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Thank you for buying a C8-S reformer, the latest evolution of the popular C Series Reformer. This manual will show you how to build each variant of the C8-S. Please ensure you read it fully before unpacking and assembling the equipment.
Reformer only: 241 (L) x 66 (W) x 26cm (H). Reformer with Leg Extensions: 235 x 66 x 42cm. Weight: 55kg (GW)
Warning: the box for the C8-S reformer weighs around 80kg so at least two people are required to unpack the equipment.
At all times you are responsible for your own safety and those around you. Please unpack the equipment in a clear, clean & dry environment on a level floor surface. Remove all strapping using a safety knife and remove the carton lid. The reformer frame will be wrapped in a plastic wrapper and protected by polystyrene blocks, carefully cut the plastic wrapper open and inside the carton you will find 2 inner boxes as shown below, place these to one side. Then, with a person on each end, carefully lift the reformer frame out of the box and place on a level surface, free of obstructions.
Note: at this point if you have only ordered the C8–S, without the extension legs please skip the next section.
If you bought the optional leg height extensions now is a good time to attach them. We recommend you get a pair of stable trestles to put the reformer on to enable easy fitting of the legs. Ensuring the trestles have something soft on them to avoid scratching the frame, lift the reformer and place it on to the trestles, so that one trestle is underneath the point where the foot bar attaches to the runner and the other is near the rope riser end.
Remove the plate that holds the wheel at the foot end of the reformer, placing all nuts, bolts and washers to one side. Store
the parts in the order you removed them and then reinstall the wheels on to the higher legs. Remove all four of the black
adjustable screw in feet by unscrewing them completely out and then screw these completely in to the C8-S leg extensions.
Using the allen bolts and a 6mm Allen key, screw in the 4 bolts per leg and hand tighten. Be careful not to cross thread the bolts. Once all the bolts are in, tighten fully with the Allen key. After removing your
trestles or other elevation device, put your reformer down where you intend to use it. Then use a spirit level to check the reformer is level and stable. Adjust the level of the reformer by turning the rubber feet in or out.
Attach at least one spring to the spring bar and roll the carriage back and forward checking that the carriage runs freely for the whole length of the runner. There should be no squeaking or interference from the side wheels, if there is the side wheels need to be moved inwards. Conversely there should not be excessive side to side movement of the carriage in the runners or the wheels need to be moved out.
To move the side wheels in (i.e. because they are causing the carriage to jam or, causing squeaking noises) unscrew bolt B a few turns (Fig. 3) then loosen the two A bolts and push the wheel bracket in until it hits the stop screw B, then retighten bolts A – now try the carriage again. If there is too much side to side movement of the carriage then the side wheels need to be moved out. To do this loosen bolts A, then tighten bolt B by a few turns, which will push the wheel out, then retighten bolts A and try the carriage again. We recommend small adjustments each time and after a few trials you should get the carriage to run perfectly, with no interference from the side wheels & little side to side movement possible.
Insert the shoulder rests into each of the shoulder rest receiving holes on the carriage bed (Fig. 4). They can be locked in place by placing the locking pin through the hole at the bottom of the chromed bar (Fig. 5). The locking pins are attached on a string to the underside of the carriage as shown in Fig 5.
Please note the new design of shoulder rests have one side offset, this means you have a choice of a narrower or, wider position for the shoulder rests, according to how you insert them. See Fig 6 & 7.
Part screw in the 2 adjustment knobs and insert the riser (Fig 8 & 9), then pull back on the knob and slide the riser to the desired height. When happy with the height let go of the knob and twist to tighten and secure the riser in place (Fig 10).
First attach the silent handles by threading the nylon loop of the handle through the rope eyelet and then thread the loop handle through the nylon eyelet to secure the handle to the rope as per Figs. 11, 12 & 13. Pull tight to check it is secure. Now pass the end of each rope through the pulleys on the end of the rope risers.
To tighten – simply pull on the end of the strap.
To loosen – first loosen the strap at the D-ring and then the strap can be pulled out to be lengthened.
