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The Best Home Pilates Equipment

author image Henry Halse
Henry Halse is a Philadelphia-based personal trainer, speaker, and writer. He's trained a wide variety of people, from couch potatoes to professional athletes, and helped them realize their own strength, determination and self-confidence. Henry has also written for various fitness and lifestyle publications, including Women’s Health, AskMen and Prevention.
The Best Home Pilates Equipment
Finding compact Pilates equipment can make your home studio like the classroom. Photo Credit edwardolive/iStock/Getty Images

If you're efficient with space and buy the right equipment for your at-home Pilates gym, you can come close to the feel of a professional studio. Instead of buying the bulky equipment that you would find at a Pilates studio, you'll have to maximize space by buying things that fold up, attach to your walls or that you can stash in a corner.

You don't need much space to create the little Pilates home gym of your dreams. With just a few carefully placed pieces of equipment and an instructional Pilates DVD you'll feel like you're right in the middle of a class. Beyond the traditional mat, there are a few pieces of equipment that will add dozens of exercises to your repertoire without taking up the entire room.

IQ Reformer

You can stash this fold-up reformer in your closet or under your bed. And, even though it's much more convenient, it doesn't lose its quality. The springs are tested to ensure consistent and progressive resistance, meaning that they are held to the same quality as a studio-quality reformer. During your workout you can take this reformer out of its storage spot, wheel it over to the correct place, and set it up in seconds, proving that it's possible to have a reformer in your home gym.

Read More: Pilates Workout Differences: Reformer and Mat

When you purchase the reformer you get the carriage, springs, frame, footbar, straps and handles. You also get a free 40-minute Pilates instructional DVD that you can use to teach yourself how to use the reformer, or simply to motivate yourself to use it. The DVD also includes a set-up guide for your reformer, in case you have trouble.

Ultra-Fit Circle

Don't let its small size and simple design fool you, this Pilates ring will liven up your workout by adding a twist to some of your favorite mat exercises. It comes in two sizes, one is 15 inches in diameter and one is 12. This is one of the smallest pieces of Pilates equipment you can buy, making it a must-have for your home studio, no matter how much space you have.

Read More: Pilates Ring Exercise Instructions

Pilates Spine Corrector Barrel

No matter how creative you are, there are some Pilates exercises for which you simply need equipment. The Spine Corrector Barrel's curved design lets you do movements that help your strengthen your spine because it can bend over the barrel. You can also do chest-opening exercises that stretch your chest and can even increase your lung capacity.

The barrel weighs only 18 pounds and is 13.5 inches high, making it small and portable. It also comes with a 20-minute Pilates workout with 14 different exercises that you can do on the Barrel, in case you've never used it before.

Pilates Reform Bar

This is the most stripped-down and bare-bones alternative to the reformer that you can find. It's portability makes it extremely attractive. The device is two resistance bands with velcro cuffs that attach on one end to your feet and on the other end to a straight bar. You hold this bar in your hands to mimic some reformer exercises.

The stability chair has two petals for added resistance.
The stability chair has two petals for added resistance. Photo Credit klyots/iStock/Getty Images

Pilates Springboard

When you're trying to save space, attaching equipment to your walls or even a door gets it up and out of your way. The Pilates Springboard has two cables that are attached to a wooden board that you can hang up on a wall. There are 11 different heights at which you can set the cables for different exercises. You can also get bands of different tensions to mix up the resistance level.

Split-Pedal Stability Chair

The Pilates chair allows you to do a host of upper and lower body stability exercises. It has handles for lunges and dips and pedals to add resistance to upper and lower body exercises that involve movement or pulsing. The pedals are resisted by springs that you can easily change for lighter or heavier alternatives. The chair also comes with a DVD showing various exercises.

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