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Pilatesstick

Pilatesstick ClassI first saw the Pilatesstick® in action at the Pilates Style Magazine’s 2007 conference in Ft. Lauderdale. This was the first conference that Charles Blount (inventor of the Pilates Stick) attended with the ‘Stick’, and he hoped it would prove to be a successful product launch. I’m not sure how many orders were placed for Pilatessticks that weekend, but Charles sold every ‘Stick’ he brought with him and took orders for many more, if the lines at his booth were any indication.

It was actually one of my teachers who dragged me over to the Pilatesstick expo booth to try it out. She was trying to explain to me what it was on the way there, telling me that I could do most of the Cadillac work on it… the roll back bar with elastic tubing that could double for leg springs… and all I could think of was “huh? Not another flimsy knockoff.” But after trying it for myself, I stood in line behind all the other excited Pilates teachers and placed my own order for 20 Pilatessticks to be installed in my studios, and 20 more for my retail store.

What is the Pilatesstick?

The Pilatesstick is actually a kit made up of an exercise bar like the Cadillac’s Roll Back bar, a pair of foot loops, a long exercise tubing (slastix) with carbiner clips attached at either end and encased in a protective fabric overcoat, a yoga mat, and a mat bag to hold it all. The tubing attaches in such a way to the bag that it forms a sling enabling the owner to throw it over their shoulder pretty comfortably while on the go. Also included in the kit is a door attachment, which you simply close inside a door at whatever height you wish (the higher it is, the more resistance, just like on the Cadillac). There is also an attachment for ballet bars (or it can be attached to eye hooks that you put into a stud in the wall, as I did at my studios). You will receive a handy poster with some pictures of beginner exercises and a beginner DVD.

How the Pilatesstick has helped us

PilatesstickIn my studios we use the Pilatesstick in both group classes and personal sessions. Our students love the classes, which we offer at a much more affordable price than our other equipment-based classes. We have not decreased the number of students taking our equipment-based classes but we have increased the total number of students in our group programming overall as a direct result of the Pilatesstick classes. The students feel that they are getting a great workout, and are excited to get a “taste” of Pilates equipment in an economical way. These are students who wouldn’t otherwise take an equipment class because the price is just not in their budgets. We also get students who will take a more expensive Reformer class one day a week, and then will get a second workout in a week by taking the more economical Pilatesstick class on another day.

I have sold Pilatessticks to my clients for home-use as well. At first I was concerned that I would be cutting into my personal training business by providing students with a cheap alternative way to get their “Pilates fix”. That has not happened at all. To the contrary, my clients see it as a customer service that I provide for their health and wellbeing!

For Pilates instructors that do private in-home training and travel to their clients, this Pilates tool is a great asset to their business. I have a friend who brings her Pilatesstick with her on in-house sessions, and her clients are now getting the benefits of Pilates resistance training as they never could before. She reports that the Pilatesstick is so portable and easy to install in each home that it is the first piece of equipment into her car in the morning. She also says that the concept of spinal articulation is one of the greatest benefits of the Pilatesstick.

The Pilatesstick has also proven to be a successful, and lucrative, addition to my retail store. My first order sold pretty quickly to my teachers and teacher training students as it was December, and they used the Pilatessticks as holiday gifts. (I suspect that some of those “gifts” were given to themselves.) Since then, the ‘Sticks have proven to be a quick seller, and Charles now recognizes my voice when I call him for another order. The customer service at Pilatesstick is outstanding, with any problems being corrected quickly and efficiently, usually by the owner himself.

Based on my own experience in my studios, I would recommend the Pilatesstick to anyone. Whether it is for personal use, group class use, or resale, the Pilatesstick will be a sure hit in any capacity.

For more information on the Pilatesstick, the Pilatesstick Alliance, classes in your area, or teacher trainings, please see the Pilatesstick website.

Connie Borho has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry, holding certifications through Peak Pilates, PhysicalMind, AFAA, ACE, and Yoga Alliance RYT-500. Affiliated with Sunshine Fitness Resources, Connie is a Peak Pilates National Teacher Trainer dedicated to teaching mind-body fitness. Her studios, Balance Pilates & Yoga Centers, are located in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. For more information on Connie, her workshops and teacher trainings, or her studios, please see www.BalancePilatesAndYoga.com.