The new patent pending Rapid Change (RC) spring bar (Fig. 21), dramatically changes the speed and ease of moving your spring bar! Simply lift it up & move it to the desired new location. Adjusting the RC spring bar is up to 12 times faster than moving a traditional spring bar, which required removal of springs, moving the stopper, moving the spring bar & reattaching the springs – enjoy!
Please note there is no longer a removable carriage stopper as there are integrated carriage stoppers on the side arms of the Spring bar (Fig. 22)
Important – The RC spring bar must always be moved with at least one spring attached.
Spring strength is indicated by the coloured anodized nuts on the RC spring bar. Align-Pilates springs are made from nickel plated music wire for the best possible performance and for smooth progressive resistance. Green is strong (100%) , red is medium (75%) and blue is light (50%) – use in a combination to suit the desired exercise. To get maximum life out of your springs try to vary which springs you use as much as possible. For those seeking a lighter spring we offer an after market extra light yellow spring (25%) which requires a supported spring cover.
To change the springs position or replace the springs, go under the reformer, unclip the shock cord and unthread it from the spring eyelets, then uncoil the spring eyelet from the pig tail bolt and release the velcro on the spring covers so the spring can be removed. Switch the cover to the new spring and reverse this process. Springs must be re- placed every 2 years or 3,000 hours whichever is sooner, however always replace springs immediately if there is any sign of deformation or damage and cease using immediately.
The C8-S has a lockable foot bar that uses a locking pin, which is located on the side of the reformer (see Fig. 23). There is also a place to store the pin when not in use (see Fig. 24) Note: The pin does not completely prevent movement in a backward direction but it stops a user from falling back when pulling on the foot bar in a direction away from the standing platform. To raise the foot bar, first ensure it is unlocked then pull the padded bar towards you stopping at the desired height. To lower the foot bar it helps if your hold the foot bar selector bar as well as the padded bar to lower it to the desired height. In either case, once the desired position is achieved you can lock the bar in place with the locking pin. Note the bar does not lock when it is all the way down. Fig 23 shows the bar locked and Fig 24 shows the locking pin in the storage position, which keeps the pin out of the way when not being used to lock the foot bar.
A pair of hooks are included and can be added to the underside of one of the runners for the convenient storage of a Gondola pole or, shorter maple pole (Fig. 25). Remember if your reformer is fitted with leg extensions, you should always have a Gondola pole to provide 3 points of contact with the floor, when doing exercises standing on the reformer for safety reasons. Align-Pilates Gondola and Maple poles are available separately.
In order for your reformer to run smoothly and quietly it must be level. Starting with all the adjustable feet fully screwed in, adjust the feet out until the reformer is level, ideally checking it with a spirit level. Tip: Always lower a high foot before raising a low foot & be sure not to have move than 1cm of thread exposed. Maintenance: Periodically check all bolts that attach the legs to the reformer are tight.
The C8-S reformer can be stood up for space saving storage, so long as it is fitted with leg extension Warning: The reformer should only be stood on resilient, level floors in locations where it cannot be accessed by children or risk being knocked over by other activities.
To stand the reformer vertically, first attach all springs, put the foot bar in to the second lowest position. Put the spring bar in the position closest to the standing platform, then lifting from the rope riser end, wheel the reformer to the place where you wish to stand it – ideally close to a wall. If you have leg extensions the reformer will stand on its own. Please do not stand the reformer on a rug or mat which can slip away.
To lower the reformer from the vertical storage position: firstly check there are no obstacles behind you to trip over when lowering. Then holding the underside of the runners walk backwards as you gradually walking your hands up the runners as you step backwards and lower the machine to waist height and maneuver it to desired position using the wheels.
Note: the C8-S reformer weighs around 55Kg and though standing or, lowering the reformer does not require lifting the full weight, if in any doubt about standing the machine up try to do this with the aid of another person for the first few times until you are confident that you can do this on your own. Always use correct lifting technique when first lifting or lowering the reformer.
Please check the apparatus before first use and after each of the first few uses to check that all the fittings are securely fastened. Thereafter, it is important to follow a regular maintenance schedule by someone familiar with the equipment and record your maintenance checks. Equally inspection should be made immediately if any part appears not be operating correctly or, something appears to be loose. Below follows a basic maintenance guide though our detailed maintenance guide and a sample maintenance log can be downloaded from our assembly and user guides page.
