the pilates Box is wood construction nicely padded and covered in a Naugahyde upholstery cover it is comfortable to the touch the pole is vinyl plastic the box is for execution of advance Pilates routines the pole is for stabilization they can be used together or separately with or without the reformer apparatus I haven't used mine yet as I am still in the beginner classification but look forward to doing advanced routines in a few weeks about a month if you plan on purchasing a pilates reformer I would recommend purchasing this item at the same time so you won't have to wait because advancement to the next level of training comes quickly when the workout is so fun.
Just thick enough for brief workout on floor at fitness center, and rolls up compact. I use it for the 5-10 minute abs/buttocks floorwork during 40-55min Pound group class. I personally would want to take thicker mat to hour long Yoga or Pilates class.
I have been using a yoga pad for years, but my bones are getting old and tired, so I decided to try this mat because it had some thickness to it...and it does!! It has just enough padding so that I don't feel as if I'm on the bare floor but not too much that I slip around when sweaty. I use it on my area rug, and it does not move at all. It is a thin, oriental rug, so that may make the difference. But I did read at least one review that said it slipped on her rug - that was NOT my experience. I highly recommend this exercise mat to anyone who does pilates, yoga, stretching...I even stand on it when doing resistance training! I'm putting it through its paces and its standing up well.
the Magic Circle isn't magic at all it takes dedication and determination and once you managed that, then the work begins the Pilates Magic Circle is durable construction the workout DVD well mine had corrupted playback issues but, the fine people at Overstock replaced the DVD upon request and it arrived within 3 days so now I have the Magic I need and the instruction to use it. Watch out body there's a workout coming your way.
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