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  • Reviews of Top 10 Pilates Equipments & Accessories
Reviews of Top 10 Pilates Equipments & Accessories
Reviews of Top 10 Pilates Equipments & Accessories
Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to follow instructions for assembly and use
  • Tones, shapes and stretches the entire body
  • Suitable for people with back/arm/strength issues
  • Sturdy and well made steel construction
  • Additional comfort with high-density foam headrest, shoulder pads etc
  • Fits any user, irrespective of size, shape and height
  • DVD and color workout chart for proper and safe guidance

    Cons

  • Little expensive
  • Instructions DVD is not of very good quality
Review Summary

The Stamina AeroPilates 700 Premier Reformer comes with high quality heavy-steel frame construction and features 4 heavy-duty, elastic cords which provide 4 different levels of workout resistance. It is capable to perform over 50 exercises to tone, stretch and shape the entire body. This equipment is relatively very quiet while in operation, and the ultra-smooth rollers and gliders ensures safe and effective workout every time. The included stand in the Reformer elevates about 10 inches from ground that helps for more advanced exercises. The adjustable headrest and oversized high-density foam shoulder pads offer additional support and comfort. The reformer is the only machine that gives a low-impact, cardiovascular workout; for its user-friendly additional features of adjustable ropes, straps and hand grips to fit any user, irrespective of size, shape and height. The Premier Reformer with Cardio Rebounder includes DVD's along with full color workout chart for correct moves and monitoring. The DVD's consists of two easy to follow, simple and safe videos on regular and cardio workouts.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Perfect basic equipment for core/arms workout
  • Heavy-duty twist board with resistance tubes
  • Very easy to use and store
  • Lightweight and easily portable
  • Suitable for home, office and/or gym use
  • Well worth the price for its features
  • Includes a fitness guide

    Cons

  • Balancing can be an issue at times
  • Board is uneasy on feet as per some users
Where to Buy
Review Summary

The Everlast for Her Pilates Twist Board with Resistance Tubing, features heavy-duty resistance tubing that stabilizes body for a complete workout of core/arms. The tubes with handles help in arms and traditional board twisting helps in abs workout. The board's massage points provide relaxing stimulation and traction to the feet while working out. The Twist Board is very easy to use and store. The board is lightweight and easily portable, is used at home, office or gym as per need or convenience.

However, some users find it difficult to balance on the small board. Also, some feel it's uncomfortable on the feet.

Overall, the Everlast for Her Pilates Twist Board with Resistance Tubing is one of the most preferred basic arms toning exercise equipment in an affordable price range.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Well made, good quality balance board
  • Good for improving balance and strengthening core muscles
  • Provides low impact workout, ensures overall fitness with agility and strength
  • Non-slip texture for good balancing workout
  • Wide enough to perform squats or other exercises
  • Durable, lightweight, very portable and easy to store
  • Affordable price for its quality and utility

    Cons

  • Slippery when working out on barefoot or socks
  • Workout guide not very helpful as per some users
Review Summary

Reebok Balance Board is made of high quality, sturdy plastic with a non-slip texture and good width makes it durable enough to withstand any workout environment. This ultra-efficient board provides low-impact workout and improves overall fitness, agility and core strength. The constant motion on the board will engage every muscle, giving more definition while burning calories. It is specially designed to target the core muscles, obliques, lower back and glutes. The lightweight board is portable and easy to store anywhere. The kit includes a workout guide for safe and additional help.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Features 5 color coded bands for different resistance levels
  • High quality rubber material with sturdy hard/soft handles
  • Perfect workout tool for upper and lower body
  • Very simple and easy to use
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Door attachment, workout chart and website offer additional exercising options
  • Provides good exercise with little cost

    Cons

  • Handles tear apart after some usages
  • Door attachment seems to be flimsy per some users
Review Summary

The SPRI Xertube Resistance Band Exercise Cords with Door Attachment are made of high quality rubber material that offers progressive resistance and allows for isolation of targeted muscle and full range of exercises. This heavy-duty material has greater resistance to abrasion and tears that stands up to rigorous demands of professional or personal use. The Xertube Band is lightweight and highly portable. The straps can be rolled up and stored easily in bags or suitcases used while traveling, thus making it perfect for travel, gym or home use.

