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delivers top performance in a space-saving design

SAN DIEGO, June 28, 2002 –

STOTT PILATES will offer a sneak preview of their latest fitness innovation at the World Fitness IDEA trade show, June 29 to July 2, 2202, at the Dan Diego Convention Center. The new Rack & Roll Reformer provides all the versatility, precision and craftsmanship of the company’s best-selling "Professional" model in a streamlined, space-saving, stackable design. Now clubs, clinics and studios with limited floor space can offer private or small-group Reformer-based programming without compromising on equipment quality or dedicating a permanent area to equipment. STOTT’s new Reformers can be rolled in for a session and then quickly racked up and out-of-the-way.

"We’ve received incredible demand over the past several years, from facility owners and instructors alike, to manufacture a high quality Reformer that would accommodate both space constraints and performance demands," says Lindsay Merrithew, the President and C.E.O of STOTT PILATES, who plays a hands-on role in the company’s equipment manufacturing. "In responding to this demand, we took our time in research and development to engineer a sleek, safe and fully adjustable Reformer that is both durable and stackable."

With a list price of U.S. $2,395, the Rack & Roll Reformer is a bed-like apparatus with a gliding ‘carriage’ platform employing spring resistance and a unique rope-and-pulley system to facilitate more than 100 STOTT PILATES stretch and strength exercises. The Reformer provides progressive resistance to enhance neuromuscular function, challenge core stability and improve flexibility without impacting the joints. Exercises can be performed in a sitting, lying, kneeling and even standing position to achieve a total mind-body workout.

"Facilities can now choose from a variety of Reformer models to meet their programming and business needs," adds Merrithew. "With the Rack & Roll, one can offer personal training sessions or small group classes on the Reformers by rolling them into a multi-purpose room when needed, and stacking them off to the side when not. It’s a practical, profitable solution."

Geared towards fitness professionals, athletic trainers, physical therapists and avid home users, the full size Rack & Roll Reformer can be used by exercisers of any size or ability level. Like all STOTT PILATES Reformers, the Rack & Roll has a patented whisper-smooth rolling mechanism that ensures superior carriage travel and safety, and has adjustable gear bar, carriage stopping mechanism, footbar and pulley heights. It can also accommodate a jump board and rotational disk board for high performance exercises and post rehabilitation. The carriage is padded with dense evazote (EVA) foam and covered with high quality vinyl (available in 85 colors) to maximize comfort and minimize wear. STOTT springs are nickel-plated and heat-treated to guarantee tension quality and integrity. The 120-pound, 15-1/2-inch high unit can be set up or folded down in less than a minute, then easily stacks away for convenient storage. Easy-roll wheels make it simple to move or reposition the Reformer, and a custom dolly allows users to roll a full stack of five out of the way. All STOTT PILATES Reformers are accompanied by a 5-year limited warranty.

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All products can be ordered through STOTT PILATES by calling toll-free in North America 1-800-910-0001 or online at

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STOTT PILATES, a subsidiary of the Merrithew Corporation, is the only full-service organization of its kind providing high-caliber pilates education, videos and equipment worldwide. Founded in Toronto in 1988 by Lindsay G. Merrithew and Moira Merrithew, the company’s mission is to promote the benefits of mind-body fitness worldwide. Visit