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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[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 needed a home reformed. When shopping for a home reformer, I was struck by how flimsy and cheap most of them are. They use bungee cords instead of metal springs, have short decks and rails and honestly do not look like they will stand up to much use.
I have worked with Balanced Body equipment for years and have been quite satisfied with it. I looked at their website, and they had two models suitable for home use. I also looked at Stott's home models.
I chose this unit for a few reasons. First, like all Balanced Body reformers, it has standard metal springs, standard length carriage, sturdy padded foot bars and high quality ropes and hardware. But the main reason I chose the IQ over the Pilates Sport reformer or the Stott home reformer is its telescoping rails. There is no other reformer I know of with this feature. This allows it to be stored under a bed or in a closet, out of site. A must if you live in a small apartment or if your Pilates room is also used as an office and a guest room.
I have only had my reformer for a few days, but so far am quite pleased with it. It is the quality I expect from Balanced Body. The springs, wheels, ropes and straps are the same as found on the studio reformers. The frame is sturdy, solid metal and the telescoping works easily. It even has two lengths in case you find you need more space to stretch. The action is smooth and everything works the way it should. It is easy to store upright in my office/guest room/Pilates studio, and just as easy to place on the floor and set up.
I had to do some minor assembly, but the instructions were very clear and they even include Allen wrenches for the task. My only problem is it included 1 bungee cord in the package, but no indication of what it is used for. Hmmm.
A few cons:
I do find that the foot bar tightening mechanism is not as useful as it could be. This could be due to operator error, so I need to check the instructions again.
It sits right on the floor. I am used to having a few inches of height on a reformer. This could impact a few stretches, which I will have to modify. It also makes me fair game for my friendly dog who wonders what kind of new game this is. If you are used to a studio reformer, this will be an adjustment.
For those reasons, I deducted one star from my review.
Overall, I am very pleased with this reformer.
The quality of the machine is very good with the exception of the bolts that tighten the telescoping rails. It took me about 45 minutes to assemble my machine, and there was a problem with one of these bolts right away. Part of the assembly requires that you screw a knob handle on the protruding bolts so you can tighten and loosen these bolts and thus extend the rails for workouts or compress the rails to put the machine under a bed. One of them was stuck and would not move in either direction. I am not an engineer so I can't describe what the mechanical problem was, but the machine was stuck in an extended position. I could workout on it, but couldn't compress it. Balanced Body was quick to respond to my problem by giving me a tech support person on the phone, and I tried various things with him guiding me over the phone. That itself was very stressful because I'm not naturally handy. It also required tools that I don't have and had to borrow. When Tech Support understood the issue, they sent me a whole new frame (with new bolts built in) and told me to send the old one back in the box that the new frame came in.
I was thrilled with that response until the new frame came and there was a problem with one of these bolts again. First, I had to reassemble all the parts from the old machine/frame on to the new frame. This time I couldn't screw a knob on one of the bolts because the screw wouldn't go in all the way. It is a tiny hole, and you can't see in there, but I poked a thin wire in to see if there if there was an obstruction and there was not. Back to the tech support phone call. The guy told me that sometimes these bolts need to be re-threaded, so he sent me a tool to do this. Nice, but I am pretty frustrated by now that I had to fix this brand new $1800 machine myself. It did work to rethread it, and it's all working great now.
I also could not compress the original frame to fit it in the box to send it back because of the bolt being stuck. So they asked me to dispose of the frame myself. That required me to hoist up and transport this very long and heavy frame to a metal recycling center.
It was a lot of time and work on my part for such an expensive machine. I recommend that Balanced Body either redesign this bolt on the IQ, or have a traveling mechanic to fix people's machines for them. I was not offered any type of credit back for all the time and work I put in on the machine.
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