It comes as no surprise that since the start of the pandemic, at-home workouts like Pilates have seen a huge resurgence. Pilates, in particular, is an easily accessible, low-impact workout that’s both functional and challenging. Most people love it because you can do it from the comfort of your own home with a limited amount of experience, Pilates equipment and space — and the results are excellent.
You can also do it with as little equipment as a mat or challenge yourself with various pieces of equipment like bands, rings, balls, sliders and hand weights. All of which either assist with increasing flexibility during your workout or helping to build strength and tone your muscles.
Whether you’ve just signed up for online pilates classes or you already practice regularly, we’ve rounded up a list of equipment that’s worth having on hand so that you can get the most out of your workout.
The Best At-Home Pilate Equipment
Let’s start with an easy one, Pilates bands. You’ve probably already used pilates bands like these GANA Resistance Loop Bands during other workouts and will similarly use them when it comes to pilates. We recommend you get yourself a set that offers a few different types of resistance — light, medium, heavy, extra heavy. This way, as you get stronger, you have fresh ways to challenge yourself.
Personally, I love adding a mini pilates ball to my pilates workout for an additional challenge. A ball helps to activate those little muscle groups that often don’t get engaged during other exercises. They’re great for targeting arms, abdomen, butt and thighs, and are a great prop when you’re looking to reduce the intensity or assist with your range of motion in some exercises.
Pilates rings or magic circles are a great piece of Pilates equipment for providing resistance during your workout. They’re often made from high-quality plastic with two adjacent padded grips for comfortable handling. The two padded handles on either side let you push in or out or squeeze it between whatever parts of your body you’re working — arms, legs, abs etc.
I wish we were talking about mini burgers here. Instead, we’re talking about mini burners. Sliders are small, unassuming little discs that can quickly turn up the challenge on any floor exercise. When used correctly, sliders work every part of your body — arms, legs, core, chest and of course, your glutes!
Wearable weights like Bala Bangles are fast becoming popular among the pilates community as they’re an easy way to up the intensity of your Pilates workout. You simply slide them on your legs or wrists and complete your exercises as you usually would, only with added resistance.
Depending on your budget and how committed you are to pilates, one piece of Pilates equipment that could be worth investing in is an at-home reformer. As someone who has one, I cannot recommend them enough, especially if you already know your way around a reformer. They’re surprisingly affordable, and you can get foldable ones that are easy to assemble and even easier to store. This AreoPilates one has pretty decent reviews on Amazon (4.5 average) and is reasonably priced at $2044.