Do you live in a rural area where you can only take pilates at a large gym — with a huge membership fee? Do you feel uncomfortable exercising in front of other people? Have you taken pilates in the studio for years and really want to start doing it at home?
Whatever your reason for setting up your home studio, getting the right tools in order is the best way to make sure you can get the same quality workout without the high price or the energy it takes to find the right studio for you.
First – if you can, I would enlist the help of a local pilates instructor or personal trainer. If you can’t find one, go online and look for someone who’s willing to help you set up your pilates equipment via the web. I have many clients who’ve moved away and I ended up helping them set up a really simple space so they can continue the work we did together.
Second – decide if you want to do mat pilates or machine pilates or both. There are tons of resources for doing mat pilates – dvds, books, balls, magic circles, mats…Setting up a mat pilates space is the most simple way to get started with your pilates at home workout. If you want to do a home reformer workout on an aero pilates machine or one of the pilates qvc machines, I definitely suggest finding an instructor who can at least update your workouts. While these machines do come with dvds/videos to will be better off getting a customized workout with a certified teacher. The pilates reformers for home use are different from the studio.
Even meeting with a teacher once a month on your machine will help you figure out if you’ve been doing anything wrong or if you can progress to the next level! The instructor can also give you very important safety reminders about certain exercises.
Finally – once you’ve decided what type of pilates program you want to create for yourself, start gathering the equipment…
1. Purchase pilates DVDs. If you have a Netflix account this is a great way to get new workouts for little money.
2. Puchase pilates books. There are so many different pilates exercise books that you will not get bored!
3. Download pilates audio books and mp3s. Do a simple search for exactly what you want and you’ll find audio and video online.
4. Pilates yoga mat
5. Comfy clothing
6. Pilates or squishy ball. You can also buy a few small weighted balls too!
7. Pilates exercise machines – ask instructors what they think are the best home machines. Your budget may determine which one you get, but at least having someone more knowledgeable give you advice will go a long way!