Pilates Reformer Spring Sets: Everything You Need To Know

Pilates Reformer Spring Sets: Everything You Need To Know

In Pilates, reformers are the most popular piece of equipment and are extremely beneficial for increasing strength, flexibility, and balance. When using a reformer, you push and pull a platform against spring resistance while controlling the movement backward or holding it in place. No matter how experienced you are, Pilates reformers never cease to provide new challenges.

The reformer spring set is an assortment of springs that attach to a metal bar beneath your reformer. Every reformer spring has its own distinctive characteristics that vary depending on the manufacturer of the reformer. While working out, you can change the resistance from light to medium to heavy by adjusting the springs.

Types of Pilate Springs:

When so many options are available, how do you choose the right spring? Your Pilates reformer should have spring tension that allows you to perform each exercise with control, stability, and confidence. The appropriate spring tension depends on your height, weight, skill level, and more. In the event you feel ineffective while exercising, you may need to adjust the springs.

No matter what kind of Pilates reformer you have, the reformer spring sets, and settings may be different. As an example, most traditional reformers come with four springs:

  • 1 Heavy (typically red)
  • 2 Medium (typically Yellow)
  • 1 Light (typically Blue)

There are, however, differences between brands and devices in terms of spring settings and resistance. It may depend on what color-coded spring you add or on how many springs you add to determine spring settings.

Pilates Springs Tips

  • Pilates promotes strength, flexibility, and balance through slow, coordinated movements. To ensure you are in full control and stable during workouts, keep movements slow.
  • Adjust your Pilates reformer spring settings to a level of resistance that allows you to control your movements fully
  • Experiment with different spring settings during exercises to determine your comfort, strength, and proficiency level.
  • Practice deep breathing techniques that promote wellness
  • Give enough time to rest in between exercises

How Often Should I Replace Pilates Springs?

When you purchase Pilates equipment, springs are usually heavier. As a result of frequent use, many Pilates reformer springs tend to wear and oxidize and lose their effectiveness. Spring replacement policies vary from brand to brand, and some recommend replacing springs every two years. In spite of this, it is extremely important to replace Pilates springs on time in order to prevent serious injury if they break.

Main signs that your Pilates springs need to be replaced:

  • Oxidation of the metal coil 
  • Uneven exterior surfaces or waves
  • Visible gaps in the coils

How to Determine Spring Resistance?

In order to determine spring resistance, you should first check to see if your reformer's springs are color-coded. In this way, you can determine whether spring is heavy, medium, or light. Due to the fact that springs work differently between manufacturers, identical colored springs may represent a different resistance on each reformer. All springs on reformers without color-coded springs are equally tensioned. 


When using springs, you should consider your connection to the workout. This connection includes your knowledge about each exercise and reformer spring sets, the skill in applying that to your routine, and continue your exploration of Pilates exercise within your practice.

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