The Balanced Body Allegro® Reformer Allegro® Tower System

The Balanced Body Allegro® Reformer Allegro® Tower System
The Balanced Body
Allegro® Reformer
Allegro® Tower System
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IMPORTANT:
This manual is intended for medical and fitness professionals, or persons with experience in the use of this equipment. If there is a
question regarding appropriateness of a particular movement, please consult a licensed health professional.
Safety Note: Warning – The Allegro contains flammable materials, please keep away from direct heat/exposed flame.
INTRODUCTION
The Allegro system is designed to combine the functions of the Allegro Reformer and the Tower or Half Trapeze into one compact
and portable piece of Pilates equipment . The Allegro Tower can be installed on any Allegro and allows additional exercises to be
performed without increasing the footprint of the apparatus. The following manual outlines the features of the Allegro Reformer and
Allegro Tower as well as suggested exercises.
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SET-UP TIPS (READ FIRST)
»» If you are setting up an Allegro Reformer with no Leg Kit, proceed with these Reformer instructions beginning
on page 9.
»» If you are setting up an Allegro Reformer with with Leg Kit, install the legs first, see page 13, then set up the
Reformer beginning on page 9.
»» If you are setting up an Allegro Reformer with a Tower System but no Leg Kit follow these instructions for the
Reformer on page 9 and then continue to the Tower System section on page 17.
»» If you are setting up an Allegro Reformer with a Tower System and Leg Kit, install the Leg Kit first, see page 13,
followed by the Tower on page 17, then the Reformer on page 9. To save time, do not re-install the head end
rail cover plates as described at the end of the Leg Kit install instructions. You will need them off to install the
Tower.
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Features of the Balanced Body® Allegro® System
HEADREST
HORIZONTAL FOOTBAR ADJUSTMENTS
The headrest is used to optimally support the user’s head, neck
and shoulders while lying in a supine position. The Allegro has
three headrest positions that are adjusted by a support block
underneath the headrest:
The Allegro is equipped with an adjustable footbar that can be
moved in order to accomodate users of different heights. To
move the footbar, pull the round black knobs on the bottom of
the footbar out and turn 90 degrees to lock out. Slide the footbar
forward or backward until it is lined up with the desired hole on
the track. Turn knob until the pin engages into a hole. Make sure
the pin is fully engaged.
»» Low (flat) – The support block is folded toward the top of the
headrest. Used for clients with relatively flat thoracic spines
and shallow ribcages for leg and footwork, and for any supine
exercise.
»» Safety Note: The flat headrest position is used for all
clients in exercises where they will be rolling up on to their
shoulders. A flat headrest will keep the client from over
flexing the cervical spine and injuring the neck.
»» Medium – The support block rests on the notch in the middle
of the support block.
»» High (up) – The bottom of the support block rests on the
carriage. Used for clients with a forward head or a deep rib
cage to facilitate correct alignment.
Instructor Note: A towel can also be used in addition to or instead
of the headrest to adjust the height of the head.
»» Hole 1 is closest to the footbar end of the Reformer and
creates the longest distance between the shoulder rests
and the footbar. It is used for taller users (over 6’ or where
decreased knee and hip flexion is desired.
»» Hole 2 is for users between 5’9” and 6’
»» Hole 3 is for users between 5’5” and 5’9”
»» Hole 4 is for users between 4’10” and 5’5”
The heights given here are suggestions. The footbar adjustment
should allow the user to have slightly less than 90° of hip flexion
when the carriage is all the way in for leg and footwork.
VERTICAL FOOTBAR ADJUSTMENTS
To adjust the footbar vertically, squeeze the handle at the bottom
of the footbar until the pin disengages from the plate. Move the
footbar to the desired height and release the pin into the hole.
»» High Bar – Move the pin into the highest hole and release the
handle. The high bar position shortens the space between
the shoulder rests and the footbar. This position is used for
foot and legwork with shorter users, and with users who have
difficulty keeping their back placement due to increased
lumbar lordosis or a tight back.
»» Middle Bar – Place the pin in the 2nd hole from the top on the
plate. The middle bar position lengthens the space between
the shoulder rests and the footbar. This decreases the flexion
of the knees in foot and legwork and places the torso in a
neutral standing position.
»» Low Bar – Place the pin in the 3rd hole on the plate. The low
bar position increases the space between the shoulder rests
and the footbar to its maximum length. This decreases the
flexion of the knees in foot and legwork, decreases the flexion
of the torso and hips in elephant and can be useful for taller
or more flexible users.
»» No Bar – Place the pin in the lowest hole on the plate. This
position is used to move the bar out of the way for standing
exercises and for exercises where the user is lying on the box.
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SPRING ADJUSTMENTS
SPRING PROGRESSIONS FOR THE ALLEGRO
Springs are used to adjust the resistance for different exercises.
There are at least 30 different resistance settings that can be
used on the Allegro. Suggested weight ranges are noted under
each exercise.
Please note that these spring combinations represent the usual
progression for a standard new machine and may vary slightly
depending on the age and specific strength of your springs. The
best way to find the optimal progressions for your machine is to
test it yourself.
CHANGING THE SPRING ATTACHMENT POINTS
On the Allegro, spring tension is adjusted by attaching different
combinations of springs to the pegs under the standing platform.
To safely adjust the springs make sure the carriage is in the
home position.
»» Normal position – Place the spring on the peg directly in
front of it. In this position the springs are under no tension to
start with. This is designated as “B” position. There are five B
positions.
»» Pre-loaded position – Place the spring on the peg just to
the left of right, under the standing platform. This position
will put the springs under a small amount of tension and will
increase the resistance of the springs. This is designated as
“A” position. There are six A positions.
SPRING WEIGHT
Spring resistance is indicated by the approximate number of
springs suggested for a specific exercise. The spring weight
indicated is a recommended starting position. Individual
adjustments can be made depending on user needs and the
exercise.
»» 1 spring (light): Primarily used for arm work or where the
carriage is providing light support
»» 2 springs (light to moderate): Used for arm work, legwork and
exercises where the carriage is providing support to the user.
»» 2 – 4 springs (moderate to heavy): Primarily used for legwork
and to increase resistance for stronger users.
SPRING COLOR-CODING
These color codes are standard for Balanced Body Machines
Yellow – Very light
Blue – Light
Red – Medium
Green – Heavy
ROPES AND LOOPS
Ropes are adjusted according to specific exercise demands and
user size. To minimize rope adjustments, double loop straps allow
the user to grip the ropes at two different lengths without having
to adjust them.
The rope adjustments used in the manual are:
»» Regular loops: Resistance of loop or handle is somewhat taut
on shoulder rests. With the double loop straps, the user will
hold the longer loop. Standard for most exercises.
»» Short loops: Resistance of loop or handle is somewhat taut
on the black pegs pegs. With double loop handles the user
holds the smaller loop. Used for rowing and some arm work
exercises.
»» Very short loops: Loop or handle is approximately 5 inches
shorter than the headrest. Used for kneeling arm work facing
the straps such as chest expansion or thigh stretch.
»» Long loops: Loop or handle is longer than shoulder rest by a
length of one cotton loop. Used for long spine stretch or for
feet in the straps for users with tighter hamstrings.
»» All springs: Used to maximize resistance or to stabilize the
carriage for the short box abdominal series.
»» No springs: Used for added difficulty in exercises where the
user needs to control the carriage (kneeling abdominals,
elephant, long stretch series).
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RISERS
PUSH-THROUGH BAR ADJUSTMENTS
Risers can be adjusted by loosening the knob that holds the
pulley in the slot on the Tower and moving the pulley up or down.
The Push-through Bar has two possible pivot points on the Tower
frame. To adjust the Push-through Bar, push the button on the
top of the T-pin in order to free the pin. Pull the pins out of the
uprights, move the bar to the appropriate hole and re-insert the
pins. Always return the Push-through Bar to a safe height if it has
been moved.
