What You Need to Set Up Your Home Pilates Studio

Here are the “must have’s” for a home Pilates practice. And, a few ideas for some extras if you have the room.

  • Author: Lesley Logan
  • February 19, 2024
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What you need to Set Up Your Home Pilates Studio - Online Pilates Classes

How to Set Up Your Home Pilates Studio?

Working out from home is not only convenient, it’s also one of the only ways many of us are getting our workouts in. Pilates is a great home workout regimen. I know you’re thinking you don’t have room for all the equipment. But Pilates was originally designed to do only on the Mat. So, space is not a limitation to creating a home Pilates sanctuary. Here are the “must have’s” for a home Pilates practice. And, a few ideas for some extras if you have the room.

The Importance of a Quality Mat

This is by far the most important. You don’t want to just use the yoga mat you have if you can afford it. A yoga mat is very thin. And, Pilates has a lot of rolling exercises and some that go overhead depending on your practice. So, getting a mat that is 8mm or more thick is key for a comfortable Pilates mat practice.

    Props to Enhance Your Pilates Workouts

    The most known Pilates prop is a Magic Circle. It was designed by Joseph Pilates. He took the metal rings off of beer kegs and had different tensions. There are a couple sizes to the Magic Circle now. I happen to love both. But if you are over 5’1″ I would get the regular size. Under 5’1″ get the mini.

    MAGIC CIRCLE (REGULAR AND MINI)

      I also love using a ball like this one. It’s great for challenging your inner thighs and also can be used in place of a Pilates barrel to do your Leg Series. You can see some exercise tutorials here for using the ball.

      SQUISHY BALL —> Click for Tutorials

      Thera-bands: I love using these for helping challenge your arm to back connection, giving your body the feeling the springs on the Cadillac or Reformer can offer as well as assisting your “smaller” muscles through out exercises.

      THERABAND

        Light Weights: You only need 1 lb. or 2 lb. weights to add to your Pilates practice. And, I love using them for helping you enjoy some of your favorite Reformer exercises on the Mat. In fact, check out my favorite Mat exercises with weights.

        1 LB WEIGHTS

            If you are looking for more than Mat exercises to do at home there are plenty of pieces of Pilates equipment you can fit in a home workout space that do not include the well known Reformer and Cadillac.

            • And, if you’re thinking you won’t know what to do on these if you had them take a look at my free tutorials on the Spine Corrector and Wunda Chair. Plus, I’ve got a workout on the Wunda Chair to get your through here.

              Committing to Your Pilates Journey

              Finally, to round out your home Pilates studio you’ll want to make sure you have exercise support. In addition to our free tutorials here on OPC, we have online Mat classes and an epic members only community. If you do have a Reformer, there are Reformer classes as well.

              Pilates was designed for people to do daily so a home Pilates practice space is essential! We would love to see your Pilates space. Tell us about it in the comments below or tag me on Instagram. If you’re wanting support on what larger pieces of equipment to purchase, feel free to reach out. There are so many options and it depends on your Pilates goals.

              Enjoy your Pilates space as much as you can! Pilates will always meet you where you are. So, make sure you make time to meet up with your Pilates practice.

              x~LL

              By Lesley Logan

              Lesley Logan, NCPT, is the founder of OnlinePilatesClasses.com, the first free online catalogue of Pilates exercise tutorial videos, where you can also find weekly online mat classes and workshops. When not teaching from her studio in Los Angeles, Lesley can be found traveling the world leading Pilates retreats, or offering Pilates business coaching to studio owners and other instructors through her private mastermind group. Connect with Lesley on instagram @lesley.logan or through the contact page on this site.

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              SUCH A TEASE

              ONLINE MAT & REFORMER PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

              Teaser is probably one of the most photographed exercises in Pilates. Which makes people think it's a "peak pose." But, it's anything but! It's simply another layer to your Pilates practice. This week we will acknowledge how each exercise contributes to your ability to do Teaser (someday) and then how Teaser teaches you where to get curious in your practice.

              On the Mat we will use light weights for one round of Teaser as they can be helpful for those still adding into their practice.
              No props on the Reformer.

              See you in class,

              xx~LL

              MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, light weights and a Mat!

              >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

              REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a Reformer!

              >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

              UP, UP, & AWAY

              ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

              We are all going to feel like Super Humans after this month!!

              Whenever I’m in a hard exercise (for me) where I’m holding myself up with my arms and reaching my legs away I picture myself with super human strength!!! I can do ANYTHING! It makes me smile and helps me stay STRONG.

