Pilates IQ Reformer, with Library Wheels
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- Telescoping frame lengthens for use, shortens for storage.
- Library-style wheels allow easy moving and upright storage in a closet or narrow space.
- Same professional quality carriage and footbar as our Studio Reformer.
- Headrest adjust to 3 positions for maximum comfort and cervical support.
- Large built-in non-skid standing platform.
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The Pilates IQ Reformer is a complete reformer that sets up in seconds, then stores away under a bed or upright in a closet. With its sleek design, professional features, easy storability, and affordable price, the Pilates IQ is perfect to bring the studio into your home. It is the only Reformer available that shortens for storage and still provides a smooth carriage ride with no seams on the track! And like our other Reformers, its professional features include springs tested for consistent, progressive resistance, and ropes that adjust quickly with nautical cam cleats. 2 year warranty for non-commercial use. Black Upholstery. Lengthens to 98" (249cm) for use, shortens to 62" (158cm) for storage.
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There was an incident when the product was unpacked and the platform, not being hooked into the frame, fell forward. I was busy that day and forgot all about it but later when I finished putting the IQ together it didn't work. I called Balanced Body to figure out what was going on and they very patiently worked with me until I realized the shoulder pad unit was bent and it was my fault!
My customer service rep (Kierre, rhymes with Pierre)was absolutely fantastic and worked with me for a couple of days trying to get to a solution. You only work with one rep from Balanced Body instead of getting passed around every time---which is really good. Finally, they just decided to send me a whole new platform at NO COST. Not only that, they paid for the shipping of the damaged unit back to Sacramento by Fed Ex with pick-up at my house.
As for the IQ, it has the same smooth ride and precision as the studio equipment I work on. I would suggest treating yourself with the padded foot and arm loops so you don't have to switch these out - this little convenience is well worth the extra money and the padding on the loops is very nice.
Oh. Delivery is curb-side unless you opt for the "premium" delivery option at an extra charge where the carrier brings the unit into your home and unpacks it. You need to decide this at purchase and they CAN'T change it once the unit has shipped (I tried to do this but it was too late).
This is a quality product from a quality company and I am happy to be working with a trainer again and getting all the wonderful Pilates benefits - including full flexibility in my operative hip. I recommend the IQ without reservation to anyone who is serious about their Pilates.
[ASIN:B002XVQK9Y Pilates IQ Reformer, with Library Wheels]
My condo is 500 square feet. After selling my Peak Pilates reformer with tower to move from Boulder to Oceanside I never thought I could have another home bench until now! My video shows how nicely the "library wheels" model stores upright or if you prefer, Balanced Body has a wheelbarrow wheeled IQ model that will scoot in under your bed or couch if the couch frame sets up from the floor.
I find the padded bed on this IQ model MORE comfortable than my other bench, the no extra charge traction plate and well cushioned foot bar along with nicely padded shoulder and head rests of great quality. The vinyl cleans up well. The ride is ultra glide and smartly designed so no gunk can lodge between the "space age" wheels and tracks. The ropes, straps, springs and all components are high quality.
There is a some simple assembly required but if I can do it, you can too! The unit weighs approximately 80llbs but is extremely well balanced to handle and the heft gives one the confidence that even during very active moves, the Body Balance IQ will stay put.
For those who are Pilates mat pros, my hat is off to you. For those who are limber enough to enjoy any type of Yoga, ditto. My body type is not limber, dense tissue and abs that need a supportive workout to keep my back healthy. Forgive my less than perfect form, that is what a trainer is for! (A DVD comes with the Body Balance IQ.)
I've purchased several items from this company before, in the $50-200 range.
They were all good, and I was quite sure this is a company I can trust with a $2,000 purchase.
This reformer was not what I expected.
Firstly, the assembly - it takes a good hour, and too many of the parts don't match perfectly.
Half of the screws were not threaded properly and needed to be really forced in.
Once it's assembled, the form factor is about what you would expect.
It is a very convenient size and weight to store and move around.
When opened, it is plenty long and wide enough for me.
It is very low on the floor, but I guess there's no choice with a retractable unit.
The bolts to lock it open or closed are not adequate.
Sometimes they are so tight they are almost impossible to work, sometimes they are totally loose.
The foot bar is adjustable to four positions.
Changing the bar from position to position is difficult and frustrating.
The bar has two bolts that have locked and unlocked positions.
Once you unlock them, the bar is supposed to come loose for you to adjust - but it doesn't.
You need to hit it hard to pry it loose. That is not accceptable.
When you lock it, many times it does not lock properly, and again you need to hit it until it gets properly locked.
This is hazardous in addition to unpleasant.
If you've ever changed bar and stopper positions on a Stott reformer, you know it takes a couple of seconds with no hassle.
There are no stopper positions on this machine.
Another thing is the movement is not always smooth and many times I get a loud screeching noise.
I still haven't figured out what makes the sound, but it is certainly not a great feeling to excercise while the unit is creaking.
But the main issue is the springs.
I've used Stott reformers for the past ten years at my gym.
They are amazing machines and the reason I love Pilates.
Finally they've closed down that gym, and I had no choice but to buy my own reformer.
I still don't have a spare room for the reformer, so I bought the folding one from Balanced Body.
The reason I need the reformer so much, is that I'm overweight and the spring excercises keep my knees working well.
Starting with this reformer the springs didn't feel right.
I've tried all the combinations, more springs, less springs, far bar, close bar - nothing felt right.
I told myself I'm just not used to this machine, and soldiered on.
A few weeks pass - and my knees are not OK.
I was not able to get the right arrangement out of this machine.
This was the only purpose for which I bought it.
Luckily for me I'm handy, so I've made some experiments.
I had some trapeze springs, so I tried hooking them up instead of the stock reformer springs.
They felt MUCH better. The only problem is that they are six inches longer.
So I reworked the metal frame and added six inches to the spring path.
This required quite a bit of sawing and welding - not something easy.
Now the reformer feels right, and my knees healed in a couple of days.
I don't know exactly what was wrong with the original spring, but they weren't right.
I was going to buy Stott reformer springs, but luckily the trapeze springs gave me the effect I needed and were easier to adapt than the Stott reformer springs.
My advice - if you can in any way fit a full size reformer in your home - get a Stott reformer.
They are the best, but they don't make folding units AFAIK.
If you are used to Stott and you think just because this unit has real springs and it's expensive, that it will be the same as a Stott reformer - it isn't.
It can be, after some metal work.
I did get a pretty good working solution out of this product, but it took a lot of time, effort and aggravation.
For the price they are charging for this unit, I think it's not an unreasonable expectation that it be perfectly machined and worked out by the time I get it.