THE ALLEGRO TOWER
The Allegro Tower consists of a metal frame that attaches to
the head of the Allegro Reformer. Eyebolts in the frame provide
attachment points for the springs. Loops, handles or a wooden
Roll-down Bar can be attached to the springs creating a wide
variety of exercises. The Allegro Tower also has a Push-through
Bar.
SPRING ATTACHMENT POINTS
The Allegro Tower has 24 spring attachment points creating
a variety of possible exercises and a limitless amount of
adjustability. Each upright has 5 eyebolts on the front and 5 on
the back allowing users to perform exercises from either side
of the Tower. Two eyebolts are attached to the Allegro frame to
create a low position, two eyebolts are attached to the sides of
the arch of the Tower and one is attached at the highest point
in the center. This single eyebolt is to hold the security strap
in position. Do NO attach springs to this eyebolt. Common
spring attachment points are listed below and in each exercise
description.
In order to adjust the tension of the springs for a particular client,
move the attachment point further away from the client to make
the spring heavier, move it closer to the client to make it lighter.
Low: Springs are attached from eyebolts at the bottom of the
Allegro frame. These springs are used to hold the Push-through
Bar in position.
Middle: Springs are attached to the 3rd eye hook from the
bottom.
High: Springs are attached to the high points on either side of
the arch at the top of the Tower.
ALLEGRO TOWER SPRINGS
The Allegro Tower comes with 4 sets of springs as follows:
2 Sets - Short springs
Yellow – Very light
Blue – Light
2 sets - Long springs
Yellow – Very light
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Purple – Medium
SAFETY NOTE:
It is very important that the instructor be present and spotting
the client whenever the Push-through Bar is in use. It is very
important that the pivot point be high enough to clear the users
head when they are lying under it. If a client has an especially
large head, excessive thoracic kyphosis or a large nose, the bar
can hit them when they are doing exercises. The Push-through
Bar should never be adjusted low enough to hit a client who is
lying under it. The safety strap must always be used when the
Push-through Bar is sprung from below. The safety strap must be
adjusted so that the angle of the Push-through Bar, when viewed
from the side, is no lower than the four or eight o’clock position
and will not hit the client should their feet slip off the bar.
UPHOLSTERY CLEANING AND DISINFECTING.
You can extend the life of your upholstery by keeping it clean and
free of dirt, oil and perspiration. After each use, wipe down the
upholstery with a solution of mild soap and water. Then wipe it
down with clean water and dry with a rag.
Safety First: A guide to proper maintenance
and safe use of your Pilates equipment.
For over 35 years, Balanced Body has been introducing
safety-related innovations to Pilates equipment. Many of our
improvements are now industry standards, resulting in Pilates
equipment that’s safer today than ever before.
Safety depends on proper maintenance and safe use, in addition
to the quality of the equipment. This guide was created to help
you use and maintain your equipment for optimum safety. Please
read it through carefully and keep for future reference. If you have
any questions, give us a call. Failure to follow these instructions
may result in serious injury.
Snaps
Inspect snaps for wear (monthly). First, verify that the snap hook
is working properly. If the snap hook does not retract and return
properly, discontinue using the spring immediately and replace
the snap. Eyebolts can cause excessive wear on snap hooks.
If the hook shows a lot of wear, discontinue using the spring
immediately and call Balanced Body to replace spring or snap.
See Figure 2.
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ALL EQUIPMENT
Springs
Spring inspections are critical to maintain your equipment in
safe operating condition. All Balanced Body springs should be
replaced at least every two years. Certain environments and
usages can shorten the expected life of the springs and you may
need to replace the springs more frequently. Therefore, it is very
important to inspect springs on a regular basis since worn or
old springs lose resilience and may break during use. Injury may
result if a spring breaks during use.
During use, do not allow springs to recoil in an uncontrolled
manner. This will damage the spring and shorten its expected life.
Inspect springs for gaps and kinks (weekly or monthly,
depending on frequency of use). Look for gaps and kinks
between the coils when the spring is at rest. It is not unusual
for the spring to have a very small gap on the tapered end (a
gap is sometimes created during the manufacturing process).
However, there should be no gaps in the body of the spring. If you
see any gaps or kinks in the body of the spring, discontinue use
and replace the springs immediately. See Figure 1. Additionally,
corrosion anywhere on the coils will shorten the life of the spring.
Discontinue using the spring immediately if you see any rust or
oxidation during inspection.
Kink
Figure 2: Good snap: no wear on hook.
Bad snap: excessive wear on hook.
EYEBOLTS, NUTS AND BOLTS
Tighten all equipment bolts and screws (monthly). Verify that all
eyebolts, nuts and bolts are tight. See the section titled “How to
inspect and tighten nuts and bolts.”
ROPES AND STRAPS
Rope and strap wear (quarterly). Ropes should be replaced if you
can see the core of the rope through the outer lining, or if the
ropes are flattened. Straps should be replaced as soon as any
fraying is noticed. Be sure to check the sections of rope or straps
that attach to the clips and run through the pulleys.
REFORMERS
Check springbar hooks or eyebolts (quarterly). Balanced Body
makes two different springbar systems:
» Revo Springbar. Make sure springbar hooks and handle
are tight.
Standard Springbar. Verify that the nuts securing the springbar
hooks are tight. See section titled “How to inspect and tighten
nuts and bolts.”
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Spring rotation (quarterly). You can prolong Reformer spring life
by rotating springs of the same weight each quarter. Unhook and
move to another position on the springbar. Rotating springs helps
them wear more evenly.
Risers on the outside. Wood risers must be installed on the
outside of the frame. Risers can loosen over time, so always
make sure they are tight.
Springs hooked downward under carriage. Make sure springs
are hooked in a downward
position. See Figure 3.
Secure the carriage. When your
Reformer is not in use, be sure
that at least two springs secure
the carriage to the springbar.
Headrest (monthly). Make sure the hinge screws and bolts on
your headrest are tight.
Under the Reformer (monthly). Move Reformers and make sure
you clean the floor space underneath.
Standing Platform Footbar Bumpers (wood Reformers only). If
your standing platform footbar bumpers (the small plastic pieces
that protect the standing platform from the footbar) are broken
or damaged, please call Balanced Body to replace.
Figure 3: Springs hooked downward
Default settings. Many users have a “default setting” for
Reformers. At the end of a session, the user connects a
prescribed number of springs in neutral tension, sets the footbar
at a pre-determined height, and sets the ropes at a specified
length. This ensures that the equipment is ready for the next use,
and that the carriage is secured by the springs.
Footstrap under tension in box work. When using the box and
footstrap, be sure the footstrap
is under tension (with snaps
pulling from the top of the
eyebolt) before beginning the
exercise. See Figure 4.
Figure 4: Foot strap under tension
REFORMER WHEEL AND TRACK MAINTENANCE
Clean the tracks and wheels (weekly). For smooth carriage travel
and to maintain the longevity of the wheels, we recommend that
you wipe down the tracks once a week.
Disconnect the springs and clean the entire length of the tracks
with a soft cloth and a mild commercial cleaner such as Simple
Green®, Fantastik® or 409®. Do not use abrasive cleansers or
pads, as they can damage the anodizing on the rails. To clean
the wheels, hold the cloth against the wheels while you move the
carriage. If you feel a bump in the ride, dirt has adhered to the
surface of the rails or wheels. Clean hair and debris out of the
rails. Hair can wrap around the wheel axles and eventually build
up and cause wheel failure. Use tweezers to remove hair from
the wheels.
Lubrication. Never spray silicone near or inside the wheels – this
can wash the lubricant out of the bearings and ruin the bearings.
You can purchase dry silicone at most hardware and auto parts
stores. Pulleys sometimes require lubrication to stop a squeak.
Direct a very quick spray of dry silicone or Teflon spray into the
pulley. “Dry” silicone does not have an oil base. Oil-based (“wet”)
silicone and WD40 should not be used as they attract dirt. Be
careful not to over spray. You may want to remove ropes to avoid
getting silicone on them.
