Become your local Pilates equipment maintenance expert

All the tools you need to master the business and technical aspects of equipment maintenance

It’s a harsh truth, but making a living as a Pilates instructor is hard.  

You can only work with so many clients and teach the same exercises so many in a day before your start to feel like a drained battery.  

The good news? It doesn’t have to be this way. 

I’ve lived the experience of needing to teach 6 hours a day just to pay the bills, going home, and being too tired to work on anything else (or even talk to my husband) and if I’m honest, when I first started offering equipment maintenance as a service, I wasn’t even sure there was enough of a demand to turn it into a business. 

What I learned is that, yes, it IS possible to supplement your income or even make a living helping studio owners maintain their equipment. 

Even better, if you like tinkering, your business can actually be satisfying, rather than exhausting. I can teach you how.  


You don’t need to be an engineer to help studios maintain their equipment. If you love to problem solve, have a treasured (even if small!) collection of tools, and love tinkering, then this program is for you!

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HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

The SafeReformer Technician Program has two parts:  

Part 1: Online Education

This 12-week online course will give you all the knowledge you need to find and book clients and successfully meet all of their equipment needs.

During this program you will receive:

  • Technical training (delivered online!) on how to maintain and troubleshoot contemporary AND classical reformers, chairs, Cadillacs, and towers, so you are prepared to work in any studio with confidence.  
  • Education on how to address the equipment needs of a studio owner. This includes addressing safety hazards, performing tune-ups, and problem solving common (and not-so-common) equipment issues.  
  • Business training that teaches you how to establish your side hustle, find new clients, land the ultimate regular maintenance contract.  
  • Printable checklists, equipment-specific checksheets, reference guides, and marketing templates. This is your business in a box. ;-)  
  • Weekly Facebook Live sessions and email support from me. I am here to answer your questions and guide you!  


Part 2: Practical Application

Once you complete the 12-week online course, it's time to get your hands dirty!

During this process you will:

  • Perform three apprentice jobs where you will perform three equipment maintenance sessions for at least two different Pilates studios. During these sessions, I will be available remotely to help you navigate the session. 
  • After each session, you will submit a write-up about the services you performed for the studio. I will also give you feedback on the write-ups to help you expand your skills as a technician.  
  • To complete the certification, you will also need to submit a written evaluation from two studio owners or managers who you worked with and pass a written test, which can be taken online.

BONUS! When you enroll in the program, you'll also get a complimentary year-long membership to the SafeReformer Network (a $300 value!) It includes:

  • Monthly group calls to answer questions and discuss content
  • All future updates to the online course INCLUDING downloads and templates
  • Access to a community of people like you 
  • Official updates from the field and equipment manufacturers so you know what the latest issues are and how to fix them
  • Your own listing on the SafeReformer website

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ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Hi! I’m Kaleen.  

I’m a Pilates teacher and engineer who has been solving Pilates equipment problems since 2013. 

Before I was a Pilates instructor, I was a mechanical engineer. I helped design equipment for Balanced Body where I bridged the gap between the technical manufacturing-speak and the equally-complicated Pilates world language and ideals. During my time there, I noticed that while Pilates teachers had access to beautiful equipment, most of them were lost on how to take care of it. 

So, I merged my two passions and started my Pilates equipment maintenance company, The Fit Reformer.  

It is my extreme pleasure to meet other nerdy and handy Pilates instructors all over the country who ask me how to do what I do. Some people have told me that I’m a unicorn- there’s no one else like me. But I’ve met you! And I know I’m not alone! 

I created this course because the Pilates industry needs our collective talents to keep growing. I want to share what I’ve learned so we can make maintenance a normal thing.  

WHAT OTHER TECHS HAVE TO SAY

"I'm so glad I met Kaleen and that she encouraged me to start my own maintenance business! She not only has helped me build on my existing maintenance skills but also has helped me figure out the ins and outs of this business. I think it's important for our industry to have maintenance techs that are Pilates instructors themselves. She is the leading Pilates equipment maintenance expert in the industry and I'm very lucky to have access to her continued guidance, support, and mentoring."

Caroline Webster

FAQ

Who is this course for?

The ideal SafeReformer Technician student has already been working on their (or their studio’s) Pilates equipment, and have done other projects that require tools and problem-solving skills.  

SR Techs are also leaders in their communities and find kind, approachable ways to educate and encourage local Pilates community without judgment or harshness. They recognize that maintaining Pilates equipment is a relatively new field within the Pilates community, and many, many businesses have survived for a long time without them.  

Finally, SR Techs are committed to contributing to the Pilates community by sharing their knowledge with other technicians in order to improve the global image of Pilates as a method, as well as identify problematic trends and hold manufacturers accountable. 

Do I have to be an engineer to do this training?

You don’t need to be an engineer to help studios maintain their equipment. If you love to problem solve, have a treasured (even if small!) collection of tools, and love tinkering, then this program is for you!

Are you going to hire me?

This course is going to teach you to run your own business as a Pilates equipment technician. The possibilities for you to grow your maintenance business are endless- it can be as small or as big as you'd like it to be. The Fit Reformer (Kaleen Canevari) will help you with advice and referrals (when available), but will not employ you, guarantee you business, or be liable for your services.

Do I need to be able to lift and move heavy equipment all by myself?

I can count on one hand the number of times I've been totally alone with no offer of help with heavy lifting during a job. And those times, I could have easily asked for assistance and received it. This concern is easily addressed with a simple request before the appointment, one which 99% of studio owners are happy to help you with.

(For example, a typical Reformer carriage weighs 40-50lbs and can be tough to manage on some metal frame Reformers alone. I often get help from other instructors, staff, or studio owners when removing these from the frame.)

Will you be available for on-call, virtual support during my own maintenance visits?

Yes! Absolutely. I am available at any time via email, but if you know you'll need help on-site, you can book me ahead of time to be on call for a discounted rate of $50/hour. My normal hourly online rate is $100.

What kind of support will I receive after the course is over?

With your initial investment in the training, you receive one-year free membership to the SafeReformer Network Group. In this group, you receive:

  • Weekly group calls to answer questions and discuss content 
  • All future updates to the online course INCLUDING downloads and templates 
  • Access to a community of people like you  
  • Your own listing on the SafeReformer website 
  • Official updates from the field and equipment manufacturers so you know what the latest issues are and how to fix them


After the first year, this membership is required to remain certified. You can renew at $300/year or on a month-to-month basis at $35/month.

Is this training anything like the SafeReformer or Equipment Essentials courses? 

Think of this training as having two parts: the business side of things and the technical equipment side of things. We will be working through one module in each of those parts each week of the program. 

The technical side of the training will be very, very similar to the SafeReformer course, which is far more detailed than Equipment Essentials. If you've purchased the SafeReformer course in the past, you're eligible to receive a discount on this program. Email Kaleen for more details.

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