Scheduled Maintenance…it’s not just for your car anymore

The sunrise of the Central Blvd overpass was beautiful on this rather balmy October morning!  There I was disabled on the side of I-95 South when I should have been at Pilates Rx in Boca servicing their Pilates equipment.  Why was I on the side of I-95 you ask? because my rental car died on me while driving 75 mph on the highway.  I was stuck there for 2 hours waiting for a replacement car and the tow truck.  Thank goodness for technology I tethered my laptop to my cell phone hotspot and there I was (finally) inspired to write my blog!


Why are you inspired by sitting in a broken down car on the side of a highway, you might ask? You’re a NY-er.  You expect excellence, things to happen yesterday.  After-all there is a minute named after your hometown! You should be irate, demanding that the CEO of Avis himself drive his luxury vehicle to pick you up and get you on the road!   Well it’s simple and it all boils down to one word!


MAINTENANCE!


This vehicle clearly is in some need of it!  Is your Pilates equipment?


Everything in our life needs maintenance in some way – our cars, houses, bodies!  We gladly shell out big bucks to experts to give these machines what they need to make sure they’re running properly.  Would you buy a car and never get its oil changed? We bring our cars in every 5000 miles for an oil change, we go for our annual check up and get our teeth cleaned every 6 months, we even get our mani/pedis every 2 weeks like clockwork not even thinking about it. Why?  Because we want these machines to be safe, reliable, we want to be able to count on them when we need them. So why shouldn’t your Pilates equipment be any different?  These can benefit from a routine maintenance schedule too – like the one here:


As Pilates teachers our clients come to us to help them maintain their bodies – to keep them moving like a well oiled machine.  So shouldn’t the equipment we use to help them do that be in the same tip top condition?  Ready to take anything we toss at it at a moment’s notice?


As a teacher, has a spring ever snapped on you and your client mid-exercise, or a wheel fallen off while on the reformer?  If not, consider yourself lucky, because there really is no way to describe how terrifying it could be for both of you!  And hopefully your client and the others in the studio walk away unscathed! Take some time this week to have a look at your equipment the same way you might assess your clients body – where are the weaknesses, imbalances, broken parts?


Get under the carriage of your reformer and take a look at your springs – when was the last time you changed them? When was the last time the wheels were cleaned and lubricated? Are your leather straps getting long? How about all those snap hooks – are they worn or broken?  Are the nuts, bolts, and screws that secure your tower to the wall tight?


Your client entrusts their body to you to keep it running and healthy. Who are you entrusting your Pilates equipment to?  Make it an expert who knows engineering and Pilates!


Which parts of maintaining your equipment do you find difficult to do on your own? Ones that you’d prefer some help or guidance on? Why these?  Share these with me in the comments!

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