Do not lubricate the Allegro 2 rails.
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Footbar supports (quarterly). For all Balanced Body footbars with
footbar support brackets, verify that the pivot screw attaching the
footbar support bracket to footbar is tight, but not so tight that it
prevents the support from rotating freely. For Legacy Reformers,
tighten the pivot bolt to secure footbar support.
TRAPEZE TABLE (CADILLAC)
Cotter pins removed. These pins are located in the vertical tubes
that align the canopy to the
frame and should be removed
as soon as installation is
complete. Unremoved cotter
pins can tear clothing and
lacerate the skin. Use pliers to
remove the pins.
Save the pins in case you need
to disassemble and reassemble
the table for transportation
purposes. See Figure 5.
Figure 5: Cotter pin before and after removal
from Trap Table.
Installed
Push-Through Bar (PTB) control. Make sure you have enough
room around the trap table to safely use the PTB without fear of
hitting other people. The PTB can be dangerous if not properly
used. Only trained, experienced users should use the PTB. A
spotter should always maintain control of the bar with one hand.
If the user should lose control of the bar, the spotter can maintain
control of it.
T-pins. Balanced Body PTBs move vertically to accommodate
different users and exercises. The T-pins within the bar allow for
this vertical movement. Make sure these T-pins are clean and
that they are easy to remove. If the T-pin is binding, make sure
the frame tubes are properly aligned with the PTB holes. If you
notice wear on the T-pins, please call Balanced Body to replace.
If the T-pin is squeaking, remove the T-pin by depressing the
button on the head of the T-pin and place a drop of 3-in-1 oil
on the section of the pin that passes through the tube and PTB.
Then re-insert the T-pin. Make sure the bushings on the PTB
(where the T-pins are inserted in to the PTB) are clean.
Push-Through Bar (PTB)
T-pin setting. For bottomsprung exercises, if your client’s
head is below the PTB, use the
T-pin setting in addition to the
safety strap or chain. Spotting
your client is highly
recommended. This is important
for safety.
Correct safety strap attachment.
For bottom-sprung exercises,
the safety strap or chain should
always secure the bar.
UPHOLSTERY CLEANING & MAINTENANCE
Cleaning. You can extend the life of upholstery by keeping it
clean and free of dirt, oil and perspiration. After each use, wipe
down the upholstery with a solution of mild soap and water. Then
wipe it down with clean water and dry with a soft towel.
Figure 6: Safety strap holding the
push-through bar at 4 o’clock. The strap is
secured to the PTB and canopy frame, not
the eyebolts.
The safety strap or chain should wrap around the PTB and the
canopy frame, not the eyebolts. The strap or chain is only as
strong as the weakest link, and the frame and bar are a great
deal stronger than eyebolts. Figure 6.
Seting the PTB for bottom-sprung exercises. For bottom-sprung
exercises, the safety strap should be attached so that the angle
of the push-through bar is at no lower than the 4 o’clock position.
This limits the range of the bar and prevents it from potentially
coming into contact with the user.
CHAIRS
Dismount with control. When dismounting the chair, release the
pedals slowly, with control. Don’t let the pedal snap back.
Spot users. When a user is standing, sitting or lying on top of
the chair, there is increased risk of falling. Standing exercises,
in particular, can be unstable. Spotting users will make these
exercises safer.
Hourglass spring mounts. If your chair has hourglass spring
mounts and the mounts do not successfully retain the springs,
replace the fiber washers (they are reddish-brown in color).
Figure 7. If your chair is a Balanced Body
Split-step Pedal Chair (Combo Chair),
please consider upgrading to the Cactus
Springtree).
Figure 7: Fiber washer
Disinfecting. Equipment upholstery is coated with BeautyGard®,
which offers antibacterial protection. If you want additional
disinfection, Balanced Body offers Balanced Body CleanTM
disinfecting solution. Use of any other solution (especially those
containing essential oils) will shorten the life of some equipment
and is not recommended.
HOW TO INSPECT AND TIGHTEN
NUTS AND BOLTS.
Use your fingers to check nuts and bolts
for tightness. If you can turn the nut or
bolt with your fingers, it’s too loose and
should be tightened. To tighten, first
tighten using your fingers. Rotate nuts
and bolts clockwise to tighten. Then use
a small wrench to tighten further. Insert
a screwdriver through eyebolts to hold
them steady while you tighten the nuts.
Use your forefinger and middle finger on
the handle of the wrench to tighten, (as
opposed to using your entire hand).
Figure 8: Use two fingers to
tighten bolts
This technique will help prevent over tightening, which can
damage metal parts. Figure 8.
EQUIPMENT INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE LOG
We suggest that you keep a maintenance log for each piece of
equipment. The log should include:
1. A description of the machine including the serial number, the
date and place of purchase, and the manufacturer. All of this
information should appear on the invoice.
2. Date and description of all required maintenance and
inspections performed.
3. Date and description of each repair, including name and
contact information for person or company performing
the repair.
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
All Equipment
Inspect springs for gaps & kinks
Inspect snaps for wear
Inspect nuts & bolts for tightness
Reformers
Clean wheels and tracks
Inspect springbar hooks/eyebolts
Rotate springs
Inspect ropes/straps
Inspect footbar supports
Inspect One-Step springbars
REPLACEMENT PARTS
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How to assemble the Allegro® Reformer
PARTS LIST
Part number
Description
Qty
950-002
Complete footbar
950-020
Pivot bolts and washers
1 kit
950-228
Shoulder rest with brackets
1 pair
616-400
Locking shoulder post
2
GEN8000
Twist lock plunger knobs
2
210-070
Soft Touch Ropes
1 pair
210-064
Double loops (Soft Touch)
1 pair
950-225
Allegro riser with pulley
2
GEN9050
5/16” Allen wrench
1
ALL0060
Allegro wrench
1
SPR9070
Red spring
3
SPR9071
Blue spring
1
SPR9241
Yellow spring
1
DVD8413
Introductory DVD
1
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IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS:
PLEASE READ WARNING
To reduce the risk of serious injury, read the following
important precautions before using the Allegro.
»» Read all instructions in this manual before using the
Allegro. Review the Setup and Safety video included with
the Allegro before using the equipment. Use the Allegro
only as described in these instructions and the video.
»» It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that all users
of the Allegro are adequately informed of all precautions.
»» Use the Allegro only on a level surface. Keep hands and
feet away from all moving parts. When the Allegro is
not in use, leave at least two springs connected to the
carriage. Keep children under the age of 12 and pets away
from the Allegro at all times.
»» If you feel pain, dizziness, or shortness of breath, stop
exercising immediately.
»» Before beginning any exercise program, consult your
physician.
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INSTALL THE SHOULDER RESTS
1. Note the two protruding studs on the bottom of the shoulder
rests. Lower the shoulder rest studs into the keyholes and
slide away from the carriage pad. See Figure A.
Note: The shoulder rests can be installed in two positions. One
position is wider, and more comfortable for broad shoulders.
Swap the left and right shoulder rests to change between
standard and wide configurations.
Figure C
INSTALL THE BLACK
PLUNGER KNOBS
Figure A
2. Now screw the locking shoulder posts onto the exposed bolt
on each shoulder rest. See Figure B.
3. Look through the large
threaded hole in the trunnion
and line it up with one of the
holes in the frame.Screw the
plunger knob into the large
hole until it is completely
threaded in.See Figure D.
Trunnion
Plate
Plunger
Knob
Figure D
4. Repeat on other side. Tighten
both plunger knobs securely with the included open end
wrench.
To move the trunnions, pull the ball of the plunger knobs away
from the frame and turn 90° to lock out. To re-engage the
plunger turn the knob until it snaps into one of the holes in
the side of frame.
Figure B
Note: Make sure both trunnion
plates are locked in the same
horizontal position before
moving on.
