What is Pilates?
Pilates was pioneered by Joseph Pilates. Helping to work your abdomen, lower back, obliques, thighs and more, Pilates is similar in some ways to Yoga. By emphasizing your core, Pilates helps to develop your strength, flexibility, co-ordination, balance, posture, and muscular endurance, which is why most Pilates equipment focuses on weight and resistance. Importantly you also have a lower chance of injury from Pilates compared to similar exercises, making it particularly helpful for rehab post-injury.
What is Stott Pilates?
Stott Pilates is a more updated approach to Joseph Pilates' original methods. The Stott Pilates approach is designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints.
With Stott Pilates, more emphasis is placed on pelvic and scapular stabilisation and integration of all the parts of the body into one. Stott Pilates has five basic teaching principles: Breathing, pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement, and head and cervical spine placement.
There is a wide range of Pilates equipment for home and commercial gyms. Also, we get asked a lot about "gym designers near me" relating to Pilates studio design - which we also have expertise in.
Some of the larger pieces of equipment include:
The Pilates reformer is a machine that uses springs to create resistance and has a moving horizontal carriage bed to allow for additional exercises. This is quite different from mat Pilates as more intense and more dynamic thanks to the resistance you use. Accessories include a Cadillac tower as well as jump boards and mat convertors. Increasingly the design of these Pilates machines takes into account vertical storage for home gym designs.
The Tower Trainer
The tower trainer is a multifunctional fitness tool that you can use for literally hundreds of exercises. It comes with a cushioned mat and accessories which include springs, straps, handles and bars. Many reformers now come with a Tower 'accessory' you can buy.
The Stability Chair
Also called a Pilates chair or a Wunda Chair, the stability chair is a great piece of equipment if space is an issue. It’s great for balance, strength, and general stability exercises for the core. Distinct areas can be worked on including shoulders, arms, quads, glutes, knees, abs, and back. It's great for legs as, with the better models, you get independent foot pedal movement.
Our smaller Pilates home equipment includes rotational discs, weighted bars, and bars with adjustable weights. Resistance bands are also a great piece of small equipment which will really increase muscular strength, endurance, and will tone your body.
We also stock a great range of accessories and studio equipment including stability balls, mats, rings, hand weights, cushions, and straps. A good Pilates mat is an essential piece of gym equipment with the need to source a form foam that helps support your back and muscles whilst in use. Pilates balls are great for developing core stability and the Pilates ring is great for muscle tone, inner and outer thighs, upper arms, and chest.
In addition, you'll also find a selection of foam rollers which will deal with any knots that you have in your muscles. With many of the rollers you will get the equivalent of a deep tissue massage in one small piece of Pilates equipment.
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