Getting into the tiny spaces

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I visited a Stott studio in Gainesville this week, taking much pleasure in the pristine condition of the 8-year old equipment. One of the questions the owner had was how to clean between the headrest and carriage pad.  The gap was too small for a rag to fit, and the vacuum just didn’t suck anything up. The solution?  Take the thin end of a gun-cleaning brush or an extended reach toothbrush to pull the lint and dust out.  Check out these results… you’ll want to go clean yours right away when you see this!

First impressions: Rail Condition

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When I walk into a studio, one of the first indicators of how well the studio has cared for their equipment is whether or not the Reformer rails are clean.  Rolling on a dirty surface will cause the wheels to start to “shed” leaving black streaks along the rails, as well as gum up the bearings or bushings with debris.  This significantly changes the feel of the carriage ride and shortens the working life of those components. How do you prevent this?  Use some elbow grease!  The photo you see here is a before and after shot of a simple 30 seconds of effort with a damp rag.  Hours and hours of grime erased! Now, imagine you clean your rails … Read More

All About Reformer Side Wheels

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Your Reformer has Side Wheels (some people call them Guide Wheels), which control the side-to-side motion of the Reformer carriage.  This means that under each carriage there are usually 8 wheels. Studio Reformers have side wheels that must be adjusted so that there is very little or no side-to-side motion of the carriage.  If there is too much side-to-side motion, the carriage can ride on the tracks crooked, causing the wheels to wear more quickly, leave black marks on the rails, and if the angle is great enough, scrape the side of the carriage on the inside of the wooden rail. Allegro 1 and Allegro 2 Reformers do not need to have their side-wheels adjusted.  Because the carriage rides above … Read More

Singing Push-Through Bars

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Do you have a chorus of singing PTB’s during your Tower classes?  All you need is a little dab of oil and an old rag to lube them up. Take the T-pins out one at a time, wiping the surface and dabbing a little bit of 3-in-1 oil along the axis and re-inserting them.  Swing the PTB a few times to work the oil in. If your PTB is still sticking or doesn’t hang parallel between the vertical uprights, that is a sign of another problem.  Contact me to help you diagnose it.

The wheels on the carriage go ’round and ’round

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Your wheels have such a huge impact on your Reformer experience.  When they are dirty, grindy, or worn out with flat spots, you feel it.  Many of my clients don’t even notice this degradation because it happens slowly over time.  But once I replace their wheels, they are shocked!  The Reformer all of a sudden feels like new. Changing your wheels is, of course, just one component of a few that affects the “feel” of your workout, but it is one of the most significant.  I usually recommend that my clients change their rolling wheels (and sometimes the side wheels) every 5 years or so, depending on their usage and maintenance habits. Here are a few tips to extend the … Read More

Upcoming Travel Schedule

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I just made it back from my first trip to the Carolinas and had a wonderful time hanging out with some new friends and clients! Want me to stop by your studio on my next trip?  Here’s where I’m headed in the coming months: Fall 2015 South Carolina and North Carolina: November 9-13 Northern Florida: December 9-11 Winter 2016 Sacramento, CA: December 28-30 Bay Area, CA: January 4-9 Chattanooga and Nashville, TN: February Alabama and Florida Panhandle: February North and South Carolina: March Jacksonville, FL: April As always, you can request a special visit just for you!  Email me for more details.

Alternatives to MindBody Online Scheduling Software

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MindBody’s Online Business Management Software might be the first solution you think of when you want to automate the scheduling and payment processing for your studio.  But it certainly isn’t the only one.  And, many of my Fit Reformer clients lament it’s expense or ease of use.  So here are a few other options for your studio to consider. If you use any of these or another alternative, please leave a comment and share your experience! Tula Pricing:  $79/mo. and up Mobile App for Customer: Yes Mobile App for Owner: Yes Online Credit Card Processing: Yes Embeds into your website: Yes Sends Automatic Appointment Reminders: Yes Data Reporting and Metrics: Yes Email Marketing Integration: No Acuity Scheduling Pricing:  $10/mo. and up Mobile App for Customer: Yes … Read More