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Basically using it as a Pilates Reformer Plus
on March 1, 2014
Two months later - it's getting easier to use as I get used to it. Made a few adjustments as you can see in my original review. Watched an infomercial with Chuck Norris for his Total Gymm and it taught me some exercises that are useful. Original Review follows: Paid $449. First, I was worried that I would not be able to fold this to move it around because my back is badly injured with structural damage to the vertebra and disks. Been fighting off the surgeons for years - they want to fuse several vertebrae. But, I have no problem lifting it from the middle to fold the machine. It rolls easily. However, I leave it set-up all the time in a spare bedroom. It's a full 8 feet in length so it's big. I bought this to exercise my leg and lower back muscles to help support my lower back. Last year I worked on a Pilates reformer with a coach to do the same thing but muscles had started to get out of shape again. The machine does the trick. It comes with a great DVD that has the Pilates exercises at the very end of the DVD and an instruction book with pictures and step by step for each exercise. I also use it to exercise my shoulders and upper back muscles. I did have to put some foam at the base so that the slide board wouldn't bang so hard when I let it go all the way down. Some reviews complained about a rough feel as the wheels go over the joint but it's no big deal to me and I'm picky. It came well packed. Was relatively easy to set-up EXCEPT the shoulder pads would not fit over the bolts that they slide onto. I had to drill out the two holes a little in each shoulder pad to make them fit over the bolts. Well made machine otherwise and am very pleased with the purchase.