Valuing second-hand Pilates Cadillacs, Towers & Spring Walls

Valuing second-hand Pilates Cadillacs, Towers & Spring Walls I have been buying and selling pre-owned commercial Pilates Cadillacs, Towers and Spring Walls, of all brands, for more than 20 years both for my own use in my Pilates Studios and also as trade ins where customers are looking to change brands or upgrade or as…

Reformer hygiene with NatraSan

Reformer Hygiene With NatraSan Blog Featured

Reformer hygiene with NatraSan Don't forget to keep up with your reformer hygiene! We have been working with friends and partners to try and come up with practical solutions that will keep your reformer equipment clean and sanitised. No doubt it is important to keep your reformer and studio sanitised in a CoVid world, but…

@tillypilates Pilates reformer home workout videos

@tillypilates Pilates reformer home workout videos No doubt with our current climate, it is evident that home workouts have become increasingly popular! With social distancing, studios and gyms closing, local lockdowns... everyone has turned to working out at home. Tilly Heath is a STOTT trained mat and reformer Pilates instructor. We delivered Tilly her very…

Valuing second-hand Pilates Ladder Barrels

Valuing second-hand Pilates Ladder Barrels I have been buying and selling pre-owned Commercial Pilates Apparatus, of all brands, for more than 20 years both for my own use in my Pilates Studios and also as trade ins where customers are looking to change brands or upgrade or as a consultant advising buyers and sellers how…

How easy is it to build a folding reformer?

How easy is it to build a folding reformer? Depending on your skills and ability, building our F2 Folding Reformer could be done just under 1 hour! Just recently @kate_mindbody built her F2 reformer in just under 45 minutes by following our User Manual Guide here. We also have an Assembly YouTube Video in which Scott…

New video content

New video content Here at Align-Pilates, we've been working with a local photographer to give our customers a better experience when purchasing your reformer! We understand that when purchasing a reformer can be challenging during this period due to social distancing, local lockdowns... and not being able to see the reformer up close and personal.…

Phil & Sarah’s tip on physical activity for adults

Phil & Sarah's tip on physical activity for adults The national guidelines in the UK for physical activity for adults aged 19 – 64 is that they do two types of exercise each week: aerobic and strength based sessions. You should try to be active daily and limit large amounts of time just sitting (being…

Foldable reformer by Align-Pilates

Foldable Reformer

Foldable reformer by Align-Pilates Align-Pilates foldable reformer is perfect for anyone short on space but still want the benefits of a Pilates reformer workout at home! We understand how difficult it has been these last couple months with studios closing, limited and reduced spaces available in classes... so why not consider bringing your Pilates workout…

Bringing the Align-Pilates showroom to you!

Bringing the Align-Pilates showroom to you! Unfortunately due to the current situation, all planned events we had for 2020 have been either postponed, or cancelled. So we've had to change things up! Couple weeks ago here at Align-Pilates, we held a Virtual Open Day which turned out to be a huge success that we ended…

How can Pilates help strengthen your pelvic floor?

How can Pilates help strengthen your pelvic floor? Having an efficient Pelvic Floor for both women and men is important. It can help stop incontinence and treat a prolapse. Often a way of helping people understand their pelvic floor muscles is asking them to imagine stopping the flow of urine (although it is recommended you…

Align-Pilates 2020 virtual open day

Align-Pilates 2020 virtual open day We are just weeks away from launching our brand NEW A8 and C8 Pilates Reformer. Our new Reformers; which includes our patent pending Rapid Change (RC) Spring Bar further enhances our offering of high performance, reliable apparatus that both you and your clients will love! If you haven’t already, download our interactive 2020 catalogue here! Click on the product titles…

NEW 2020 Align-Pilates Catalogue

NEW 2020 Align-Pilates Catalogue This summer, Align-Pilates are proud to present two brand new reformers! You heard it right... We don't only have 1 new reformer but 2 new reformers coming in this August! The brand new A8-Pro and C8-Pro Studio reformers are completely new designs, both run on all new 8 wheel platform and feature our…

Compare Align-Pilates Reformers

Compare Align-Pilates Reformers We understand how difficult and confusing it can be when purchasing a Reformer. Here at Align-Pilates we want to make this process easier for you. A typical Reformer is made up of several key components: Frame, Springs, Foot Bar, Shoulder Rests & Straps. Whilst each and every one of the Align-Pilates Reformers…

Machine washable/easy wipe down straps for your reformer

Machine washable/easy wipe down straps for your reformer Here at Align-Pilates, we have two strap options to make your reformer safer to use in a world shared with CoVid. It will will at the same time make it easier, quicker and more effective to clean after each use.BYOE Washable Double Loop Straps - We have…

“We made our studio a socks only studio”

"We made our studio a socks only studio" We took this decision about a year ago now and haven’t looked back. We appreciate the holistic approach to doing Pilates bare footed but hygiene in a busy studio is a factor all owners need to consider. Our clients have responded really positively to this change. One…