The SPRI Xertube Resistance Bands are color coded for 5 levels of resistance. All Xertubes come with hard handles unless specified by the customer. However, the Yellow Xertube is also available with soft handles. The SPRI Xertube is perfect for building strength, Pilates, physical rehabilitation and some other rigorous workouts. Though the handles are hard, they are sturdy and completely comfortable even for arthritic hands and wrists. The band offers unlimited workout combinations.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • High-quality, anti-burst rubber ball for all skill levels
  • Great for improving the core strength, agility and balance; Trims and tones some major muscles
  • Inflates easily with included hand pump
  • Keeps air for a pretty long time, even on daily/regular use
  • Kit has a ball, hand pump, Pilates band and DVD's
  • Reasonable price range for its quality and utility
  • Available in 3 different sizes and colors, sizes are specific for certain height range

    Cons

  • Inflating the ball is tedious, requires effort
  • Some balls leaked air after inflation
  • Some users received wrong sizes
Review Summary

The Gaiam Total Body Balance Ball Kit is designed to develop a Balance Ball workout with resistance training with maximum results. The ball helps in improving the body's core strength and natural balance while being trimmed and toned without hurting or straining back or joints. The kit includes a plastic hand air pump to inflate the ball and 2 DVD's designed by Tanja Djelevic, first one includes 3 part workout of 60 minutes targeting upper body, lower body and abs; plus second DVD targets the Balance Ball training for beginners. These balls are available in 3 sizes and each size is suitable for individuals within a certain height range.

However, the ball requires a bit of exertion to inflate, especially the first time. Some users received balls that leaked after inflation, or wrong sizes. At times, the ball did not match the size claimed by the manufacturer. 

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Set of 3 bands made of soft latex material
  • Each band measures four feet long
  • Color-coded for different resistance levels
  • Useful to strengthen and tone muscles
  • Light weight and highly portable
  • Great price for its quality and utility
  • Useful for indoor and/or outdoor workouts

    Cons

  • Short in length as per some users
  • Yellow and Blue bands may be hard to pull
Review Summary

The Valeo Stretch Bands are made of durable latex material with variable resistance levels to stretch strength and tone muscles. Each band measure 4 feet long and offers a smooth and consistent stretch and tension. Each band is color coded for ease of use - the yellow band offers low resistance, red band offers medium resistance and the blue band offers heavy resistance. These bands are lightweight and easy to carry. The Valeo Stretch Bands are also useful for post surgery and rehabilitation workouts.

However, these Valeo Stretch Bands are short as per some users. Users would like to see longer bands so that they can do suggested exercises. Some users felt the yellow (least resistance) and blue (heavy resistance) bands are hard to pull.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Good for Pilates to provide flexibility, strength and energy to abs and inner thighs
  • Perfect size and shape with high quality material
  • Provides good back support while working out
  • Includes a straw for inflation as per need
  • Easy to use and store, easily portable
  • Reasonable price for its utility
  • Use alone or with other Pilate equipment

    Cons

  • Deflates quickly, requires frequent inflation
  • Comes with straw for inflating, not pump
  • Not suitable for people with back problem
Where to Buy
Review Summary

The Theragear Pilates Mini Ball comes in perfect size and shape to tone abs and inner thighs. It is a good tool to increase the flexibility, strength and endurance, which adds focus and energy in the workouts. The Mini Ball is easy to inflate by blowing into the inflation straw (included) to the size as per convenience. It is also suitable for relaxation, for abdominal muscle training and neck massages. When partially inflated (soft), the ball can also be used as supporting cushion. The ball comes with a workout DVD.

However, this mini ball looses air quickly therefore, it requires inflating frequently. This ball is not suitable for people with back problems. Another major drawback is that the mini ball comes with a straw, not pump, for inflating which is tedious task.

