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How to care for leather straps

Classical leather straps like Joseph Pilates used on his Reformers are a staple in many studios around the world. For these studios, special care should be taken to ensure the leather remains safe throughout the life of the Reformer.  If you have leather straps on your Reformers, here’s how to avoid the trauma of broken straps […]

Demystifying Pilates Spring Science

Can you imagine a Pilates apparatus using static weights instead of springs?  When I try and picture it, I see an equipment beast: heavy, thick, ugly, and even more torture-device-like than what they look like today!  Using the springs on a Reformer, it is possible to produce well over 100 pounds of resistance, and yet […]

How to know when to replace your springs in 3 easy steps

Since the springs on your Pilates equipment are integral to the method you teach your clients, it is absolutely necessary to make sure they are safe.  But how, exactly, do you determine whether a spring is safe?  Here is a simple three step guide to keeping you and your clients safe in the studio. Step […]

Why cleaning your Reformer rails is fast, easy and necessary

The cleanliness of your equipment can greatly detract from the Pilates experience.  You and your client should be focused on the movement, not tuning out bumps and squeaks as the carriage travels within the frame. One of the easiest things you can do for your Reformer is to wipe the rails and surface of the […]

Escape the Norm and Find an Online Studio Scheduler You Actually Love

Note from Kaleen:  Katie is one of my dearest friends, whom I met while working at Balanced Body.  She is outgoing, loud-mouthed, smart and an awesome Pilates instructor who has her own busy studio.  I help her with her website and graphic design, and since she raves about Tula so much I asked her to […]

What riding my bike taught me about the difficulties of Pilates equipment maintenance

A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend and I went cycling through wine country in Dahlonega, Georgia.  We stayed in a cool container cabin at the Hiker Hostel, visited a few wineries, and cycled 32 miles and climbed 2500 feet.  Whew!  My quads were bricks! About 3/4 of the way through our ride, almost to our last winery, […]

How to create and actually perform an equipment maintenance routine

Pilates equipment maintenance is an easy subject to gloss over in the grand scheme of running a successful business.  Everyone knows they should be doing it, but few do.  It’s like cleaning your house or maintaining your car.  The average person knows there are basic schedules and tasks they should do, but they often put […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Equipment vs. Refurbishing Old Equipment

Some of you are looking to add equipment to your studio.  Or, you are looking to replace your current equipment.  How do you know whether to buy new from the manufacturer or scour craigslist and ebay for used equipment?  Is your older equipment worth refurbishing? Owning high quality equipment from Gratz, Balanced Body or Peak […]