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Malibu Pilates - What Do You Know?

By November 10, 2008

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I try to stay up on significant trends in Pilates. But there is one trend, Malibu Pilates, that I've had a hard time embracing. I've been curious enough to look at some ads and check out the Malibu Pilates website. So far, I've got a sense that Malibu Pilates might be another Pilates knock off that is mostly about looks and not tuned in at all to the other aspects of Pilates that I consider critical like core strength, alignment, and the body/mind connection as reflected in the Pilates principles.

But I don't want to judge Malibu Pilates without really knowing about it. I've been asking around and so far I haven't found anyone at the studio or in my area who has the Malibu Pilates chair and DVD. I'm also doubting that Malibu Pilates is going to up and send me a chair and DVD to review (who knows?). So in the meantime, I'm asking you. Have you tried the Malibu Pilates workout? Did you like it or not? Why? Please leave a comment below and tell me what you think.

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November 11, 2008 at 5:46 pm
(1) Myrrh says:

I think that I personally would be wary about any style of working out that was more about looks than solid fitness principles. The article on Pilates principles that you linked to was really helpful for me; thanks!

November 12, 2008 at 1:37 pm
(2) Baycamper says:

I saw the commercial and asked my Pilates coach. She had seen the same infomercial so I asked her what she thought. She said it looked really good and the price was great. My coach owns her own Pilates/Massage studio (mind/body) and has the authentic cadillac, reformer, chair and some other equipment I cannot yet identify. Since I often use the chair in my sessions, along with the cadillac and reformer and box, I think it could be an enhancement for home use to those who may have a reformer or practice Pilates mat routines. In my research, I read many reviews and those who decided not to use them after buying, were astounded at the cost to ship back, due to the weight. Many reviews were very satisfied, no complaints that I can remember. Check it out yourself…do a search for Malibu Pilates!
P.S. Ebay is full of them at times, but the price is usually right in line with the infomercial.

November 12, 2008 at 2:12 pm
(3) Maria says:

I am a certified pilates instructor. I purchased the Malibu Pilates Chair for my own home use. I like it! It is sturdy, compact and easy to use. The price is great. The infomercial with all the young “Malibu” types + petite Susan Lucci is a little misleading only if you believe that just buying this chair will give you that body type. The Instructional CD’s are fine.

November 16, 2008 at 9:25 pm
(4) Kate says:

I too am a certifed pilates instructor. I have a malibu chair for personal use. It’s ok – tho’ not enough tension range in the springs. Neither is the same range of repertoire possible as on the standard, but enough to get a good workout. There seems little emphasis on alignment or the mind/body connection. In fact, there seems little overt mention of the principles. There are modifications and (limited) progressions offered for most exercises.
The thing I like most about the Malibu style is it tries to add a bit of an aerobic edge to the method – lots of pumps and more than the standard number of reps.
The thing I like least about the Malibu style is the repertoire they offer is way too challenging to those new to the method – pike (pull up), step backs (mountain climber) and corkscrew, just to name a few, are presented in the introductory dvd and are some of the “10 makeover moves”. There is little in the way advising the practitioner that these are exercises requiring a good warm up first, a strong grasp of foundation repertoire and competent instruction. Not only are novices likely to hurt themselves or aggravate physical issues, they are also likely to find it all too hard and give up pilates.

November 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm
(5) Deb says:

I bought the Malibu pilates machine and the first time i tried to use it; it broke. a small spring popped off and the top was twisted towards the ground . I am not too heavy about 170. Do not buy this product. Just follow Mari Winsor’s dvd’s and you get great results. I thought, oh a machine and the ads made it sound great; it is horrible.

December 13, 2008 at 8:04 am
(6) lisa says:

i recently purchased the malibu pilates chair and love it. the videos are instructive, there are options for more challenging or less demanding workouts, depending on your level of fitness. i have had a more traditional pilates machine in the past and find this to be much more of a workout – the results i’ve achieved in just two weeks are impressive. it also makes you feel good – some of the stretching routines feel great.
there is a drawback to this apparatus. malibu pilates is not for everyone. if you’re not athletic and don’t have some degree of agility, i can see where people might have difficulty with the chair. there is a lot of balancing on small surfaces.
so, if you’re new to exercise and don’t feel that you’d be comfortable, quite literally climbing up and down as well as on and off a chair surface that measures app. 20″ by 12″ malibu pilates may not be for you.
personally, i like it very much.

December 22, 2008 at 5:25 pm
(7) tina says:

I like it a loot. u can do nice training with it, and its just so funn. i dont feel the time on it. It realy speaks to me. I never dremt about thise results after 4 childeren and im back in trac. Might be a help that i tryed pilates before. My mum and uncle didnt feel like me with the machin, but they dont like training mutch…on u tube you can find other training because the dvd is based on supersafe, still very good dvds too.

December 29, 2008 at 7:07 pm
(8) susuana says:

I want to buy it on ebay, but the prices seem too good to be true. do you know how they can sell them for $150 when the site sells it for 400?

December 29, 2008 at 7:28 pm
(9) Marguerite says:

My experience with e-bay is that things get bid up very high at the last minute. If you try e-bay, make sure the seller has a good reputation. And let us know how it goes!

Marguerite, Your guide to Pilates here at About.com

December 31, 2008 at 6:04 am
(10) Gabreille says:

I ordered one (new) on Ebay, and it should be delivered in 2 days. It started at 50.00 and although I was outbid twice, I learned not to bid until the last few minutes. This one was a final 100.00 with shipping. The seller got great reviews on all products and this seemed wholesale. Will update!