Overall, the Theragear Pilates 9 inches Mini Ball is one of the preferred exercise equipment for abs and thighs within reasonable price. This easy to use tool goes well alone or in conjunction with other Pilate equipment as per need. 

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Versatile exercise aid for traditional Pilates workouts
  • Crafted with soft rubber, nonporous and padded that resist moisture
  • Can be used in conjunction with Pilates reformer
  • Great resistance provides faster and targeted toning
  • Improves muscles strength and targets problem areas as per need
  • Includes a DVD with 25 minutes of workout session
  • Compact and portable

    Cons

  • Less resistance as per some users
  • DVD is not very helpful for some
Review Summary

The Stamina AeroPilates Magic Circle with Workout DVD, is crafted from soft black rubber around a steel core ring. The Magic Circle features form molded grips to fit comfortably against any body type with a nonporous, molded padding that resists moisture. The Stamina AeroPilates Magic Circle is designed to use by itself or with other Pilates reformer. The soft rubber-covered resistance ring provides faster, more targeted toning. It improves muscle strength throughout the body especially in problem areas like inner/outer thighs, upper arms and chest. The Magic Circle is accompanied with a comprehensive, easy to follow instructional DVD (25 minutes workout), which demonstrates the use of AeroPilates progressive fitness system for maximum benefit. This compact circle is easily portable, and can be used anywhere by anyone, regardless of gender and age.

However, this Magic circle does not provide good resistance as per some users. Some users feel the workouts in the DVD are fast paced and of lesser duration. Also, some users feel the circle is poorly constructed.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • High quality anti-burst PVC material, free from most harmful phthalates
  • Unique peanut-shape supports the spine and lower legs while targeting the core
  • Helps in increasing the range of motion, corrects posture and form
  • Great for stretching/strengthening the spine; Alleviates back pain/sore muscles
  • Perfect as neck and arm support for floor exercises
  • Includes air pump, inflates quickly and easily as per the comfort
  • Includes DVD with two workout sessions of 10 minutes each

    Cons

  • Pump does not help in full inflation
  • Some balls leaked air while inflating
Review Summary

The Gaiam Restore Strong Core & Back Care Kit w/DVD, is made from high quality PVC material with anti-burst technology, which targets back, and core muscles while exercising. The Gaiam Restore ball is very durable and safe to use. It can tolerate up to 300 lbs of weight capacity and is free from six most harmful phthalates. Its unique peanut-shaped ball offers full support to back during workouts and helps to alleviate pain/sore muscles. This design encourages the user to engage in core exercises more efficiently, and minor adjustments in the placement of ball will help in controlling the workout difficulty in return for a stronger, healthier back and firmer midsection.

This tiny little yoga ball helps to stretch and strengthen the spine while increasing the range of motion and improves the form and posture. Quick and easy to inflate, this back care kit includes - a cute green colored peanut shaped ball, air pump and a DVD with 2 workouts. The workouts are of 10 minutes duration and strengthen the core and tone the body from head to toe; and bring stability, flexibility and mobility to back while toning the core.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Molded with high quality foam technology
  • Extra firm density provides superior support for exercising
  • Smooth surface aids in stretching muscles with full body weight
  • Durable, does not lose shape even after moderate to heavy use
  • Great for tissue massage and increasing blood circulation
  • Helps alleviate pain, stiffness and muscle soreness
  • Recommended by fitness and rehab professional

    Cons

  • Not worth the price, as per some users
Where to Buy
Review Summary

Black High Density Foam Rollers are molded with high quality polyethylene foam technology that gives all the benefits of standard rollers without breaking down. The extra firm density offers superior support, strength and ultimate stretching. The smooth surface does not lose its shape after moderate to heavy use. The extra firm roller is designed to provide deep tissue massage, which help in relieving pains, stiffness and muscle soreness. Highly durable, these rollers are loved by fitness and rehab professional for its lasting power. These High Density Foam Rollers are available in different sizes to suit one's requirement.

However, some users do not find these rollers worth the price. 

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