Updated: May 22, 2020
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I want to set you up for success during your at home (online) workouts with me!
We are working on a line of custom LEVEL UP products, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our line of Pilates props are on back order. For now, here are my top resources (and why I suggest using them) to get you started!
Disclaimer: This is NOT an endorsement of any kind for specific products/brands! I am simply suggesting quality products so that you can have an optimal workout ASAP!
TheraBand Loop Resistance Band (Beginner/Intermediate):
TheraBand Loop Resistance Band (Advanced):
If your kids will be leveling up with you, here's a set for them too!
Kids Loop Resistance Band Set:
TheraBand Long Resistance Band Set (Beginner/Intermediate):
TheraBand Long Resistance Band Set (Advanced):
I use the loop and long resistance bands in nearly all of my classes! They are fabulous tools to assist with resistance training for the arms, core and lower body and can also be used to assist in various stretching techniques.
A word about the Brand: TheraBand’s high quality resistance system is recognized as the original system of progressive resistance for over 25 years and I personally, have been using these bands for over 15 years.
9” Pilates Ball:
I utilize the ball throughout my classes to increase balance and core strength, tone the inner thighs, and also during flexibility and relaxation exercises.
This ball appears to be in stock and available for delivery (yay!) which is why I chose this one! But even one of your kid’s soft playground balls will do the trick!
2lbs Hand Weights:
3lbs Hand Weights:
Any light hand weights will do! Personally, I use 2-3 pounds but you do YOU!
Sadly, there is an extremely high demand for at-home workout gear, so hand weights are hard to find readily available at this time, but looks like Amazon has some that will arrive relatively soon.
Otherwise, grab some cans of soup, wine bottles (hey, no one is judging you here!) and improvise!
Ankle/Wrist Weights (1lb each):
You will notice that in many of my workouts, I use wrist and ankle weights for certain exercises. I started using these about a year ago and they have truly leveled up my fitness game. Wearing them adds a constant (but comfortable) resistance to your workout which is scientifically proven to increase your heart rate, burn fat, and build muscle.
The brand of wearable weights I use is called Bala. They were recently on Shark Tank, so that coupled with the COVID19 situation, their products are all on back order. If you wanted to pre-order on Bala, here is their website: https://shopbala.com/
I have recently started to introduce the use of sliders into my workouts to target the lower body, core and arms. They are super fun to use and are very effective! If you don’t have sliders, paper plates are the perfect replacement to use instead!
Any mat, a carpeted surface, or even a towel or blanket on the floor will do! Pilates requires a soft surface for many of the abdominal exercises, otherwise you will likely feel uncomfortable during the workout with the bones in your spine pressing into a hard surface. I want you to focus on working the muscles of the core instead of feeling pain!
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