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Dust down those Stability balls ready for action…

The stability bstabilityballall is a great piece of equipment to use in pilates. They challenge our bodies in a different way and are good fun too!  I’m hoping we can use them in my mixed level classes at the end of August . It will be possible if most people have their own balls to bring along,  I know some of you already have one.   If you’re thinking of buying one, here are some tips to help choose the right one for you:

  • SIZE is important .  When you’re sat on the ball, the knees should be level or just below hips, with knees bent at 90 degrees. A general height guide is:      under 5’2″  =  45cm ball ,     5’3″ to 5′ 8″ = 55cm ,      5’9″ to 6′ 3″ = 65cm,    6’4″ to 6’9″ = 75cm
  • Make sure it is ANTI-BURST. Some of the cheaper balls are not so check that it states it in the product description. If it doesn’t, then assume it’s not.
  • They can be bought in most sports shops or on-line. Amazon and ebay both sell them or  www.pilates-mad.com ,  who specialise in pilates equipment. Some are sold complete with pump, so check if you need one first.

Looking forward to teaching some new moves on the ball soon!

11th July . More rolling…

My mixed level classes continued with the roller again this week. When it came to standing on them, most people looked much more confident and  balanced. The feedback I’ve had is that although the rollers can be a bit uncomfortable to lie on, people feel the benefit afterwards in their backs , shoulders and general improved posture. Thanks Sally for taking some great photos of Kingsland- check out the photo gallery.

Kinsgland class

Kingsland class doing their shoulder drops on the rollers.