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Building a Pilates Home Gym, Part 1

Posted Aug 24 2008 9:44pm

If you've been practicing pilates for years and feel like you want to add a few pieces of equipment to your home gym, you might be wondering which pieces allow the most exercises and take up the least amount of space.

I'm going to make some equipment suggestions in the next post, but first its important to realize the following before you make your purchases:

1. You still need a certified instructor to come teach you in your home.

You might be advanced enough to work out once a week alone, but a teacher can not only keep you motivated to use the expensive equipment, they can make sure you're doing everything safely and properly.

2. Buy from a well known brand.

The most well known companies for pilates equipment are Gratz, Balanced Body , and Peak . Each is alittle different, so you can search their websites for which pieces seem to work best for you.

Resist the tempation to buy a product that's extremely lower in price from an unfamiliar company. It is my advice that you should not buy pilates equipment from infomercials or home shopping channels.

Besides the fact that the knock-off equipment is less durable, sturdy, and effective- it is not likely that you will ever be able to resell equipment that is not one of the three brands I listed above.

3. Look on Craigs List

I have personally sold perfectly good, used equipment on . Studios sometimes put their old equipment on the site when they're upgrading. In most cases, you just have to buy new springs and you're good to go. Be sure to ask the following when looking on Craigs List:

-Photos: Definitely do not buy equipment (or anything) unless you see photos at all angles first. Be sure they show the equipment in different stages of set up, if applicable).

-Are there any scuffs or problems? The upolstry gets worn over time, just be sure to ask ahead so you're not surprised when you get it.

-Random: Does it come with the original papers? When did they buy it? Why are they selling?

4. Your Space

Measure and remeasure the space where the equipment will go. If you're buying a reformer, realize that they come in different lengths. If you're buying a reformer/tower combo, measure ceiling height. Whatever equipment you buy, you need space around the equipment as well- for your arms and legs to expand.

If you're buying a Tower, realize that it must be attached to the floor and the wall.

For your safety, a tower is drilled into the floor and the wall, so don't buy one unless you're ok with putting holes in the room.

After reading this list, you might see that its usually easier and less expensive to go to a studio for lessons than to try and make one in your home! However, in my next post, I'll make some equipment suggestions if you want to go through with it.

Here are the pilates equipment websites:

Peak Pilates:

Balanced Body:

Gratz: Read more!

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