January 2, 2009 at 1:45 pm
(11) Santasi says:

I ordered mine from Ebay and it was $149.75 including shipping. It came in a very short period of time from a seller with a too reputation. I haven’t assembled it but it does look like it might be a great product. Malibu Pilates is now offering an Accelerated Package that includes extended handles and two dvd’s for $60 plus s&h. I tried ordering this package but the computer was not setup for orders. I will give an update when I have resolved these issues.

January 9, 2009 at 6:46 pm
(12) Gabrielle says:

Mine came today, great shape, everything as stated and I had my first workout. Some were easy, some very difficult, so I think I will enjoy it.

January 13, 2009 at 4:17 pm
(13) Erika says:

I bought one off ebay right before christmas for around $75 (including shipping!) and have been using it for the last 2 weeks. Love it! I’m already seeing results, the exercises go quickly and are challenging, and best of all, every workout feels like the best massage of my life. I’ve never tried pilates before and am not particularly athletic, although I am fairly flexible. It was much more difficult for my husband who has greater strength but less range of motion. Still, I highly recommend it, and ebay is a great way to purchase it at a bargain price.

January 14, 2009 at 6:20 am
(14) Gabrielle says:

I agree, the chair is great but not worth 300.00. Mine was new at 77.00 and for that a great bargain.I can even use it with my free weights in the future or a regular bench

January 26, 2009 at 8:28 pm
(15) Parnz says:

Hi, I recieved my malibu pilates last week and have done three workouts, one x 20 minutes and 2 x 45 minutes. I was more than pleased with how it arrived, its assembly, and quality. I love this machine and can honestly say to anyonw that it does really work your body like it claims to. It is not all too hard but some exercises may prove difficult for some. Buy it, keep it use it and lose it! The bad reviews are predominantly coming from people who dont use it enough. its a great workout

January 26, 2009 at 8:28 pm
(16) Parnz says:

Hi, I recieved my malibu pilates last week and have done three workouts, one x 20 minutes and 2 x 45 minutes. I was more than pleased with how it arrived, its assembly, and quality. I love this machine and can honestly say to anyonw that it does really work your body like it claims to. It is not all too hard but some exercises may prove difficult for some. Buy it, keep it use it and lose it! The bad reviews are predominantly coming from people who dont use it enough. its a great workout

January 27, 2009 at 12:59 pm
(17) catherine says:

I am looking for the Malibu Pilates chair but not for $300. Somwhere between $75 and $100.
Gabriella who did you purchase yours from?

January 30, 2009 at 5:55 pm
(18) cici says:

I bought a Malibu Pilates Chair on eBay and I’m not sure it was the real deal. The pictures make it look like it has a silver/brushed stainless sort of finish and mine was more of a medium gray almost painted-looking metal. The real problem was that one of the brackets was bent upon arrival and the pedals didn’t go up more than half way so you couldn’t do some of the exercises correctly. Those of you who bought on eBay – did your MP Chair seem “real”?

February 2, 2009 at 6:07 am
(19) Gabrielle says:

Mine was new from Ebay and the real thing. Took me a while to get the wrapping off and still have plastic sticking out from the screws….anxious to start the first time!
All the DVD’s pamphlets, etc that are pictured on the malibu pilates site were ther and sealed, etc.
I like it but only as an addition to other things. I will use it without the dvds in the future once I get it down. The “cardio-blasts” are nice, but don’t really give you a cardio workout, there isn’t sustained cardio work, but again, anything helps when used with others.
I would never pay 300.00 for a bench with pedals…like it a lot, but not for that much.

February 2, 2009 at 6:18 am
(20) Deb says:

I did notice a big jump in price on Ebay after December. I think they felt they could get the “I’m going to get in shape” crowd. : )
Maybe they will dip again in the next month.
Mine was new too but my seller sold out. I’d stay under 200.00 though.

February 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm
(21) cici says:

Update – I just received my new MP Chair from HSN (bought with a 20% off coupon). The one I bought on eBay was definitely a knock-off. The seller had a 99.8% rating with almost 2,000 feedbacks but he sells lots of other things. When I asked him if it was real, he didn’t answer but offered to pay return shipping. Hmmmm. . . Most people probably wouldn’t notice that this was a knock-off because all the DVD’s and manuals pictured on the MP website were included, the logo on the chair looks the same, etc. But, the one from eBay did not say Gunthy-Renker on the box. It said Malibu Pilates on the box with the logo, though, so if you weren’t looking for it you wouldn’t know. The two biggest differences are the color and the spring length. The springs are shorter on the real model which makes the pedals go up higher (so you can do some of the exercises more effectively) instead of halfway as they did on my eBay model. So, if you’re looking to save money and buy one on eBay, ask the seller if it’s the Gunthy-Renker model if it matters to you that you get the real thing. :)

February 5, 2009 at 8:23 pm
(22) Gaby says:

I think mine is the real deal, it looks just like it, the lighter grey, the springs match the ones in the photos/DVD and it had a “caution” sticker on one of the legs.
When I read about a a darker grey, I wondered if it was a refurbished one….you do have to be careful, but the good sellers usually wont lie if they want to keep selling.
Glad you have a good one now.

February 6, 2009 at 2:58 pm
(23) cici says:

Gaby – if you’re also Gabrielle on previous posts – it sounds like you have the real deal because the real one was wrapped much better than my eBay model and it was hard to get the plastic off. Both models have the caution sticker on them but my eBay model was packaged in one big plastic bag covering the whole Chair while my HSN model had each pedal wrapped, the seat was wrapped all the way under the screws and the floor pad was wrapped separately. The box also opened differently. Sounds like you got a great deal for a real one!

February 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm
(24) Marguerite Ogle says:

Hey All, I don’t know how long this will last but I did just find the Malibu Pilates advertised on pricegrabber for 300.00 with free shipping. That’s a $45.00 discount. – not as cheap as some have found on ebay but it is new and the real deal.

