Here at My Pilates Collective, we are dedicated to providing our readers with a complete educational platform on the Pilates practice, it’s many wonderful benefits and, how YOU can incorporate this exercise method into your life in the most convenient and cost effective way possible.

You may already know what a Pilates Reformer is and, you may have even experienced a workout on this incredible machine yourself. If so, that’s fantastic!

If you’re not quite sure on what a Pilates Reformer is and what it does, I urge you to click here where you can read our article on everything you should know about Reformers before going any further.

However, if you have found your way to this review page, it is quite likely that you are looking to purchase a Pilates Reformer for yourself (or someone you know) to be able to practice in the comfort of your own home.

Personally, I am all for this idea and in this article I will be providing you with a complete review on the Stamina AeroPilates XP 557 Reformer in particular.

 

The Product Basics

 

Below are all the fundamental specifications that you need to know:

Brand: Stamina stamina-aeropilates-pro-xp-557-reformer-picture-2

Product Name: AeroPilates XP 557 Reformer

Price: $2876.62 AUD (please note this figure will vary due to your country/currency)

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon

Guarantee: 3 Year Warranty on Frame, 90 Day Warranty on All Parts

Length: 56 Inches

Width: 24 Inches

Height: 17 Inches

Weight: 74.8 Kilograms

Materials: Aluminium, Solid Oak, Other

My Rating: 9/10

 

Product Features & Overall Benefits

 

Now it’s time for me to talk about this machine in a bit more detail because let’s face it… you’re probably looking for answers to the following two questions:

  1.  “Is this Reformer right for me?”
  2. “Is it worth spending my money on this particular Reformer?”

 

For such a long time, Reformers were a piece of equipment that could only be found in a Pilates studio. This meant that in order to take part in this style, we were required to buy expensive class packs and memberships to gain access to this machinery.

Luckily, that is now a thing of the past!

Now, we are able to purchase this versatile workout machine for ourselves to use in the comfort of our own homes. We are able to workout in our own time, at our own pace, without distraction and without feeling pressured.

Below is a detailed list of all the incredible features of the Stamina AeroPilates Pro XP 557 Reformer:

 

  • Stylish solid oak wood and aluminum design

 

  • Silver frame raised 15 inches off the ground for ease

 

  • Adjustable/removable foot bar with 3 alternate positions

 

  • 1x Large, free-form cardio rebounder (can be used instead of foot bar)

 

  • Comfortable, foam padded shoulder rests

 

  • Padded head rest with 3 alternate positions stamina-aeropilates-pro-xp-557-reformer-picture-4

 

  • Soft hand and feet straps

 

  • 4 steel springs with differing levels of resistance

 

  • Smooth aluminum rails with ball bearing wheels

 

  • Over 300 potential exercises

 

  • 2x Workout DVD’s included in the package

 

  • Wheels at the base (on one end) to make moving the machine a breeze

 

 

As well as all the physical features listed above, there are countless personal benefits that this remarkable machine will bring you. The AeroPilates saying is that this is not just a machine but an actual lifestyle. I believe this to be very true!

Whilst the advantages could go on forever (so to speak), there are a handful of key benefits that I think you ought to know about. These are just some of the amazing benefits you could expect from regular use of this machine:

 

  • Increased mobility and flexibility
  • Weight loss
  • Improved posture
  • Mental clarity
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Relief from joint-pain
  • A full-body workout
  • Muscular toning
  • Relaxation
  • Enhanced endurance
  • A cost-effective and convenient fitness solution
  • A fun, dynamic training style or hobby

 

 

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The great thing about having a reformer of your own is that you can choose to workout as vigorously or as gently as you like, when you like. You can create a fully customisable workout depending on your own individual situation and fitness level.

As you begin to get better at the practice, stronger and more confident, you are easily able to increase the technicality of your workout and harden the spring resistance.

If at any time you’re after more of a cardio workout, you can simply fold down the foot bar and add on the free-form cardio rebounder to get your heart-rate pumping. The free-form rebounder will allow you to undertake your exercises whilst jumping or bouncing, in turn increasing the difficulty and pace of your workout.

It really is a rarity for Reformers to come with a FREE cardio rebounder. These accessories are usually a costly add-on which is one of the many reasons as to why this particular package is a bargain in my opinion.

