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Balanced Body® Introduces New Pilates Equipment

Pilates Manufacturer Redesigns Armchair and Step Barrel to Add Resistance-Based Exercises and Improve Ergonomics

Sacramento, Calif. - August 10, 2006

Balanced Body, the leading resource for Pilates equipment, education and information, introduces a new line of Pilates apparatus that takes the classical designs of Joseph Pilates to a new level of comfort, improved ergonomics and expanded performance. The redesigned Pilates Armchair (patent pending) and Step Barrel (patent pending) offer an extraordinary diversity that allows Pilates practitioners to immediately add new dimensions to their Pilates repertoire.

“The new equipment is based on the Pilates principles of spring resistance and is more ergonomically correct ,” said Ken Endelman, founder and chief executive officer for Balanced Body. “ The products feature innovative benefits, such as allowing the user to do a wide variety of trap, reformer and ladder barrel exercises. In addition, adjustable springarms enable users of any body type to perform numerous resistance-based exercises at varying levels of difficulty. These products are the next dimension in Pilates equipment, and I’m thrilled that Balanced Body is leading the way.”

Balanced Body teamed up with internationally recognized Pilates educator Rael Isacowitz to to create these innovative designs. A 30-year Pilates veteran, Rael centered the products’ concept on adding extra points of resistance and then redesigning the equipment to correspond with a growing understanding of human biomechanics – thereby blending the pure form of Pilates with current scientific knowledge. It is such collaborative projects that have enabled Balanced Body to stay at the forefront of the Pilates industry.

The Pilates Armchair

Inspired by Joseph Pilates’ original, the redesigned Armchair allows users to perform Armchair, Reformer, Cadillac or Ladder Barrel repertoire on one piece of equipment. The new Armchair provides the complete functionality of the original, plus exciting innovations and versatility. The new Armchair offers:

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  • A four-in-one repertoire on one machine profoundly expanded for seated, standing, prone, supine and lateral exercises, along with rotational work.
  • Multiple points of resistance for spring attachments (adjustable for both angle and force).
  • A modified shape to reinforce upright alignment when seated, encouraging activation of core muscles.
  • Adjustable springarms to accommodate a variety of exercises and body types.
  • User-friendliness, especially for clients with restricted mobility.

The Pilates Step Barrel

The Step Barrel, inspired by Joseph Pilates’ original Spine Corrector, features the groundbreaking addition of a full-spring system to allow resistance exercises. The Step Barrel delivers 100 percent of the utility of the original, with new advancements such as:

  • Springs that allow the addition of resistance exercises formerly possible only on the Cadillac and Reformer.
  • An elongated shape for safe and full support of the entire back and head.
  • A rounded step, which improves comfort and support.
  • Adjustable springarms that accommodate a variety of exercises and body types.

The Armchair and the Step Barrel will be available in the fall of 2006, and reservations are being taken now. Please call for pricing. For purchasing information 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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