February 12, 2009 at 8:18 pm
(25) Gabrielle says:

I think I might sell mine soon….I need the money and I haven’t done it in over 2 weeks. I liked it, but enjoy my pilates performer a lot more and (soon) being outdoors. The routine is the same and I get bored easily and I need more cardio. Mine has always been hard to fold, so I will not ask as much, but it has everything else intact and is like-new. Luckily it isn’t that large and I can put it in the car easily. My husband loves to sit on it as an extra chair….not the purpose, but things do get to be “furniture” if you aren’t careful. : ) I hopefully will sell it before he gets too attached!

February 23, 2009 at 2:43 pm
(26) Anne says:

I got lucky and found mine at Kijiji.com. The seller was wanting 450 Canadian for it which is what it would cost through the site in Canadian dollars but I was only willing to pay $250 C which is about 200 US and mentioned to her that I could get it on ebay for about 200 but they wouldn’t ship it to Canada. She also sent it to me with a courier..FREE of charge. So I lucked out! Yay! You should definitely look on Craigslist or Kijiji.com or kijiji.ca (Canada) first before spending so much on the actual MP website. I got my chair today and boy, it was heavier than expected. I found it a workout in itself trying to set it up but once it’s done it’s easy to operate. I have done the 20 minute makeover exercise.. TWICE today! It was a lot of fun and I really felt it everywhere AND I built up a sweat. I do think that you need to have some form of experience with pilates or exercise in general in order to be able to keep up with the workouts and the machine feels sturdy and strong. The dvds were informative. I am sooooo pleased so far. I look forward to trying the other dvds out this week but it really was tough on my core, arms and legs. If you’re dedicated to toning and getting fit I would recommend this for sure.

March 3, 2009 at 10:18 am
(27) elaine says:

I am having knee problems and will be having surgery soon. I enjoy riding a real bike and it seems like the Malibu hair might be a waya to rehab my knee and then go on to regular exercising later. anyone know if this would work? I have done pilates, yoga, etc. and am (was) in pretty good condition.

March 12, 2009 at 9:02 am
(28) CroakerNorge says:

I recently purchased a MP chair from ebay. I paid roughly $150 for it, including shipping. Having used a similiar studio quality chair (the MVe), I am pleased with this home version. It’s sturdy, functional, and has a small footprint. Obviously, it’s not studio quality but I do not feel unsafe using it. Nor have I ever felt I wasn’t getting a great pilates-based workout.

As with any exercise, it’s important to “listen” to your body and know your limits and realize that it’s a cumulative thing. Therefore, it’s unreasonable to expect to get every movement on the first, second, or third workout unless you’ve had previous experience working out on this type of equipment. As this system/program is geared to the masses, it focuses less on the mind-body connection you’d find in a pilates studioclass and more straight forward in it’s presentation. I find the instructor to be explicit in movement alignment and she gives good cues. Additiohnally, there is a student doing beginner modifications.

I bought the MP chair knowing full-well I wouldn’t use it every day. That said, it’s quite easy to set up and I use it enough – 3x/week (and enjoy it) to justify the price I paid.

March 12, 2009 at 2:30 pm
(29) Stacy says:

I bought mine off Ebay for about $200, which included shipping.

I found it incredibly difficult to use at first in some positions – too much tension in the springs, (I am 5’5, 125 lbs. and fairly strong) such that I could not even get it to budge for some of the side-lying adductor exercises.

I found that unhooking and releasing one spring altogether solved the problem.

April 17, 2009 at 12:34 am
(30) Libby says:

Purchased one from eBay a few weeks ago. A little over $100, including shipping. Appears to be a “real”, new chair (not refurbished or a knockoff; wrapped as others say their new chairs were).

I am quite out of shape and working on weight loss (18 pounds down, 30-ish to go). I have had a few Pilates classes but cannot afford studio fees, so I am trying the chair.

The construction seems sturdy – not gym quality but reasonable for home equipment. I do think the exercise program they put together is a mix of basic, intermediate and advanced moves. I can do the basic ones, some intermediate but will need to grow into the more advanced as I get stronger (for example, I can maybe complete 3-4 pull-ups with decent form now). Some things are too hard for me to complete yet – there is lots of tension on the springs.

I think many are going to be fooled by some slick marketing and the miniature Susan Luci on the commercial and expect this to be easy and some miracle weight loss system. It isnt, but I am very happy with the purchase. The infomercial claims to drop a dress size in 10 days have to do with their 6 day a week cardio plan combined with a 1300 calorie a day diet. You can do that without this chair a9or spending a dime :-) In my experience – at about that calorie level, with 4 – 5 workouts a week, I have been able to loose about 12 pounds in 1 month ( 5’6″, was 186, now 168). Anyway, back to the chair…

I am alternating this program with walk/running intervals to facilitate the weight loss and work on strength/flexibility.

If you are very experienced with Pilates or have had a lot of exposure to real Wunda chairs, you may not care for this. For me, it is great. Pleased with the purchase, though at the eBay price we paid. Feel over $300 is a little too much for this.

April 20, 2009 at 5:37 am
(31) Deb says:

I’m trying to sell mine by putting flyers at my gym and workplace…been 3 weeks and no bites for 100.00 with everything.(almost new)I will drop it to 75.00 and try some free ads, but I didn’t want people coming to my home,I thought I could just bring it to the gym/work. I couldn’t see anything on it I couldn’t do with weights/bench already and it was hard on my knees.

April 23, 2009 at 5:37 pm
(32) laura says:

Can someone help me with how to attach the springs to the malibu pilates chair?



May 6, 2009 at 2:18 pm
(33) Carol says:

I love the machine. It has changed my shape.

