Reformer spring resistance varies greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer, so stating the exact spring tension can be a challenge. In Pilates Anytime classes, you may hear our teachers state a range of Reformer spring tension from light to medium to heavy. Watch our Reformer Springs Workshop to learn about the differences between Reformer brands.The majority of the equipment we use at Pilates Anytime is manufactured by Balanced Body®. We also use Gratz® Reformers in the Studio. Here is a helpful spring resistance reference guide for Balanced Body®, Gratz®, Peak Pilates®, Stott® Reformers, and AeroPilates® Reformers:
Four full-weight springs (100%) and one half -weight spring (50%).Watch a Stott® Pilates Reformer Workout
Four or five black cords of equal tension. The number of cords depends on the model.
Each cord can be switched for Red "Power" Cord, which is double weight, or Yellow, which is the lightest weight cord.Get AeroPilates® Reformer Workouts
Different Bodies Require Different Springs or Cords
Appropriate spring tensions may vary person to person depending on height, weight, body proportions, and skill level. A 150-pound experienced Pilates practitioner might require a much different spring resistance than a 110-pound beginner. (In most cases, the beginner will probably need more spring tension to be supported safely throughout an exercise.)
When to Adjust Your Tension
Your spring tension should allow you to perform each Pilates exercise with control, stability, and confidence. If you understand the main objective of an exercise and still don't feel you are accomplishing that objective, you may want to adjust your spring tension.