Also, this machine (or any home reformer for that matter) is a low-impact workout choice. This method is absolutely perfect for those who suffer from pesky joint-pains, injuries etc. The Reformer is a multipurpose machine that literally anyone can use and it’s a piece of equipment that when chosen correctly, you will have for a lifetime.

Did I mention that it’s SUCH a fun way to workout too! 🙂

 

Let’s Talk About Value for Money

 

This tends to be the first thing I talk about when giving advice to people who ask whether they should spend their money on a studio membership or, on purchasing their own Reformer for home use.

Which option is going to give you more value for money?

Let’s compare the price of a standard studio membership to the cost of a Reformer machine that you can have in your own home. Take my own personal experience for this example…

Just last year, I was paying a hefty $55.00 (AUD) per week to attend a maximum of 3x Reformer classes each week. This meant that if I used all 3 classes each week (which I did) I was getting each class for $18.33 (AUD) as opposed to the $25.00 (AUD) that they were charging for an individual class.

Now, this tends to be quite standard for studio prices across the board and in some cases they will actually charge more than this. Overall, for an entire 12 months’ worth of membership at this studio, it equated to $2860.00 AUD.

As you will notice, this is the same price (or very close) to the Stamina AeroPilates Pro XP 557 Reformer. Undeniably, it is a lot of money. Money stamina-aeropilates-pro-xp-557-reformer-amazon-pricethat majority of us don’t have lying around for a rainy day.

However, if you are someone who really enjoys Pilates, who knows all too well the vast benefits of this practice and, you intend on doing Pilates not just for one year but for many years to come… it really is a no brainer.

For the price you pay attending Pilates classes for one year (3 times per week maximum), you can purchase your own Reformer for home use, have it for a lifetime and be able to use it as many times throughout the week as you like. This works out to be far more cost effective in the long run.

Personally, I chose to set up my own home gym with a Pilates reformer (not just for me but for other family members to use as well) and I have never looked back on paying for expensive classes. It was the best decision I made to keep doing what I love for a minimal price and maximum convenience.

 

What I Love About This Machine

 

First things first, what I love about the Stamina AeroPilates Pro XP 557 Reformer is the fact that it’s what I would call the ultimate “middle-range” option.

Sure it’s quite a lot of money upfront but if you look at Reformers at each end of the scale, you’ll quickly discover that this sits comfortably in the middle in terms of price but, it provides features and inclusions that you would expect from a studio quality Reformer. You can easily expect to stamina-aeropilates-pro-xp-557-reformerpay upwards of $5,000.00 AUD for one of them.

Secondly, I really like that this machine is a fantastic length as opposed to many “space saving and compact” options. I think that this is a very important factor as so many people out there (especially men) need a Reformer to be a practical length. This machine is perfect for all due to this reason.

As well as this, I love that the XP comes with some incredible inclusions in it’s Amazon package. As you will have read earlier, it comes inclusive of a Free-Form Cardio Rebounder and 2x Workout DVD’s to get you started.

I also can’t go past the fact that this Reformer is stunning in design. I personally have a modern home so, I didn’t want to go buying a chunky, ugly looking Reformer that would stick out like a sore thumb. I was after something that would look sleek, elegant, high-quality and fit in with the rest of my home décor.

 

Things I Don’t Love About This Machine

 

Whilst it’s all well and good for me to talk to you about the things I love, I think it’s also very important for me to address the things that I don’t necessarily like so that you can judge for yourself whether it’s the right item for you or not.

One thing that immediately caught my attention (in a negative way) was the fact that this machine is heavy and it takes up a decent amount of room. I myself live in a spacious, suburban home so having this machine in my gym hasn’t been a problem for my family. However, I could imagine that if you live in a smaller home or a tight apartment, you may have issues with the size of this Reformer.

Another thing that I didn’t like was that this Reformer only comes with a 4 spring resistance. To be fair, that really is all that anybody needs (no matter their size or fitness level) but, compared to other Reformer machines on the market, I think the company should have included more springs for this price.

 

My Concluding Thoughts

 

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As a final note, I would have to say that this is probably my favourite option on the market at present and it has been for some time.

