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 […]

The truth about essential oils and your Pilates equipment

One of the big surprises for my clients is that your Pilates equipment manufacturer probably doesn’t recommend cleaning vinyl with essential oils.  While a diluted solution of tea tree oil is the theoretical ideal choice for many studio owners, the major vinyl manufacturers (Naugahyde and Boltaflex) don’t recommend it. What the manufacturers say Shari Berkowitz […]

Why your studio’s ambient environment matters

After just 5 months in the deep South, the black bolts on my Reformer are rusting!  Luckily, the parts shown in the image above aren’t load bearing, but it is kind of gross and is indicative of the humidity’s effect on your equipment. While I worked at Balanced Body, I heard about studios on the coast […]

The truth about Spring Lifespans

Every client I visit asks if they really need to replace their springs every two years.  My short answer: Yes. Here is what the major manufacturers say: From Gratz… The average life of a Gratz Reformer spring is 18 to 24 months if you use your equipment daily or continuously. If the springs show any sign […]

Getting into the tiny spaces

I visited a Stott studio in Gainesville this week, taking much pleasure in the pristine condition of the 8-year old equipment. One of the questions the owner had was how to clean between the headrest and carriage pad.  The gap was too small for a rag to fit, and the vacuum just didn’t suck anything […]

First impressions: Rail Condition

When I walk into a studio, one of the first indicators of how well the studio has cared for their equipment is whether or not the Reformer rails are clean.  Rolling on a dirty surface will cause the wheels to start to “shed” leaving black streaks along the rails, as well as gum up the […]

All About Reformer Side Wheels

Your Reformer has Side Wheels (some people call them Guide Wheels), which control the side-to-side motion of the Reformer carriage.  This means that under each carriage there are usually 8 wheels. Studio Reformers have side wheels that must be adjusted so that there is very little or no side-to-side motion of the carriage.  If there […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]