May 10, 2009 at 12:36 am
(34) Mary says:

I bought mine on Ebay for $225. It’s a piece of crap, the springs couldn’t slide from light to heavy tension easily and the pedal took more than a twist to release or lock. It took so long to adjust everytime any cardio momentum was lost by the time I could begin the next exercise. Caveat emptor for me. It’ll be Winsor Pilates on the floor for me. You’ve been warned. Buy the real chair if you’re so inclined. If you can score an HSN deal that seems to be the least expensive way

June 9, 2009 at 4:35 am
(35) Siobhan says:

Hi Im a Pilates Instructor-I think you diffo need to know the basis of Pilates before buying this chair-anybody that dosent know them wont enjoy the chair-I recommend going to 1 mat pilates class learn your basis and then you will love the chair- Can anybody tell me they say you will lose a dress size while using the chair in 10 days BUT do you have to follow the diet plan they recommend or Im guessing if you eat health that shoud do – Am I correct in this ??? Best of luck with yer Chair I love it

June 9, 2009 at 4:42 am
(36) Siobhan says:

Ladies all I can say about buying the pilates chair on EBAY- make sure you get the DVDs too-I know alot of chairs on Ebay didnt enclude the DVDs and to be honest your only guessing each exercises then-

June 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm
(37) Rita Wempen says:

I purchased from ebay for $80, plus shipping.
The box had gunthy rinker on it and I put
together, used it and loved it! Went to use
a second day and it broke. The bar hooked to
the base broke. Contacted the seller, but he
insisted it was a user error. So love the
chair, but afraid to put more money in another one.

June 12, 2009 at 7:30 pm
(38) Deb says:

I guess the Ebay ones vary..mine was packed in plastic, but not just on the outside, like a bag, but it was stuck under the screws, etc. like a new one. The DVD’s were sealed on a piece of cardboard and none of the 3 were opened before. The poster/instructions were also in a bag.
It came from CA but my seller doesn’t seem to have anymore. I got mine under 100.00 and would sell it for 50.00…just not for me.

July 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm
(39) Sarah says:

Deb – I’ll buy yours for $50 – let me know if you are interested.

July 14, 2009 at 9:00 pm
(40) Kimberly says:

Hey, for those of you that have bought it on Ebay, could you tell us what buyers you were impressed with or which ones to stay away from? I can post my email address for a private email with this info if that is easier. THANK YOU so much for your help. I recently lost my job & need to save money but still need to work out so if I could find a good deal on one that would be great! :)

July 18, 2009 at 1:52 pm
(41) Deb says:

I would sell it to you, just don’t know how to go about it. Where do you live? I live in Ct. Shipping is a pain, but would consider it.
Re the Ebay sellers, I checked a month or so ago and my seller didn’t have anymore at this time, but he was rated very well and out of CA. I will look up his name to post later.

July 25, 2009 at 10:00 pm
(42) Susan says:

Has anyone else developed foot problems from using the Malibu Pilates chair?

July 27, 2009 at 6:42 pm
(43) Gigi says:

I paid $139 + free shipping on ebay. I think it’s a knockoff because it rattles a little and looks darker than the ones in the video. I am a certified Pilates instructor and bought it for home use and I’m having fun with it. Yes, it does hurt my feet a little so I don’t do the prances or calf raises.I’ve played around with the springs and learned what configuration works best for me but wouldn’t have a clue how to if I wasn’t already trained.

August 3, 2009 at 10:06 am
(44) Lesley says:

Help, need a set of replacement springs. Since I did not purchase it from Guthy-Renker or HSN, they will not send me replacements. I purchased it at a thrift store, did not realise it had no springs, till I tried to use it. I have Multiple Sclerosis, High Cholesterol and a Breast Cancer need to stay fit can anyone help!

August 7, 2009 at 5:44 pm
(45) Gigi says:

Your best bet would be to buy springs from Balanced Body or Peak Pilates. Check their websites.

August 20, 2009 at 8:05 pm
(46) Jo says:

Similar to Kimberly’s comment, I am wondering if others would be willing to share which sellers on Ebay sell the authentic equipment. I would also be willing to share my email address.

August 29, 2009 at 8:55 am
(47) Nicole says:

I bought my MP chair used. I am recovering from a car accident and was not sure I could do it. I am always saying I am allergic to exercise, so there was a good chance this would join the list of unused equipment. It has not. I can do this. Does not injure my back or neck, and is actually fun.

October 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm
(48) Adelaide McMillan says:

I am a certified Pilates instructor and I have bought the chair for my own personal use.

The first thing I did was have the seat re-foamed and reupholstered so as to be a little bit more comfortable, and I also bought additional springs with different resistance off of a Pilates webstore.

That being said, the MP chair is a great buy. I use it for traditional Pilates, not the “cardio” crap (IMO) the DVDs are about. It is a slightly smaller apparatus than a regular Wunda or Exo chair therefore, if you are taller like me (5’9) you will find yourself limited on some exercises. But overall, this works wonders! I woudl strongly urge beginners to invest in a couple DVDs from Rael Isacovitz to learn proper Pilates technique because, when done well with control and mind/body connection, there is no more beneficial exercise routine than Pilates. it will tone, strenghten and make you more flexible in less time than it takes to write this.

I bought my chair through Amazon marketplace for $160 all told, and I am very very pleased.

I have read some negative comments (chair broke- can’t move the pedals b/c too much tension) but after using this for the past 2 weeks, I cannot chime in with the unhappy MP customers. I am very happy with my purchase!