If you thoroughly enjoy the Pilates practice as I do, you wish to be able to workout in the comfort of your own home and, you’re not afraid to spend a little bit of money in doing so… I think that the Stamina AeroPilates Pro XP 557 Reformer is perfect!

All in all, it’s a beautiful looking Reformer, the quality is second to none, it holds up to 300 pounds in weight so you don’t have to worry about it not being sturdy, it comes with excellent inclusions, a 3-year warranty and, above all else it’s a super comfy machine to use.

 

Thank-you so much for taking the time to read through this review and if you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to put them in a comment below. I will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible 🙂

Yours Truly,

Kiara – Site Founder

My Pilates Collective

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38 Comments

  1. This is a really nicely designed device for pilating. Building stamina is very important while exercising,  but not everyone pay attention to that aspect during work out session.  We are usually focused on the visible or obvious part of our body. Building your stamina is very essential as well and this device would make quite a huge difference compared to other means of building stamina. The price is a bit on the high side for me, but i feel the device is worth it.

    1. Hi Benson, thanks for your comment 🙂

      This is very true, too often we find ourselves only caring about the “physical” aspect of our fitness journey that we forget how important the internal transformation is. 

  2. Thanks for sharing with us about the pirate reformer machines and thanks for providing a link to us who didn’t know what a pirate reformer machine is and what it does that was interesting, in addition I have got to know the features of the stamina aeropilates pro-xp-557 reformer and also its benefits thanks for sharing admin 

  3. Very informative review, I liked it for your thoroughness and honesty. I know it’s marketed towards women but Im a guy and I use Pilates to mix up my routine now and then. I don’t do Pilates often enough to need a Stamina AeroPilates XP 557 Reformer machine myself, but my cousin owns one, I think this same model. Sometimes when she busy I will sneak over and give her machine a whirl, it’s really good. My only complaint is that it wasn’t designed for heavy resistance,  but I guess that isn’t the point of Pilates anyways lol. It’s a nice machine, well worth the price of admission if you do Pilates routinely. 

    1. Hey Sean, thanks for your comment 🙂

      That’s awesome to hear that your cousin owns one of these machines herself and enjoys it, it really is a great buy. 

      It provides an excellent full-body workout for men and women alike and, whilst Reformers aren’t designed for the amount of resistance that bulky gym pieces are… the adjustable springs allow you to customise your resistance to your own personal needs 🙂

  4. Fantastic review!

    The 3-year warranty on the frame is really good and beats some of the others I have looked at. It is great as you say, that we can now use one in the comfort of our own home rather than paying for memberships at gyms and studios.

    I was happy to hear that it comes with 2 workout DVD’s especially once you said there are over 300 exercises that can be done on the reformer.

    I have been looking at these machines as I have arthritis and I am constantly looking for ways to improve my flexibility, posture and generally relieve any pain do you believe this machine can help me? I suppose I know my own limits and can build up the intensity at my own pace.

    Thank you for showing how cost-effective this machine is and thank you for an honest review, much appreciated!

    1. Hi Andy, thanks for your lovely feedback 🙂

      Absolutely, I think this machine would be perfect for you. Reformer Pilates is one of the gentlest yet effective ways to improve flexibility, posture, strength and fitness.

      It is a fantastic option for people who do suffer from joint pain and in your case arthritis as it’s a low-impact form of training and the padding provides your joints with comfort and protection whilst exercising.

      I highly recommend this for you 🙂
       

  5. Very nicely done a professional looking site and a great product to promote.Images are evenly spaced, text is readable (easy on the eyes) and informative. All in all it is a good looking site, One thing only, on your equipment page some of your text needs to be adjusted (It’s all in the left column) well done and Good Luck!

  6. Hi, Kiara!

    Thank you for the in-depth review of this awesome Pilates machine.

    I especially like how you brought the benefits of buying a Pilates Reformer instead of paying endless memberships.

    Indeed, for anyone looking to practice Pilates for many years to come, it is best to purchase a machine like this and use it as much as you want in the comfort of your own home.

    I will consider buying it for my wife who enjoys practicing Pilates too!

