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A Guide to Pilates Equipment

There are endless options for exercise videos and equipment that you can buy to use in your home, if you are trying to shed weight and shape up. However, care must be taken that you do not concentrate on just one part of your body.

The most popular of all equipment is the Pilates Reformer. It is a sophisticated system of springs, straps and pulleys. You can perform more than 100 exercises on this versatile piece of equipment.

There is a gliding platform on which one can sit, kneel, stand or lie on the front, back or side. There is a foot bar which is pushed and pulled by the user using the arms, legs, wrists and ankles to slide back and forth along the rails in a controlled manner.

The Pilates Reformer is recommended for establishing torso stability and postural alignment. The adjustable springs allow for progressive resistance, which helps to lengthen and strengthen the muscles.

The Reformer is a fixture in Pilates studios and gyms as well as places like rehabilitation clinics. A more economical, compact, and portable model such as the Allegro is available to cater towards group classes.

Prices are in the $2000-$4000 range for various models of quality Reformers.

Another popular piece of equipment is the Pilates Cadillac, which is also known as ‘The Rack’ and ‘Trapeze Table.” It is one of the most effective and versatile pieces of exercise equipment, and is a bridge between exercise and physical therapy.

The Cadillac is a raised horizontal table-top surrounded by a four-poster frame on which various bars, straps, springs and levers are fixed. Standard models include a push-through bar (which can be sprung from above or below), a roll-down bar, a trapeze or cross bar, arm springs, leg springs, thigh and ankle cuffs and even fuzzy hanging loops.

Several manufacturers have combined the Reformer and Cadillac to make hybrid models.

There is also Pilates Chair, also known as the Wunda Chair, for carrying out more than 75 exercises involving push-up-like moves with the arms. The price of a basic Pilates Chair starts at around $700 but can be more than $1200.

Pilates Ladder Barrels, consisting of ladder-like rungs and a rounded barrel-like surface, enable a multitude of stretching, strengthening and flexibility exercises. Professional-quality ladder barrels come in the $900 to $1500 range.

For mat workouts, there are Pilates Arc Barrels, which are upholstered arches that help support the back and shoulders. They are great rehabilitative tools for those recovering from stress, tension or injury. They range in price from $130 to $230.

The Pilates Spine Corrector has a sort of a whistle shape, with a semi-circular arch plus an angled step or seat. The unit is effective for stretching the spine and shoulders in a way that is safe, stable, and supported. Pricing is in the $300 to $450 range.

Enerpac Lifting Equipment

Enerpac was founded in 1959 and began manufacturing hydraulic equipment. It has gone through many changes over the years but one thing has remained, Enerpac’s driving desire to manufacture hydraulic equipment of exceptional quality and to a very high standard that is able to do the job for which it was intended. Over the next 20 years, they gained a reputation for the manufacture and development of a whole range of hydraulic and other precision engineered tools. They were innovative and came up with new types of equipment, some of which went on to really change the way things were being done. During the 1980s, Enerpac developed the actuation system for convertible roofs on cars. Using a hydraulic system to raise and fold down the roof was quite a revelation, it all had to be done manually before that and could take considerable time to achieve. These hydraulic systems were cutting edge and updated versions are still in use today by major vehicle manufacturers which use hard roofs such as VW, Ford, Audi and Peugeot. In 2000, Enerpac was taken over by the Actuant Corporation which has a longer but equally illustrious history.

Actuant was founded in 1910 but was then known as American Grinder and Manufacturing and was an engineering firm which produced pumps for the engines of Ford’s Model T motor car. The company changes its name from American Grinder and Manufacturing to Blackhawk Manufacturing and continued engineering but began to focus on hydraulics. In 1961, Blackhawk Manufacturing is rebranded as Applied Power Industries. In 1970 Power-Packer is founded, it is a subsidiary based in the Netherlands. This company develops and manufactures motion control systems for a variety of industries including the motor industry, medical, marine and agriculture. It also makes the actuation systems developed by Enerpac and these are used by automotive manufacturers all around the globe. During the 80s and 90s, Applied Power continues to acquire businesses and develop as a multi-national company. In the year 2000, Applied Power changed its name to Actuant Corporation and acquired Enerpac.

Since being amalgamated, Enerpac has been instrumental in the construction of many of the world’s iconic structures including the Athens Olympic Stadium, the Millau viaduct in France and the Birds Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing. It is not just the construction of buildings and bridges that Enerpac is involved in, in 2009, Enerpac developed the stage using its synchronous lift system for U2′s 360 degree tour.

Enerpac manufactures high quality tools and components for a large number of industries. Products include hydraulic pumps, hydraulic jacks, hydraulic clamping and hydraulic torque wrenches. Some of the industries served include infrastructure, buildings, manufacturing, the oil and gas industry and shipbuilding. Enerpac do not believe in a one size fits all, they can tailor all your requirements to customize the perfect solution for your business.

Engineering has always been at the heart of the business and will continue to be. With the company’s innovative approach to engineering and development, the future looks very bright indeed.

Online Business Marketing: Barriers To Launching Your Online Business (And How To Overcome Them)

One of the biggest success stories in recent years has been the number of coaches, consultants, trainers and therapists or other specialist service providers who have reduced the number of one-to-one clients, and transformed their business and their revenues by moving their business online.

And you do want to transform your business and revenue don’t you?

Well of course you do, because the benefits of achieving the goal of reducing your physical face-to-face time, and seeing a massive hike in revenues are many, including being more selective of who you want to work with, and being able to live the life that you choose.

There are many ways of doing this and yet there are so many barriers that will hinder your progress, no doubt you’ve encountered some of them.

In this article you will discover the five main barriers to launching your business online and how you can easily overcome them.

Barrier #1: Getting stuck by your own beliefs

One of the biggest hurdles to launching your business online is your own beliefs: the belief that stop you from achieving what you want, because it’s all too easy for us to get in our own way of success.

How to overcome it: the two key things that you must do is first, overcome your own limiting beliefs and secondly focus on your client’s needs instead of your own needs.

Barrier #2: No product creation strategy

Many people launched their online business without a product creation strategy and they have no plan how clients are going to move from being prospects, to being customers and then, to becoming high-end customers.

How to overcome it: Create a product creation strategy that also encompasses a customer journey strategy.

Barrier #3: No marketing plan

It sounds a cliché, however if you don’t know where you going you won’t know when you have there, so one of the biggest pitfalls that I see, is having no marketing plan.

How to overcome it: So the simple solution is to create a 12 month marketing plan.

Barrier #4: Selling your own solutions

It’s all too easy, especially if we have a background as a service provider that we convert our expertise into a coaching services or coaching product, without understanding if that is what our target market really needs.

How to overcome it: ask your potential client what their biggest challenges are, or how can you best support them in their business.

Barrier #5: Not taking action

Many coaches that I encounter have turned procrastination into an art form and will create many excuses that prevent them from launching their business online.

What to do instead?

I have to pay credit here to one of my mentors Jeff Herring who gave me a simple tip about procrastination “just put it off till later”.

Bonus tip

The biggest barrier to launching your online business is having the wrong MindSet because the MindSet that you need to launch an online business is the MindSet of the online entrepreneur or online marketer instead of that of the coach.