The beautiful thing about Pilates and Yoga is it doesn’t have to be expensive. Can it be expensive? Absolutely, there are a number of high end yoga and pilate gyms that’ll cost you. Can those types of gyms be worth the price of admission? I think so, but again I’m a fitness fanatic and I believe spending money on your health is always money well spent.
Exercising At Home
If you’re going to skip the gym or studio and start practicing in your home there will be still be an upfront investment required.
Required Equipment List:
1. A Yoga Mat. This is the most basic piece of equipment. Can you do Pilates on your carpet or hardwood floor? Sure. It’s not going to be very enjoyable. The goal is to recreate the atmosphere that you’ve come accustomed to in a studio or a gym. It’s obviously not going to be perfect; the goal here is to get it close.
Yoga mats are relatively cheap and can be priced for as little as $20 and as high as $100. It really depends what you’re looking for. If you sweat a lot you might want to consider a high end yoga towel as well!
2. A Foam Roller. Foam rollers are incredibly versatile. You can do so many things with them and I always recommend that you have one in your closet. I don’t care if you’re not into pilates or yoga you probably still want one. If you’re a runner a foam roller is a must. Pretty much if you play any sport or participate in any physical activity I would recommend buying one of these. They’re super cheap, they start at about $9.99 and go up to $70 or $80 for higher ender rollers.
3. A Water Bottle. Treating the place more like a studio and less like home is a terrific way to create a studio type atmosphere. Bringing a water bottle is a great way to do this. Think about it, when you’re the gym or in a class you HATE it when you forget your water bottle. The same should be true if you’re at home. Pretend you’re in a class full of strangers and in order to go water you’re going to have to get up and go get a drink which would be awkward so you’ll just not.
4. Blocks and Straps. This is more for yoga, but sometimes in pilates we’ll make use of blocks and straps as well to tighten and tone troubled areas. These are like foam rollers, I would recommend having them in your arsenal. Having a good quality strap makes a world of difference when you’re trying to stretch those hammies out :).
That’s the basic equipment, of course you’ll also need either a DVD or a routine to follow. I find DVD’s work best for this just because then you’re forced out of your comfort zone.
Did I miss anything else? What do you bring to your home studio pilate sessions?