Some of the suggestions here require the removal of the carriage. This is simple, requires no tools and only takes a couple of minutes. The sequence is 1) Remove the rope risers 2) Slide out the T bar & place on the floor with the ris- ers. 3) remove the 2 rubber carriage stoppers from the insider of the runner 4) carefully slide out the carriage.
If you are not familiar with using a Pilates reformer we suggest you seek advice from a qualified Pilates professional in order to learn how to get the most out of your reformer and to cover the basic safety aspects of using this type of equipment. A number of companies also offer short safety induction courses.
Congratulations! You are now ready to use your C8-S Reformer. Now would be a good time to make a note to replace your springs in 2 years or, within 3,000 hours of use, whichever is sooner. We hope that you enjoy using your new C8-S reformer!
Align-Pilates™ Limited Lifetime Warranty
Align-Pilates offers the following limited lifetime warranty, for the periods as stated below from the date of purchase, to the original owner of their products, upon presentation of an original invoice in their name. The warranty is a Light Commercial Warranty allowing for a maximum usage of 27.5 hours per week.
Align-Pilates will repair or replace any mechanical part that malfunctions due to defects in materials and/or workmanship during the warranty period. The warranty excludes normal wear and tear, damage due to negligence or misuse, abuse, modification or unauthorized repair; scratches to the finish, and tears or indents in the upholstery. Align-Pilates will, at its discretion, repair or replace any parts deemed defective during the warranty period. If we opt to repair or replace your apparatus, this may require that your product is returned for inspection at our premises prior to sending out replacement apparatus. Parts repaired or replaced under the terms of this warranty will be warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period only. This warranty does not cover shipping charges, customs clearance fees (where applicable) or any costs incurred in installing repaired or replacement parts shipped under the provisions of this warranty.
This warranty will be null & void if springs are not changed as specified or, if all safety, maintenance and usage instructions as specified in the manuals are not observed or, if the equipment is used for any other purpose other than for recognized Pilates repertoire or, if the equipment has been subjected to accident, abuse, improper service, or modification not authorised by Align-Pilates.
10 year warranty
5 year warranty. Wooden frames must not be positioned next to convection radiators or air conditioning units.
2 year warranty
1 year warranty
2 year / 3,000 hours warranty is given on all springs, excepting that a decrease of 5% of the spring power per 1,500 hours usage is acceptable according to internationally standards. Align-Pilates Springs should be replaced after a maximum of 3,000 hours use or 2 years, whichever is earlier. In the event of any signs of damage or wear springs should be replaced immediately regardless of age or usage.
The upholstery fabric on Align-Pilates equipment will be replaced if it fails to give normal wear for 90 days from the date of delivery. Proof of damage may be required. This warranty does not cover cuts, scratches, burns, stains, soiling, or damages caused by unreasonable use such as wearing jewellery or inappropriate clothing whilst using the equipment. Align-Pilates reserves the right to substitute an equivalent fabric if an identical fabric is not available. Upholstery must be properly cared for – do not use chemical sprays or industrial soaps. Align-Pilates recommend using GymWipes to clean upholstery and wipe down equipment.
The customer must call Align-Pilates or its authorized Distributor for authorization prior to returning the equipment. The customer is responsible for the cost of returning products to Align-Pilates (or their appointed Distributor) for warranty adjustment should this be deemed necessary. The customer is responsible for any damage or loss during shipment back to Align-Pilates (or their appointed Distributor). The customer is responsible for the cost of return freight to them in the event Align-Pilates decline to make a warranty adjustment. Align-Pilates do not accept responsibility for any items returned without a pre-approved authorization number, which must be clearly marked on the outside of the package.
The above is our exclusive warranty and is in lieu of all other warranties, express or implied, including warranties of merchantability or fitness for any purpose. In no event shall Align-Pilates or their Distributors be liable for incidental, consequential or punitive damages.
This warranty is issued by Align-Pilates Equipment Ltd. Contact details: 430 Enterprise Way, Vale Park, Evesham, Worcs WR11 1 AD, UK. Telephone + 44 1386 425920. Email: email@example.com
For more information about Align-Pilates equipment please visit: www.align-pilates.com
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