Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Pilates–When, Where and With What. Pilates Equipment, Mats and more.

As a recent convert to Pilates I thought it about time I wrote something here plus where to find the basic Pilates Equipment – Mats, Balls, Resistance Bands and more.

I started Pilates because my gym at home reached sub zero temperatures in December and despite the lure of the rowing machine and the Powerplate (!) even walking through the door became too much of a challenge. Running? Moi? No I don’t think so, so having read that Tom Ford does Pilates in preference to going to the gym I thought I should give it a try.

You’re bound to have a Pilates class near you, but with a DVD player and Pilates mat you can get started at home and it really is a great way to exercise. The best DVD I have found (and just look at those reviews) is the 10 Minute Solutions disc. I run through the whole program. It may take a couple of times to get the hang of it but once you do you’ll never look back. Get the disc, buy the mat and get going. This one is really worth sticking with.

Pilates Exercises Yoga Matgym ball 2sweaty betty vestJD Sport HoodyPuma tightWellicious Top

No shoes here of course – for Pilates you don’t wear them, although you can wear non slip socks if you want to.

Very interesting meeting at IMRG yesterday in the amazing glass edifice that is the Microsoft building in Victoria Street. No surprise to me, or I suspect any of the members that despite the continued slowdown in general retail online is moving faster and faster with clothing and accessories in particular up 40% over last year and 51% of British adults now shopping online.

What did surprise me because I’ve always been a bit of a sceptic was the speed at which Mobile online shopping is growing, even for big ticket items. There doesn’t seem to be a clear view yet over mobile apps vs websites but I’m sure that is to come. Also cheers for the clothing industry is the fact that there will be a UK Sizing Survey at the end of this year. The last was in 2001. Will designers and manufacturers listen though? Hmmm….. I suspect not but we’ll wait and see. Just don’t hold your breath………………………………