With several models, actors and influencers singing its praises, Pilates is seriously hot right now. Although it’s been around since the mid-twentieth century when Joseph Pilates developed it as a conditioning method for dancers, the practice seems to be picking up even more steam in the 2020s. Not only does Pilates have countless health benefits like increasing muscle strength and improving flexibility, but the practice also improves quality of life and is a proven mood booster.
The Best Pilates Apps and Tools for Your Home Practice
Now, there are several online apps and platforms that can help you level up your Pilates practice — all from the comfort of your home. Whether you’re a lifelong Pilates lover or just getting started with the movement discipline, there are several ways to up the ante on your practice and make it even more enjoyable. Here are five of the best Pilates apps and tools to check out if you’re hoping to amp up your home practice:
1. The Pilates Class App
If you’re looking to supplement your in-person classes with an on-demand workout service you can do from anywhere, The Pilates Class app should be right up your alley. The Pilates Class app and platform is as its name suggests — the only class you’ll need for stretching, cardio and more.
2. Bala Weights
Another tool that’s all-the-rage among the influencer circuit, these chic ankle and wrist weights by Bala are the perfect way to take your Pilates practice to the next level and grow even stronger. Add a pair of these one-pound weights to your wrists or ankles during your next flow for an added burn (and, let’s face it, a great Instagram photo op).
3. Popflex Active Mats & Body by Blogilates App
Designed by the world’s favorite Pilates instructor, Cassey Ho of Blogilates, POPFLEX Active offers a range of adorable fitness-related items like water bottles, clothing and mats. Cassey’s mats come in a variety of fun patterns, and they’re all made of vegan suede, which is great for you and the planet. Cassey and the Blogilates team have also developed their very own app called Body by Blogilates, featuring a massive library of on-demand workouts, programs and challenges at your fingertips.
4. Hot Pilates App
Another favorite among the Pilates community, the Hot Pilates app is your best source for online classes, nutrition tips, meditation and more. The platform offers a free seven-day trial, so there’s no harm in giving it a shot to see what all the fuss is about. Hot Pilates also holds monthly challenges so you can feel motivated and stay accountable to your goals.
5. Pilates Balls
Using props like bands, weights and balls during your Pilates practice can help you increase resistance, deepen flexibility and train your balance. Try incorporating a balance ball to your at-home Pilates practice or as a desk chair for your home office and enjoy a stronger core.
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