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How to replace those black stopper donut things on Balanced Body wood Reformers

If you have a Studio Reformer by Balanced Body with a Revo springbar (like the one in the photo above) then you may have experienced that black rubber donut stopper looking-thing cracking and falling off.   Not to worry! You aren’t alone. There’s no technical name for this thing, but you can refer to it as […]

How to care for your wood Pilates equipment

One of the most eye-catching aspects of owning wood Pilates equipment is the beautiful furniture-grade construction. It is like owning a handmade heirloom: beautiful, timeless, and durable.   As Pilates instructors we ask a lot of the frame between dragging sitting boxes across them, jumpboard work, standing, heavy footwork or strap work.  They get sweated on, […]

3 must-read tips for buying used equipment

I’m sure you’ve heard the rumors around town.  “Lisa got that Reformer for a steal! She only paid like $600!”   Kinda makes you want to buy used equipment, too, huh? The reality is that these kinds of deals aren’t terribly common, and they get bragged about so much because they are so shockingly good.  Often, […]

How and when to find a local upholsterer

Ripped, torn, or cut vinyl on your Pilates equipment may not be a safety issue, but it sure ages the equipment.  For some brands and models of equipment, replacing the upholstery and foam doesn’t require and upholstery skills at all!  But for other brands, models, and even parts of a typical setup, custom upholstery is […]

When to replace your Reformer ropes and straps

After a while, your ropes or leather straps will start to look a little worn.  Maybe your ropes start to get fuzzy. They are thick, stiff, and wavy right near where they pass through the pulley.  Or, your leather straps start to crack or come apart at the seams. But is this cause for concern?   […]

How to Move your Pilates Equipment Part 2: Loading Up the Truck

This is the second part of a two-part series on moving your Pilates equipment.  Please click here to review Part 1. So your equipment and accessories are all packed up in your studio and ready to be loaded into the truck.  Now what? Picking the right vehicle For some of you picking up a single […]

How to Move your Pilates Equipment Part 1: Packing Up

Moving your Pilates equipment can be a daunting task.  You’ve invested a lot of money, sweat, and energy in your equipment, so how do you make sure it all makes the journey in one piece? Whether you are moving across town or across the country, in this two-part series I’ll share my best tips to […]

Do this to repair your shoulder rest upholstery

One of my absolute favorite feelings is running my hands over brand new vinyl.  The clean, smooth, and uniquely soft feeling of Reformer upholstery is so satisfying, like new car smell. Conversely, cracked, ripped and dented upholstery can make the whole machine feel old.  No matter how much scrubbing, dusting, and tuning you might do […]

Do this to keep your Allegro 2 bumpers from falling off

Picture this: Your clients are right in the middle of footwork, dutifully pressing in and out, coordinating their breath, paying attention to their spinal position, and following all your other cues.  All of a sudden, the next time they bring the carriage in, instead of a soft thump when the carriage hits home, there is […]

How to clean your Wooden dowels and Push-Through Bars

There is nothing less glamorous than picking up your wooden roll-down bar, push-through bar, or gondola pole and feeling your palms stick to the surface.  Yuck! Learn from my mistake: I once spent thirty minutes with some steel wool on a roll-down bar only to end with an ugly, bare piece of wood and a […]