November 30, 2009 at 9:39 pm
(49) joan says:

Hi! I got my chair direct from Guthy Renker last spring. I didn’t lose the weight they promised, but it got me moving again, so I persevered. One of my springs broke and they promptly sent me replacements. Now, it’s seven months later, I love this thing, have lost 20 lbs, but tonight while working out, the bottom bar broke off. They will not help me at all. Can’t even tell me how to reattach it. When I asked to speak to a supervisor, they “couldn’t find one”.
We’ll see if they call back- I have my doubts. Not sure what I’ll do now. I can’t see re-investing if it’s going to fall apart again in less than a year. Maybe I’ll check eBaY.

December 10, 2009 at 4:00 am
(50) Gwen says:

I got mine off of ebay. I tried it a couple of times and it is so hard to do. Maybe I have a knock-off and didn’t know it. When I try to do the one where I lift my body up, like running up, I can not lift myself up. Granted I am completely out of shape, but it is so hard.

I was wondering if getting the handles would make a difference?

I plan to keep at it and try to recoup some of my money in toning my flab and getting healthier in 2010.

December 14, 2009 at 6:08 am
(51) Deb says:

I am still trying to get rid of mine, just didn’t like it for my knees. After years of running, the tension was too hard on them and it seemed to me, like a fad even while I was doing it. : )
I had the price go from 100.00 to 75.00 at a community center/gym near me but no takers.

December 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm
(52) joan says:

I bought my chair in Feb and have loved it. I did call to ask them anout a side to side “wiggle” in the chair. I was assured it was nothing. Last month the bottom bar that hold the pedals came out from the leg – the screw came out I think. It is not fixable and the compnay will not do anything to help me. They say the 6 month warranty is up and I am out of luck. I say thats an expensive 7 months. I am not giving up and really only want it repaired or replaced. It is not user abuse or wear and tear. Its a manufacturing problem that they will not rectify. be careful.

January 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm
(53) Mel says:

To Joan,
Did you use a credit card to pay? Many credit card companies will double the length of a warranty up to one extra year (so if it was 6 months, they’ll extend it to 12. If it was one year, they’ll extend it to 2 years. If it was 3 years, they’ll extend it to four years (they won’t extend it more than one year.)

Check and see.

Thanks everyone for your reviews. I’ve been wondering about these chairs.

March 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm
(54) Terri says:

I love the chair.Is worth the money you lose inches within about 5 days.I do get bored after awhile like any workout but the chair gave me the best body I ever had I was a uk size 6 after having a baby within months going from asze 10 to a size 6.I lost about 25 inches.My stomach and legs were the best they have ever been in my life.I seriously would recommend the chair for anyone who wants to lose weight and kep it off.

April 15, 2010 at 10:56 am
(55) rita says:

i have just ordered the malibu pilates chair for under 50.00 from ebay new and 8.99 p&p i cant wait to get the chair its nice to see other peoples opinians on this item i will keep you posted thanks guys

April 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm
(56) Jan says:

If the bracing bar brakes, try taking it to a welder.

May 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm
(57) Pam says:

I really like the malibu pilates chair. I feel that it gives me a really good workout. I purchased the handles at the same time I bought the chair. They add a new dimension to the workouts.

May 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(58) Diane says:

If anyone knows of one I can purchase at a reasonable price please let me know. You can email me at dibelanger@comcast.net Thank you for your time.

May 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm
(59) Karen says:

I have been looking Ebay and am having difficulty finding on that can be sent to Canada, plus shipping charges seem to vary from $30.00 to $120.00. Anyone from Canada that has purchased one at a reasonable price and if so, from where?

May 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm
(60) Stephanie says:

I’ve got a malibu pilates chair and I love it. I had 3 kids and I never thought that I would look so good and I would never dreamed of wearing gorgeous outfits again until I started using this malibu pilates chair. I look fantastic after exercising via this chair over a period of 2 months and I am still using it to keep me looking fit and beautiful.

June 3, 2010 at 11:08 am
(61) jamie says:

hi, i purchased the malibu pilates chair off of ebay for just over half the rrp price. mistake,. i’d advise you not to but from ebay. the chair’s springs are extremely hard! they arent bouncy like the infomercial’s. and i cant seem to find any malibu springs anywhere!
i think the system is great but i wouldnt advise you to buy from ebay. buy it straight from the manufacturers as malibupilates.com . good luck :)

June 3, 2010 at 11:11 am
(62) jamie says:

hi, i purchased the malibu pilates chair off of ebay for just over half the rrp price. mistake,. i’d advise you not to but from ebay. the chair’s springs are extremely hard! they arent bouncy like the infomercial’s. and i cant seem to find any malibu springs anywhere!
i think the system is great but i wouldnt advise you to buy from ebay. buy it straight from the manufacturers as malibupilates.com . good luck :)
and i recieved the dvd’s wall chart and eat right guide as well.

June 18, 2010 at 2:32 pm
(63) Gayle in Calgary Alberta says:

I am trying to get one of the real chairs in Calgary Alberta Canada. Does anyone have one to sell in Canada or the US? What about reputable place to buy from? My email is edergm@shaw.ca.

July 2, 2010 at 9:15 pm
(64) Maddy says:

I just purchased one at my local Goodwill thrift shop for $39.95. It appears to be new with some of the plastic still on it. I am having difficulty leaning forward on my hands to lift my torso for the running position. I have one weak wrist, having had surgery 5 years ago.

July 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm
(65) maddy says:

You can purchase the springs by calling the company directly @ 800-964-1981.The springs are 14.95 each

July 28, 2010 at 6:47 am
(66) Deb says:

I just left mine at Goodwill, I hope they can get at least 40.00 for it. I used it twice, but it hurt my knees and it just didn’t feel right. I tried to sell it a community center with a gym but no bites even when I dropped it to 75.00. I had the 3 DVD’s and poster and mine still had the plastic sticking out of some the seat….I’m glad I got it on EBAY and didn’t pay the full price to begin with.

