1. Pilates mats are quite distinct from a common Yoga mat. While you could probably perform many Pilates exercises on a regular workout mat, the proper mat for Pilates will at least be quite a bit thicker. Look for your mat to be at least a half-inch thick.
2. Pilates mats should be firm and not sticky like a Yoga mat. Yoga requires a firm grip because of the many standing poses. Pilates, on the other hand, doesn't require much standing and a sticky mat will probably just cause discomfort.
3. You are probably into Pilates because it offers a great workout that caters to your needs. But you probably also notice that it requires very little space and can be done at home. Check out the selection of Pilates DVDs out there to improve your practice at home.
5. Pilates arcs and barrels are gaining in popularity with the classes that teach how to use them. These padded arcs can be used in a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises and are available for all budgets and size needs.
6. An inexpensive way to incorporate your studio-style Pilates workout at home is to get a foam body roller. These are great for self massage, balancing, and even some strength training.