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Aero Pilates Machine Instructions

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Henry Halse is a Philadelphia-based personal trainer, speaker, and writer. He's trained a wide variety of people, from couch potatoes to professional athletes, and helped them realize their own strength, determination and self-confidence. Henry has also written for various fitness and lifestyle publications, including Women’s Health, AskMen and Prevention.
Aero Pilates Machine Instructions
The AeroPilates machine is a combination of cardio and Pilates. Photo Credit poco_bw/iStock/Getty Images

What do you get when you combine a cardio machine with a reformer? The AeroPilates machine! This at-home workout machine is a convenient and easy-to-store Pilates machine with a Cardio Rebounder attached at the bottom. Not only can you get your Pilates reformer workout in at home, you can add in some low-impact cardio as well. The set-up and use is also a breeze and it comes with an instruction manual.

AeroPilates Creator

The creator of the AeroPilates machine, Marjolein Brugman, came to Pilates as a way to rehabilitate from a car accident. She then founded a Pilates studio and developed what is now the AeroPilates machine, the innovative at-home reformer with a Cardio Rebounder -- a small trampoline that attaches to the bottom of the reformer.

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Cardio and Pilates

You can do traditional Pilates reformer exercises on this machine using the resistance cables, handles and sliding box. The Cardio Rebounder adds a cardiovascular component by allowing you to do low-impact jumping movements, a great alternative for someone with a bad back, hips or knees.

The convenience of the AeroPilates machine makes it perfect for in-home use. It folds up and has wheels so that you can easily move it around. The machines also come with an instructional DVD to give you workout tips and added motivation.


To set up your AeroPilates machine, start by following the assembly instructions. When you take it out of the box, you'll have to unfold it and put the rubber feet on. Then, you can attach the footbar to the front cover if you want a more traditional Pilates-style workout. If you want to use the Cardio Rebounder, attach that in the same place where the footbar would go. Then, you install the pulley system with cables and handles at the other end of the machine, as well as foam pads located right on top of the carriage.

Cable Tension

To change the tension on the carriage, the part of the reformer that slides up and down, you can attach or detach the different cables. The yellow cable is the lowest tension, the black cord is medium tension and the red cable is high tension. The cables attach to the front frame of the machine. You can then attach the ropes that go through the pulleys at the top of the machine and the headrest, which goes above the carriage.

It's easy to fold up the AeroPilates machine, making it ideal for in-home Pilates.
It's easy to fold up the AeroPilates machine, making it ideal for in-home Pilates. Photo Credit UberImages/iStock/Getty Images

Rope Length

To change the length of the rope, start by putting the hand/foot straps over the shoulder pads, on top of the carriage. Make sure the ropes are tight. Then, lie on the carriage with your head on the headrest. Hold the straps in your hands and reach your arms up towards the ceiling. There should be no tension in the ropes in this position. If you lose tension before you reach this position you need to shorten the ropes. If you still feel tension, you need to lengthen the ropes.

Read More: List of Pilates Reformer Exercises

Pulley Height

There are five different settings for pulley height on the AeroPilates machine. The recommended setting is the highest one, and if you set the pulleys lower you lose guidance from the ropes.

Storing the Machine

To fold the AeroPilates machine, you start by taking the tension cables out of the front frame. Then, slide the cushion assembly toward the rear frame. After that, flip the machine on its side and fold it in half. When the two sides are folded together, put a lock in and store it away.

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