January 9, 2011 at 6:44 am
(67) trelea` says:

Hi, I find that even when I put all my weight onto the bar, I can’t even get it half way to the ground. I’m about 130lbs and was wondering if anyone else is having this problem.. In the dvds they seem to be able to get them right down to the ground just by standing on them…

also the springs are really noisy, maybe because my control isn’t great yet

January 10, 2011 at 11:21 am
(68) pilates says:

Isn’t there an adjustment to lighten up the springs? I haven’t tried the Malibu yet but that’s what you do with all the other Pilates chairs I know of.

January 13, 2011 at 11:50 am
(69) beth says:

I have been doing Winsor Pilates for two years now and I love it!!I just found someone here in Canada selling this Malibu chair and Im interested but wanted to research it furthur. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. Im looking for something a bit more challenging, has anyone had great resuls using it?Thanks and let me know , Beth

February 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm
(70) Annie says:

I purchased my Malibu Pilates Chair from HSN for Christmas and have been using it for two months now. I love it. I’m middle aged and recently lost a lot of weight and wanted to begin a workout routine at home. After researching this and watching demos, etc., I decided to give it a try. I love it! I can feel my strength growing and the workout is a good one for me with no jarring impact to my bones. It FEELS good! The DVD’s are educational and very helpful. Assembly was minimal. I also purchased the extended warranty for $39 which seemed worth it. Don’t hesitate to purchase. PS- I’d never done Pilates before.

April 3, 2011 at 5:57 am
(71) Eileen says:

I bought the malibu pilates chair with goal for husband to get fitter with leg and ankle just healed from a fracture.
I was wrong. I am pretty good about assembly of things but we had a challenging time with assemblying of the chair and thus it has sat and accumulated dust!! Bit disappointing! So I will be posting on ebay I feel to sell. I was so hopefil!!!

April 5, 2011 at 10:10 pm
(72) jaime says:

eileen, is yours the guthy-renker version and do you have the dvds? how much are you asking for it?


April 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm
(73) Marcia says:

I bought one at a thrift store & need to replace the foam grips. Does anyone know where I can buy them?

May 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm
(74) jeanne louise chauffe says:

dear marguerite, i am 50 was about 10 lbs overweight , always active in my work as an artist, (ladders. scaffolding, ect.) and pretty much don’t like organized exercise. got the malibu pilates machine during a weak moment a few years back. the darned thing is great. i still don’t excercise everyday, but when i am feeling a little chubby i get on it for a few weeks and i feel and look pretty dang good ! it is a machine that lifts you up ! love the stretching and the feeling that i am strengthening my core.—–my legs , behind and arms, look better than they have in 12 years ! i do agree that a really over weight person might not be able to work this machine well , but i can say if you are looking to tone up -it works quick and through the 3 years that i have had it—i always go back to it. in my book that is something ! sincerely , jeanne louise chauffe

May 30, 2011 at 2:58 am
(75) holly says:

I have been watching the infomercials all weekend and really want to try this. It does seem expensive to pay full price thru GR website. If anyone reads this and has a used chair they would like to sell, please email me. hollygast@yahoo.com
Thanks in advance!
Holly B.

June 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm
(76) Mari says:

Big problem with springs!!! I am a big Pilates fan and was anxious to buy the Malibu Pilates chair after seeing it on TV. I need help with the springs..I bought a slightly used Pilates chair in very good shape. The springs are soooo tight I find it almost impossible to adjust the settings. The tension on the springs is soo tight I can barely do half of the exercises. I am so disappointed..I really want add the chair to my exercise routine. Are there different sets of springs that can be purchased?
Any suggestions?? I thought I was in pretty decent shape and I find I don’t have the strength to adjust the springs or push them down to do the exercises…Help

June 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm
(77) mahatma says:

I really enjoy mine, I put it in front of the computer since I spend so much time there, and can get some exercise. I did have to replace the springs I used it so much.

June 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm
(78) Jessie says:

I LOVE my new malibu pilates. I have been using it for 2 weeks and I have lost 18 lbs. It is easy and fun, I am so ready for bikini season

June 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm
(79) Ane says:

Anyone who has had problems with their springs probably bought it on amazon.com. These are FAKE they don’t work. Order straight from the home website

July 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm
(80) Tali says:

I am over 50 and over 100 pounds overweight. I started using the MP chair approximately two months ago and I just love it. At first my legs were too weak for the heavy tension and I had to do all of the exercises with the light tension. It only took a couple of weeks for my legs to get strong enough for the heavy tension. I’m doing the 20-minute makeover workout 6 days a week. I feel so much better, my legs are stronger and my knees no longer hurt. I can now do all the exercises, including the pull-up, which was/is quite challenging. I have lost 20 pounds so far but I contribute that to Weight Watchers. The only thing about the chair that I don’t like is that it is extremely difficult to pull apart after storage, so now I just keep the thing up and ready for action. I purchased mine from the official website. Yes, it was expensive but I plan to get my money’s worth.

August 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm
(81) Gali says:

Tali, thank you for your detailed an honest comment about the Mailbu Pilates Chair. I too am overweight (60 lbs.) and recently had a knee arthroscopy. I am going to purchase the chair after I read the reviews (your’s in particular) and use it as soon as my knee has fully recovered.

September 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm
(82) becky says:

Its true, if your a novice I wouldn’t recommend this chair. My husband and I both pulled muscles using it. Now it sits in the corner collecting dust. First they give you a spring that’s way that hardly offers any tension and the other still hasn’t the right tension. This sucks. I guess upon reviewing the exercises one has to be in shape to have a strong core to begin with and that’s not me!

