Working out at home or your office is super convenient! Many people think they need a “home gym” to be able to do Pilates outside of a studio. Luckily, you don’t! You can easily have a Mat Pilates practice anywhere you can lay down. And if you want to get a few props they really don’t take up more space than your desk drawer or bin can handle.
Here are my go-to props for a Pilates practice in your home:
- Mat: While you can use a Yoga mat I would suggest using at least 2 or simply purchase a thicker mat. Here’s one for you to get an idea of thickness. The one I use in my online Pilates classes is going to take up a little more space, but if you know you want to make the investment it’s a great product that will last you a lifetime.
- Magic Circle: This is a great prop to use in Pilates! When Joseph Pilates invented it he used metal!! There are several versions out there now. I do recommend a good quality one that will last. And now they come in two sizes! If you’re over 5’3″ then the regular size is perfect. Under 5’3″ I would highly recommend this Mini Magic circle.
- TheraBand: TheraBands come in all different strengths. They are great for adding resistance or helping you get through some tough parts of the exercises. I prefer a heavier TheraBand but when in doubt get a pack of strengths so you can decide which one you like.
- Squishy Ball: This ball is one of my favorite to use! You can use it in place of a Magic circle or as a tool to help you lift your chest or challenge your balance. I use this one and I don’t fill it up all the way with air. It’s better when it’s a little squishy.
- Weights: One or two pound weights are perfect for Pilates. I know, that sounds really light. But because we use them distally they will feel very heavy! So, treat yourself to these little weights and see how they help you connect more to yourself.
These days there are more and more props being created everyday. But these ones are great, easy to use and don’t take a lot of space. If you have the room and you want to invest in more equipment such as a Reformer, Wall unit etc. contact me and we can talk about what equipment might be perfect for you.
Which props will you get first?