On the off chance that you"ve been taking a gander at purchasing your own reformer, do purchase this!!! I utilized the best reformer at a Pilates club and I can do anything I did there on this reformer, at home, at the cost of two months of classes! I looked and read a review of at-home Pilates machines, finally, I picked this. I am so happy with this decision! Having experience and having utilized an expert machine, I am happy I went with the four ropes. Three lines would not have given me enough resistance... I am an average built female. In the event that you"ve been pondering this take the plunge! You won"t regret!
It is everything I expected. The reformer is a quality product and was very easy to set up. I used it the day it arrived.
Despite the fact that the Pilates strategy for practice was created by Joseph and Clara Pilates around 100 years back, to me it's all pretty new. I had caught wind of a portion of the tangle practices yet not the Pilates reformer machine.
My only regret is not taking the leap earlier on buying this. I love going to pilates classes but they're so expensive -- I think the high price tag on this reformer will pay itself off really quick. It doesn't have a tower like a lot of studio reformers do, but other than that it does everything I want it to do! Also, don't be intimidated by the fat assembly manual -- a lot of the steps were already completed when the reformer arrived.
Each time I take a gander at it, I become hopelessly enamored. I buy into the site Pilates Anytime and do thorough exercises. There are some best in class moves you will be not able to do (like Snake) - however you won't feel like you are passing up performing various positions. Subsequent to paying $110 for private meetings for quite a long time, purchasing this Reformer appeared well and good. Extremely content with this buy.
I've read on many sites that this is the Cadillac of reformers, and I think they're right. My wife was trained on one this reformer, so she insisted we had to get this one instead of a lesser expensive model. It was also recommended by all her instructors. This reformer is built like a tank. It is evenly balanced and very stable, which was the big requirement from my wife. According to her and her instructors, the lesser expensive models are not very stable and tend to move/shift while doing your exercises. We've had this reformer for over a year now and my wife uses it almost everyday. The quality is great and maintenance is pretty easy. We had to swap out one of the springs and that was very easy to do. The reformer has wheels on it so it is pretty easy to lift on one end and move it around. However, if you need to lift the whole thing off the ground (i.e. to move it upstairs, for example) make sure you have someone there to help you. The only complaint I have is that I've come to the conclusion that the accessories are in general outrageously priced. I've ended up making some of the accessories myself for a fraction of the price that Stott was charging. Update: we've now had this reformer for 2 years and my wife uses it pretty much everyday. I too have started using the reformer in lieu of some of my weight exercises. The springs generate enough resistance that I can do some of my arm and shoulder exercises using the reformer. The reformer itself is in great condition and has required no maintenance. The original springs are still good, though I swap them out every now and then to adjust the level of resistance. While it is easy to swap out springs, it's not something you want to do often. Find a combination of springs that gives you adequate resistance and change it only when the resistance is no longer sufficient. The only piece of the equipment that shows any sign of wear and tear are the ropes; specifically, the section of the ropes that is in contact with the pulleys. I've checked out the ropes closely and this is purely a cosmetic issue. I expect the ropes to last for quite some time. Update2: we're 3 years in and finally had an "event." The reformer has a plastic guide under the carriage that supports the springs when they are not engaged so that they don't droop down and hit the floor. This guide is attached to the carriage with a screw on each end. According to my wife, when you're done using the reformer, you're supposed to make sure all the springs are re-engaged so that their weight is not being supported by this plastic guide. Well, she ignored her own advice and after a while the guide broke on one end. So there is definitely user error in play. That said, I inspected the guide afterwards and it's a really poorly designed and cheap solution for a reformer of this caliber. It's essentially an injection molded hollow plastic that is not very strong for the amount of weight that it needs to be able to support. My wife called the company and got a new piece in the mail which took me just under 3 minutes to replace. The reformer was useable during the entire time that the guide was broken...we just had to deal with the annoyance of the springs not in used being dragged on the floor.
I got the xp557 and I love it. I am a Club Pilates part and I simply needed a little machine that I could use on my off days. I don"t have the financial plan for an equalization body reformer like they have at the club, yet this is a totally fine home quality reformer for 1/3-1/4 the cost of one of those. I made a couple of overhauls as were recommended by others. I oiled the wheels which truly helped, strongly suggest. I utilized an unscented machine oil that"s liberated from cleansers and it"s extraordinary, I scorn the WD 40 smell. I likewise wasn"t a fanatic of the pullys, so I went to pro equipment and for a couple of bucks purchased all metal pullys and cords. I cannot get the old pullys off without purchasing a totally different jolt or a shaper, so I just left them on there to remind me how helpful I am haha. See pic for substitution thought! I may likewise include some order snares for the foot circles as others have recommended, yet changing out the pullys for $7 is well worth it!!!! My recommendation would be not to anticipate that it should resemble a business studio reformer and you won"t be frustrated. I can undoubtedly still do all the things we do in class and I sweat the equivalent and that"s the only thing that is important. I am 34 with osteoarthritis in my knees as of now, so for me it"s essentially this for an amazing remainder and I"m fine and dandy with that! I love Pilates and it kicks my butt!
UPDATE: I figured out how to source the specific pulleys they use on the truly pleasant reformers in the studio I go to. The brand is RONSTAN and I incorporated another pic. I got them on Pilates Connector! $60 for the pair however realizing they are genuine I was cool with that!
I love my reformer! Set up was easy-peasy. Super sturdy and high quality. My only negative is that one of the DVDs that came with the package appeared to be missing some parts of the program it was supposed to contain. But it's easy to find information on reformer exercises online. Stott Pilates makes the best equipment, hands down. Highlyl recommend.
