Here at Pilates FLEX, we’re passionate about making it easy and convenient for everyone to stay consistent with their Pilates practice. Sooner or later, every avid Pilates student considers the option to do Pilates day or night in the luxury of their own home. The challenge is often finding the best equipment for the space available and whether or not you feel confident enough in your Pilates program to work without supervision.
Bearing that in mind, we've put together this blog post to answer one of the most frequently asked questions from our customers: I want to buy a Pilates Reformer cheap, but which is the best one?
Here are some things to consider when shopping for a Pilates reformer to use at home:
- Remember, You Get What You Pay For— If you’re used to working out on professional grade, high-quality Pilates equipment in a studio, you’ll likely be very disappointed with a low-cost home model. We always recommend investing in something that will last you a lifetime with little to no maintenance because this type of equipment is designed to be high quality, sturdy and endure even the most rigorous workouts.
- Consider the Long-Term Savings— While it’s tempting to go for an inexpensive item, think first about how many years you’ve been doing Pilates as well as what you have sent to participate in private lessons and group classes 2-3 days per week. Then multiply that number out by 25, 30 or even the 50 years+ you’ve got left to use it!
- Group Reformer Class 2 days a week at $25 = $50 week
- $50 a week x 4 weeks = $200 month
- $200 month x 12 months = $2400 year
- $2400 year x 20 years = and you’ve spent $48,000 to take 2 classes a week for a wonderful 20 years of great Pilates exercise!
- Choosing the Best Brand for You— Here at Pilates FLEX, we only carry the best, but we recommend you first go with a brand you either know or have used in a class or studio already, since you’ll know what you’ll be getting. Alternatively, if you’re not married to a specific brand, go for what’s most practical for your space. You’ll need to have enough room to be comfortable doing your exercises and we offer everything from classic Pilates equipment to folding versions that take up less room.
Ultimately, we recommend viewing this purchase as a long-term investment in your health and Pilates practice. While spending $2,000-4,000 on a piece of equipment may seem steep at first, look at the potential for savings in 2-4 years. Depending on how frequently you practice, you’ll likely recoup those costs within the first year of ownership and have the luxury of working out whenever you want! With a professional-grade piece of equipment, you could even have an instructor over to your house for private sessions!