Pilates mats are available in a variety of styles, sizes and colours. A Pilates mat needs to be thicker than most yoga mats so that you are padded from the floor. Support for the joints is crucial, and the padding is welcome in exercises that involve rolling the spine. The thickness of the mat should be 9mm or above. The mats that roll up or fold offer the benefits of being portable and easily stored.
Pilates Small soft ball
The Pilates Small Ball (7”-9”) is a great way to enhance your Pilates workout, toning your abs and inner thighs as well as increasing your strength, endurance and concentration. It is beneficial for pelvic floor exercises and also suitable for relaxation and shoulder / neck massages. It can also be used as supporting cushion when it is partially inflated.
Pilates Soft Toning balls
The soft weighted ball is great for developing strength by adding weight to the movement. The soft, hand sized balls are the perfect size to allow you to hold them comfortably. They come in various weights, allowing you to increase the resistance as you progress.
Pilates Stability ball
Stability balls are also known as fitness balls, Swiss balls and exercise balls. They come in a variety of sizes to accommodate your height, and a wide range of colours. Stability balls can add instability to an exercise and challenges your core muscles to keep you stable and balanced, increasing the intensity of the exercise.
What size Stability Ball do I need?
55cm (under 5’ 6)
65cm (5’6 – 5’10)
75cm (5’10 and over)
Pilates Flex band
Exercise bands are known by many names; resistance bands, stretch bands, flex bands or dyna bands and have been around for quite a while. Pilates Bands are portable and low cost and they provide resistance within an exercise, or for stretching. They are generally colour coded for different strengths.
Pilates Circle / Magic Circle / Pilates Resistance ring
The Pilates circle is a ring, usually made of flexible metal or rubber, about thirteen inches in diameter, with small pads on either side. They are becoming increasingly popular within Pilates classes, providing gentle to moderate resistance in an exercise. They are light to carry, versatile and portable, and offer a great workout for very little money.
Blocks are used in Pilates to support the head in reclining postures to achieve the correct neck alignment or for seated positions.
Pilates Foam Roller
Foam rollers were originally used for rehabilitation work. They are a cylinder made of high density foam, making them inexpensive, lightweight and versatile -ideal for a home workout. They are available in a variety of lengths and diameters, and also ‘half’ rollers. Rollers are generally used for core stability work within a Pilates class, making you work on an unstable base, but they can also be used for stretching by putting your body weight on the roller and rolling the muscle or an area on the foam roller.