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Which Is Better: Pilates Power Gym or Aero Pilates?

author image Henry Halse
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.
Which Is Better: Pilates Power Gym or Aero Pilates?
The best Reformer for you is the one that fits your needs. Photo Credit razyph/iStock/Getty Images

Whether you're setting up your home gym or outfitting a studio, picking your equipment is a tough process. You don't want to spend a large sum of money and then regret your purchasing decision. If you're choosing between the Pilates Power Gym and Aero Pilates, you have to be clear on why you need the machine Both of them are high-quality machines, but they have slightly different uses.

Reformer Background

The Pilates Reformer has evolved since Joseph Pilates came up with the form of exercise in the early 1900s. At the time, the creator of the now-worldwide exercise craze was was held in a prison camp during the World War I.

During his time in internment, Pilates created an exercise system that combines elements of dance, gymnastics and physical therapy, and taught the other prisoners. He made equipment to make the exercises more accessible and challenging out of the supplies he had available. He used hospital beds to make the first Reformers, according to an article on Pilates Central, which is why more traditional models have springs and wooden frames.

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As Pilates became more popular in the United States and worldwide, the Reformer started to shift and different versions began to appear. Some machines were built with different materials and forms of resistance. Some were built lighter and more portable for home use. On the other hand, some were built bigger for professional studio use.


AeroPilates is a brand of Pilates equipment that adds a twist to the traditional Reformer. Everything about this machine seems normal, except for the trampoline attachment at the end where the foot bar should be. This trampoline is used for squatting and jumping. The cables that resist you during Pilates exercises pull you down toward the trampoline and resist your jumping off and squatting, making these movements tougher.

The AeroPilates machine is a traditional Reformer with a cardio rebounder attachment.
The AeroPilates machine is a traditional Reformer with a cardio rebounder attachment. Photo Credit Sunlight19/iStock/Getty Images

Whereas traditional Pilates exercises are slow and controlled, the trampoline feature is meant to be used quickly and explosively. This fast-paced movement gives your heart and lungs a better workout that traditional Pilates, that focuses more on muscle strength and length.

The AeroPilates works well as a Reformer and has a traditional design if you opt for the foot bar attachment. It's an ideal piece of fitness equipment for someone who is serious about their Pilates practice but wants the option of getting in a low-impact cardio workout with the trampoline.

Pilates Power Gym

The Pilates Power Gym is also a step away from the traditional Reformer. Like the AeroPilates, it has an optional replacement for the foot bar of a traditional Reformer. Going a step further, you can actually incline the Pilates Power Gym to add even more resistance to your exercises. With this tweak you can add in more exercises to your routine, like rows and bicep curls.

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If you're looking for one machine that you can do a host of different exercises on, this is the best option for you. While it's not going to be as comfortable as a traditional Reformer for a Pilates purist, there are plenty of options for a fitness fanatic who also likes Pilates. With three different height settings and 48 different resistance settings, the Pilates Power Gym will challenge you for quite some time, making it ideal for an all-encompassing piece of home fitness equipment.

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