    BR,
    Ionut

    1. Hi Voicu, thanks for your kind feedback 🙂

      I’m so pleased to hear that you enjoyed reading the article and that it has inspired you to purchase an in-home reformer for your wife. You won’t regret it!

      Have a great day!

  7. Stamina AeroPilates Pro looks fantastic as per this review and I came to be known about it for the first time. Price is, of course, a bit higher, but your mentioned positives also to be considered. Because considering the pros it looks fine for its price.

    To be honest, I am not a fitness folk but am an expert in online marketing related matters, and due to this reason, recently one of my bodybuilder friends requested me to search out a reformer. It’s great to get Stamina AeroPilates Pro and I am going to suggest him about this model. But I also need to inform him about its overall uses. You have mentioned it can be used for multi-purpose; can you please explain the details?

    Thanking you.

    1. Thank-you for your feedback, I’m so happy to hear that this article has provided you with some valuable information.

      Absolutely, I am more than happy to explain how the AeroPilates Pro XP is a multipurpose machine 🙂

      Basically, whatever muscle group you are wishing to target… this machine can do. Whether you are wanting a full-body, lower body, upper body, cardio-based, gentle flow, stretch session, posture improving exercises etc this machine is perfect for all kinds of workouts, fitness goals and types of people.

      Majority of the time I will use my machine for a vigorous, full-body workout but sometimes when I need something really gentle, I will do a series of stretches and lengthening exercises instead.

      This machine is also perfect for assisting with joint-pain, back pain, various injuries etc.

      I hope this helps and if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

  8. I am a ballroom dancing and very competitive and I have heard about pilates for helping with stamina but did not believe it or understand.
    This article has made so much sense and I will be getting it for my when I have my own house soon as it is a great way to work out at home.
    Thank you again

    1. Hi Thabo, thank-you for your feedback!

      I’m glad to hear that this article has been helpful for you and that it has inspired you to purchase a reformer for yourself 🙂

  9. Trying to get my pilate on, it will be a good pick for me to go for this very awesome machine seeing how great it works. I think that to be able to make use of the AeroPilates XP 557 Reformer will be very fun for me. I see that there are so much that this has to offer, so much so that the company refers to it as a lifestyle. That’s good. I should save up for this so i will bookmark this post.

    1. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed this post 🙂

      It really is SUCH a fun way to workout, I used to dread exercising until I found a love for Pilates. It will be the best thing you purchase for your health & fitness!

      Let me know if you ever have any questions 🙂

  10. What i like about this review is the fact that you have used the product itself and can tell us exactly how it is so i can be rest assured that your review is an accurate insight. The AeroPilates XP 557 Reformer looks pretty good. I have been saving up for my home gym because of the cost of signing up at the fitness centre. The only problem i might face with this reformer is the issue of the space it takes, but i should be able to work that out though. Thank you!

    1. Thanks for your feedback John!

      When I purchased this Reformer for my home gym I was a little worried it would take up way too much space but I was pleasantly surprised. I have my home gym set-up in a standard sized bedroom and I can still fit other (smaller) pieces of equipment in there no worries 🙂

      I’m glad this article has been of help to you, let me know if you have any questions.

  11. This is a really detailed and interesting review of AeroPilates XP 557 Reformer, it’s a very useful equipments with much benefits for people who loves to work on their physical self. I’ll love to have one of it, i really like the fact that it can be used for various activities and also because it has a dynamic style. I believe the price is really fair for the kind of services it renders. Thanks.

    1. Hi James, thank-you for your comment 🙂

      It really is such a versatile machine. With over 300 different exercises that you can perform on it, I believe it’s an awesome price considering so many people spend $1000’s on seperate pieces of equipment over time. 

  12. I’m a workout fan so I always enjoy reading through articles like this that contains useful and sensible information about products that can improve my workout experience. This is not an exception, I like AeroPilates XP 557 reformer and it’s features, it’s really rare to see equipments with that much benefits, I know most people will go for it for the fact that it works for weight loss. I’ll share this with some of the gyms I train with.

    1. Hi Wilde, thanks for your feedback. I’m happy to hear that you found this article to be helpful 🙂

      Thank-you for sharing this post, let me know if you or anyone you know has any questions.

