Pilates at Home
Pilates enthusiasts around the world are enjoying Pilates workouts in a place that until recently seemed absurd – at home. It was only offered in high-end studios and health clubs. And the equipment was too big, too bulky and too expensive for most of us.
Mat workouts changed everything. Home users first discovered Pilates mat videos and DVDs that guided them through refreshing full body workouts. Now Balanced Body® offers you a full range great products for home workouts. See our list to the right of our most popular home Pilates products.
Enjoying Pilates at home allows the ultimate flexibility - no scheduled classes to get to on time. You’ll need a healthy dose of self-discipline, though, to regularly carve out time for yourself for the recommended three sessions a week.
Off to a great start
Before starting a Pilates program at home, expert trainers highly recommend taking one or two classes at a studio or health club to get acquainted with the exercise. The investment will be well worth it. Good Pilates technique includes intricacies of both movement and breathing that are best explained and demonstrated by a qualified instructor.
Mat workouts at home
Pilates exercises on a floor mat are popular for two big reasons:
- They’re inexpensive
- Space requirement is minimal
You’ll find lots of DVDs and videos to choose from. Many include variations that accommodate beginning to advanced levels. Some also include exercises with small, inexpensive accessories like rings and rollers, which add variety and interest to your workout. See our recommendations below.
Reformer workouts at home
Reformers are by far the most popular piece of Pilates equipment. With its system of springs and ropes, a Reformer provides both resistance and assistance to the exercises. This expands the variety of exercises you can do and allows them to be easier or more difficult, depending on your needs.
Balanced Body offers a variety of Reformers for home use. If you have limited space, you’ll want to look at our newest Pilates IQ® Reformer, which shortens to slide under a bed or upright in a closet between workouts. You’ll also find a great series of Reformer Videos and DVDs in our online Store.
“For years people have come to me and said ‘I love Pilates and wish I could have a reformer in my home,” says Endelman. “But the main problem for many was the lack of floor space or a storage. The portability and storage capabilities of the Pilates IQ changes everything – people can now get a complete Pilates workout in their homes, whenever and wherever they want.”
- Ken Endelman, Best Body Magazine, September 2005
Suggested products for home
Pilates IQ® Reformer
The Pilates IQ® sets up in seconds, then stores away under a bed or upright in a closet. With its sleek design, professional features, easy storability, and affordable price, the Pilates IQ is perfect for home. This is the only reformer available that shortens for storage and still provides a smooth carriage ride with no seams on the track! Comes with free workout video or DVD. 2-year warranty for non-commercial use.
Pilates Allegro® Reformer
The Pilates Allegro® is the most versatile reformer on the market. Engineered and built for commercial fitness, it’s also a great Reformer for home. Easily adjusts to accommodate users of different heights, and the optional Tower of Power™ adds powerful versatility in the same compact footprint. Comes with free workout video or DVD. 5-year warranty.
Unquestionably, our Rock Maple Studio Reformer® is the standard against which all reformers are measured. Used by the world’s most discriminating Pilates professionals, and also ideal for home studios that require the best. The smoothest, quietest and most durable machine on the market, it’s also available in cherry, walnut or mahogany. Limited Lifetime Warranty. Custom upholstery colors available.