Pilates Fitness Equipment: From Home Use to Gym Use The original purpose of pilates was to establish a connection between the mind and body so they could function as a unit. It was accomplished through a sequence of actions which included alignment, breathing, concentrating, precision, flow, control, flexibility and being able centre ones’ self. Originally, these actions didn’t require the use of equipment, except for an exercise mat. However, without the equipment, people weren’t experiencing body fitness. As a result, pilates equipment were created to allow for better resistance training. The Reformer is the most popular pilates fitness equipment used because it lets you work on each basic pilates element while helping you to develop core strength and increase flexibility. While reformers come in a variety of designs, the function is the same. You can do a variety of exercises with this equipment laying down, sitting, kneeling or standing. The great thing about this particular machine is that it doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are to experience results as the resistance level can be easily adjusted. Another set of pilates equipment is the trapeze table. It is a versatile machine that looks almost like a cage. One example of what you can do with the trapeze table is leg exercises. You can lie face down and fasten the strap around your leg and pull it down. You will feel the resistance in your thighs and calves. You can also sit down while holding the straps then pull on the straps while lying down and then sit back up again. This is a great workout for the core. While these equipment may seem complicated and are mostly found in gyms because they are so bulky, there are other types of equipment you can use at home for pilates. One such equipment is the exercise ball also known as fitness balls, swiss balls, balance balls and stability balls. Exercise balls are not traditional pilates equipment but they are very popular in the pilates world. The reason for their popularity is that they make balancing very challenging when you sit or lay on them. Another great example of pilates equipment that can be used at home is the rebounder. Traditionally, it’s a bulky machine but there are many versions designed just for home use. It enhances flexibility and gives a great cardio workout. Another convenient equipment which is easy to use at home is the pilates ring. This definitely adds resistance to your workout, giving you toned arms and shoulders. Doing floor work is a big part of pilates. For this reason an exercise mat will be of great service. There are lots of pilates exercises that require you to sit or lie down so you will need a soft surface to support your arms, bottom, legs and back. A good mat for doing pilates won’t be too soft so that it can provide firm enough support to develop alignment and balance in your body but soft enough that you won’t feel discomfort when doing the exercises.
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