  13. Nice machine. I guess that if you have the space and the budget then buying it will save you a lot of money in the long term. But I am sure that the biggest problem here will definitely is space as most people don’t have so much space for such a machine. But I can see the value it has for those lucky enough to live in big houses.

    1. Thanks for your comment 🙂

      Indeed, this machine may pose as a problem for those who have little to no space in their homes.

      In those such cases, Mat Pilates is an excellent alternative 🙂

  14. Thanks for this review of The Stamina AeroPilates Pro XP 557 Reformer. I would love to use this in an open space with enough air and maybe this is the reason why the size is properly fit for more space.

    You mentioned about the spring that you would want an additional if possible. I would like to ask if the strength of the springs are according to the need of everyone who uses it so it could be adjustable. Meaning, if a stronger one needs more springs then it will be added and when a beginner needs fewer springs then it will be removed?

    1. Hi Accad, thank-you for your query. 

      That is absolutely right, although there are only 4 springs these can be adjusted so that the user can have as much or as little resistance as you need 🙂

      This is fantastic because as you get stronger, you can keep increasing the weight of the springs. 

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

  15. Fantastic review Kiara!

    I love my gym, running and swimming and being on the beautiful Gold Coast it is so easy to spend time outside. I have always wanted to have a go at pilates but never really new a lot about it. Your review has opened my eyes greatly.

    This is a great looking and sturdy machine. Love it and the exercises look great too.

    I will definitely read your article again. One of my goals this year was to lose a bit of belly fat. Not that I am overweight in any shape or form but as you get older that little pot slowly increases haha! This would certainly help.

    keep the great posts coming!

    Kev

    1. Hey Kevin, thanks for your feedback. It is so important for us all to spend time getting outdoors and luckily it’s super easy for us Queenslanders 🙂

      I’m delighted to hear that this article has taught you a lot and that you’re considering giving Pilates a go for yourself.

      I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it heaps! 🙂

      Have a great day and let me know if you ever have any questions.

  16. Hi, Kiara,
    I practiced Pilates for a long time in the past and have been thinking of picking it up. However, I never used any machines, only my body. I loved the benefits I got, but then I quit. Anyway, I’ve been looking into Pilates classes and they’re really expensive. Plus, their schedules don’t really work for me. Having my own Reformer at home sounds like a good idea. I might give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Enrique, it sounds like a home Reformer would be the perfect option for you!

      I myself found the classes to be way too overpriced and, the schedules always conflicted with my work times. Mat Pilates is wonderful but I hear you, it can get a bit repetitive and for someone who is after a challenge… probably not the best style of Pilates.

      That’s where the Reformer is a fantastic option, you have over 300+ exercises you can perform on the single machine and you’re able to adjust the spring resistance accordingly.

      Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  17. Wow this is a pretty cool machine. I haven’t seen this one yet and I’m glad your article was so informative. I really learned a lot here. Its nice to have some pretty cool options for working out besides the gym. These home machines keep getting better. Thanks for the great read!

  18. Hi, Kiara, I am really excited about this post because I have been looking for a Pilates machine similar to this for my mom. She’s a more reserved person so she really doesn’t like to go out and do much of anything. I absolutely love the way you go over the different health benefits of this product. Overall exercise is very good for you no matter what stage in life you are. I personally love to work out and eat healthily so I would definitely give this I try if I can.

    1. Thank-you for your comment Viviana, I’m happy to hear that this has been of benefit to you 🙂

      It sounds like it would be the perfect option for your Mother. My mum is considering buying one herself, they sound like they are very similar people!

      My mum suffers from a bad back and arthritis, she has given my home Reformer a go and has found it to be wonderful for her. She really enjoys it.

      Let me know if you ever have any questions 🙂

  19. What a fantasticly designed piece of kit! Definitely would be interested in buying this one if I had the cash, might need to make it a goal for tax time or something. Love that it’s in AUD (fellow aussie here) Like how it has all the different attachments and looks pretty sturdy in the materials used, definitely a high build quality. Look forward to checking out more on your site!

    All the best

    -Will 🙂

    1. Thanks for your feedback Will, it sure is an awesome machine!

      I can assure it is definitely a sturdy piece of equipment built to last, a bargain for what you get with it if you ask me 🙂

      Glad to hear you enjoyed this post, have a great day!

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