Buying Tips for Pilates
The popularity of Pilates has grown in recent years. Performing a Pilates routine is an extremely effective way to strengthen your core abdominal and back muscles, develop strength without gaining bulk, and sculpt a sleek, toned physique. With the myriad variety of choices available, choosing the right Pilates equipment can be difficult. That’s why we’re here to help you make the right choice.
4 Minutes, 4 Key Decisions
- Key Decision 1: Equipment Type
- Key Decision 2: Grade
- Key Decision 3: Storage Type
- Key Decision 4: Price Range
There are several types of Pilates equipment catering to a variety of different needs according to your fitness goals. Choose according to your fitness levels, your weak points and your target areas.
Reformer- Pilates reformers provide finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work precisely. They bolster good alignment, core strength and flexibility.
Cadillac - Add more exercises to your Pilates and challenge your body in different planes of motion with the Cadillac, a cardinal component in any fully equipped facility. This ultra-sturdy unit offers an extensive range of applications for everyone, from post-rehab clients to peak-performance gymnasts and athletes.
Half Cadillac - An excellent alternative to the Cadillac, the space-saving Pilates Cadillac with Mat is perfect for those desiring the versatility offered by the spring-loaded push-through and roll-down bars.
Pilates Chair – Expand your programming options with the multi-functional Pilates Chair. Ideal for those who need to stay in a seated or upright position, the stability chair helps rebalance muscles and provides a full-body workout.
Big Barrel – Designed for core conditioning and to increase flexibility, the Pilates Ladder Barrel challenges core stability and strength in everyone - from beginners to professionals.
Half Barrel – Half Barrel Pilates equipment appeal to all, from intermediate to experienced Pilates users, as well as enthusiasts seeking a greater variety of balanced Pilates workouts enabling a way to emphasize core torso strength.
Small Barrel – Lightweight and portable, the Small Barrel Pilates equipment is ideal for mat-based group classes, personal training and home use. Enhance your execution by a wide variety of stretching and strengthening exercises with the Small Barrel.
Spine Strengthener – A spinal strengthener allows comfortable and complete arching of the spine, while a multi-position handlebar offers easy positioning.
Spine Supporter – The Spine Supporter reduces neck tension while stabilizing the spine for exercises on the mat and other equipment. This is perfect for those with weak lower backs and can be used in the development of the proper form during abdominal exercises.
Like most fitness equipment, a Pilate grade indicates its primary type of working environment, essentially because each piece of equipment is engineered to withstand a certain level and frequency of use.
Residential - Designed specifically for home use, residential Pilates are typically lighter, more compact and easier to store away when not in use. Residential Pilates are more likely to last longer when used by single person.
Light Commercial - These types of Pilates are compatible to be used for commercial as well as residential use. They keep all the essentials in mind: versatility to accommodate a range of body heights, sizes and abilities; superior construction for maximum safety and durability.
Commercial - Commercial Pilates are built specifically to withstand continuous use by a variety of users. Most commercial Pilates also feature a higher weight capacity.
It is useful to consider factors such as overall weight, portability and ease of storage, depending on where you want to use the Pilates equipment and how much space you have. You can choose from various storage types according to the availability of space at your home/gym.
Folding - These Pilates machines are light yet sturdy providing a convenient storage option if you have area constraints, especially at home, since you can easily fold and store the equipment ensuring minimum wastage of space. They are convenient for home or studio use.
Stackable - If you have limited space, you can go in for stackable Pilates equipment which are constructed for easy storage. Just stack and put the equipment away when you’re done with your workout routine and leave the space free for other exercises/uses.
Stationary - If space isn’t a constraint for you, go in for stationary Pilates equipment and be free from the hassle of removing and storing the equipment each time you finish working out. These are often more durable and perfectly suited for a gym or professional Pilates studio.
Under $500 - Designed for home use only, residential home rowing machines are typically lighter, more compact and easier to store away when not in use. Residential rowing machines are more likely to last longer when used as personal rowers only.
Light Commercial - Many popular rowing machines feature a readout monitor instead of preset workout programs. These rowers provide a more natural workout because they let you exercise at your own pace while they track your time, speed and distance.
Commercial - Commercial indoor rowing machines are built specifically to withstand continuous use by a variety of users. Most commercial rowers also feature a higher weight capacity and depending on the model, more options such as preset programs and readout monitors.
Indoor rowing machines are among the most affordable pieces of fitness equipment you can choose. And choosing the best rower you can afford can go a long way towards making sure it provides you with the right number of options and the best workout possible.