I have rounded up some Pilates Xmas Stocking stuffer ideas for you. So if you know someone who does Pilates or you would like to treat yourself for Xmas. Here are some ideas for you.
In my classes, I use both resistance bands and balls. Resistance bands are excellent for building up muscle strength, assisting in stretching exercises, great for rehabilitation after an injury and they also add some variation to different exercises.
I use light and medium bands in my classes. Depending on the brand of band the colours can vary in terms of strength.
The ones I use in class are from ‘Fitness Mad’, I can recommend these because they have stood the test in time, and are not flimsy and are a good length. Beginners use the red light bands and then onto to the blue medium bands.
The resistance bands I use contain latex, which is not suitable for people that are allergic to latex, in which case, here is a latex-free version:
Latex- Free Resistance Bands
I also use Exer-soft Balls in my classes the 7-inch version. These can make an exercise harder, but I use them in my classes to really challenge the core and add some variation to exercises. They also act as a good cushioning for the back when in a seated position, which is useful for people who might have a tight lower back. They also act as reminder to lift up the side obliques in some side-lying exercises.
Here is the balls I use:
As we perform Pilates in bare feet, through the winter it can get particularly cold, especially from our feet. Conventional socks can be a bit slippy, so I recommend using Pilates socks. My favourite socks are Toe Socks and Shashi socks. Both of these socks are a bit on the pricey side, but they are good quality socks that do last a long time. I have tried cheaper versions in the past, that haven’t lasted.
£18.50 per pair
My newest purchase is the Shashi socks because I like a bit of bling, and I think they look great, but still have great grip and keep my feet warm.
Ogi Yogi Socks
£6.25 per pair
If Toesox and Shashi socks are over your budget, you could go for the Ogi Yogi socks instead, which although, I have not tried them personally, look to have good reviews on Amazon, and half the price. See them here:
If you are fed up of carrying plastic bottles to your classes, then I can recommend this insulated glass water bottle, I have had this water bottle for ages and it has never leaked and I really like the fact that it is non- toxic, and very easy to keep clean with no odd plastic straws that I always worry don’t clean properly. There are of course many products on the market, this is just one of the ones that I use and can recommend personally.
Borosilicate Ryacoglass Water Bottle
If you are looking to buy a new mat, please see my Mat Review here: