Review: The Nautilus CoreBody Reformer
Now this takes fusion workouts to the next level. Not just fusing two workout trends together, the Nautilus CoreBody Reformer blends three types of workouts—Pilates, yoga and dance—into a mishmash of fitness that promises the whole trifecta of fitness: flexibility, strength and cardio. Oh, and core, lots and lots of core. And if you listen to the success stories of those who have tried it, you will think it’s a holy, hot-body-saving piece of equipment. But is it really? We put it to the FBG test in this CoreBody Reformer review!
A mix between a simplified Pilates reformer, a cable-pulley machine and a round, soft balance beam, you can get a full-body workout on the CoreBody reformer. Almost 4 feet long and more awkward than heavy, it’s no small piece of equipment, but it’s also not impossible to move. It’s relatively easy to put together (although the first pilot version I got in the mail was defective—apparently due to improper shipping), and you can go from unpacking it to working out in 5 minutes. Which is pretty awesome for those of us who break out in a cold sweat just thinking about putting something from IKEA together.
The moves are effective, too. From cardio dance moves and kicks to arabesques to side squats and bicep curls, you can target every body part. For the moves you either stand or lie on the floor or on the padded cylinder (which is held in place with those little plastic brackets you see in the photo) and use the straps to pull and reach as resistance. I particularly liked the moves where you stood on the CoreBody reformer because it really made you focus and use your core to balance. I also really enjoyed the exercises that made the most of the two pulleys—either holding both in one hand (like with wood chops) or placing each in a hand (or a foot). Some of the more Pilates-inspired core moves where you had your feet in the straps felt a bit like working out during a pap smear (I’m talking about you, helicopter move), but darn it, they are effective.
There are three resistance levels for the pulleys—three, six and nine pounds—which gives you something to work up to. I wish the pulleys went just a touch heavier, but the three options makes this piece of equipment perfect for beginners and intermediate exercisers who get stronger (and they will) as they use the system. Really, I only have one negative thing to say about the Nautilus CoreBody Reformer. Basically, this is just like any other piece of fantastic equipment in that it’s not a magic bullet. Sure, the infomercials are convincing and you can get great results. But just like anything, you have to use it. The CoreBody Reformer is the tool, but you have to do the work. At $279, it’s a pretty penny, but it does come with a workout DVD, workout cards, a workout poster, carrying strap and a weight-loss plan. (Note: We did not review the DVD—just played on the machine using the workout cards and our own workout know-how.)
Overall though, this thing is pretty fun. If you’re a fan of Pilates, you’ll probably love it. If you like yoga or dance, it’s worth looking into. Would you spend almost $300 for something like this? Tell us! —Jenn