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Which cleaners to use on your equipment, and when

Cleaning your Pilates equipment is hugely important for the look of your studio, the feel of each exercise, and the safety of your clients.  There are four different cleaning solutions I recommend for your equipment.  I prefer using all of these in spray form with a microfiber cloth. Water Plain water from your tap is […]

How to replace your footbar padding

After years of footwork in parallel, your footbar padding will get worn down.  This may look like you’ve got two indentations and if your feet are on the bar it’s very, very hard in just those two spots because you can feel the metal beneath your heels. (Note: When I talk about footbar padding I’m […]

Troubleshooting your Trapeze Table canopy

There’s nothing more frustrating than when you are working with a client on your Cadillac and the slider bars won’t adjust where you need them to be.  You scurry around, trying to loosen things and find the best angle to apply force to move the bars into position, all while your client is watching you […]

The difference between wheel bushings and bearings

How your carriage rides on the rails is one of the most noticeable things about your Reformer and one of the most critical to getting the intended feeling of an exercise. Not only is the condition of the outer rubber wheel important, but the metal part that surrounds the axle bolt, as well.  That metal […]

How to never tighten that one loose bolt again

We’ve all experienced a loose knob, bracket, or post on our Pilates equipment, and some of us even have the exact right wrench in the front desk drawer to tighten that bolt because it happens week after week, after week.  It’s so annoying! Today I want to show you how to use Loctite® to prevent […]

Bumpy Ride? Troubleshoot Your Reformer: Part Two

Continuing on last month’s topic of troubleshooting a bumpy carriage ride, let’s talk about other places your annoyances might be coming from besides the wheels. I perform the baseline testing by doing leg circles with my feet in straps, because I get the biggest range of motion using the ropes and straps (Remember, in Part 1 all the […]

Bumpy Ride? Troubleshoot Your Reformer: Part 1

One of the many little pleasures in my own Pilates session is experiencing a smooth and quiet carriage ride.  While working out, I want to be able to focus entirely on how my body is feeling rather than running through all the possible causes for the bumps. If your Reformer carriage has developed some bumps […]

How to Store your Springs When not in Use

Even if your studio is incredibly busy hosting 8 or 10 Reformer classes per day six days a week, the reality is that your springs aren’t in use more than they are.  Therefore, it makes sense to care about how they are stored just as much as how they are used.  Here are a few tips on how […]

Balanced Body makes it easy to replace your upholstery and foam

After many years of use, especially in a busy studio, your reformer vinyl can start to wear.  It might crack, the corners might get nicked, your client’s jewelry or zippers might cut the vinyl, or it could get scuffed.  Underneath the vinyl, you might have foam wearing thin where clients commonly kneel or put their […]

Which lubricant should you use, and when?

It’s time to ditch your studio can of WD40 in favor of these two more specialized lubricants.  While you may think that WD40 does a good job of minimizing noise, think of it like a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none.  It does what you want with a passing grade of C, or C+, but with the following two […]