Yes, this Pilates reformer is heavy, but there's very little assembly and I get an excellent workout. I had tried to do all my old reformer exercises with resistance bands but it simply wasn't working out. I sometimes wish I hadn't sold my old reformer, but I actually like this one better because of the size of the sliding carriage. To make the footbar a little more comfortable I bought a set of foam handlebar grips and slipped them onto the bar (3 worked perfectly) and it's so much easier to work barefoot. The was a great purchase at an excellent price...and nobody could beat the shipping charge!