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Pilates Equipment & Apparel: The Perfect Gift for Fitness-Minded Individuals

Balanced Body® Exercise Gear for Every Price Range

Sacramento, Calif. - July 24, 2007

Balanced Body, the world’s largest Pilates company, makes holiday gift giving easy with a line of high-performance Pilates equipment, products and apparel for the home. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a Pilates buff, a workout newbie or that hard-to-please family member, consider Balanced Body’s On a Roll @ Home Kit, Pilates Golf Kit, Ultra-Fit Circle ® , IQ® Reformer or Pilates T-shirt.

“Balanced Body is constantly striving to improve even the most basic Pilates equipment, making our products easier to use and more durable,” said Ken Endelman, Balanced Body’s founder and chief executive officer. “This year’s top Pilates gift choices enable users to increase strength, tone, flexibility, balance and posture in the comfort of their own home.”

On a Roll @ Home Kit

An ideal home-exercise program, the Kit includes the Magic Roller® and a 90-page book detailing 50 effective exercises that are easy to learn and simple to memorize. The Magic Roller is a professional roller made of top-quality, closed-cell foam that improves movement accuracy allowing users to strengthen, stretch and massage deep muscles. Purchase the entire kit for $52.95, or the book alone for $24.95.

Pilates Golf Kit

The Pilates Golf Kit helps golfers hit the ball consistently farther and straighter, while reducing the risk of injury and back pain. Designed by Sarah Christensen and Dave Geary, president and physical therapist/personal trainer for Pilates for Golf, the Video demonstrates an injury-prevention warm-up, routines for specific swing requirements and exercises for home and the golf course. Priced at $94.95, streaming videos are available here, along with all the props needed for the exercises, including a Blue Roller, Ultra-Fit Circle® and a six-foot Green Thera-Band Ò with handle.

“With Pilates for Golf, I'm hitting the ball 20 to 25 yards farther,” said Butch Harmon, a golf instructor for the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, in a FitTV interview.

The Ultra-Fit Circle®

The Ultra-Fit Circle® is a circular body-toning device designed for total-body conditioning that enables users to gain the benefits of Pilates without using traditional equipment. The 14” Ultra-Fit Circle weighs just 10 oz. and is small enough to slip under the couch for storage or into a carry-on bag when traveling. Priced at $32.95, the Ultra-Fit Circle is a thoughtful gift for Pilates experts and novices alike. Those who have never tried Pilates will learn to use the Ultra-Fit with the included 15-minute training video from Pilates expert Shelly Power.

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IQ® Reformer

Balanced Body’s IQ Reformer is designed for home use – it stores under the bed or in a closet - yet packs professional features into its sleek design. Features include a professional spring system that allows for dozens of resistance levels, an adjustable foot bar, a built-in platform for standing exercises and commercial-quality vinyl upholstery with deluxe padding. The IQ Reformer also offers a telescoping, aluminum frame that lengthens for use and shortens for storability, and includes transport wheels for ease of moving. Extended, the IQ Reformer measures 98” long by 24” wide, and shortens to 62” for space-saving storage.

The IQ Reformer, priced from $1,645, has streaming videos available from Pilates master instructors Shelly Power and Tom McCook.

Pilates T-Shirt

The Pilates three-quarter length t-shirt is a stretchy, feminine top made of 100 percent sheer jersey cotton. The fabric is combed for softness and comfort and perfect for layering. The navy shirt has rough-edged boat necking, a non-binding Merrow-T stitching and white “pi-lä-tez” lettering across the front. Available in sizes small through extra large, the t-shirt retails for $24.50.

Customers can order Balanced Body’s holiday gift suggestions through the company’s catalog and Web site, www.pilates.com, or call 1-800-PILATES.

About Balanced Body

Balanced Body is the leading resource for Pilates equipment, information and education for fitness centers, studios, and home users. As the world's largest manufacturer of Pilates exercise equipment, Balanced Body leads the industry with its innovative designs. Founded in 1976, the company was the first to substantially update Joseph Pilates' equipment with state-of-the-art engineering, materials and technology. Ken Endelman, the company's founder and president, has been awarded 17 U.S. patents for his inventions. Headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., the company is the number one choice of clubs, spas and rehabilitation facilities worldwide, with an extensive line of equipment, accessories, books, videos and programming that meets the Pilates needs of any professional or home user. For more information, visit Balanced Body's Web site at www.Pilates.com or call 1-800-PILATES.

Editors’ Note: Product photos are available upon request.

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