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Studio Essentials: Cushions and Pads

Cushions and pads are essential tools for any fitness instructor. From protecting the joints from hard surfaces, to modifying exercises and adding or decreasing challenge, cushions and pads can make the difference between a good workout and a great one.

Merrithew’s line of cushions and pads spans every exercise need, from supportive to destabilizing surfaces. Made from high-quality materials, these cushions serve a variety of purposes, and aid in increasing exercise options.

Foam Cushions

Essential pieces for any fully-equipped studio or training facility, these cushions are designed to serve a variety of purposes and all aid in increasing exercise options, allowing for proper alignment and biomechanics. Perfect for Pilates exercises, these props can also be incorporated in fusion or athletic conditioning workouts. Available in Foam Cushion A – 9x6x1 inch, Foam Cushion B — 9x6x3 inch and Foam Cushion C — 13 x 10 x 2.5 inch.

Oval Cushions

These cushions have less density than our Foam Cushions, resulting in a surface that has more give and less stability. Widely used for rehabilitation and sports conditioning, incorporating Oval Cushions in workouts adds challenge, builds core stability and develops greater proprioceptive awareness and increases overall strength and mobility. Available in small and large.

Stability Cushion

Build strength and focus while stabilizing the body in a range of standing, sitting, kneeling and lying positions with the Stability Cushion. Put your abs to work at the office by placing the cushion on any chair and using the unstable surface to engage your core muscles and build strength. Available in small (green), small (charcoal), and large (blue).

Eco-Friendly Pilates Pad

This non-slip pad can be stacked to just the right height to establish correct positioning for exercises or to add extra cushioning, and is latex-free and hypoallergenic.

Balance Pads

These soft, firm pads challenge the body to maintain balance, stabilize the joints and engage muscles to enhance mobility and build strength and stamina. Use them in a variety of sitting, standing or kneeling positions to add depth and challenge to exercises. Available in large and small.

Balance & Therapy Wedge

Improve posture and engage the core while you sit. Suitable for the office or home, the unstable surface of this slanted sitting cushion builds core strength by activating deep stabilizing muscles and aligning the spine, while the textured surface helps stimulate circulation.

Balance & Therapy Wedge for Kids

Our award-winning Balance & Therapy Wedge is the perfect tool for improving posture while kids are gaming, drawing or doing homework. The inflatable wedge positions the pelvis for better spinal alignment, while the unstable surface activates the core muscles, improving balance. Use upright in any chair as a back support or as a cushion on the floor. Ideal for classrooms where better posture and muscle stimulation can help with increased mental focus.

For more information on using cushions and pads in programming, contact an Education Advisor at or call 1-800-910-0001 ext. 300.