You read it right: I’ve got working plans (that include a detailed materials list) so you can build your own Springboards at an amazing savings.
These make great additions to a home Pilates studio as well as a professional studio. They mount on the wall, out of the way and take up no floorspace at all. I saw their potential back in 2011 and got a bunch designed and built for what I knew would be a kickass Group Equipment Class. It allows a Pilates workout with resistance and access to full range of movement. Plus it’s just dang fun to do!
SPRING•IT (our cool name for the class) is now one of our most popular Group Classes. I’ve had to make more Springboards to keep up with the weekly demand (I really hate putting people on Wait Lists) which led me to update my previous design and document the building of the current generation.
Unlike the well known Pilates equipment like the Universal Reformer and Cadillac, the Springboards weren’t created by Joseph Pilates. Instead, they came from the fertile mind of Pilates guru Ellie Herman (author of Pilates Springboard, Pilates Reformer, Pilates for Dummies, Pilates Workbook on the Ball and Pilates Props Workbook). It appears to be her attempt to find a way to do much of the work we do on the Cadillac without the large footprint that the Cadillac has in a studio space.
NOT MY IDEA BUT THEY ARE MY DESIGN
To be fair, I did not back-engineer a Springboard by measuring and copying one of Ms. Herman’s machines. Instead I used her original idea and added the Cadillac in my studio as a starting place for my versions’ dimensions. I also made use of my experience using our first generation versions called ‘SpringRails’. I also found that available building materials and the choice of fittings were key in this upgraded version 2.
If you are interested in having a set of these plans, get back to me here or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). At this point, I haven’t come up with a price for the plans. But I will come up with something fair to offset the time spent documenting and clarifying them. Also, please don’t ask me to make them for you. Most of the cost savings you’ll find is because you make them yourself. I found a great deal of satisfaction and pride in creating these for my studio and my clients; I want you to feel the same sense of accomplishment.