The Number 1 missed question on my Maintenance Quiz

Before you read the rest of this post, take a minute to go take the maintenance quiz.  It’s quick, free and I need some more data to make any sort of statistical analysis!

Go ahead, I’ll wait.




Thanks!!  Now that you have done that, we can talk about some of the answers I’ve see submitted.

Before we start, I want to note that at the time of this post I had only 9 surveys submitted, so let’s consider these preliminary results.

The first question on the quiz asks, “How often do you clean your Reformer rails?”  And it’s first for a reason: I find that the condition and cleanliness of my client’s Reformer rails are the best indication of the overall health of their studio equipment.  When the rails are dry and dust free, it is apparent that the owner and his/her staff spend some time regularly getting up close and personal with some cleaning supplies and their equipment.

Not only is the condition of the rails an indicator for the overall state of the apparatus, but it also helps keep your Reformer running smoothly much longer.  You’ve heard me harp on this before: all that dirt and debris gets into the wheels and makes them grindy and go “bump bump bump” as the carriage rolls.  UGH!

Total number of people who answered this correctly: 22%.

I find it even more interesting, though, that 33% answered that they NEVER clean their rails.  I hope that will change after seeing the results of their quiz.

The rest of the quiz revealed even more data:

  • Hardly anyone keeps a maintenance log, regularly tightens nuts and bolts, or knows what to use to eliminate noises in moving parts
  • Most people know where their original tools are that came with their equipment (put them to use, guys!)
  • An equally high percentage of people use an appropriate cleaner… basically anything except for heavily concentrated essential oil and water mixtures, or Lysol wipes.  Good job guys!
  • And, to my great pleasure, everyone except for one person indicated they wanted to learn more about maintenance! Yippee!

mockup smallTo help those of you who aren’t sure how to take care of your equipment and keep a log, I’m debuting a new product at POT Phoenix: Studio Equipment Maintenance Log.  This bound book will be a beautiful and super handy addition to your studio.

It features:

  • Four pages of maintenance how-to guides
  • Weekly and quarterly checklists
  • Over 30 individual apparatus log sheets to track observations, repairs and upgrades

You can Pre-order it here.  I’ll have some for sale POT Phoenix and shipping them to everyone else on April 16, 2016!

While you wait, go wipe down your Reformer rails!

Don’t Be Afraid of the Nuts and Bolts: Easy Equipment Maintenance for Pilates Instructors

I’ve been published!  It’s an honor to be featured in one of Brett Miller’s Pilates Intel newsletters.  The subject: learning how to take care of your own Pilates equipment!  Here’s an excerpt.

One of the first things the professor in my college Introduction to Engineering course told the class was that that no mechanical invention is truly unique. Everything we make or work on as engineers already exists somewhere in nature. Most notably, the human body.

My education as a maker and an engineer has been a long and incredibly fun one. I love figuring things out. The challenge of understanding all the parts to make the contraption smoother, faster, stronger, quieter, or better drives me. The use of my body and brain to create is addicting. It’s where I find my “flow.”

I imagine you feel similarly as a Pilates instructor, analyzing body movement and reworking components to make it function properly. Just like a mechanical engineer might work on a car engine, a Pilates instructor works on the human body.

To get started, here is a quick list of things you should be doing regularly to keep your equipment healthy:

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