INSTALL THE FOOTBAR
Using the Locking Shoulder Posts:
Turn the posts clockwise to tighten them and lock the
shoulder rests into position. Over tightening the posts will
make them difficult to remove, they should be snug but not
too tight. To remove the shoulder rests, turn the post counter
clockwise 1-2 turns and gently slide the shoulder rests toward
the carriage.
Figure C shows the storage position for the shoulder rests.
Note the key hole slots at the head end of the Allegro frame.
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5. Pick up the footbar so the
seam of the footbar cover is
away from the carriage pad.
Plunger
Lever
Washer
6. While squeezing the footbar
plunger levers, guide the
Trunion Plate
footbar over the outsides of
Top Hole
Shoulder Bolt
the trunnion plates. Align
each footbar pin with the top Figure E
hole in the trunnion plate.
While continuing to support the footbar, release the footbar
plunger levers to engage the trunnion plate. Be sure the pins
on both sides are engaged. See Figure E.
7. Pivot the footbar slightly until the large hole at the bottom
of the footbar aligns with the remaining hole in the trunnion
plate.
8. Slide the shoulder bolt with one washer through the large
footbar hole. Then screw the shoulder bolt into the trunnion
plate as tightly as possible with the large allen wrench. Repeat
on the other side. See Figure E.
INSTALL THE RISERS
9. Remove locking pins from the
frame. Insert the risers through
the holes on the top of the
frame. Turn the risers until the
attached pulleys point straight
down the frame toward the
footbar. See Figure F.
10.Reinsert locking pins until the
metal ring touches the frame.
You may need to jiggle or
slightly lift or rotate the riser
to get the locking pins in all
the way.
Locking Pin
Figure F
ATTACH THE ROPES
11. To attach the ropes, first engage at least one spring from
the carriage to the frame to keep the carriage in the home
position. Unroll the ropes and separate them.
12.The Allegro now comes with Soft Touch Ropes that do not have
the dog-clips to attach the loops. The clip will no longer drag on
or bang into the frame! Follow the images below to install your
loops. See Figure G.
1
2
STORING THE ALLEGRO REFORMER
Stacking
To see a demonstration of how to stack the Allegro, watch the
Setup and Safety portion of the Allegro Introductory/Level 1 DVD.
Attach the springs to keep the carriage from moving. Move the
footbar to the “down” position. Remove the shoulder rests and
store in the slots at the head of the frame. Put the head rest
down. Remove the risers and store in the holes on the sides of
the frame. Place the ropes and loops inside the Allegro frame not
on the carriage. Alternate the orientation of the Allegros as you
stack them. Place the head end feet onto the standing platform
of the Allegro below, and so on. Stack a maximum of 5 reformers
with no legs (3 with legs). Do not stack Reformer with Towers.
Standing
It is absolutely critical that
the Allegro footbar be set and
locked in the correct position
for standing storage. Move
and lock the footbar into the
position closest to the foot-end
of the Reformer frame. Raise
the footbar to its highest
position. Lift the head-end
of the Allegro frame to waist
height. Then raise the frame
to vertical. Use your foot to
steady the wheeled end of the
frame as you lift to vertical.
The vertical Allegro will come
to rest on the footbar and the
transport wheels. See Figure H.
Figure H
CLEANING & MAINTENANCE
Cleaning
Wipe the carriage pad, headrest, footbar and shoulder rests with
a soft cloth and a mild, non-abrasive cleaner after each use.
Keep the carriage track and wheels clean from dust and dirt.
Wipe the entire track with a towel regularly. Clean the footbar
trunnion track weekly. Clean the frame with a mild, non-abrasive
cleaner. Keep the ropes and springs clear of dust. Cotton loops
can be machine-washed. Hang to dry.
Lubrication
The foot bar trunnion C-channel can be lubricated with dry
silicone spray.
3
4
Figure G
13.Rest the loops over the shoulder rests. Thread the other end of
each rope through a riser pulley and back into the cam cleats
on the carriage to adjust the length. Be sure to go through the
chrome eyestraps on both sides of the cam cleats. Always push
the rope firmly down into the cleats to ensure a good grip.
MAINTENANCE
»» See the included Safety First Guide.
QUESTIONS?
Call Balanced Body technical support at 1-800-745-2838
(US and Canada), or +1-916-388-2838.
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How to Install the Allegro® Legs Kit
PARTS INCLUDED:
1. If you have a Tower Of Power installed, remove the ropes,
loosen the 4 tower knobs, and remove the tower.
Item No. Part Number Description
Qty
1
618-030
Allegro Leg, A
2
2
618-031
Allegro Leg, B
2
3
618-021
Leg Nut Plate
2
4
ALL0091
Rubber Pad, Leg, Allegro
4
5
614-020
Wheel Bracket, Allegro Ext
Leg
2
6
GEN8320
Allen Key, 3/16” Ball Point
1
7
GEN9222
Screw, Button Head, 5/16-18
x 3/4”
12
8
GEN9472
Screw, 1/4-20 x 3/4”
4
9
GEN9021
Nut, Nylock, 1/4-20
4
10
GEN9282
Allen Key 5/32” Short Arm
1
2. Using the included shorter allen wrench, remove the 4 screws
holding the head end cover plates and riser pins in place. Set
them aside to be re-installed later. See Figure A.
Figure A
2
1
4
3
6
10
5
7
3. Attach all springs to keep the carriage stationary. Remove
ropes, shoulder rests, and risers. Place the footbar (if installed)
in its lowest position and check that all pins are locked so that
the footbar is secure. Then, with the help of a friend, lift the
Allegro from both ends and carefully turn it upside down and
set it on the floor. You may want to place a pad or other floor
protection beneath the Reformer.
8
9
TOOLS NEEDED (NOT INCLUDED):
»» Two 1/2” or adjustable wrenches
»» One 7/16” wrench
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4. Remove the 4 rubber feet from the bottom of the Reformer
frame by grasping them firmly with your hand and turning
counter-clockwise. You can discard the feet unless you may
want to convert back to a flat Allegro configuration.
5. Remove the legs and other
materials from the packaging
and lay the legs on the floor
with the bottom of the leg
facing up as in Figure B.
9. With the risers still in place to locate the leg nut plates, place
two of the legs onto the frame rail at the head end of the
Reformer, lining up the holes in the leg with the three holes in
the frame. The left and right legs are not the same so keep
looking for one that matches the hole pattern in the frame.
Now start threading all six of the 5/16-18 screws into the
frame to secure the legs in place. Start with the screws that
go into the block that is held in place by the risers and once
they are all started, tighten them. See Figure E.
Now you can remove the risers and set them aside.
6. Then peel the adhesive
backing from the 4 rubber
feet, match up the profiles of
the feet with the leg, and
stick the foot to the leg as in
Figure B.
NOTE: the long end of the included 3/16” allen wrench is ball
shaped to allow for more maneuverability when working in
small areas. Once the screws are finger tight, use the short
leg of the allen wrench to tighten the screws.
Figure B
7. Insert the leg nut plates shown in Figure C into the Reformer
frame until the big hole lines up with the riser hole in the
frame. When it does, drop your riser through the frame and
the block to hold it in place. See Figure C and D.
Figure E
10.Install the legs onto the foot end of the frame in the same
way with the 6 screws. No leg nut plates are required at the
foot end.
Figure C
8. Now maneuver the leg nut plate so that the holes in Figure
D line up when you look down through the hole in the frame.
This will be one of the screw holes you will use to attach the
legs.
Make sure these holes line up.
11. Using a 7/16” wrench and the included allen wrench, install
the transport wheel brackets with the 1/4-20 screws and nuts
as shown in Figure F. Make sure the brackets are oriented
as shown. Typically these are installed at the foot end of the
Reformer as shown in Figure F.
NOTE: The transport wheels can also be installed at the head
end which allows you to move the Reformer with Tower more
easily. Just make sure the carriage is rolled to the head end
of the Reformer before lifting the foot end of the machine in
this configuration.
