Pilates -- a mind-body exercise style that features increased strength without bulking, improved core strength, flexibility and stability -- was taken up a notch from the floor to a specialized piece of equipment with the introduction of the Pilates Reformer. Both Stott and Allegro brands of Pilates exercise equipment are available for home, professional gym or rehabilitation practice use. According to the website "Stott Pilates," Stott Pilates are different from other Pilates techniques because instead of a flat back, Stott encourages natural curves of the spine, rebalance of muscles around joints and emphasis on scapular stabilization. The Allegro Pilates system provides the same type of exercise on a similar type of equipment.
Pilates Reformer Dimensions
According to Stott, their exercise equipment accommodates most body types to provide resistance exercises. Allegro equipment is designed for individuals 6 feet 4 inches tall or less and 250 pounds or less. The Stott SPX Reformer is 22 inches wide, 97 inches long, weighs 115 pounds and has a 38.5-inch-long carriage. Height from the floor is nine inches. The standard Allegro Reformer is 22.5 inches wide, 93 inches long; weighs 104 pounds; and has a 28.5-inch-long carriage. Height from the floor is 6.75 inches. Options include a 36-inch-wide foot bar and 14-inch legs. The Allegro Reformer is also available in a longer version, called the "Allegro - Stretch." Length of this longer version is 111 inches, and the width is increased to 24.5 inches. The carriage is 34.5 inches long and the overall weight is 123 pounds. The Allegro - Stretch stands 7.25 inches from the floor.
Moving and Storing the Pilates Reformer
Both the Allegro Pilates Reformer and the Stott Pilates Reformer have wheels on one end for easy movement. The standard Allegro Pilates Reformer can be stored on-end in a room with standard 8-foot ceilings; however, the Stott and the Allegro - Stretch are longer and cannot be stored on-end unless the ceiling is tall enough to accommodate their extra length.
Vertical Frames and Carriage System
Both the Stott and Allegro Pilates Reformers home exercise equipment is available with an optional vertical frame, which Allegro calls a tower. The vertical frame of both Reformers have various springs and pulleys so you can tailor the resistance to your particular fitness goals. Allegro color codes their springs for easy recognition of different resistance levels. Both Reformers operate quietly. According to Stott, their Pilates Reformer features a patented roller mechanism that provides a whisper-smooth carriage ride. Allegro describes their carriage as quiet with custom-built, extra-wide wheels with Abec 3 bearings.
Pilates Reformer Special Features
The Stott Pilates Reformer is available in black upholstery only, compared to Allegro's nine standard colors and 42 available custom upholstery colors. Both Pilates Reformer brands come with instructional DVDs. The Allegro model features a 10-year warranty, while the Stott model has a limited lifetime warranty on the frame, a one-year warranty on the ropes and other replaceable parts, 90 days on the upholstery and two years on all other parts. Stott and Allegro Pilates home exercise equipment provides similar exercise options at a comparable price.
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