While there's no substitute for good one-on-one instruction, the next best thing is a group class.
No matter how tough things get, the last thing we should ever sacrifice is our Pilates practice. While there's no substitute for good one-on-one instruction, the next best thing is a group class. Increasing numbers of studios are offering Tower-, apparatus- and prop-based classes that will give you the resistance-based workout that you're looking for—at a much lower price. Instructors, keep your students coming by enhancing your classes with these great finds.
- Peak Pilates' version of Joe's Magic Circle, the 14-inch Power Circle® is made with an antirust, spring-steel resistance material and contains contoured latex-free gripping pads. Choice of three- or four-band varieties ($29.95–$34.95; peakpilates.com).
- Have injured students? Stock up on OPTP's Pilates & Yoga Wedge, which helps reduce overstretching and excessive pressure on the joints. Simply position the slim, softly padded prop beneath your wrist for support or under your heels, knees or sitz bones to help maintain alignment and to work even deeper ($10.95; optop.com).