With limited access to studios gyms, you might be considering creating a pilates studio at home, but it might be confusing to know where to start. Maybe you already have the basics, like a mat and your favorite workout clothes, but what else do you need to create a studio at home?
There are so many different products out there, it can feel overwhelming to sift through them.
That’s why we created this handy guide to the most common Pilates accessories that you need for your home.
From spine correctors to Pilates Rings and Rebounders - we’ve got you covered. Read on to find out more about these common accessories, and how they can help you create a perfect home studio.
Spine Correctors are an essential component of any good Pilates home studio. They help you perform exercises that lengthen and strengthen the torso, shoulders, back, and legs. Spine correctors also help to restore the spine’s natural curvature which helps improve posture and increase flexibility.
You have a few different options when it comes to choosing a spine corrector that is right for you, however. Let’s break them down.
- The PeakPilates Instep Barrel System is the most complete solution since it comes with 4in, 6in, and 8in semicircle barrels for unparalleled versatility. [image]
- The Balanced Body(R) Avalon(R) Step Barrel Spine Corrector Deluxe Package is a complete re-design of Joseph Pilates' original Spine Corrector. It has all the functionality of the original, plus the innovative addition of a spring system to introduce resistance-based exercises. Renowned teacher, Rael Isacowitz, developed this model in collaboration with Balanced Body(R). [image]
- For a more economical option, you might consider the Merrithew™Spine Corrector or the Balanced Body® Clara® Step Barrel Spine Corrector. Both include the standard semi-circle barrel, but the Clara(R) has removed the handles from the standard design to make them easy to stack. So, if you need a few of these for a group Pilates practice, you might prefer the Clara(R); otherwise, the Merrithew™might be best. [image]
Pilates Balls come in a couple different sizes and can be used to develop core strength, improve balance and flexibility, and they can even give you a great cardio workout! It is definitely worth it to add them to your repertoire, but which Pilates Ball is right for you? Read on to learn more about your options.
- The PeakPilates(R) Ugi(R) Ball is the first of its kind; it is 15” in diameter and comes in 4 weights. With the squish of a beanbag and the bounce of a stress ball, it is perfect for stability, strength, and endurance training. [image]
- The Merrithew(R) Stability Ball with Base Bundle is great for challenging your core strength, while you check email at your desk, but you can also add the FlexiBand for resistance training, or check out the numerous creative and fun exercises included on the DVD.
Pilates rings help pack in more kinds of resistance into a Pilates session. Rings use a spring-like resistance system to challenge the arms, legs, waist, and core. Pilates rings are essential for a home studio to increase flexibility, mobility, and to build muscles slowly over time. Here are a couple of our favorite Pilates rings:
- Merrithew(R) Fitness Circle Pro is a perfect tool to maintain proper alignment and build strength on the mat, the Reformer, or with other equipment. Ultra portable and made to last through continuous, high-intensity exercise, it is especially effective at firming common problem areas, like: inner and outer thighs, upper arms and chest.
- The Balanced Body(R) Ultra-Fit Circle is designed for home use, with its flexible plastic and padded handles in and outside of the ring for superior comfort. The Regular model is perfect for those with broader shoulders and body types; for narrower shoulders and smaller body types, choose the Balanced Body(R) Ultra-Fit Circle Mini.
What’s so great about jumping up and down? Well, experts suggest that using a Pilates rebounder is nearly twice as effective at improving endurance as running, without the stress to the ankles and knees.
Completing rebounding exercises regularly is also purported to have a number of other health benefits, including improving bone density and digestion, making it another essential tool for any home studio.
The Merrithew™ Cardio-Trap(R) Rebounder is touted as a “heart-pumping cardio machine” when used in combination with a reformer. It has a resilient landing surface, which is perfect for all exercisers from post-rehab to experienced athletes.
There are so many different Pilates products out there, but now you have a brief overview of all the major accessories you need to make your home studio feel complete. Your needs might shift and change over time, but these accessories will provide you with the solid foundation you’ll need for a great workout.
Oh, and don’t forget to pick up some extra Balanced Body(R) Reformer Springs too. That way, you’ll have even more versatility on your Reformer, and you’ll always be prepared to build strength, flexibility, and most importantly, have fun!