I was going back on 3-4 stars. I think 4 because of the value, 3 because it has some serious issues that bug me.
I had pretty high expectations for this reformer given the good reviews. In the end it's about average if you are used to studio grade reformers. I have about two years of Pilates studio classes behind me so feel I am somewhat knowledgeable to review it.
No hand posts next to head rest for ropes or holding on to for certain exercises.
The shoulder pads are circular and pretty stiff and often irritate my shoulders from too much direct pressure.
Cannot adjust the stop distance on the return for the carriage. Makes it tough if you have longer legs.
The foot bar is too narrow and the whole assembly feels budget. Removing it and adjust it feels flimsy and awkward.
The rebounder jump board has a small surface area and the elasticness is pretty weak. No options for a solid jump board either.
The return smoothness of the carriage is not great and can be a little jerky close to the start where there is little tension.
Wish it had more springs to offer more power. Even with all four on it's a bit weak for some exercises.
I have concerns of the quality of the platform, as when pressing down with my knees I here cracking which is alarming. The platform also has kind of weak padding that is loose.
Feels overall pretty sturdy, and I am 6', 200lb guy.
Considering it is 60% less than higher end name brand reformers the value is pretty good.
Great length for jumping, never come close to hitting the top, and I am 6'.
Ropes and foot/hand holds feel solid.
The assembly was not too bad. It helped to have a drill with hex bits. I did it myself in about 2 hours.
Overall happy about the smoothness. Not close to higher end $5k models but good enough to the point you are not distracted by it.
Good height from the ground.
Visually looks pretty good. High quality wood end caps.
Wheels make it easy to move.
If you are not super hardcore Pilates expert and looking for something reasonably priced for the home, this is good. For more advanced users I feel this model is lacking and going for name brand reformer would be better. I have only ever used high end studio grade reformers so have been spoiled. My thinking is I will see how well my home practice goes. If I use it enough to justify it I will probably upgrade in 6 months to something in the $3-4k range and sell this one. In the mean time, it gets the job done!
When Stamina Products and Marjolein Brugman developed the first in-home Pilates reformer, it was groundbreaking. Previously, reformer Pilates was only available at Pilates studios, and that was pricey. The inception of the AeroPilates reformer made it easy for anyone anywhere to get a gentle, low-impact, total-body strengthening workout. But AeroPilates is more than a machine; it’s a lifestyle.
Benefits of AeroPilates
The benefits of AeroPilates are numerous. Our patented Reformer technology will give you the best Pilates workout you’ve ever had. Some of the benefits include:
But perhaps the best part of AeroPilates is how fun it is. When exercise routines become boring and stale, they can be hard to stick to. You won’t have this problem with AeroPilates
The Patented Cardio Rebounder
AeroPilates isn’t just a way of strengthening; it provides a means for no-impact cardio with the patented Cardio Rebounder. Stamina was the first to develop this rebounder, which allows you to jog and jump while laying down on the reformer. We are the only company to sell it with home reformer units, and we allow one commercial company to use the technology as well. It sounds easy, but it’s actually quite the workout. If fact, your heart rate while using the rebounder will be higher than with a treadmill or elliptical. This makes it easy to stay in that fat-burning zone while also increasing your cardiovascular endurance.
With a proper diet and regular use of AeroPilates, you can achieve the stronger, leaner physique you’ve been dreaming of. As we’ve mentioned, the exercises are extremely low-impact, even on the Cardio Rebounder. For people who are worried about exercise causing them to bulk up, rather than slim down, AeroPilates is a solution for that too. The resistance is light, and you use your own body weight, so the results will be lean muscle while losing fat. This leads to a stronger, healthier you. Also when compared to a Pilates mat, which allows you to do about 50 different exercises, a reformer allows you to do over 300! This will keep you motivated and it will prevent your body from becoming familiar with the motions, leading to better results. Finally, you’ll find that along with your newly toned body and your additional strength, you’ll be much more flexible and mobile. By using an AeroPilates reformer combined with a healthy diet, you can be healthier, stronger, leaner, and more limber than ever before.