Pilates Equipment Des Moines IA

Pilates is a physical fitness system that seeks to increase the strength, flexibility and control of the body. Provided below is additional information on pilates equipment and where to purchase it.

Fitness Sports Ltd
(515) 277-4785
7230 University Ave
Windsor Heights, IA
Waveland Golf Course
(515) 271-8725
4908 University Ave
Des Moines, IA
Silver Fox
(515) 283-2725
2725 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
Dunham's Sporting Goods
(515) 276-9455
3800 Merle Hay Rd Ste 960
Des Moines, IA
Action Accents Team Center
(515) 277-7365
5601 Douglas Ave
Des Moines, IA
Vanginkel Athletic Mfg Co
(515) 244-7718
2208 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
Action Accents
(515) 279-2911
906 42nd St
Des Moines, IA
Hometeam Sporting Goods
(515) 265-3737
5511 E University Ave
Pleasant Hill, IA
The Stadium
(515) 282-7278
555 Walnut St Ste 214
Des Moines, IA
2nd Wind Exercise Equipment
(515) 251-7877
3700 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines, IA

Pilates Product Review: The PilatesStick

By Rebekah Rotstein

Rotstein demonstrates with the PilatesStickBack when I was seeing private clients in their homes, I would lament not having Pilates equipment with me. Many of my clients have specific conditions and past injuries, so I rely heavily on the machines for the neuromuscular feedback, assistance and challenge that springs provide. The need I had for transportable equipment—a need I’m sure that many instructors still have—would be diminished now, thanks to the PilatesStick® . This clever device allows you to set up a resistance unit in your own home, or anywhere you like for that matter. Just secure it into a door and you have your own springboard with a rolldown bar.

The brainchild of exercise physiologist Charles Blount, the PilatesStick is a portable kit containing a bar, a thick resistance band called Slastix, cotton loops for the feet or hands, a foam anchor to secure it into a door and a yoga mat. All this comes in a sleeve making it as easy to carry around as a yoga mat bag, with the Slastix serving as a strap to throw over your shoulder. The basic kit will run you about $150. The system also offers additional items for purchase like wall mounts and a ballet bar attachment. Peak Pilates acquired the distribution rights to the PilatesStick earlier this year.

The PilatesStick basic kitFor those looking to complement their current workout, or studios wanting to offer economical and comprehensive classes, the PilatesStick is a good investment. The kit also includes a list of exercises along with a poster-size version for display on a wall to remind you of various options. The accompanying introductory DVD provides an easy assembly guide and a nicely laid out Pilates exercise program. It includes the classical repertoire like Rolldown, Swan/Flying Eagle and Thigh Stretch with a smooth flow and clear transitions between exercises. It also demonstrates new adaptations made possible by grip straps on the bar that secure the feet. This addition to the traditional rolldown bar activates the feet with exercises like “Leg Arcs” (where the straightened legs rise and lower) and integrates further core control in “Pushaways” (where the knees bend in and then push the bar away.)  The minimal explanation and cueing on the DVD, however, make it more appropriate for an experienced Pilates practitioner than for a beginner.

I tested the PilatesStick myself and also on my colleague, fitness veteran Jeff Bell, to get a well-rounded perspective on varying heights and body sizes. Since there’s only one tension option (i.e. only one Slastix band), certain exercises worked better on his muscular male frame than on my petite female body. This is true specifically in open-chain arm work in which more tension makes the exercise more challenging. For instance, the resistance was too great for my hypermobile shoulders in Arm Circles and Chest Expansion unless I repositioned ...

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Pilates Product Review: Wrist Assured Gloves

By Kathryn Comperatore

If you dread doing planks and push-ups because of wrist pain, Wrist Assured™ Gloves , or WAGs, offers a wearable solution. WAGs, from licensed occupational therapist Paula Wilbert, are designed to ease pain and improve comfort for practitioners of Pilates and yoga.

WAGs features an ergonomic gel cushion inserted into the base of the glove, which is designed to help support the wrist. In addition to taking pressure off of the wrists, the insert encourages proper weight distribution in the hands. This pad raises the height under the base of the hand relative to the fingers, preventing hyperextension at the wrist. It is slanted to direct weight into the thumb and index finger while preventing overuse of the lateral heel of the hand. The arch-supporting pad has a V-cut out shape that prevents strain of the soft tissues of the hand, including the median nerve. WAGs also features a slip-proof grip on the palm and has sweat-absorbent liners inside.

Wilbert set out to create WAGS after recovering from a wrist injury; she noticed that she still had pain in certain weight-bearing positions in her yoga practice and felt that her wrists needed relief from the stress of those positions.

For beginning students and for those with wrist pain, WAGs are a helpful aid for loading the forearm and upper extremity correctly in weight-bearing exercises.


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