Picture this, you are at home, you want to do pilates, but you don't know what to purchase to get started. Don't you worry, I got you. My online clients can easily store these props away and use them in their private sessions and group classes, anywhere and anytime. Having these tools available to enhance and facilitate movement can be just what you need to help you kickstart and commit to an active lifestyle. Here is a list of props that yoga and pilates professionals often use in their sessions.
There are so many options for your mat, I prefer them padded, as there is often kneeling work in pilates. But I try not to go too padded, otherwise your wrists will sink into the mat when you put weight on your hands. This mat has a slight grip, so you won't slip if you start to sweat.
Feetlu Yoga Mat Thick with Strap, 2/5 Inch (10MM) - Extra Thick Yoga Mat Non Slip Workout Mat Double-Sided
Ohhh, how I love the foam roller! It hurts so good. It's also great for recovery and self massage, but it can be a great tool for stabilization and core control. The foam roller is a MUST HAVE. If you enjoy working with the foam roller, check out my “foam roller stretch and massage” class.
Amazon Basics High-Density Round Foam Roller for Exercise, Massage, Muscle Recovery - 12", 18", 24", 36"
The ankle weights will take your Pilates workout to the next level! There is a reason why they are often in physical therapy facilities: you can increase the resistance on any low impact workout with it. And it's so easy to store and for travel.
Baga Bangles - Set of 2 (1b & 2lb each)
When it comes to flexibility, this strap is a very useful tool. This strap can be used to correct posture, and it also serves as an extension of your arms to facilitate range of motion. This specific brand comes with a manual on how to use it.
SANKUU Yoga Strap, Multi-Loop Strap, 12 Loops Yoga Stretch Strap, Nonelastic Stretch Strap
When you try to touch your toes, do you ever wish you could actually touch the floor? Well, now you can: with the yoga block. I love using this with my clients to build their confidence as they progress and become more advanced in their practice. There are so many exercises that become easier with blocks.
Gaiam Essentials Yoga Block (Set Of 2)
I keep this one at all times in my purse. Having a band with me at all times became a habit during my full time dancing days. It is such a great tool to activate your hips and glute muscles before any sport or physical activity. The resistance bands have different levels of difficulty, so you can potentially make your way up.
Sweet Sweat Mini Loop Resistance Bands - Set of 5
You know what dumbbells are! We know they are at the gym, and the gym can be overwhelming. But these dumbbells are not as heavy, and you can keep them in your apartment. Besides improving muscle force, the smaller dumbbells can help promote joint stability and flexibility!
Amazon Basics Neoprene Workout Dumbbell
I use the mini ball in all my sessions. This is one of the many secrets kept by Pilates instructors because it’s perfect for form and alignment. It is the stability for me! I also love using this prop to challenge my clients to find balance on an unstable surface.
ProBody Pilates Mini Exercise Ball - 9 Inch
Known as well as the Magic circle, or ring of turture! There is a love-hate relationship with pilates practitioners because everytime it comes out you know it's a guaranteed burn. You can target so many areas of your body with this tool and it also promotes flexibility.