Figure D
Figure F (Footbar not shown)
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12.Using two 1/2” or adjustable wrenches, remove the transport
wheels from their current location and install them onto
the brackets you just installed. Leave the old transport
wheel brackets in place, as that is where a footstrap can be
attached. See Figure G.
NOTE: It is critical that the washers and wheel get installed in the
same order and orientation as they were on the original brackets.
Do one wheel at a time and if the wheel does not spin freely after
you are done, double check against the other wheel to make sure
everything is in the right order.
Do not forget this
washer between the
wheel and bracket.
Leave this
bracket here.
Figure G
13.Re-install the head end rail cover plates on the same side you
removed them from.
NOTE: If you will be installing a Tower System next, leave the
head end rail cover plates off.
14.Your legs are installed and you may now carefully lift and turn
your Allegro Reformer back over onto the legs. Re-install your
shoulder rests, risers, and ropes.
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Assembling the Allegro® Tower of Power
™
Prior to assembly, check the parts and components received against the following list. If you are missing any parts, contact the
Balanced Body customer service department at 1-800-PILATES (1-800-745-2837) in the U.S. and Canada, or +1-916-388-2838
(international).
PREPARE YOUR ALLEGRO REFORMER
If you have purchased an Allegro 14” leg set, we strongly
recommend installing the legs before installing the Tower.
Remove all ropes and risers from the Allegro. If your Allegro
was purchased before February 1, 2004, remove the labels and
backing on the sides. You can order a new label free of charge by
calling 1-800-PILATES (1-800-745-2837 in the U.S. and Canada,
or +1-916-388-2838 (international).
PARTS LIST
Part Number
Description
Qty
618-024
Tower
1
TRP0047
Push-through bar (PTB)
1
GEN9892
T-pin
2
950-234
Tower Bracket, Right
1
950-235
Tower Bracket, Left
1
950-131
Adjustable pulley and knob assembly
2
212-001
5/32” Allen key, long
1
SPR9004
Blue trap spring
2
SPR9002
Yellow trap spring
2
SPR9461
Long spring, purple
2
SPR9006
Long spring, yellow
2
710-010
Roll down bar
1
101-005
Single cotton loops
210-023
Safety strap with carabiner
1
DVD8205
Introductory DVD
1
950-236
Tower lower spring mounts
1
1 pair
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IMPORTANT: READ FIRST
NOTE: If you have an original version of the Allegro with the
angled corner joints (Serial Number less than 36396), follow
these instructions.
a. Using the provided 5/32” Allen wrench, loosen and remove
the six screws (one on each side of the Reformer and 4 on
the head end) that hold the head end of the frame on. If you
have legs installed you will have to remove the leg bolts that
attach to the head end of the frame. Take note of how the
plastic shims between the frame members are oriented and
how they fit.
Figure A
2. Installing the Tower Mount Brackets:
a. With the provided 5/32” allen wrench, loosen the 6 screws
on each bracket 1-2 turns. Do not remove them, you just
want some free play between the plates. See Figure B.
Head End
b. Make sure the brackets are oriented as in Figure B (use the
large grey knobs and screws as reference) and slide them
into the C-channel of the frame.
b. Install the Tower brackets as described in step number 3
below. Do not tighten the bracket screws.
c. Re-install the head end of your Reformer frame with the
plastic shims and screws removed in step a. The two shorter
bolts go in the sides of the frame and the 4 longer ones go
in from the head end. Get all 6 screws started, then tighten
the screws until they are snug; do not over tighten them. If
you have legs, reinstall those bolts also.
d. Position the Tower brackets so they line up with the edge of
the frame screws on the side of the frame. Then tighten the
Tower bracket screws as described in step 4.
e. Follow the instructions from step 6 until the end.
Loosen these
screws on both
brackets.
Figure B
1. Using the provided 5/32” allen wrench, remove the plastic rail
caps and locking pins at the head end of the Allegro frame.
They will need to go back on the same side, so keep track of
which one goes where and keep the screws with them. See
Figure A.
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3. Re-install the plastic rail end caps on the same side you
removed them from. The lanyard and locking pins are no
longer needed so they can be set aside with the risers. See
Figure C.
e. Once all four knobs are started tighten them one by one.
Figure C
4. Make sure both brackets are slid all the way up against the
plastic rail caps. Using the provided 5/32” allen wrench,
tighten the 6 screws on both Tower brackets. See Figures C
and D.
Bracket ledge
Figure E
6. Install the adjustable pulleys by assembling the components
as shown in Figure F with the pulley on the inside of the
frame. Tighten the knob when the eyebolt is horizontal as
shown in Figure F. Repeat on the other side.
Spacer
with Pulley
600-011
GEN9857
600-009
600-011
Figure D
Figure F
5. Install the Tower frame onto the brackets.
a. Orient the Tower frame so that the large threaded holes at
the bottom face away from the carriage.
7. Install the lower spring mounts in the head end of the frame
with the long screw and the 5/32” allen wrench. Tighten the
screw with the eyebolt oriented vertically as shown in Figure G.
b. Lift the Tower frame over the brackets and lower it
around them so it rests on the ledge at the bottom of the
brackets. See Figure E.
GEN8347 (4”
long screw) for
a new Allegro
c. Slide the frame toward the bracket until it is flush.
GEN9019 (1-1/2”
long screw) for an
older Allegro with
angled corner joints
d. With one arm or an assistant holding the Tower frame
upright and in position, start threading the 4 large knobs
into the Tower frame. You may have to push on the frame
to get it into position with the knob, and if one is giving
you trouble, just move onto the others and come back
to it.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Get all four knobs started 3-4 turns
into the Tower frame before tightening any of them. It is
also critical that the Tower is parallel and flush against
the bracket with the knobs. You may have to push/pull/
twist the leg of the Tower to make it line up.
Spacer without Pulley
Figure G
8. Rethread your ropes through the new riser pulleys.
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REPOSITION THE T-PIN
TO MOVE:
For shipping purposes, the
Tower is packaged with the
T-pins installed on the inside of
the Tower frame.
To move a Reformer with Tower a short distance you may
be able to lift the head end and roll it on the transport
wheels as if you did not have a Tower. Be aware that you
will be lifting the Tower and Reformer so it will be heavier
than the Reformer by itself. The Tower will also be rising
quite high so you will have to be careful if you do not have
high ceilings.
T-pin after
re-positioning
9. The T-pin should be installed
(on the outside
on the outside of the Tower
of the frame)
frame for use. To remove the
T-pin, push the button on the
handle of the pin while
holding the push through bar
(PTB) securely. Pull the pin
free of the PTB and Tower
Figure H
frame. Reinsert the pin from
the outside of the Tower frame. See Figure H.
INSTALLING MAT CONVERSION
11. Move the carriage to the head end of the frame and clear the
ropes out of the way.
12.Place the mat in the open space between the standing
platform and the carriage.
13.Remove the shoulder rests from the carriage (optional).
USING THE PRE-INSTALLED PUSH-THROUGH BAR
(PTB) SAFETY STRAP
Note: Always use the safety strap for bottom-sprung exercises.
2. Loosen the four gray Tower knobs and remove the Tower from
the Reformer frame. If this is too heavy, the springs and push
thru bar can be removed first. If you do not remove the push
thru bar or roll down bar, be aware that they can swing freely.
Note: If you have the extended legs installed and have the
transport wheels at the head end, you can leave the Tower
installed and lift the foot end of the machine to roll it around.
Make sure the carriage is at the head end of the frame before
lifting. You will take up more room as you move around in this
configuration but for some circumstances this is acceptable.
TO STAND:
4. Remove the Tower frame as explained in the “To Move”
section. The Tower must be removed before standing.
5. It is absolutely critical that the Allegro footbar be set and
locked in the correct position for standing storage. Move and
lock the footbar into the position closest to the foot-end of
the Reformer frame. Raise the footbar to its highest position.
Lift the head-end of the Allegro frame to waist height.
Then raise the frame to vertical. Use your foot to steady the
wheeled end of the frame as you lift to vertical. The vertical
Allegro will come to rest on the footbar and the transport
wheels.
