How To Create An At-Home Pilates Studio

Hello, Darlings! Today I will show you How To Create An At-Home Pilates Studio

Once COVID shutdowns hit, I realized how much I came to depend on my Pilates workout. Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. It strengthens and stabilizes your core body, which is your foundation so that you can move efficiently while improving your posture, flexibility, and mobility.

How To Create An At-Home Pilates Studio

How To Create At-Home Pilates Studio

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I have been taking pilates classes for about a year now. I work with Mickie O’Neal, of Milestone Motion, my movement specialist who has been working on getting my body back into alignment, strengthening my core, and creating better flexibility. One of my main goals as I approach my “senior years” is to be active. Really I should say “active without pain”.

As an avid tennis player, I have endured injuries throughout the years. But lately, it seems to be harder and slower to recuperate. I got into the habit of seeing the chiropractor on a regular basis for an adjustment, just to get out of alignment within 24 hours.

Since incorporating pilates into my workout routine, I have had fewer injuries, quicker recovery time from tennis matches, and no visits to the chiropractor. I am moving better and playing better tennis with less pain.

What Is Pilates?

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. Pilates moves tend to target the core, although the exercises work other areas of your body as well. Your goal should be to take your time with the exercises, focus on the task at hand, and connect to your breath. It is not about a bunch of rep.

Pilates Studio Closed Due To COVID

Unfortunately, the Pilates studio I worked out had to shut down due to COVID restrictions. I tried working out at home, but it was not the same because I did not have the equipment.

After talking with Mickie, I did some research online and found the company that makes the same equipment I use in the studio, Balanced Body. The equipment is expensive, but since me, my hubby, and daughter were going to be using it, I decide to pull the trigger.

Before We Create An At-Home Pilates Studio- We Needed A Floor Plan

Some of the equipment is rather large and we wanted to make sure it would fit. Anna (my daughter) create through Homzie Designs a room design for my at-home Pilates Studio. We decided that my son’s room (who is married and lives in town) would be the perfect space. His bedroom furniture is going to the lake for our downstairs lake bedroom.

At home Pilates Studio includes room for Core Align, and plenty of floor space for stretching and floor exercise
At home Pilates Studio includes room for Core Align, and plenty of floor space for stretching and floor exercise
We incorporated a TV into the design to watch Pilates instructional exercise videos, favorite tv programs, or just listen to Pandora Radio music.
Not to scale, this picture represents the placement of the Rialto Reformer and some artwork to give the at-home studio a calm, zen-like feel.
Not to scale, this picture represents the placement of the Rialto Reformer and some artwork to give the at-home studio a calm, zen-like feel.
Homzie Designs provided me with all the shopping links to complete my at-home Pilates studio
Homzie Designs provided me with all the shopping links to complete my at-home Pilates studio

Links To Homzie Design Pieces

How To Create At-Home Pilates Studio – Research Equipment

Mickie had warned me that the equipment was expensive, but the cost of shipping was terrible. There are other companies that make Pilates equipment for home use, but they are not near the quality. I have made the mistake of buying a cheap treadmill and workout bikes, only to trash them out. This time I was going to “bite the bullet” and buy the best.

I chose to order my pilates equipment from Balanced Body. Here are the pieces I chose for my at-home Pilates studio

Rialto Reformer With Tower

My first piece of equipment for my at home Pilates studio is the Rialto Reformer
Perfect piece of equipment for at-home Pilates studio, the Rialto Reformer. You can get it with or without the tower.
With the addition of the mats and tower, the Rialto Reformer gives me the full range of exercise I do at classes, no in my own home at my own schedule
With the addition of the mats and tower, the Rialto Reformer gives me the full range of exercise I do at classes, no in my own home at my own schedule

Core Align With Freestanding Ladder

I love working out of the Core Align and knew if I have space this need to be in my at-home pilates studio
I love working out of the Core Align and knew if I have space this need to be in my at-home pilates studio

**Before you start your workout, I advise having an instructor come to your home and make sure you know and understand the equipment and safety instruction.

Equipment For Floor Work

I love my pilates floor work and wanted to make sure there is a place I can close the doors and spend quality time. I store any extra equipment and extra pilates machine equipment in the closet. Here is a list of my floor work equipment

My Pilates Floor Equipment include

Don’t Have Space For Full At-Home Pilates Studio?

Many people don’t have room for a full at-home pilates studio. But still want to work out using quality equipment, there are several ways you can create an area for you to workout. Look for equipment that can be stored either under a bed or vertical upright and out of the way.

Equipment- Balanced Body’s Allegro Reformer

If you don't have space for at-home pilates studio, check out the space saving Allegro Reformer
Allegro Reformer is perfect for at-home Pilates studio if space is an issue. Easy to store under bed or stack out of the way.

Start With Basic Floor Exercise Equipment

Don’t have space for a pilates studio, but would love to have an area and some basic equipment to stretch out? Here are the basics to get you started.

Floor Mat

If you are trying to exercise on a hard surface, look for yoga/pilates mat that is thick like this one from Prosource Fit
Especially if you are trying to exercise on a hard surface, look for yoga/pilates mat that is thick like this one from Prosource Fit

Exercise Ball

Buy a quality ball according to size. I recommend the Power System Versa Ball.  I am petite and have my own smaller ball.
Buy a quality ball according to size. I recommend the Power System Versa Ball. I am petite and have my own smaller ball.

Foam Roller

The foam roller is my favorite piece of equipment for working out kinks from a long car ride or tennis match.  This one from Amazon Basics comes in several sizes and colors. Mine is 36 inches
The foam roller is my favorite piece of equipment for working out kinks from a long car ride or tennis match. This one from Amazon Basics comes in several sizes and colors. Mine is 36 inches

These are the pieces I started out with and are my traveling pieces. I have all three of these at my beach and lake house to roll and stretch after a long care ride.

Take A Peek At The Finished Pilates At-Home Studio

I will be honest, I LOVE having my At-Home Pilates Studio. Working out on my schedule, instead of a studio, has been a blessing. Mickie came to the house and gave us an instructional class on the equipment and our “personal settings and exercises” for each piece of equipment. I am planning to have her come more for private instructions.

About Nifty 50 Fabulous

Embracing and loving the life of an empty nester, I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger currently living in Birmingham, Al. I enjoy spending my time with friends and family including my sweet miniature schnauzers Gracie and Emma.

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