Equipment for classes

Many of you have expressed a wish for info on where to buy equipment and want to make sure that when you do you get the it right in where applicable size, shape, firmness, materials etc. Don’t forget to shop around if you’re looking for the best price as you know these change all the time!

I sometimes have equipment for sale so if you are local to Holme & Milnthorpe, Cumbria area and want to click and collect new or good quality clean used equipment then please ask me for an update on what I have available.

Currently I have used like new long loop bands in 4 different resistances/widths, inflatable prickle ball sets - new in purple and silver, soft balls - a few good condition blue ones left, lots of10x90cm white foam rollers and a few of the plain black slightly softer hedgehogs.

Our next Masterclass is on Thursday 18th March at 6-7pm and is Hedgehog Pilates. So many of you already have the Hog and you know how beneficial and versatile it is to offer increased support, challenge, massage, trigger point/fascia release and balance work, but you may not remember when and how to use the hog effectively.

if you’ve never used the hog you will love it, there are so many ways to challenge abs support the body and after a class using it you will feel amazing!

If you wish to buy a new Hog the link is below from Amazon at £18 with free p & p.

If you wish to buy long loop bands there are so many suppliers to choose from, however the link below is a good representative. I would start with the thinnest (yelllow) or next band (red) for Pilates exercises as you want to be able to stretch the band a long way and still maintain good posture and form.

For Fascial Fitness you need a roller, you can use your long thin roller if you already have one for Trigger Point Pilates, or a long wide roller if you have that. If you are buying specifically for this class and to roll your body then I would go for a 30-45cm long wider roller with some softness, not a rock hard outer which will be too much for some body areas. Here’s a link to the one I use.

Coming to the Masterclasses in the next month or two will be a Pilates body conditioning class working the whole body effectively including the use of fabric resistance bands which can be bought in a set of three with various sizes for resistance. It is also possible to buy just one of these bands.

Thinner small loop bands, often sold in sets of five, are also available and work in the same way, as they are thinner they may be less comfortable to wear around the thighs or ankles Each of the different band styles have it’s own pros and cons and if you wanted to you could just tie a knot in your existing long band to form a loop around your thighs, sometimes the knot is very hard to untie again though!

Soft/Over/Pilates balls are useful for support and to increase resistance and variety in Pilates classes. We regularly use these in class behind the back for support in a seated roll up exercise. They are best used semi deflated, especially if placed behind the neck. Later in the year I will do a Pilates Masterclass utilising the soft ball in all exercises! Here is an example to buy from 66fit on Amazon as used in class.

There are many other suppliers, colours and prices available. Here’s a set of two with one larger ball, these could be useful especially if you always use a ball or cushion behind your back for roll ups as the other ball can be placed between the knees or held.

A set of two prickle balls is essential for Trigger Point Pilates and ideally not too hard! The recommended balls are inflatable and therefore deflatable too! They are not spiky and should not bruise you whereas some of the very hard some balls may do!

Also for Trigger Point Pilates you will need a long roller, ideally a 10cm wide one as this will fit nicely between your shoulder blades! You can adapt by using tightly rolled up large towels or a blanket but eventually you will want to invest in a roller.

During any class that includes sitting on the mat you may achieve a much better postural position if you sit up on a block, especially if you are tight around the hips and find it hard to sit cross-legged, you can use a rolled or folded towel or invest in a block. Blocks are also useful to put your head on when laying down face up, or under your forehead when exercising face down. Blocks are also useful to help make any kneeling exercises more comfortable

Traditionally in Pilates we use latex resistance bands which come in different strengths, for rehab the lightest strength is best and then you can progress to stronger bands. Latex free bands are also available If you have an latex allergy.

If you have any questions about what equipment you need to buy and what you can use instead that you may already have at home please just contact me to ask. I hope this has been helpful.

I can’t wait to see you in a class soon. Sam x

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