Figure I
Note: Use the Velcro portion of
the safety strap at the top of
the Tower frame to secure the
PTB upright when not in use.
MOVING AND STANDING AN ALLEGRO WITH TOWER
Note: Always exercise caution when moving, lifting, or storing an
Allegro or an Allegro with Tower. Use proper lifting technique to
avoid injury.
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1. Pull the ropes back through the pulleys on the riser.
3. Now with the carriage held in the home position by at least 2
springs, lift the head end of the Reformer to roll.
10.Disconnect all carriage springs
Use only with qualified
instructor supervision. The PTB
safety strap is used only for
bottom-sprung exercises. The
photo at right shows the safety
strap correctly positioned to
secure the push through bar.
The strap includes numerous
loops or “contact points”
so that you can adjust the
“stopping point” of the PTB if
it is released during exercise.
If moving the Reformer and Tower is not possible, remove
the Tower, then move the Reformer.
Note: It is absolutely critical that the Allegro footbar be set and
locked in the correct position for standing storage.
How to install your Allegro®
Wall Security Strap
The Allegro Wall Security Strap is designed to mount on walls with standard wood framing. If you have a different type of wall
construction (brick, concrete, etc.), it may require a different fastener. Check with your local hardware store or contractor.
Parts List (included)
USING THE WALL SECURITY STRAP
»» 1 adjustable belt strap
2. Follow your Allegro or Allegro
Tower instructions for proper
standing procedure.
»» 1 3-1/2” eye-bolt
Tools Needed (not included)
»» Drill with 1/8” bit
»» Phillips or flathead screwdriver
INSTALL THE EYE-BOLT
1. Find a stud in the wall where you would like to stand your
Allegro. Make sure you have ample space on both sides of
the stud as well as above for the Allegro. Using a 1/8” drill bit,
pre-drill a hole into the stud. The hole should be positioned 5’
to 5 1/2’ above the floor. Secure the eye-bolt into the predrilled hole with the screwdriver until the shaft of the eyebolt
is completely within the wall.
3. Move the Allegro near the
wall with the footbar
pointed away from the wall
(perpendicular to the wall).
4. Wrap the strap ends around
one rail and connect the
ends like a belt, using the
adjustable clip.
5. Adjust the strap to remove
any slack.
NOTE: Do not try to wrap the strap ends around the entire frame
- it will not fit.
IMPORTANT: Balanced Body is not responsible for any damage or
injury caused by improper wall mount installation, or the use of
incorrect or improper wall mounting equipment.
If you have any questions, please call Balanced Body at
1-800-PILATES (1-800-745-2837) in the U.S. and Canada, or
+1-916-388-2838 (international).
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Reformer Exercises
FOOTWORK, ALL LEVELS
10 reps
Springs: 2 – 4 springs
Bar: Middle or High
Head rest: Up
FOCUS »» Breathing – exhale out/inhale in, or inhale out/exhale in
Heels
Toes
Prehensile
Pilates V
»» Neutral spine
»» Pelvic stability
»» Hip, leg and ankle alignment
»» Hip, leg and ankle strengthening
»» Circulation
»» Isolation – release unnecessary tension in the upper body and
hips
PRECAUTIONS
Sensitive to ankle, knee, hip flexion, spinal compression
STARTING POSITION
Supine on carriage, feet on foot bar, legs hip width apart
Heels
Heels on foot bar, push back and return
Toes
Ball of foot on bar, heels slightly raised, push back and return
Prehensile
Ball of foot wrapped around the bar, push back and return
Pilates V
Ball of foot on bar, turned out, low releve, heels together, push
back and return
Flex/Releve
Ball of foot on bar, parallel, legs straight, plantar flex ankle,
dorsiflex ankle, plantar flex ankle, bend knees, push back to
starting position
2nd position
Heels at ends of bar, slight turn out, push back and return
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Running in place
Ball of foot on bar, dorsiflex one heel, bend the other knee,
alternate legs 20-50 times
ROLLBACK, LEVEL 1
10 reps
Springs: 1 – 2
Bar: None
Loops: Short
FOCUS
»» Breath - exhale roll down/inhale roll up or inhale down/exhale
up
»» Spinal flexibility
»» Abdominal strength
»» Shoulders down
»» Neck long
»» Soft hip flexors
PRECAUTIONS
Back injuries, neck injuries, hip flexor injuries. Be cautious with
osteoporosis
PREREQUISITES
Comfortable in spinal flexion
STARTING POSITION
Seated facing ropes, knees bent, loops in hands with arms
straight and elbows soft
Standard Exercise
Hold loops with arms straight, roll down, curving back and staying
lifted, roll back up maintaining slight flexion in spine
Oblique Variation
Rotate knees to one side and torso to the other, roll down, switch
rotation and roll up
Arm work Variations
Roll back and with low back on carriage add bicep curls or deltoid
lifts for 3 reps, roll up
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HUNDRED, ALL LEVELS
Sets: 10
Springs: 1 – 3
Bar: None
Loops: Regular
Headrest: Up
FOCUS
»» Percussive breathing - in for 5, out for 5
»» Stable pelvis – imprinted or neutral
»» Hollow abdominals
»» Abdominal strength
»» Shoulders down
»» Neck long
PRECAUTIONS
Back injuries, neck injuries, hip flexor injuries, osteoporosis
PREREQUISITES
Hundred on the mat
STARTING POSITION
Lying supine on carriage, knees at 90 degrees, hands in loops,
arms to ceiling
Level 1
Knees bent at 90 degrees, reach arms to sides as the head and
upper body lift off the carriage, pulse arms with breath
Level 2
Legs straight up to ceiling, reach arms to sides as the head and
upper body lift off the carriage, pulse arms with breath
Level 3
Reach arms to sides as the head and upper body lift off the
carriage, straighten legs to ceiling then lower legs keeping low
back on mat, pulse arms with breath
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COORDINATION, LEVEL 2
6 reps
Springs: 1 – 2 Bar: None Loops: Regular Headrest: Up
FOCUS
»» Breath – inhale start, exhale reach, inhale open/close, exhale
return
»» Stable pelvis – imprinted or neutral
»» Hollow abdominals
»» Abdominal strength
»» Adductor strengthening
»» Shoulders down
»» Neck long
PRECAUTIONS
Back injuries, neck injuries, hip flexor injuries, be cautious with
osteoporosis.
