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Pilates Equipment Safety

by / Published in General, Pilates Instructor
Proper maintenance is key to Pilates equipment safety

Pilates Equipment Safety

Pilates Reformers and other equipment have a lot of moving parts that are subject to wear and can fail due to use or age. Various equipment manufacturers have slightly different guidelines for cleaning and maintenance, but all recommend vigilance when it comes to equipment safety, maintenance and repair.

Improper equipment maintenance can lead to significant risk for students and instructors alike. Here are ways to help mitigate that risk:

Establish and keep to a maintenance schedule

Based on manufacturers’ recommendations, make checklists and schedule regular weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual inspections of each piece of equipment. Know what hardware and parts need to be inspected and maintained during each timeframe.

Know how long parts last

Springs should be replaced after two years of continuous daily use (or sooner, if you see even slight separation of the coils). Snap hooks should be replaced if the hook does not open and close properly or if there is visible wear. Ropes are considered worn out and should be replaced when the core of the rope shows through the outer lining or if the rope appears flattened.

Use proper cleaners and maintenance products

Use a gentle household cleaner and a soft cloth for track cleaning. If a lubricant is needed, use a dry silicone that will not attract dirt and dust. Treat leather straps with leather conditioner as needed.

Tighten nuts and bolts carefully

Initially tighten any loose nuts or bolts with your fingers. Follow up with a small wrench, but be careful not to over-tighten.

Keep a maintenance log

Keep a log of maintenance and repairs for each piece of equipment. Include the date and description for every instance of maintenance, inspection and repair. If an outside company performed the repair, note their information so you can contact them later, if necessary. It is particularly important to have complete maintenance records on hand in the event of an injury that leads to a lawsuit.

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