Reformer Equipment Safety
BANG!!! CRASH!!! These are sounds we never want to hear, especially when teaching IM=X Pilates. On occasion, we’ve all heard the bang of the metal as a foot bar that wasn’t properly inserted goes all the way in after someone puts pressure on it, or the crash of the carriage as it returns after a foot slips off the lumbar support. These little mishaps are inevitable when teaching in small groups, and when clients are changing their own equipment configuration during a workout. Along with the x-ray vision required for spotting proper alignment and body placement during an exercise, IM=X Pilates instructors also need an eagle eye to be able to monitor the equipment changes. Are the foot bars and jump boards inserted all the way? Is the spring load correct? Is the standing foot placed properly? As class sizes grow, so does the need for being alert and assisting the changes as much as possible.
At IM=X Pilates studios, we offer a powerful fitness formula on the best reformer in the market – the Xercizer. Over the years, our Founder Elyse McNergney addressed the needs of owners to meet trends and further developed and refined additional equipment such as the IM=X Platform and the IM=X Wall Tower. Our Platform is the widest available and its removable design allows clients to fully engage the adductors by allowing the legs to completely close during standing exercises on the carriage. Many competitors offer a much smaller standing area that lies outside the springs making it impossible to close the legs and fully engage the adductors. Attempting to “convert” the Xercizer into another type of machine by using mats or other props instead of the standard attachments, or using it in ways other than intended, opens the door to innumerable dangerous circumstances and a world of liability issues.
One of the hallmarks of the IM=X program is its safety and effectiveness. It was designed with duplication in mind by safely providing small group classes with quicker toning results than could be found in traditional pilates. The continuing success of the brand depends on teachers and owners maintaining our high standards and commitment to safe and effective classes. We all teach IM=X because we want to help our clients live their healthiest lives. They trust us not to direct them into positions or movements that are unsafe. The last thing we would want is for an injury to occur. This would be detrimental to our client, our business, every other IM=X business owner, and the overall brand. Our brand is our business and maintaining the integrity is paramount to everyone’s continued growth and success. Knowing that we offer the safest, most effective program on the market using the most durable and accommodating equipment is something that everyone can be proud of.