PREREQUISITES
Mat or Reformer Hundred
STARTING POSITION
Lie supine on carriage, knees at 90 degrees, hands in loops with
elbows bent at 90 degrees and upper arms on carriage
Standard exercise
Reach arms to sides as the head and upper body lift off the
carriage to Hundred position, open and close legs, bend knees
first, then lower head and return arms to starting position
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REVERSE ABDOMINALS, LEVEL 4
10 reps
Springs: 1 – 2
Bar: None
Loops: Regular
FOCUS
»» Breath - exhale to pull the knees in, inhale to release
»» Abdominal strength
»» Iliopsoas strength
»» Iliopsoas and abdominal coordination
»» Imprinted spine
»» Shoulders down
»» Neck long
PRECAUTIONS
Back injuries, neck injuries, hip flexor injuries, osteoporosis
PREREQUISITES
Mat Roll-up, strong abdominals, ability to maintain imprinted
spine
STARTING POSITION
Supine facing ropes with an imprinted spine, knees bent at 90
degrees, loops around the knees, head supported with the hands,
elbows wide
Standard Exercise
Maintaining imprinted spine, hollow out abdominals and pull
knees above 90 degrees while flexing the torso and lifting the
head up, return legs to starting position maintaining an imprinted
spine
Oblique Variation
Rotate torso to the right, reach left hand across toward right knee,
pull knees in toward the chest as arm reaches across (Repeat
4 – 8 times on one side and switch)
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KNEELING ABDOMINALS, LEVELS 1-2 10 reps
Springs: 0 – 2 Bar: None
Loops: None
FOCUS
»» Breath – Exhale as knees pull in/ inhale to return to starting
position
»» Pelvic stability
»» Abdominal strength
»» Pelvic stability
»» Scapular stability Posición inicial, frente a las correas
PRECAUTION
Shoulder, elbow and wrist problems, inability to kneel
PREREQUISITES
Mat all fours hollowing (pregnant cat abdominals)
STARTING POSITION
Kneel on all fours facing straps with hands on the edges of the
frame
Standard Exercise (flat back)
Face straps with knees against shoulder rests, keeping spine
neutral and parallel to the ground, pull carriage toward the head
by flexing at the hips
Con la espalda plana
Variation – Oblique 1
Place both hands on one frame allowing torso to side bend and
rotate while keeping hips as square as possible, pull both legs in
increasing the movement of the torso
Variation – Single leg 1
Lift one leg off carriage and extend it in a staight line behind
you, keeping the shoulders as square as possible pull one leg in
maintaining a neutral back position
Oblicuo 1
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FEET IN STRAPS, LEVEL 1
6 reps
Set up: 2 springs
Bar: Any
Loops: Regular
FOCUS
»» Breath - exhale out/inhale in or inhale out/exhale in
»» Spine to mat or neutral spine
»» Hollow abdominals
»» Abdominal strength
»» Pelvic Stability
»» Hamstring, adductor and gluteal strength
»» Hamstring and adductor flexibility
»» Leg and hip alignment
»» Hip range of motion
PRECAUTIONS
Hip flexor injury, limited hamstring flexibility, back injuries, weak
abdominals
PREREQUISITES
Adequate hamstring flexibility, ability to stabilize the back,
Hundred
STARTING POSITION
Supine on carriage, loops around arches
Leg lowers
Hips stable, begin with inner thighs together, lower and raise legs
Variations: Legs parallel, turned out or turned in Magic circle or
ball between the legs
Scissors
Hips stable, begin with inner thighs together, open legs to sides
and return
Variations: Legs stay over hips, legs move down toward the bar
while carriage moves (V’s)
Circles
Hips stable, begin with inner thighs together, moving legs down
and around in circles or D’s, reverse directions Variations: Legs
parallel, turned out or turned in, or knees in straps
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PULLING STRAPS, LEVEL 1
4 – 8 reps
Springs: 1 - 2 springs Box: Long Loops: Regular
Bar: Low or none
FOCUS
»» Breath – inhale pull, exhale release
Pulling Straps
»» Hip bones to mat
»» Hollow abdominals
»» Triceps, latissimus, lower trap and upper back strength
»» Head in line
»» Scapula placement
»» Leg and torso alignment
PRECAUTIONS
Shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries, some back problems
PREREQUISITES
Ability to lie prone
STARTING POSITION
Pulling Straps with Upper Back Lift
Lie prone on long box with chest off front edge of box, foot bar
down, facing ropes, grasp ropes.
Arms down
Pull ropes to hips along edge of carriage
Arms out to sides
Pull ropes to hips with arms extended out to the side
Upper back lift
Pull ropes along edge of carriage and lift upper back
Triceps press
Pull ropes to hips along edge of carriage, keeping elbows in place,
flex and extend the elbow SWAN (LEVEL 2)
STARTING POSITION
Prone on long box, facing low or middle footbar, hands on bar.
Press out to straight arms, press down on the bar to lift into back
extension, press torso back to flat, bend elbows.
Swan
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SHORT BOX - ABDOMINALS, ALL LEVELS
6 reps
Springs: 4 - 5
Box: Short
Strap: Foot strap
Pole in hands
FOCUS
»» Breath – inhale down/exhale back or exhale down/inhale
back
»» Abdominal strengthening
»» Abdominal hollowing
»» Back strengthening
»» Back flexibility
PRECAUTIONS
Back, neck and shoulder injuries, osteoporosis
PREREQUISITES
Reformer Rollbacks, Cadillac Rollbacks
STARTING POSITION
Sitting on short box, facing footbar, feet under foot strap, knees
slightly bent
Standard Exercise
Roll down with a long curve and roll back up
Oblique variation
Roll down with a long curve, rotate the torso to each side, roll
back up
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PELVIC LIFT, LEVEL 2
6 reps
Springs: 2 - 3
Headrest: Down
FOCUS
»» Breath – exhale up, inhale back, exhale in, inhale roll down
»» Hamstring and gluteal strengthening
»» Abdominal hollowing
»» Pelvic stability
»» Spinal mobility
PRECAUTIONS
Back problems, limited knee flexion, limit roll up with cervical
problems
PREREQUISITES
Mat Pelvic Press
STARTING POSITION
Lying supine, ball of feet or heels on bar, legs parallel or V-feet
and hips externally rotated
Standard Exercise
Roll pelvis up off the carriage, push back, keeping hips at one
level, bring carriage in, roll down
Leg positions
Legs parallel, heels under sit bones
Legs parallel and inner thighs together
Legs in Pilates V with heels together
Heel frame width apart with the hips turned out.
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ARM WORK, LEVEL 1 - 2
4 - 10 reps
Springs: 1-2
Box: long, short or none
Loops: very short, short or regular
Focus
»» Breath – inhale pull/exhale release
Biceps
»» Biceps, triceps, pectoralis and deltoid strengthening
»» Scapular stabilization
»» Torso stabilization
»» Sitting posture
Precautions
Wrist, arm or shoulder problems, back problems with limited
sitting ability
Serve a tray
Sitting variations for all exercises
Sitting on carriage, cross-legged, legs straight or kneeling
Exercises Facing the Straps
Biceps
Holding very short loops in hands, bend elbows to pull straps to
shoulders.
Triceps/Posterior Deltoid
Loops in hands, arms straight, pull straps back level with hips and
pulse arms back
Hug a tree
Exercises Facing Footbar
Serve a tray
Sitting facing footbar, regular loops in hands, elbows bent, reach
forward, straighten arms, open arms to the side palm up and
return
Hug a tree
Sitting facing footbar, regular loops in hands, arms out to sides,
soft elbows, bring fingertips toward each other
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Triceps
STANDING, LEVEL 1 - 3
8 reps
Springs: 1 spring
Standing platform
FOCUS
»» Breath – exhale out, inhale in
»» Adductor and abductor strengthening
»» Abdominal hollowing
»» Standing alignment
»» Balance
PRECAUTIONS
Balance problems
Prerequisites
None
STARTING POSITION
Standing with one foot on standing platform, and one on the
carriage. Face side of the room parallel to the side of the Allegro.
Put the first foot on the frame and the second foot on the
carriage.
Standard Exercise
Stretch legs open, close legs
Leg Position Variations
Legs straight, parallel, turned out
Legs bent, parallel, turned out
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Allegro® Tower Exercises
DEFINITION OF EXERCISE SET-UP TERMS
»» Level: The level of expertise needed to undertake exercise.
»» Reps: How many times the exercise is performed.
»» Springs: Number and location of springs on the Allegro Tower.
»» Loops: Which loops should be used during exercise.*
»» Focus: What should be emphasized during exercise.
»» Precautions: Physical conditions that may limit or exclude a
participant. Exercises may need to be modified for people with
these conditions.
»» Prerequisites: Specific exercises that must be mastered before
undertaking a new exercise.
»» Starting Position: Where to begin the exercise on the Allegro
Tower.
*If applicable
ROLLBACKS, LEVEL 1
Springs: 2 long yellow or 2 short yellow springs from high
position
Reps: 6-10 Rollback Bar or handles
Focus »» Breathing – exhale roll down, inhale at the bottom, exhale to
roll up
»» Balance between abdominals and lumbar extensors
»» Soft neck and shoulders
»» Maintain C-curve
»» Soft hip flexors
Precautions
Shoulder and neck problems, some low back problems,
osteoporosis
Roll Backs
Starting position
Sit facing Tower, holding on to bar or handles, knees soft,
feet on metal bars.
