I bought the reformer and I'm really happy with it however the DVDs that explained the exercises don't work and I tried them in at least 3 different DVD players. I have taken some Pilates classes before but would have liked to see the exercises they recommmend.
I purchased this system with a 13% off coupon, no sales tax and no shipping! Saved me at least $1000 over Peak Pilates website which sold the system for the same price. It is delivered freight and comes in a huge crate which sat on my patio for days. I had a local fitness equipment delivery service come and move some other equipment around and assemble the reformer. Same reformer as the local pilates studio. Note that switching to two flat mats is difficult. I've figured out that is why the studios leave the bench set up all the time!
pole gives you good balance. box is sturdy and fits nicely on the machine. using the box allows additional ab exercises. Pilates video that comes with the box is helpful but would be more useful if it wasn't so short and had more arm and leg exercises.
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