will be working. Your abdominals need to work overtime on a lighter spring setting to keep your pelvis stabilized and your spine in neutral. But regardless of spring settings, your abs should pull in as you exhale with every jump.
2 Floating Form
The spring tension is less than gravity so you almost feel like you are jumping on the moon. Because you have more hang time after your feet leave the Jumpboard you can really concentrate on your form in the air. You have more time to bring your abs in, lengthen your tailbone on the mat, melt your shoulders away from your ears, keeping the ribs buttoned and engage your thighs. This is a great class for beginners who might be a little afraid of the reformer. Most of the work is on your back so you can concentrate on proper alignment while getting a great workout.
1 Calorie Burn
A whole class of jumping — your legs and largest muscle group do most of the work. Rebounding one right after the other will add a cardio element to your Pilates workout. Big muscles plus cardio equal a mega calorie burn. Depending on the class you could burn as many calories as you would in an aerobics class.
Talk to your Pilates instructor to find out more about using the Jumpboard and other props. If you are taking private sessions ask about how it might aid your workouts and if you are a beginner test out a class and see if it’s for you.