I realized I suggested she wear comfortable clothing that is not too loose or baggy but that I had failed to talk about footwear. Certain forms of exercise (gym activities, dance, cardio) often specify a certain type of shoes so her question was very appropriate. What do we wear for Pilates?
- Go Bare: The easiest and least expensive way to prepare for your yoga or Pilates session is barefoot. For those of you who grew up kicking your shoes off (like myself) or love showing off a great pedicure (eh hem, me again) this is a perfect option for you. Word to the wise: don't lather up on lotion for your feet right before class. Slippery feet and standing poses are no match! Cost: Free (not tallying that pedi)
- Toe Sox: Your Daily Practice FB or Twitter fans know I have been posting recently about Toe Sox. Here is where Pilates and Yoga meet the Catwalk - fashion for the fitness fans! Toe Soxs provide socks (and gloves) with a grip; lessening the possibility of slipping on your mat or Pilates Reformer. Oh and don't miss this: "like" them on Facebook by 9/2/2011 and get 20% off your order! They come in various colors, half-toe sox, (shown above) ful-toe sox, and even give you an opportunity to do some good by choosing the "Sox for a Cause" variety. Cost: About $15.00, free shipping on orders over $37.00
- Vibrams: More and more shoe brands are carrying a minimalist shoe. To me, Vibram Five Fingers are the quintessential barefoot shoe. They are loved by many Pilates instructors who like the ease of transitioning from walking around the studio to jumping on their mat or apparatus. These are also great for cross training to other sports such as running, water activities or trekking. Cost: $75.00 and up