Setting up your at-home gym is all about creating a space and environment where you can pursue your desire to get fit and maintain your health. Whatever your budget is, or how big or small your space is, you can create a home pilates gym that works for you. Being able to work out at home, whenever you want can make the difference between reaching your fitness goals and giving up soon after you get started.
Part of planning your at-home pilates gym includes buying pilates gear that makes it easier to workout with ease and comfort. Check out the following pilates gear for yourself and the latest in fitness technology to aid you in your workout.
Pilates Floor Mats
Before you buy an exercise mat for your at-home gym, it is important to realize that there are differences between yoga mats, pilates mats and gym mats. Pilates mats are made to provide cushioning and protection from the floor, which is necessary to protect your back during specific moves and poses that you will be performing. Ensure that they mat you select is easy to wipe down, is non slip on the bottom and without any adhesion layer on the top, at least half an inch thick with firm foam and as long as you are with a width that is at least half your arm span.
Pilates Videos, DVDs and Books
Finding the perfect pilates workout requires a little sampling, so before you commit to any pilates media make sure you try out different coaches, workouts and styles. If you are a beginner, make sure you look for DVDs or books that introduce you to moves, provides step by step instructions and also provides you with a challenge as soon as you are comfortable with the introductory moves.
Pilates Band, Balls and Magic Circle
Not everyone likes to use all three of these pieces of equipment, but even buying just one can radically enhance your workouts, and they are each very budget friendly. The Pilates band is perhaps the most inexpensive piece of equipment, and the most ideal for a home gym limited in space and storage. Pilates balls and rings, or magic circles, are equally helpful to your workout, but not every style of pilates uses them, so make sure any program you decide on offers instruction and the opportunity to put them to use.
Comfortable clothing is most important for a good pilates workout session, but performance clothing can improve and enhance your workout. Sweat wicking fabrics ensure that you are able to maintain positions and perform repetitive moves without slipping, falling or irritation. Contrast stitching and seams reduce skin irritation, but also help you with your posture. If sweaty feet are an issue, try non slip socks meant for pilates and yoga workouts.
(Recommendations: Patagonia, Rese Pilates, Gaiam, Lululemon)