              This month our exercise is Up Stretch and when you think about it - reaching your legs away and staying strong over the carriage may feel a lot like flying!

              We’ll be focusing on stabilizing our strong cores while staying equally balanced in our arms and legs. We are giving you some amazing building blocks by merging strength and stretch in all directions. You are going to get a little bit of everything that you can use to connect to your Up Stretch (and even your Roll Up and Knee Stretches Off).

              Chair: Please have a foam roller and a balance pad available. We are going to challenge your balance safely.

              xx-LL

              CRAB SPECIAL

              Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

              I've had a lot of questions about the Crab on the Mat and I think there are a lot of fears around it. I believe you can Crab sooner than you think! On the Mat, the focus is about the Crab which comes at the end of the order, so let see how everything we do is to prep for it. On the Reformer, there's so much we can strengthen and practice so that you can do the Crab. Let's make a Crab Special!

              Mat - Magic Circle. If you don't have one, you can use a ball or theraband or an old pair of leggings

              Reformer - no props needed

              See ya in class,

              xx~LL 💋

                MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, Magic Circle (ball, theraband or old pair of leggings) and a mat!

                >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

                REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a reformer!

                >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

                EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE

                Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

                An OPC favorite theme is back! This week's class is prop free and all about focusing on your breath. Focus on when you're holding your breath so we can explore why. And as best you can inhale and exhale as you move so that the breath can help you rock, roll, reach and stretch!

                Joseph Pilates was BIG ON BREATHING! I won't make you pull out your breathisizer but I do want you to fill those lungs up!

                See ya in class,

                xx~LL 💋

                MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, and a mat!

                >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

                REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, and a reformer!

                >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

                HIPPY KI-YAY, MAT & REFORMER

                Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

                To find the work, we’ll use a hip band and mix some reformer exercises into the mat workout and some mat exercises into the reformer workout. We’ll work on finding connections to our hips while loosening them up and making them stronger.

                Mat Props: hip band, light weights, and something to prop the hips up.
                Reformer Props: hip band and your typical reformer pieces

                See you in class,

                Rachel

                  MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, hip band, light weights and a mat!

                  >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

                  REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, hip band and a reformer!

                  >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

                  ANCHORS AWEIGH!

                  Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

                  Anchors Aweigh is often misspelled as Anchors Away! Did you know this? And did you know this - The expression anchors aweigh means all the anchors are clear of the sea bottom, and the ship begins its voyage. So, I actually thought I was being clever when I changed it to Anchors Aweigh because I want to use the 1 lb weights as a prop. Also, I want to use this theme to bring focus and clarity during each exercise about what's not moving vs. what is moving. And really keeping what’s not supposed to move as still and stable as can be. May be harder than you think to do, so let’s have fun with it! Think of it as a game.

                  Mat prop: 1 lb weights (water bottles or soup cans as substitutions ) + pole (dowel/broomstick/swiffer as substitutions)
                  Reformer prop: 1 lb weights (water bottles or soup cans as substitutions ) + pole (dowel/broomstick/swiffer as substitutions)

                  See you in class,

                  Christine

                  MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, 1 lb weights, pole and a mat!

                  >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

                  REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, 1 lb weights, pole and a reformer!

                  >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

                  WINTER WONDERLAND

                  Online Mat, Reformer, Cadillac & Wunda Chair Pilates Class Descriptions:

                  OPC Teacher Christine loves the snow! Snowy days make her happy. So during the winter season, her Pilates practice is more to support her snowy activities. Skiing, Ice Skating, Snowboarding and more! In class, we’ll work on some breathing, balance, lower body stamina, and upper body strength to carry all that gear!

                  Cadillac/Tower = no props needed
                  Wunda = no props needed
                  Reformer = no props needed
                  Mat = no props needed

                  See ya in class,

                  xx-LL 💋

                  THE BIG 4-6

                  ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

                  It's Mindi's BDAY month y'all and she is turning the Big 4 6!!! Oh yeah, which means that we are going to be doing either 4 reps of an exercise or 6!!! Alternating between the two means you get to explore what it feels like to have more reps or less reps to play with an exercise.

                  Mat class - have your magic circle ready!

                  See ya in class,

                  xx-LL 💋

                  Wish I was a Baller

                  Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

                  In this class we will use the small ball in a variety of ways to find more connection in each exercise. Finding your upper back, Thass and inner thighs to name a few. We have added a few variations and a little creativity to make this class fun and challenging. Hopefully in the end you will feel like a baller!

                  Mindi

                  MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, small ball and a mat!

                  >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

                  REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, small ball, sitting box and a reformer!

                  >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.