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The Latest Innovations in Pilates Equipment

The Latest Innovations in Pilates Equipment

Although its roots are planted in wellness and rehabilitation, Pilates has come a long way from its original development and practice since its invention by  Joseph H. Pilates. 

Pilates is known for helping people strengthen their core, improve stability, and increase flexibility. To help people achieve these goals, Joseph himself created several machines, including the Reformer, the ladder barrel, the spine corrector, and the Wunda chair, among others. 

Sounds familiar, Pilates pros? 

As strange as these machines look, they’re incredibly effective — they allow users the opportunity to expand and explore their realm of movements while providing comfort and stability. And, as you might have guessed, they’re today more popular than ever before! 

At first glance, you might not think much has changed in the way of Pilates equipment. The equipment is still highly popular and used by practitioners in studios and at home all over the world. Upon a closer look, however, you’ll find that today’s industry leaders are contributing  groundbreaking innovations to make Pilates equipment longer-lasting, more functionally ergonomic, and environmentally friendly. 

One such frontrunner is master Pilates practitioner and founder of Body Arts and Science International (BASI), Rael Isacowitz. As the company name would suggest, Isacowitz founded a method of Pilates that melts the original Pilates method with a modern scientific research-based approach. As with his contemporary practice style, Isacowitz applies his scientific methods to the BASI Systems Pilates equipment. So how does this finely crafted equipment measure up to its  competitors? What innovations have brought BASI Systems to the forefront of Pilates equipment manufacturing?

Groundbreaking Design

No one can deny the sleek nature of BASI Systems’ rounded contemporary designs. Each piece, from their Reformers to barrels, have beautiful wooden frames with rounded edges and elegant curvature, which are perfect for adding style to any studio. But of course, functionality is where these pieces truly deliver. 

On their own, BASI equipment is customizable and highly adjustable, which allows users to transition smoothly between movements without spending too much time on setup. The BASi Systems Wood Pilates Reformer, for example, is among the most user-friendly on the market — the color-coded spring system allows you to add as much carriage resistance as you’d like, without difficulty.

Perhaps the most innovative product of the BASI line is the F2 System. This upgrade allows users to add support handles and resistance springs to virtually any equipment in the BASI Systems collection. You can use multiple F2 systems simultaneously or transfer the same set of handles and springs between your Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, and Barrel Set. With this simple and seamless upgrade and a few tips, courtesy of Isacowitz himself, you’ll have access to entirely new movements you won’t be able to obtain with any other brand of Pilates equipment. 

Quality Materials

BASI Systems isn’t just innovating function — they’re also making strides in Pilates equipment engineering. Committed to using environmentally-friendly materials of the highest quality, each piece in their collection is handcrafted with beechwood, aerospace-grade aluminum, and antibacterial phthalate-free antibacterial vinyl. Thanks to the outstanding quality of their materials, each piece is made to last a lifetime. 

Not only are their products green, but their packaging is too! Thanks to their eco-conscious manufacturing and sustainable shipping materials, BASI systems is quickly becoming an industry pioneer in earth-friendly Pilates. 

Interested in bringing this innovative equipment to your Pilates studio? With Pilates Direct, you can! You can now order the entire BASI Systems product line, complete with the F2 system upgrade, all in one easy purchase. Bring the whole collection to your workout space and reinvigorate your repertoire. Don’t worry about setup — just ask for white glove delivery service for in-home or studio assembly.

This article was published on on July 7, 2020

Author Bio:

Giulia Ramsey is an avid Reformer Pilates practitioner who has studied with instructors in Germany and the U.S. Her fitness mantra is the Joseph Pilates quote, “Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.” Giulia is CMO of PILATES DIRECT – the authorized North America distributor for STOTT Pilates, Peak Pilates, BASI Systems, and Elina Pilates equipment and reformers. Visit to learn more about these product lines. Pilates Direct is also offering an Affiliate Program, accessible at

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Good Machine

I am quite pleased with the Private Pilates Reformer/Caddy combo. It's well built, was easy to assemble, and had a must faster shipping time than other brands right now. It's working great and easy to convert. I dislike the particular caribiner clips it comes with (super clunky and hard to open and close quickly), and needed to add clips to the pulley cords for quick changes between foot loops and handles, so that was a bummer, but it was easy to buy replacements at a local hardware store for around $20. No other issues!

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