October 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm
(83) Christina t says:

I’m very interested in the mp chair but am seeing some breaking after about a year, and getting no help from GR. Those that are saying they love it aren’t saying howling they have been using it. I’m in No Ca halfway between san francisco and sacramento if anyone has a real one they want to sell? Tailswag4us@aol.com.

November 3, 2011 at 11:01 pm
(84) Linda says:

I bought the chair for $12.99 at a local Goodwill – I stopped in my tracks when I saw it brand new with plastic still on it and thought it would be close to at least $50 so I snatched it up and now am trying to get the DVDs off E-Bay if anyone wants to get rid of theirs or has any extras – let me know!

Thank you for the comment on buying extra springs – great idea since I am a larger gal they would come in handy for some of the moves!

November 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm
(85) fayee says:

just bought mp chair second hand barely used. however, they did not have the wall chart, the diet plan, and some dvds.
im missingthe total dream body workout and the basic fundamental introductory dvd. if someone can copy the menu and wall chart and burn me a dvd im willing to pay areasonable price. thanks

November 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm
(86) amanda says:

To Fayee: I am in need of the same items you listed. I have the dvds that came with the handles (which I bought new on HSN)

To all others, please get back with me just as you do to Fayee as I am willing to pay.

November 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm
(87) fayee says:

if someone has the diet menu and can email or fax it to me that would be of tremendous help. i have no clue what type of diet they recommend and i think it has an impact, to some degree, on the results one gets. so i am trying to combine the diet with the workout. so please, if anyone wants to help me by taking the time to download the menu plan, i will be most appreciative. please advise. the email is archhm@yahoo.com thanks

January 18, 2012 at 12:40 am
(88) Jeff says:

You cant buy just the springs as commented above. The amazon/ebay springs are weaker than my original springs.

But some bungie cord, and its now alittle stronger than my original springs.

February 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm
(89) Leigh-Anne says:

I bought my MP from CL, paid $75, came with original paperwork and dvds. I have used it once and am cautiously optimistic. I have arthritis in my knees, and workouts are very difficult. This was not too hard on my knees, and I am hopefully I will get a good overall workout!

April 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm
(90) Carol says:

I’m 70 yrs old and have been using the chair for about 2 weeks. I had real problems with my knees before I started using the chair and now they are pain free. I’ve gone down one pant size in 2 weeks and feel strong and fit. I think it’ amazing!!

April 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm
(91) Susan says:

My client purchased this and asked me to give her instructions on it. I have been a Pilates instructor for 10 years; my opinion is don’t waste your time or money.

May 23, 2012 at 5:11 am
(92) Menelom says:

Yes … the design is clearly needed to be changed :)
What would be brighter , nebudu (

June 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm
(93) Delphine landrum says:


In regard to the Malibu Pilates Chair, I have own my chair for two years and I refuse to part with it. It really does work it a small piece of equipment that fit just right I can take anywhere, and get the results that I am looking for in a workout equipment. I use it before bedtime and it’s a part of my weekend workout routine. Over the last three years I have dropped 120 lbs, and been able to keep it off and have lost an additional 15 lbs, I am well pleased with the chair.

Thanks Delphine / Cleveland Ohio

July 3, 2012 at 8:05 am
(94) wedge welly offers says:

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July 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm
(95) Ladybug says:

I bought the chair directly from Gunthy Renker and it is a great chair. I’ve taken pilates classes, both mat and with a certified instructor at Equinox Gym Boston in the Pilates studio with the true pilates equipment. I have always been in good shape due to a healthy diet and regular exercise, but am having a hard time now that I had twins and just don’t seem to have time between work and home to exercise, eat well etc. I haven’t done the diet yet, but have worked out with the chair for about a month. I am amazed at the changes in my arms, abs and middle section, not seeing results in my legs yet. I am going to start the meal plan, with the 10 day work out plan tomorrow (so hard to give up a glass of wine now and again, but I will do this!!) Wish me luck and I will come back to give an update in 10 days.

August 7, 2012 at 10:21 pm
(96) Ladybug says:

It worked! The meal plan with the exercise plan really worked for me. I lost a pound or so more than my goal for 10 very strict days on the meal and exercise plans. It is truly a balanced meal plan that was easy to stick with. A bit of prep work is required, but once you get the hang of it, portions and best choices are easy. I am amazed that I am eating more, working out less, and seeing amazing results. I am thrilled!

September 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm
(97) marie says:

purchased a used one off craigslist.. did my research. got the chair sculpting arms with dvds. 65.00 in which the only place i could find the other dvds were from hsn .. i used this chair and found it to be wonderful for beginners to gradually enter into working out providing overall for all toning. it has advanced positionings that they do other levels but have someone showing you the modifications. awesome deal awesome product.. so many versitle excersies for all ages and gender

October 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm
(98) paula stone says:

I love the chair! I too am a certified Pilates instructor and used to working on the wunda chair with clients in a studio environment. However, I wanted a chair for home use that wasn’t so expensive. Wunda chairs with handles can be as much as $1200. I paid $299 for this Gunthy lRenker chair from HsN, was delivered with 7 DvDs, wall chart, handles, an an extra set of HEAVY springs if you want even more tension. This chair is very sturdy and well made.I feel very safe on it. This is a new improved version of the original Malibu chair, and is called Malibu Pilates Pro. There ismuch I actually like better than the Wunda chair. Mainly the pedal is up closer to the seat which allows for more range of motion for people with shorter arms and legs . Also the seat on this new version is about the same size as the Wunda chair.. Buy it from a repuable company like HSN, and you will get the real deal…aquality piece of equipment. And purchase the extended warranty. Hope this helps, Paula

December 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm
(99) Sharon Barakat says:

Very happy with my Malibu Pilates chair. I have been active all my life and very happy with my level of fitness and great looking body. Then right after two surgerys, (hip & knee replacement) I was diagnosed with a Stage IV cancer. The year of intense treatment saved my life but I lost muscle mass, weight and strength. The chair and the DVD’s take you through cardio as well as core body strength. With both sets of springs, the sculpting handles and the DVD programs, I had equipment and instruction to take me from my weakest point to some real improvement in my overall fitness level. Not having had previous Pilates instruction, I could not evaluate the chair and program professionally. But, I have been very pleased with my improvement in my core strength (my posture is the best) I bought new thru HSN and the price for all was great.

