I've been doing (inconsistantly) floor pilates for about five or six years. I started with the Winsor Pilates (Mari Winsor and Daisy Fuentes infomercial) and recently purchased a pilates DVD with resistance bands that simulate a reformer machine. Now it's time to step it up a big notch.
I finally have enough money to buy an Aero Pilates machine, and I'm not sure which one I should buy. I see machines with three, four and five cords. I see machines with and without risers for the cables. And some have free S&H right now, which makes the less expensive machines more expensive because those charge for S&H. Anyway, my brain is just a jumbled mess because I don't know where to start.
Would you please let me know if you have a machine, how you like it, do the risers and multiple cords matter? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
I had the original Aero Pilates machine that was made by Stamina Fitness. It was a 3 cord machine and came on a stand. I did not like the stand, and my sister did, so I sold it to her.
I then bought a PremierXP by Stamina, which they no longer make. I really like this machine. It has not stand, but is a 4 cord machine. And one thing you might consider is the width of the sled you lie on. My 4 cord machine is over 3" wider, and much more comfortable than the Aero.
You may prefer a stand, but I do not like them. If you do decide on getting a stand, remember that you cannot just fold the Pilates machine to tuck it away. Unless they've changed the machine since I had an Aero, I had to disassemble the stand if I want to bend and store the machine, which I don't.
The PremierXP on the other hand folds very easily and can be rolled with it's wheels in a small footprint floor space.
Remember also the more cords the more options in resistance one will have with the machine. I know there are the higher resistance Red Cords available, but that still does not give as much incremental resistance increases as does a 4 or 5 corded machine.
Emmz, I had the three-cord machine for years and then recently got the five-cord when it was a TSV. I absolutely love it and the DVD it comes with and I'm very glad I made the purchase. I also don't use a stand and at this point don't see a need for one.