Like most major pieces of exercise equipment, Pilates reformers require an initial investment and some floor space. But the benefit of complete body fitness you'll receive with a Pilates reformer extends far beyond these small concessions. Plus, there's a battery of Pilates equipment available that can supplement your Pilates reformer without taking up a lot of real estate in your home.
Perhaps even more frequently than Pilates reformers, exercise bands are seen in gyms across the country. While these aren't considered traditional Pilates equipment, it doesn't take a degree in exercise science to recognize that exercise bands can be beneficial in a Pilates routine. Simple exercises like the kick back and leg bend and stretch are enhanced through the simple application of resistance. Different strengths of bands can be purchased, but by simply reducing the amount of slack, you can adjust the resistance on the same band.
This isn't exactly an optional accessory, as a proper Pilates mat will gently cushion your connection with the floor, prevent injury, and improve your balance. Many think they can use a traditional yoga mat, and while this may be acceptable, Pilates mats are traditionally more cushioned to accommodate more standing poses.
Also known as the Swiss Ball, Gym Ball or Fit Ball. This simple addition to your Pilates arsenal doubles as a comfortable desk chair (as long as you aren't too attached to fancy furniture) that promotes good posture and is quite comfortable. It is unparalleled in establishing balance and core strength, as it requires constant concentration to balance while lying on it. On the other hand, sitting is easy to adjust to, but does require a mindful presence.
Yet another simple addition to your Pilates workout is the Magic Circle. It is simply a round, durable plastic circle that can be used in hip, arm and leg exercises to add resistance. Toning these trouble areas is a breeze and rather fun when you consider how much time and money you can spend using other devices.