Back care on your reformer with Loraine Prokopiou

Back care on your Reformer with Loraine Prokopiou People are often referred into doing Pilates after they've had back pain. So I've put together a series of exercises on the reformer, which is a great place to start after you're recovering from your back pain. But if you are going to join in with these…

Avoid unnecessary contact with your reformer with these tips

Avoid unnecessary contact with your reformer with these tips Secondly we suggest you revise the way you set up and adjust your reformers to avoid unnecessary contact with the machine by both Studio staff and clients.Plan ahead! Align-Pilates suggests that reformers are set up as much as possible before a class starts and that if…

Cleaning your Pilates equipment & sanitising your studio

Cleaning your Pilates equipment & sanitising your studio Clearly sanitisation of both people’s hands and the Pilates equipment they use is the key to stop the spread of CoVid in Pilates Studios. The issue is how can this be done quickly and effectively in a Studio setting in a way that gives customers confidence and…

Rotational disks benefits for athletes

Rotational disks benefits for athletes "Forward and back, forward and back. Nothing side to side. Resist rotation. No wasted motion. You’ll run faster if you cut out that wasted motion and keep it all forward and back."This statement can often be ringing through the ears of track athletes or sportspeople developing their speed. But is it anatomically…

How many reformers can I get into 1 room with social distancing rules?

How many reformers can I get into 1 room with social distancing rules? So how much difference does it make changing the distance between your machines from pre-CoVid to either 2m or 1.5m Social Distancing? The table below shows the space required for a set quantity of reformers based on a reformer of average 66cm…

Covers for your reformer to make sanitising more effective

Covers for your reformer to make sanitising more effective At Align-Pilates we have a range of covers for your reformer to make it easier, quicker and more effective to clean your equipment after each use while also protecting your reformer from getting damaged from cleaning.Carriage Covers/Protectors - Consider using a carriage covers to protect the…

Why matwork Pilates?

Why matwork Pilates? At Harris Mind and Body (HMB) Teacher Training school we teach our L3 Pilates Mat Teachers (our entry-level qualification in association with AIQ) 117 basic positions and movements - that when put together in various sequences are the building blocks towards Joe's 34 Contrology exercises. We also introduce our students to the 34…

Europe’s Pilates equipment specialists

Europe's pilates equipment specialists About Us: Founded in 2010, our objective is to bring studio quality Pilates equipment to European & World markets so the studio market can flourish, as it has in North America. Setting up a successful Pilates Studio has always been an exciting prospect, though outside North America the high cost of…

Exploring the 2 metre distance in Pilates Studios in different countries

Exploring the 2 metre distance in Pilates Studios in different countries As the reopening of Gyms and Pilates Studios gets ever closer we take a look at the difference the Social distance limits makes to the amount of Pilates reformers a studio can deploy in their space, which of course is critical to the profitability…

Buying second-hand Pilates apparatus: weighing up the advantages & disadvantages

Buying second hand Pilates apparatus: weighing up the advantages & disadvantages Moving abroad, Pilates studio closing, Upgrading Apparatus, Apparatus unused and gathering dust, Ex Showroom or Ex Exhibition are all headlines on adverts or reasons given for owners selling their Pilates Kit. In this blog I look at the advantages and disadvantages to consider when…

The Align-Pilates Mat!

The Align-Pilates mat! Why we love this mat! The Align-Pilates Mat is 100% recyclable and also free from PVC and latex! It's 10mm thick, this gives your body comfort throughout your Pilates repertoire. This mat is perfect for home or studio use…or even the beach in our case!You can take your mat anywhere… Promise yourself 10 minutes…

Pilates rotational discs

Pilates rotational disks Why we love the Rotational Discs? These discs are fantastic for developing strength balance and control; we also love how they develop your perception and awareness of alignment. You can use them to measure range of movement and compare your left and right side. What are they made of? They are made from high quality 18mm marine…

The Pilates Ring aka The Magic Circle

The Magic Circle can support or challenge you within your exercises. It can also help your body understand how to better direct your energy to improve your elongation patterns and improve your organisation of alignment by giving your body feedback in the correct direction to maintain or to move towards, within your Pilates repertoire.

Opportunities for Pilates businesses within the wellness market

Opportunities for Pilates businesses within the wellness market In the previous blog “Pilates trends over the past 5 years” I identified the Wellness market as the key Growth area in the Pilates market. Integrating your micro, small or medium sized Pilates business into the Wellness market therefore would seem to be a sensible plan for…

5 highest growth sectors in the Wellness market

5 growth sectors in the Wellness market In the previous blog “Opportunities for Pilates businesses within the wellness market”, we looked at the structure and sectors within the Wellness market, identifying the 5 highest growth sectors.Spa Facilities (9.9%)Wellness Tourism (6.5%)Wellness Real estate (6.4%)Fitness and Mind Body (4.8%)Workplace Wellness (4.8%).It is relatively easy for most of…

Pilates trends over the past 5 years

Pilates trends over the past 5 years Five years ago in August 2013 an article in Health Club Management  entitled Pilates Predictions identified at that time that Pilates was beginning to move from its ‘Girly image’  with views about it being for ‘yummie mummies’ or ‘ladies who lunch’ towards something more professional as more Sports…