The story is that this wonderful husband (in my opinion - based on this one crucial bit of evidence that I read) wants to build a Pilates Reformer for his wife because his wife has back pain, and he heard that Pilates is good for back pain. It is true; Pilates is well known for helping people with back pain. But here is what worries me: Does the woodworker's wife know how to do Pilates? Will she know how to workout properly? Does she know how to modify exercises for back pain? Will she take a class to support her reformer work? Does she know that her husband doesn't have to build a reformer - that she can get get tremendous benefit from the Pilates mat work? And last but not least, how do you build a reformer?
I have no idea how to build a Reformer, though I do have a great map of one, but I do have a lot of things to recommend to anyone getting started in Pilates. Here are a few links to which I would point the woodworker's wife:
- Top Ways to Learn Pilates
- 8 Tips for Choosing Your Pilates Instructor
- Preparing for Your First Class
- Exercise Modification and Safety Tips
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