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Props add punch to pilates workouts

STOTT PILATES® releases final DVD titles featuring props that add variety and meet special needs for prenatal, cardio and conditioning



TORONTO, November 18, 2008 – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, STOTT PILATES has released the final three new titles in its library of award-winning Pilates DVDs. Using props and other fitness accessories, the new programming reflects the versatility of Pilates as a safe and effective exercise method that enables people of all ages and life stages to do more of what they love.

According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, more than 10.7 million people in North America participate in Pilates, a form of non-impact exercise with an emphasis on core strength. Designed to lengthen, strengthen and balance the body, Pilates assists in injury prevention, enhances functional fitness, improves postural problems and supports overall physical and mental well-being.

The latest STOTT PILATES DVDs will appeal to fitness enthusiasts looking for a new cardiovascular routine, Pilates purists looking for an extra challenge, and expectant mothers wanting to start or maintain a fitness routine throughout their pregnancy.

  • Cardio & Core on the Mini-Tramp uses one of the most effective whole-body exercise tools - the trampoline - to achieve an intense cardio workout and build strength, agility and endurance.
  • The DVD Pilates with Props, Vol. 2incorporates small and affordable accessories like the Flex-Band Exerciser®, Fitness Circle® resistance ring and Toning Ball to add challenge and resistance to Pilates routines.
    This programming is ideal for Pilates enthusiasts who want to add variety and challenge to their Pilates workouts while toning the entire body and adding muscle definition.
  • In Prenatal Workout on the Pilates Edge, expectant mothers use the “Pilates Edge,” a dense foam triangle, to exercise on an angle. This modification places the body in an ideal position for exercise while strengthening the core and toning the arms and legs.

Sold at the company's online store at www.stottpilates.com and through retail partners, the DVDs complete STOTT PILATES' library of more than 120 DVD titles - the world's largest Pilates DVD collection, with many titles offering multi-language tracks. The three new titles have a suggested retail price of $14.95 USD/$19.95 CAD each.

“Even though we have reached the milestone of bringing all of our new DVDs to market, we will continue to identify new programming based on emerging needs and the latest exercise science,” said Lindsay G. Merrithew, President and CEO of STOTT PILATES and the company's co-founder. “Any new programming will be made available through our worldwide network of more than 50 Licensed Training Centers and at industry shows and workshops.”

In addition to its extensive DVD library of programming, STOTT PILATES is one of the world's leading Pilates educators and a manufacturer of high-quality commercial equipment that is recognized to be among the best in the industry.


About Merrithew

Merrithew was co-founded by Lindsay and Moira Merrithew in 1988. For over 25 years the company has been dedicated to enriching the lives of others by providing responsible exercise modalities and innovative fitness brands across the globe. Merrithew’s premier Pilates brand, STOTT PILATES®, delivers best-in-class Pilates education and media to everyone from avid exercisers, elite athletes, and pre/post-natal clients, to rehab and fitness professionals, and is used by studios worldwide. Other high-end Merrithew fitness brands include ZEN•GA®, Total Barre, CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training and Halo® Training. Merrithew has trained more than 50,000 students in over 100 countries. Merrithew’s Media Division (MMD) produces print and video-based content for professional and consumer markets. For more information visit merrithew.com.

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