Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer Review

The Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer is a great high end model to go with. Now, this particular reformer may be quite expensive, but there is the fact that there is a lot of choice involved. This is a really durable and great looking wooden Pilates reformer that gives you a whole lot choices in many respects. It’s a highly functional Pilates reformer that can be customized to suit the needs of virtually anyone.

Overview

If you would like to find out more information about the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer, you can always take a quick look at the little presentation video shown below.

Reformer Tour: Studio Reformer®

Main Features

The Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer has quite a few neat features that absolutely need to be mentioned.

  • 5 springs for 46 levels of resistance
  • Elevated frame – choice of height
  • Wooden frame – choice of wood
  • Anodized aluminum parts & wide boards – strong & stable
  • Precision carriage for a smooth glide
  • 5 carriage stops – great extension control
  • Very long carriage extension
  • Adjustable/removable shoulder rests
  • Adjustable headrest
  • Adjustable rope length & straps
  • You can choose color of upholstery
  • Choice of various foot bars and spring bars
  • Great padding and comfort
  • Comes with a DVD

Dimensions & Weight

Without a doubt, the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer is one of the larger and heavier reformers out there. It does come with a lot of features, a big wooden frame, and it is very durable too, so the fact that it is big and heavy is understandable. However, this can cause some problems when it comes to transportation, assembly, and finding a good space to put it in.

  • Length: 93 inches – choice of 99 inches
  • Width: 26.5 inches
  • Height: 14 inches – choice of 18 or 24 inches
  • Weight: 152 pounds

Warranty

The Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer comes with a great warranty. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the frame and parts. If something goes wrong, you can be sure that you will be able to replace parts under the warranty.

Assembly

The assembly process for the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer is fairly simple and straightforward. All of the instructions are very clear and easy to follow, as well, all of the necessary tools and parts to complete assembly. That being said, the large size and heavy weight of the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer do make it a bit of a challenge for one person to do alone. If you have someone helping you, you should be able to complete assembly in about one hour. You can always pay an additional fee to have an expert assemble it in your home. Here you can take a look at the assembly instructions for this model.

What We Like About The Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer

There are a lot of cool features that we really like about the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer, so let’s talk about all of those a little more in depth. The real takeaway here is that the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer comes with so much choice and adjustability that it can suit virtually anyone and everyone.

One of the things that we really like about the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer is that it has a very good looking wooden frame. The fact is that you can choose between Strata Rock Maple and Strata Artisan Maples for your frame. We love that you have a choice here because you can match the look of the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer to your home. The frame is also hand sanded and satin finished for a great look. Moreover, the extra wide boards which are combined with the fitted jointed frame help to make the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer extra strong, durable, and very stable. Moreover, all of the parts used in the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer are heavy duty, such as the anodized aluminum parts.

Something else that we really like about the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer is that it has a 5 spring resistance configuration. It comes with extremely strong nickel plated springs with swivel hooks for easy adjustments. The Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer comes with one light spring, 3 medium springs, and 1 heavy spring for a total of 46 resistance configurations. In other words, you can adjust the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer to suit your exact fitness needs.

Another thing that is great about the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer is the advanced carriage design. The carriage is built lightweight and strong, making it durable yet responsive too. This precision carriage system sits on a one-piece rail and has an 8 wheel tracking system, with 4 adjustable side wheels for an ultra-smooth ride every time. This is one of the most durable and reliable carriage systems around. Perhaps the coolest part about this carriage system is that you can adjust it with 5 stop levels at the head of the frame. In other words, you can adjust how far the carriage moves to suit your exact size and exercise needs. The carriage itself is padded with heavy-duty vinyl, of which you get to choose from a whopping 51 colors. It’s a really comfortable carriage that functions extremely well.

Yet another awesome part about the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer is that it allows you to choose from various foot bars and spring bars. Now, what you need to know is that these so called spring bars pretty much amount to a cardio rebounder, they just look a little different. You can choose from the Revo foot bar with a non-slip cover and 4 locking positions, the classic foot bar with 3 positions, 3 heights, and 2 supports, and the Infinity foot bar with great padding, 4 vertical positions, and 32 horizontal positions. Also, you get to choose between the Revo spring bar which is integrated with the carriage and provides you with 5 carriage stop positions. You can also choose the no-roll spring bar with 2 positions, an optional carriage extension, and return stoppers. The fact that you can get a great cardio, strength, and flexibility workout with so much choice and adjustability to suit your size and exercise needs is simply outstanding.

We also like the new Balanced Body adjustable shoulder stoppers. They can be adjusted in terms of their spacing, they have awesome padding, and they can even be totally removed if you feel like it. Moreover, the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer also comes with a well-padded adjustable 3-position headrest for even more versatility. The bottom line is that everything on the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer that needs to be comfortable and adjustable is so without question.

What We Don’t Like About The Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer

There are a couple of minor issues that we have with the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer, which do need to be mentioned for your benefit.

The Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer is already fairly expensive, which is ok seeing as it is a great Pilates reformer. However, many of the additional features and choices are going to cost you extra. At the end of the day, unless you are a dedicated and daily hardcore enthusiast of Pilates, the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer is going to be too expensive for you.

The very heavy weight and large size of the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer makes it hard to store in a smaller space, it requires lots of space to use, and transporting it around isn’t too easy either. The large size and weight of it makes assembly pretty hard too.

Alternatives To The Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer

To give you a point of comparison, let’s take a look at a couple of alternatives to the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer.

Balanced Body Allegro 2 Reformer

This option makes for a great alternative to the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer. It is a fair bit more expensive, but it also has a greater range of features than the Studio Reformer. The Allegro 2 Reformer has an anodized aluminum frame with a whole lot of durability. It has many of the same features as the Balanced Body Studio reformer, but also has a few extras. The big difference is the tower it comes with, which allows for a greater range of exercises, plus a lot of storage options for all of the accessories. It doesn’t come with as many choices in terms of the frame height, the foot bar, and the spring bar, but it does make up for it with the tower and many other choices.

This is another good alternative to go with no doubt. The big selling point here is that it is about a fifth of the price of the Balanced Body Studio Reformer. It does not come with quite as many options, not as many resistance levels, and doesn’t have quite as strong of a frame, plus not as much wood is included in the frame. The point here is that it has a few less features, but also costs a lot less. That being said, the Stamina AeroPilates Pro XP 557 is still a great option to go with and comes with everything you need for a great Pilates workout.

Final Thoughts On The Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer

The bottom line is that the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer is a really great high end option to go with. It may cost quite a bit, but the fact of the matter is that you get so much choice and versatility that it is well worth the investment. You can adjust the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer and choose from so many settings and accessories that you and everyone else can use it with ease and comfort.

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