Pilates is an excellent exercise if you are looking to tone your muscles and increase flexibility. While Pilates focuses more on your core, many of the moves are also good for other areas of your body. Pilates happens to be a workout that is often thought about as something you can do without any equipment, but there are actually quite a few accessories that would turn it into a full body workout. Here are some different accessories to consider using for your Pilates workout.
There are not one, but two different types of balls you can use with Pilates. The first is an exercise ball, sometimes referred to as a medicine ball. This type of ball is a larger size, and used for more types of exercises than just Pilates. You can use exercise balls in a number of different ways for your workouts, from leaning on the ball with your back and doing situps for abs, to sitting on them in order to work on your balance and posture. For Pilates, the exercise balls are used in various moves. You may fit the ball between your ankles and move your legs up as you move your upper body in a tight crunch that engages your core. There are standing and floor moves that is works great for.
The other type of ball you can use for your Pilates workouts is the mini ball. This is used specifically for Pilates and other similar workouts. It is smaller in size, up to about 9 inches in diameter. You are able to use this ball for even more moves, making them a little more difficult and using more muscles with the ball.
If you buy a Pilates package with multiple items to help with the workouts, it will likely include foam rollers. These are also used for different types of workouts, though many people prefer to use them for their Pilates workouts. These rollers are made of soft or firm foam, are affordable, and help provide more stability for your different exercises. They can also be used to massage your tired and sore muscles after the Pilates workouts.
There is also a Pilates ring, sometimes called a magic ring. This is a large ring that is a little flexible, but mostly a solid piece of equipment. You can hold it between your ankles as you move your legs up and down to work on your abdominal muscles, or lay on your side with the ring between your legs to do various exercises.