Singing Push-Through Bars

Do you have a chorus of singing PTB’s during your Tower classes?  All you need is a little dab of oil and an old rag to lube them up.

Take the T-pins out one at a time, wiping the surface and dabbing a little bit of 3-in-1 oil along the axis and re-inserting them.  Swing the PTB a few times to work the oil in.

If your PTB is still sticking or doesn’t hang parallel between the vertical uprights, that is a sign of another problem.  Contact me to help you diagnose it.

The wheels on the carriage go ’round and ’round

Your wheels have such a huge impact on your Reformer experience.  When they are dirty, grindy, or worn out with flat spots, you feel it.  Many of my clients don’t even notice this degradation because it happens slowly over time.  But once I replace their wheels, they are shocked!  The Reformer all of a sudden feels like new.

Changing your wheels is, of course, just one component of a few that affects the “feel” of your workout, but it is one of the most significant.  I usually recommend that my clients change their rolling wheels (and sometimes the side wheels) every 5 years or so, depending on their usage and maintenance habits.

Here are a few tips to extend the life of your wheels.

  1. Clean the rails weekly.  At least!  Be sure to get the riser side and the footbar side of the rails, moving the carriage to clean each side.
  2. Clean the surface of the wheels every time you clean the rails.
  3. Check the bolts and bearings on the wheels for hair, lint and other grime that can make its way into the wheel where you can’t ever retrieve the contaminants again!

When you start noticing the surface of your wheels getting gritty or shiny silver, it’s time to change them.  Your rails shouldn’t have black marks on them!  Surprisingly, a little elbow grease and soapy water can get most of that gross stuff off.

With a little effort, your rails and wheels will look and feel smooth for years!

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Alternatives to MindBody Online Scheduling Software

MindBody’s Online Business Management Software might be the first solution you think of when you want to automate the scheduling and payment processing for your studio.  But it certainly isn’t the only one.  And, many of my Fit Reformer clients lament it’s expense or ease of use.  So here are a few other options for your studio to consider.

If you use any of these or another alternative, please leave a comment and share your experience!

Tula

Pricing:  $79/mo. and up
Mobile App for Customer: Yes
Mobile App for Owner: Yes
Online Credit Card Processing: Yes
Embeds into your website: Yes
Sends Automatic Appointment Reminders: Yes
Data Reporting and Metrics: Yes
Email Marketing Integration: No

Acuity Scheduling

Pricing:  $10/mo. and up
Mobile App for Customer: Yes
Mobile App for Owner: Yes
Online Credit Card Processing: Yes
Embeds into your website: Yes
Sends Automatic Appointment Reminders: Yes
Data Reporting and Metrics: Yes
Email Marketing Integration: Yes, through add-on services

Booker

Pricing:  $85/mo. and up
Mobile App for Customer: No
Mobile App for Owner: No
Online Credit Card Processing: Yes
Embeds into your website: Yes
Sends Automatic Appointment Reminders: Yes
Data Reporting and Metrics: Yes
Email Marketing Integration: Yes

Front Desk HQ

Pricing:  $99/mo. and up
Mobile App for Customer: No
Mobile App for Owner: No
Online Credit Card Processing: Yes
Embeds into your website: No
Sends Automatic Appointment Reminders: Yes
Data Reporting and Metrics: Yes
Email Marketing Integration: Yes

Flex Booker

Pricing:  $49/mo.
Mobile App for Customer: No
Mobile App for Owner: No
Online Credit Card Processing: Yes
Embeds into your website: Yes
Sends Automatic Appointment Reminders: Yes
Data Reporting and Metrics: Yes
Email Marketing Integration: No

10to8

Pricing:  Free, additional paid plans available
Mobile App for Customer: No
Mobile App for Owner: Yes
Online Credit Card Processing: Yes
Embeds into your website: No
Sends Automatic Appointment Reminders: Yes
Data Reporting and Metrics: No
Email Marketing Integration: Yes

BookSimple

Pricing:  $39.95/mo. and up
Mobile App for Customer: No
Mobile App for Owner: Yes
Online Credit Card Processing: Yes
Embeds into your website: No
Sends Automatic Appointment Reminders: Yes
Data Reporting and Metrics: Yes, basic
Email Marketing Integration: Unknown

Schedulista

Pricing:  $19/mo. and up
Mobile App for Customer: No
Mobile App for Owner: Yes
Online Credit Card Processing: Yes
Embeds into your website: No
Sends Automatic Appointment Reminders: Yes
Data Reporting and Metrics: Yes
Email Marketing Integration: Yes, through MailChimp

Appointy

Pricing:  $19.95/mo. and up (free version available)
Mobile App for Customer: No
Mobile App for Owner: No
Online Credit Card Processing: Yes
Embeds into your website: Yes
Sends Automatic Appointment Reminders: Yes
Data Reporting and Metrics: Yes
Email Marketing Integration: Yes

Timely

Pricing:  $19/mo. and up
Mobile App for Customer: No
Mobile App for Owner: No
Online Credit Card Processing: Yes
Embeds into your website: Yes
Sends Automatic Appointment Reminders: Yes, SMS extra fee
Data Reporting and Metrics: Yes, basic
Email Marketing Integration: Yes, through add-on services

Reservio

Pricing:  $10/mo. and up
Mobile App for Customer: No
Mobile App for Owner: No
Online Credit Card Processing: Unknown
Embeds into your website: No
Sends Automatic Appointment Reminders: Yes, SMS extra fee
Data Reporting and Metrics: Yes
Email Marketing Integration: No

SimplyBook.me

For advanced users

Pricing:  $8/mo. and up
Mobile App for Customer: Yes, design your own with their software
Mobile App for Owner: No
Online Credit Card Processing: Yes
Embeds into your website: Yes
Sends Automatic Appointment Reminders: Yes
Data Reporting and Metrics: Yes
Email Marketing Integration: No