Standard Exercise
Hold bar with arms straight, roll down, curving back and staying
lifted, roll back up maintaining slight flexion in spine
Oblique Variations
»» Wooden bar (Water skiing)
»» Sit diagonally on table, place left foot against pole, cross right
foot over ankle, place left hand on bar and reach right arm
open while rotating torso to the right.
»» Roll down and up maintaining rotation, then switch sides.
Water skiing
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FEET IN STRAPS, LEVEL 1
Reps: 6
Set up: 2 springs
Bar: Any
Loops: Regular
Focus
»» Breath - exhale out/inhale in or inhale out/exhale in
Starting Positions - Leg Lowers 1
Leg Lowers 2
Scissors 1 / Circles 1
Scissors 2
Circles 2
Circles 3
»» Spine to mat or neutral spine
»» Hollow abdominals
»» Abdominal strength
»» Pelvic Stability
»» Hamstring, adductor and gluteal strength
»» Hamstring and adductor flexibility
»» Leg and hip alignment
»» Hip range of motion
Precautions
Hip flexor injury, limited hamstring flexibility, back injuries, weak
abdominals
Prerequisites
Adequate hamstring flexibility, ability to stabilize the back,
Hundred
Starting Position
Supine on carriage, loops around arches
Leg lowers
Hips stable, begin with inner thighs together, lower and raise legs
Variations: Legs parallel, turned out or turned in Magic circle or
ball between the legs
Scissors
Hips stable, begin with inner thighs together, open legs to sides
and return
Variations: Legs stay over hips, legs move down toward the bar
while carriage moves (V’s)
Circles
Hips stable, begin with inner thighs together, moving legs down
and around in circles or D’s, reverse directions Variations: Legs
parallel, turned out or turned in, or knees in straps.
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FEET IN STRAPS SIDELYING – LEVEL 1-3
6-10 reps
Springs: Long springs from middle position
Loops around arches
FOCUS
»» Breath - exhale down/inhale up
»» Correct side-lying position (waist up, hips and shoulders in
line)
»» Hollow abdominals
»» Pelvic stability and isolation of the leg from the pelvis
»» Adductor, medial hamstring and external rotation
strengthening PRECAUTIONS
Some back injuries, knee injuries, and unstable sacroiliac joints
STARTING POSITION
Lie on your side on Allegro Tower with back of body in line with
back edge of mat and legs slightly forward.
Tirar de los aductores
Support body by bracing the bottom arm against upright pole or
resting head on arm.
Place loop around arch
Standard Exercise
Pull top leg down toward bottom leg.
Maintain correct side-lying position.
Variations: parallel, turned-out (larger range of motion), turned-in.
Ovals
Maintaining correct alignment, move top leg in a small circle in
both directions.
Variations: parallel, turned-out, turned-in
Front-Back Kick
Maintaining correct alignment, swing top leg forward and back
(as in the Side Kick on the mat).
Variations: parallel, turned-out, turned-in
Patada hacia el frente y hacia atrás
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FOOT AND LEGWORK, LEVEL 1
10 reps
Springs: 2 long purple springs from the bottom on Pushthrough Bar
Safety strap on
FOCUS
Breath – inhale push, exhale return
Plies
Spine to mat or neutral spine
Leg, ankle and foot alignment
Calf and hamstring flexibility
Foot, ankle and lower leg strength
PRECAUTIONS
Plantarflexion - 2 legs
Back injuries, knee injuries
STARTING POSITION
Supine on Allegro Tower with feet on Push-through Bar, and
springs attached from low position onto the Push-through Bar
Plies
Lie supine with the Push-through Bar in line with anterior hip
crease, flex knees, flex hips, with metatarsals or heels on the bar,
and straighten legs and return.
Plantarflexion - alternating legs
Foot position variations: Heels, Toes
Leg variations: parallel, turned out, v-feet, wide 2nd position,
single leg
Plie/Releve
Lie supine with the Push-through Bar in line with anterior hip
crease, hips flexed, knees bent, metatarsals or toes on the bar.
Push the bar up toward the ceiling straightening the knee,
plantarflex the ankle, dorsiflex the ankle and return.
Variations: parallel, turned out, single leg
Plantarflexion
Lie supine with Push-through Bar in line with anterior hip crease,
legs straight, metatarsals or toes are on bar, plantarflex and
dorsiflex the ankles.
Variations: parallel, turned out, single leg, running in place
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SEATED PUSH THROUGH, LEVEL 1 6 reps
Springs: 1 short red spring from above on Push-through
Bar
FOCUS
»» Breath – exhale stretch forward, inhale stretch up or reverse
»» Spinal flexion and extension
»» Hamstring flexibility
»» Scapula stability/mobility
»» Abdominal hollowing and lift
»» Coordination of breath with spinal mobility
PRECAUTIONS
Some back injuries, shoulder injuries
PREREQUISITES
Mat – Spine Stretch
STARTING POSITION
Sit on table facing Tower, with feet against upright bars, and both
hands on the Push-through Bar (knees can be bent or straight
depending on flexibility).
Standard Exercise
Push bar down, curve spine forward beginning with top of head,
reach the bar forward and stretch.
Return by hollowing out abdominals and stacking one vertebra
on top of another until sitting up on the sit bones.
Press bar up and lean forward from hips with a flat back before
beginning again
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CAT, LEVEL 3 4 reps
Springs: 2 short springs from above on Push-through Bar
FOCUS
»» Breath – exhale roll down, inhale to extend out, exhale pull
back, inhale uncurl.
»» Spinal flexibility
»» Scapula stability/mobility
»» Abdominal hollowing and lift
»» Coordination of breath with full spinal mobility
PRECAUTIONS
Back injuries, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, and osteoporosis
PREREQUISITES
Mat – Cat/camel stretch
STARTING POSITION
Kneeling on table, hands on Push-through Bar with the bar close
to the body.
Standard Exercise
Press bar down and roll the spine down beginning with top of
head.
Reach bar away as spine elongates into extension.
Return by pulling abdominals in and curling spine back into
flexion before stacking vertebra one on top of the other to return
to the starting position. (Keep the hips pressed forward over the
knees as much as possible.)
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CIRCLE SAW, LEVEL 2 4 reps
Springs: 2 short yellow springs from above on Pushthrough Bar
FOCUS
»» Breath – exhale stretch, inhale to circle out, exhale reach,
inhale circle back
»» Spinal flexibility in rotation
»» Scapula stability/mobility
»» Abdominal hollowing and lift
»» Coordination of breath with full spinal mobility
PRECAUTIONS
Some back injuries, shoulder injuries
PREREQUISITES
Mat - Saw
STARTING POSITION
Sit on table facing Tower, with feet against upright bars, right
hand pushing up on the Push-through Bar, left hand reaching
toward right foot.
Standard Exercise
Sweep left hand toward left foot and continue to circle arm
out and around, allowing torso to lean back while maintaining
abdominal lift and torso integrity until the left hand reaches over
the right arm toward the right foot.
Reverse the circle
Do four repetitions using each arm, keep both sit bones anchored
for pelvic stability (or release one slightly to increase stretch).
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SEATED DOUBLE ARMS, LEVEL 1-2
4-10 reps
Springs: 1 - 2 short red springs from high position on
Push-through Bar
Dowel or padded stick
FOCUS
»» Breath – exhale pull, inhale release or inhale pull, exhale
release
»» Scapular stability and mobility
»» Shoulders down
»» Abdominal hollowing
»» Balance on sit bones
PRECAUTIONS
Shoulder injuries, modify for tight adductors
STARTING POSITION
Straddle table facing Tower, hands on Push-through bar, or sit
cross-legged inside frame of Push-through Bar. Can also stand
on outside of Allegro facing Tower.
Empujes con el palo
Pull downs with stick
Hold the dowel or padded stick as wide as possible with palms
facing you.
Pull bar down, focusing on soft neck and upper shoulders.
Return bar to starting position without raising the shoulders.
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