What is Control? Metrics Explained

In Pilates, one of the main intentions is control. Can you perform each exercise with fluidity and control? 


The Control Score on the right-hand side of your screen shows you in real time how well you’re controlling the carriage for each exercise. Your challenge is to keep the solid white line above the dotted white line, which tells you that you have “good control” for each exercise. Other features on the screen include an arrow that points up to indicate when you want to increase control and a check mark that tells you that you’re in the zone. 


Each exercise has a different metric for what defines control. For example, in seated armwork, control means that the carriage is moving smoothly for the entire range of the exercise. In bridging, control means little to no movement of the carriage the entire time. If you notice your control score dipping below the dotted white line, that’s your cue to bring more attention to how well you’re following the instructions from your instructor.


At the end of each class, your control score is combined with your speed and consistency scores to calculate your Movement Quality Score (MQS) which tracks your progress.


Lower control performance?  Lower MQS.  Higher control performance?  Higher MQS.


How we measure your movement:

The Flexia Reformer has integrated sensors on the moving part of the machine - aka the carriage.  These sensors capture the weight of the springs, distance moved, speed, and acceleration.  Every exercise you do in class has a unique set of characteristics that we encode to calculate your quality of movement. You can think of this data as a Pilates genome that enables us to give you real time feedback, track your progress, and make smarter recommendations.