Choosing the right Reformer
Choosing the right Reformer can be challenging. There is a lot to consider when purchasing a Reformer - the fitness space you have available, that it will suit the needs of everyone who will be using the Reformer and budget. As you progress through your training, it’s important to think about which Reformer accessories you will want to incorporate into your workouts to expand the use of your Reformer. To make your decision easier, here are some key differences between Reformers as well as the accessories.
At Home Reformers
At Home SPX® Reformer Package
Ideal for home use, this Pilates Reformer will give you a full body workout. The At Home SPX is 25.4 cm (10 inches) off the ground and 56 cm (22 inches) wide which make it easy to fit into any space in your home. The At Home SPX uses a traditional rope system to create multidimensional resistance. It also has fixed shoulder rests that are not removable to keep you stable on the reformer as you push the carriage. The At Home SPX is not stackable or upgradable to add a Vertical Frame.
SPX® Max Reformer Series
The SPX® Max is Merrithew’s most cost-effective professional Reformer. Built lower to the ground than the V2 Max Reformer, the SPX also has a narrower frame. At 56cm (22 inches) wide, the SPX Reformer easily fits into multi-use facilities, and multiple units can be stacked when not in use. The SPX Max Reformer with Vertical Stand allows you to store the SPX Max vertically, perfect for facilities that use the same room for non-Reformer based fitness classes. The SPX Max Plus Reformer adds a Vertical Frame with Merrithew’s innovative, retractable rope system and travelling pulleys, combining the capabilities of a Reformer with a Cadillac for a variety of three-dimensional movement. For those working with taller clients, consider an extension upgrade of up to 15 cm (6 inches).
V2 Max™ Reformer Series
Merrithew’s V2 Max™ Reformer series comes at a standard height, and is a popular choice for boutique studios, clubs and fitness facilities with dedicated Pilates spaces. The V2 Max Plus adds a Vertical Frame to the V2 Max Reformer, expanding exercise options and potential to serve a wider client base. Extension upgrades of up to 15 cm (6 inches) are also available.
Rehab V2 Max Reformer
For those fitness and physical therapy professionals working in a rehab setting, in a fitness facility with a rehab client base or catering to a senior or mobility-challenged client-base, the Rehab V2 Max Reformer series is ideal. Featuring a higher carriage for easier mounts and dismounts, the Rehab V2 Max Reformer opens up possibilities for working with a broad base of clients of varying levels of ability. Extension upgrades and Vertical Frames are also available for the Rehab V2 Max.
To expand the use of your Reformer add a combination of the following accessories:
Padded Platform Extender
The Padded Platform Extender accessory can be used as a seated prop to help modify seated positions on the Reformer to accommodate those with tightness in the hips or other mobility limitations. Placed above the Reformer springs, it provides a platform for standing exercises.
Used for the Long Box and Short Box series of exercises, the Reformer Box, which also comes with Footstraps, can also be used to modify seated positions.
Tall Reformer Box
Used with the SPX Reformer series, the Tall Reformer Box adds height to the carriage to accommodate range of motion in the arms and legs.
Maple Roll Up Pole
Used with the Short Box series of exercises, the Maple Roll Up Pole helps ensure proper positioning, and increased focus on scapular positioning.
The Mat Converter allows for Mat-based exercises to be performed on the Reformer, perfect for accommodating both Reformer- and Mat-based classes in small spaces with limited floor space, as well as clients with limited mobility.