Printable List of the Classic Pilates Mat Exercises
Take a Magic Circle
The magic circle (aka Pilates ring) adds a little weight to your luggage, but not much -- and it hardly takes up any room. The great thing about taking the magic circle is that it raises the commitment factor when you bring a piece of equipment with you. Plus, magic circles are so great for targeting specific muscle groups.
Take a Mat
If you have a roll up Pilates mat, or a thinner yoga mat, it could be worth taking it with you. I have been known to throw a hotel towel on the floor to serve as a mat, but having your own mat is better.
Take an Exercise Band
To my mind, the only drawback to traveling with exercise bands is that they are so darn easy to ignore. Unlike a book, mat, or magic circle, a fitness band will happily disappear into the bottom reaches of your suitcase. Nevertheless, if you are in the habit of doing your Pilates workout with bands, they are a great workout choice and hardly take up room in your luggage.
Take DVDs or Books
One of the easiest things to do is throw a book or DVD in your bag. I get bored easily, so I would take two. Another thought would be to buy a new Pilates DVD that you think will be challenging; then you can spend the trip getting to know it.
- DVD and Book Reviews
- Find Pilates DVDs:
There are Pilates classes in almost every city in the United States, and Pilates is becoming ever more popular around the world. With a little perseverance, you should be able to find a class. Almost all Pilates studios welcome "drop ins." It usually costs a dollar or two more, but visiting different classes is a wonderful way to learn and get a new perspective.
Tips for Finding Pilates Classes
Find or share ways to say "I love Pilates" or ask for Pilates classes in different languages: See below.