I moved up to this new system and got on Friday evening. It took me around 2 hours to gather it without anyone else in the wake of conveying it up two stairwells. The base is the heaviest.The headings are alright anyway could be better as far as print size and simplicity of following. The sacks of equipment are not marked so keep track as they are unique. I've seen significantly simpler instructions.During gathering, 90% of everything coordinated with extraordinary precision. The exceptionally head of the Cadillac adornment ~ I had issues with that however, it would not fit in top. I wound up exchanging sides (L->R/R->L) with the top equipment piece and was at long last ready to get it to slide down and secure it. One screw opening didn't coordinate ~ uncertain what I'll do about this. Also, the roll through bar ~ the T formed pin ~ would not go in from outside to inside. I needed to invert it and from inside to outside.I have utilized just the reformer part; the base slides exceptionally smooth and exact. Springs are not loud by any stretch of the imagination; the entirety of the springs were oiled (I'd watch that in the event that you have white carpet). Everything appears to fabricated well, genuinely hard core for what ought to be sensibly expected in this value point. I'm updating from a more seasoned 2004 ~ish Stamina Reformer Pro which I totally adored (same organization). I was in reality a bit assuaged when I learned it was a similar organization in light of the fact that my past framework was constructed like a ship! While the nature of my new framework is extraordinary, my old was is difficult to beat. I will refresh again in around a half year to tell everybody how things turned out. Much appreciated.
After 3 years of Pilates classes I was able to purchase my own reformer and I could not be happier. It is the smaller version of the one we have been using in class and really simple to put together, but it is heavy to initally move, in this case up a flight of stairs. It's getting a lot of use, but I would suggest before purchasing make sure you enjoy Pilates. There is a learning curve in the beginning.
This was so easy to put together and carry up a steep flight of stairs with tight turns. The machine is solid. Smooth carriage.
I've been studying pilates for a long time. My experience with the reformer was with the professional product with a Stott trainer. Considering the professional model is about four thousand dollars, this home reformer offers exactly the same movements for 1/2 the price. It is lower to the ground, and it's about an inch narrower. Delivery was interesting. Mine was a "threshold" service. You need to have help getting it to the room in your house you plan to keep it. Once set up it's easy to move about. I think that we were missing one nut and I had to go to the hardware store. But Great!
Love the chair! After unboxing (box in rough shape) I found damage on a sideboard. I had no problem getting a return authorization and a second chair was quickly shipped after I sent photos. The second box arrived fairly beat up also. This time I took video and pictures as I was unpacking in case there was more damage and to help repack the first one properly for return-this helped so much! (Excellent customer service)
I am absolutely thrilled with my home reformer. It was shipped so securely and safely to start. It was easy to put together (only a couple knobs and the ropes, actually). It is just as nice as the better studio models at twice the price. The only drawback would be if someone wasn't able to get up and down from so close to the floor - but most Pilates fans have been doing these routines for some time before buying this for home so this won't be a factor.
This piece of exercise equipment is worth it's weight in gold. I've been a member of countless gyms and hired many experienced, professional trainers. Not one trainer was EVER able to give a workout like this thing does. When you watch the exercises on their DVD, it 'looks' effortless, but the first rep you are feeling muscles deep in your core/abdomen. Even if your form is not perfect, you feel you muscles can't feel with any machine in the gym or with any weight training. Some reviewers said you needed to have a professional training sessions, but I disagree. The dvd's are pretty good. This isn't hard to do at all. They include 2 instructional DVD's with the Chair, but I purchased several more to make sure I was really understanding it. So worth the money.
I bought this reformer about 9 months ago and am extremely pleased with it. The assembly instructions were clear and easy to follow and the quality of the materials is top-notch. I have been working out 3x a week and the reformer still looks as good as new. Well worth the price. I also recommend the Cardio-Tramp rebounder attachment - the jumping sequences are lots of fun!
This item arrived well packaged and with all parts intact. Assembly was straight-forward, though I did need to view the video (link is provided in the instructions) for a few of the steps. I've already used the chair and find it very sturdy and helpful for my exercises. The included DVD has helpful information/exercise routines included. So far I am very pleased with this purchase.
I ordered this reformer just as my Pilates studio closed in March. I am thankful every day. I never expected to use it so much for so long by myself. I can do everything we do on the professional reformers except remove the stationery shoulders but the box works as well
This chair is amazing, the best purchase ever. Easy to use, esay to assemble and really fun to use.
Thrilled with my new reformer. I have been taking classes on a Stott machine for a while now. Super happy to be able to practice at home as well. Solid machine. Perfect condition. Delivery was on time, professional - and they carried the box to the room I wanted it in. Thrilled.
Merrithew Pilates equipment are well made, very pleased.
This Stott Pilates reformer is exactly the same one my wife has been using at the fitness center. It came packaged very solidly with all the components and videos as listed on the description. Assembly was very easy. The biggest obstacle was disposing of the large cardboard shipping box. HINT: I took a razor knife and cut the boxes into 3 foot by 1 foot pieces, bundled it for my garbage collector recycling day. I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of this machine. The carriage is well padded and slides very smoothly. The rails are aluminum and very sturdy. I expect many years of use of this product. What makes this extremely beneficial for me is my pocket book. My wife was paying $65.00 per session at the fitness center. This machine will pay for itself in less than 6 months for me.
It was bought for my wife and she loves it and says its top quality made
I have the Stott chair and the Stott SPX reformer, and I adore both of them. The chair was my first purchase, because it was less expensive and required less room. When I want a hardcore Pilates workout, I choose the chair. Because there is less room for support (the seat versus the bed of the reformer), the chair requires more core strength for correct execution of the practice. Even the footwork is harder on the chair! I would not get a chair without having had formal Pilates apparatus training. If you have had reformer or chair lessons, though, this is a great piece of home equipment.
A great pilates reformer. Both my husband & I can use it.