By · Posted on September 16, 2008 · Topic Product Reviews

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10 Responses to “Pilatesstick”

  1. Angel Walker on October 4th, 2008 9:31 am

    Thanks for the great article. I also love my Pilatesstick. I wanted to ask how high you have yours mounted in the studio. I am currently using it in a door, but I would prefer to attach it to a wall as you have done.

  2. Susannah Cotrone on October 7th, 2008 3:00 pm

    Dear Connie,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful review and story about your experience with using the Pilatesstick! Charles and I are looking forward to bringing Pilatesstick to the PMA conference in November, would love to see you there:) Have you gotten a chance to see the new advanced DVD?

    Thanks and congratulations on your success!!

    Susannah Cotrone
    Director of Pilates education for Pilatesstick

  3. Connie Borho Connie Borho on October 8th, 2008 8:07 am

    Thanks for the email, Angel. I responded to you personally, but neglected to post a response here, so I thought I would take this opportunity to do so.
    We first mounted a 2″X4″ into the studs in the walls with anchored 2″ bolts. Into this 2″X4″ we then screwed in 2″ eyebolts to which we attached our ‘Sticks. We have our ‘Sticks mounted at two different heights in our studios. One level is at just under 5’ on the wall, and the other is at about 5’6″. The higher up the wall the more resistance there is, which is great for people who are taller, or who have heavier legs, but teaching these people how to use the powerhouse instead of the leg muscles is sometimes a challenge. If this is the case, we use the lighter resistance tubing with them and make them use the powerhouse rather than the legs. For extension exercises, like Swan, the heavier resistance tubing helps these people really extend their spine by providing some additional assistance.
    The higher level is not good for lighter, smaller people, who have to use the lower mounted option in order to not be completely lifted off the floor by the resistance of the tubing. Really light people also have to use the lighter tubing for this mounting height.
    I hope this answers your question!

  4. Connie Borho Connie Borho on October 8th, 2008 8:09 am

    Hi Susannah,
    No, unfortunately I won’t be at PMA this year as I am opening another studio in November and won’t be able to get away. I hope all goes well with you and Charles and you expose a lot more people to the PilatesStick while you are there!

  5. Angel Walker on October 8th, 2008 8:37 am

    Thanks Connie for such a detailed response to my question!! Now I wish I had ordered the heavier resistance tubing. I could use it to help me with the Swan.

    Susannah, I have the Advanced DVD and it is excellent. I think it is a must when ordering the Pilatesstick. So many great exercises are demonstrated.

  6. Teresa on April 28th, 2009 10:59 am

    I own the Pilatesstick and love it. It’s so portable and versatile that I can do Pilates anywhere. Unfortunately, I was unhappy with the introductional DVD that came with it. I didn’t feel the instruction was up there with what a real Pilates class would be. Maybe that’s because it’s an introductional DVD. I haven’t tried the advanced one yet.

    The customer service is great and I like how Charles himself will respond to any requests/complaints or questions you may have. That’s important. I cannot wait to use the stick with my client.

  7. Blaire Elizabeth on August 9th, 2012 1:07 am

    I would like to purchase Pilates Sticks for my mat class but do not need the entire kit. Wondering if I could just get the stick, resistant band & connector that attaches stick to rope. I’ve already gotten the foot/arm straps. It would be for a class of 10 & we already have our own mats & would not need dvd except for 1). What do I do in this circumstance? Do I find a carpenter to make me something similar or is there an option to just buy certain parts? Any advice would greatly help, I’ve been emailing different site for months on end now.

  8. Connie Borho on November 3rd, 2012 9:15 pm

    Please email me directly regarding the PilatesSticks.
    I can help you immediately!
    My email is connie.pilates@gmail.com
    I look forward to hearing from you!

  9. Laura curlett on November 23rd, 2014 3:30 pm

    Hello

    Have a pilates stick and the introductory DVD. Would love to purchase the advance dvd but CANNT find it. Please let me know if you sell it. Thanks so much

  10. Irene Kazantzidou on March 18th, 2015 3:01 pm

    Hi..I saw pilates stick and i like it so much..I am a pilates trainer..So I would like to ask where could i find pilates stick,because i want to buy for my job..

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