The idea of Pilates are to make precise and perfect movements instead of imperfect movements that waste energy and time.
The people who are looking for a faster, better way to get in ideal shape, prefer D.I.Y. Pilates in their pilates trainings.
Beginners to Pilates, prefer to start with pilates mat exercises thinking it is much easier and the way to go before the reformer.
The Pilates Reformer is actually quite an elegant machine and has been well made for consentration, precision and flow.