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New “Retrofit” Kit Helps Expand Pilates Reformer Capabilities

Half-Trapeze Enhancement Saves Space and Dollars

Sacramento, Calif. - February 13, 2006

Balanced Body®, the leading resource for Pilates equipment, information and education, introduced its new Half-Trapeze Retrofit Kit. The kit enables users to convert any Balanced Body Studio Reformer® into a fully functional Reformer/Half-Trapeze Combination (Half-Trap Combo).

“Anyone familiar with Pilates equipment knows how versatile a Half-Trap Combo can be. In addition to the standard repertoire of Reformer exercises, a Half-Trap Combo enables the user to include a wide range of Trap Table (Cadillac) exercises, from spring-assisted sit ups to other standing and sitting routines,” said Ken Endelman, founder and chief executive officer for Balanced Body. “The Half-Trap Retrofit Kit gives users the ability to work in multiple planes of resistance on a moving platform, broadening their Pilates exercise experience.”

The Retrofit Kit’s vertical tower frame attaches to the Reformer, providing maximum stability and safety. The bracket used to secure the tower to the head-end of the frame is made of chrome-plated steel.

“Our vertical Half-Trap Tower is the most stable tower frame available today, so the retrofitted Reformer is as secure as a new Half-Trap Combo purchased directly from the factory,” Endelman said. “The kit is especially ideal for studios and health clubs looking to expand their Pilates curriculum but have limited floor space.”

The Retrofit Kit contains an easy mat conversion system, in which two mats fit over the carriage and on top of the frame, so users don’t have to lift and turn over the carriage. In addition, users can use the twin mats for floor work. The kit also includes:

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  • Three- or four-sided push-through bar adjustable to three varying heights;
  • A push-through safety strap;
  • Two light blue, and two medium red, push-through springs;
  • Two very light yellow, roll-down springs;
  • Two leg springs and loops
  • 35 eye-bolt positions for springs;
  • A hardwood roll-down bar;
  • A cotton belly strap; and
  • A set of Velcro® thigh and ankle cuffs.

“In designing our Pilates equipment, we work with, and gather input from, the best Pilates instructors and practitioners in the industry. The result is a product that helps all users benefit – not only in their individual practice, but also in their business,” Endelman said.

The Half-Trap Retrofit Kit retails for $1,495 and is available through Balanced Body. Users can simply install the kit by following the step-by-step directions with the provided template. To purchase the kit or to learn more about Balanced Body call 1-800-PILATES or visit

About Balanced Body

Balanced Body, headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., is the world's largest manufacturer of Pilates equipment. Founded in 1976, the company was the first to substantially update Joseph Pilates' equipment with state-of-the-art engineering, materials and technology. Ken Endelman, the company's founder and CEO, has been awarded 13 U.S. patents for his inventions, with more patents pending. For more information, or to find Pilates studios or instructors, visit Balanced Body's Web site at or call 1-800-PILATES.

Editor's Note: The statistics in Ken Endelman's quote are attributed to SGMA International's Pilates Training Participation Report - 2004 Edition.

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