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A Pilates reformer is one of the most important types of equipment for your studio. While lots of movements are done on the mat, using a reformer adds an entirely new dimension to a Pilates routine. This can help your customers achieve optimal flexibility and strength — and it can even be a great tool for people recovering from injury.  

Unfortunately, not all Pilates reformers are created equal. There are many options on the market, all varying in size, style, functionality, and quality, so it’s essential to make plenty of considerations before investing in one. Read on for everything you need to know about how to choose the right Pilates reformer for your studio. 

What Is a Pilates Reformer?

A Pilates reformer is an adjustable sliding bench with anchor points for resistance bands. Combined, these allow the user to explore a wide range of body weight and resistance movements — beyond what they can achieve with a simple mat. Pilates reformer routines and movements should be a core offering in your studio, and they can be a great selling point because most people don’t have one at home.  

What Should You Consider When Choosing a Pilates Reformer?

Here are the main considerations you should make to help you choose the right Pilates reformer for your studio: 


Measure the dimensions of your studio and consider the different sizes of Pilates reformers available. If you choose a reformer that takes up too much space, your studio will feel cramped and crowded, especially during group sessions. At the same time, if you find you have extra space you can get multiple reformers or even a versatile reformer combo


Be sure to choose a Pilates reformer that’s highly adjustable for different heights, weights, and body proportions. If reformers can be easily customized to fit the user, everyone can enjoy a more effective and safe workout at your studio.

Function and Capability

Some Pilates reformers are more complex and have more functionality than others. Look closely at the full range of exercises that different reformers can support before choosing one. You’ll also want to examine how each moving part and anchor point contributes to the overall user experience.


Make sure to choose a high-quality Pilates reformer that’s built to last. While premium options typically cost more, the durability will help you save money in the long run by avoiding repairs and replacements. A well-built Pilates reformer can last for decades, and because the equipment will likely see constant daily use, reliability is a must.


Look for Pilates reformers that match the look and feel of your studio. A clean, simple design is usually desirable because it can easily fit in with most aesthetics.  

Ease of Use

A Pilates studio reformer should not be confusing or difficult to use. Look for a model in which each function is intuitive, with connections in all the right places so that an experienced user knows exactly what to do and a beginner can quickly learn.

Modular Design

Every Pilates studio benefits from reformers that are modular in design. Not only does this allow you to incorporate different features into your reformers like foot bars and overhead frames, but it also means you can easily swap out parts and keep backup components that work for every machine.

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At BASI Systems, we provide premium, innovative Pilates equipment for studio owners. Our team has over three decades of Pilates experience and we’ve poured our passion and expertise into creating top-of-the-line equipment to enhance every movement. Visit our US online store to shop a wide range of Pilates reformers, towers, chairs, and more.

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Post by Basi Systems
December 28, 2023