Styles of Pilates Reformers
The Pilates Reformer and all its derivations are based on a simple design comprised of a sliding platform, pulleys, springs and ropes. Varieties differ on the kinds of footbar, springbar, and height, among other things. The following is a sampling of Pilates Reformers on the market and a description of some of the variations.
This is the standard when it comes to Pilates Reformers. Designed from solid rock maple and engineered with appealing lines and a quite, smooth glide, it easily lives up to its reputation. They are so well-made that it is not uncommon to meet someone working out on a Studio Reformer that was built 20 years ago. Currently, designs are being offered that include custom upholstery and a variety of footbars and springbars.
Pilates Allegro Reformer
This modern, highly adjustable, and metal framed reformer is highly reputed among the community of instructors. Because the legs can adjust the height, it is great for use with instructors who would otherwise have to sit closer to the floor for proper assistance. It can then fold down flat to be slid in a closet or under a bed. It is also stackable with other Allegro Reformers for storage in a practice studio.
Designed for orthopedic, neurologic and chronic pain conditions, this Pilates Reformer safely facilitates rehabilitation when used with a qualified instructor. The most notable feature is the elevated design to assist the therapist or instructor in guiding the patient.
Allegro Sport Reformer
This home Pilates Reformer can be stacked, stood on end, or slid under a bed for easy storage. It was designed with the collaboration of several professional instructors to consolidate all the most important features of the Allegro Reformer while remaining inexpensive enough for all practitioners. It is also perfect for professional clubs and gyms looking to start a Pilates class for the first time.
Pilates Reformer Variations
Footbars are an important element on any Pilates Reformer and they vary in size and position. A standard footbar should have 3 locking vertical positions, but there are those available that will have more. Further innovation has brought about horizontal footbar movement to accommodate more skill levels.
Springbars dictate the resistance that you feel on a reformer. The latest styles incorporate the springbar in the carriage, providing easier adjustment of resistance. These styles are also better for accommodating different sized users.
Frame varieties allow for stacking, telescoping, and standing for easier storage and use. Styles also differ according to distance from the ground, with higher orientations better for direct assistance from an instructor.