January 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm
(100) Nancy Firman says:

I purchased my Mailibu Pilates Chair from HSN in 2010. I love the machine alot except for the fact that the springs do not provide enough tension to allow me to levitate myself like Susan shows on the informercial. I would like to know if I can purchase additional resistance springs for this Unit or do I need to purchase a whole new Unit??? My Unit has never allowed me to levitate myself and do some of the exercises that require you to do so. Please advise. Thank you so much. Nancy Firman

January 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm
(101) Marguerite Ogle says:

I have to jump in and reply to Nancy’s question above. The way you levitate yourself is through the strength of your core, not so much the spring tension. That’s why it’s so hard and good for you!

January 31, 2013 at 10:08 pm
(102) mary says:

I have MP with sculpting handles and 4 dvd..make me an offer I only used it maybe total one hour due to knee and shoulder problems

February 23, 2013 at 11:38 am
(103) Dawn says:

I am a Pilates instructor (11 years) and I am trained on the chair as well as the mat, refomrer, arc and tower. In my professional opinion, the chair itself is ok. Just ok. It isn’t as stable or as versitle as the ones sold by Balanced Body or Stott. But those cost $1200 or more. Think of buying a cheaper home version of a treadmill instead of the big powerful one at the gym
The exercises are a different matter. If you want to be be doing REAL Pilates, you won’t be doing 2 sets of 15 or 20. Joseph Pilates taught 1 set of 8 to 10 reps. Period. There isn’t much mention of form, breathing, or the “mind body connection.” If you do not understand or even know anything about Pilates, you will end up doing A workout…but not a PILATES workout. And although the workout will be decent, you miss ALL of the benefits of what a PILATES workout is all about…and how it is way different from just doing the same movements without the proper form. It REALLY is different.
My advise is if you really want to buy/use this product, that you find a real instructor and pay for a few sessions so that the instructor can explain thr principles of Pilates and demonstrate the proper way to use the machine. When you first begin, your form will not look like these super models on the DVDs. I promise. You actually need someone to correct your form until you learn what is correct and what is incorrect. Pilates is a very specific method of working out and I did not get the sense of much of anything Pilates being done on the DVDs.
Bottom line…the Malibu chair is a way cheap version of the original piece of equipment. But who can afford $1200+? But more than how cheap the chair is, is the total lack of any real Pilates coaching on the DVDs. Buy the chair somewhere at a discount and use the money you save to learn how to use it correctly.

March 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm
(104) Jean M-W says:

I saw the MP in HSN this weekend at the lowest price ever with free shipping, a free mat and all the DVD ‘s for 5 easy pays of $51.99. It isn’t coming back until after Mothers Day so anyone who wants a great deal on the authentic piece of equipment, make sure to go to HSN and see if they have any left!

March 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm
(105) donna says:

i just today recieve m y MP mostly to lose 5-7lbs an tone up arms belly an get sum energy! oh an my calves.so im going to start tonite reading on it an getting things n order.tommorow will be day 1 for me.ill let yall know the pro’s cons is it wht they say r dont waste r money.i only get 30 dsys so im going to try to get @ least 4-5 days n to tell if its doing anything.nothings works if you dont work it right?

March 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm
(106) Cynthia says:


March 25, 2013 at 11:55 am
(107) Irene says:

I bought my chair fro HSN last week. I’ve done 2 workouts and feel every muscle! It helps that my daughter is a certified Stott Pilates instructor and I have taken several reformer classes. With that background I am familiar with imprinting and keeping my abdomen tight, etc. I find it extremely east to follow the dvds. It is so easy to store under the bed and pull out you

March 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm
(108) Mari says:

I looked at MP website and saw the price is $14.95. Is that per month or the first payment?

April 6, 2013 at 1:46 am
(109) Thelma says:

I bought the Malibu Pilates chair three years ago and I still work out on it. It has reshaped my body and I love it. I have dieted for years and always gained the weight back. With the Malibu Pilates chair I can actually do cardio on it and burn calories. I have told everyone I know about this chair and four friends of mine purchased the chair. Buy it and try it for yourself. You will see the changes in your body, but you must be consistent with your workout. I love when people compliment me on how good my body looks, and I owe it all to the Malibu Pilates chair.

May 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm
(110) Kathy says:

I’m with Thelma on this! The day that I saw the informercial I thought that this might be just the thing for me. I was 60 and knew that I needed to get ito a regular work out routine but dreaded joining a gym. I was put off by the price (didn’t need another expensive clothes rack!) but checked on HSN and that day they happened to have a special-$250 with free shipping for the chair, DVDs, regular and heavy duty springs and sculpting handles. I ordered it and now, about 14 months and a 50 lb wt loss later I do the 45 minute program 7 days a week. I have much more flexibility, better balance and am able to do things I couldn’t do 10 years ago!! Absolutely have to be consistent with the workouts and will lose weight and totally redefine the body!! Love it!

September 14, 2013 at 8:59 am
(111) Demetra says:

Everyone loves it when people come together and share views.
Great site, stick with it!

September 25, 2013 at 9:07 am
(112) Mary says:

I love this workout, I’m using my fitness pal app, does anyone know how many calories you can burn with the excelerated , heavy spring workout ? I have the Malibu pro and I bought it from HSN

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