Entries in Pilates Clothing (24)
I thought I’d seen it all when it came to Pilates sock innovations—grippy bottoms, separate toes, slippers. That’s why I wasn’t expecting much when a box of Shashi Socks hit my desk promising a “cool treat” for my feet. I tossed a pair into my bag and didn’t have a chance to wear them for several weeks. When I finally tried them out, I felt a little sheepish—they were really great and caught the eye of every instructor at the studio.
Shashi Socks creator Natalie Sudit had been doing Pilates for over 15 years but didn’t like practicing in regular socks, so she created her own. Yes, they’re grippy on the bottoms—nothing new there. But what’s unique about Shashi is the breathable mesh fabric that covers the top of the foot. It kept my feet from sweating and made the socks feel like they were barely there. I literally forgot I was wearing them. If you like to practice barefoot but want the sanitary protection of a sock, these are for you. They’re well suited for warmer climates or summer months when the thought of regular socks makes your brow glisten.
Shashi Socks come in white or black, with more colors promised soon. A split-toe version can be worn with flip-flops. Each pair costs $12.50, and Sudit also offers volume pricing for resale at studios.
Enter the Giveaway!
Natalie is offering five pairs of Sashi Socks as a giveaway to Pilates-Pro.com readers! To enter, sign up for our enewsletter or name one bone of the foot in the comments section or on our Facebook page. We’ll draw the winners in January.
We’ve all had moments where we’ve wished that extra belly “pooch” would just go away already. It happens to the best of us. Fortunately, we have Pilates, but what if your clothing could give you a little help? That idea seems to be a new fitness-apparel trend—of late we’ve noticed some brands are making workout clothes with fabrics that support and smooth strategic areas.
Marika, a brand of fitness apparel that we’ve always liked, has joined the trend with a new line of “shape-enhancing activewear” called Miracles. Miracles features pants and capris with “butt-boosting” and “tummy-control” components along with waist-cinching tank tops and “uplifting” bras. That’s a lot to promise, and admittedly, we were skeptical. But when we handed over samples to our crack team of clothing testers, they liked what they found.
Marika sent over samples of its Miraculous Uplift Sport Bra and its Miraculous Butt Booster Capri with Tummy Control. The Uplift Sport Bra is designed to enhance the shape of the bustline and comes with removable foam cutlet inserts. It’s most suitable for those with small to medium cup sizes, who might want a more defined shape or added volume. It’s a racerback style with skinny, adjustable straps, and a wide strip of Marika’s Power Mesh down the middle of the back for optimal ventilation. We were unable to find a reviewer who was interested in wearing the inserts, but we did get a report that the bra alone had solid, movable support and was comfortable without being compressive. It’s made from the Miracles signature fabric, called Elasta-Tight™, which contrary to images the name might conjure, is breathable and soft to the touch. Our tester reported that the bra ventilated nicely and felt good on the skin. The Uplift retails for about $30 and, for the quality of its construction, is a nice value compared to other brands.
The tummy control that the Miracles capris promised appealed to a new mom we know, who, at six months post-partum, was looking for some extra support in her workout wear. She had tried fitness “shapewear” previously and found it too constricting, and was thus impressed with the quality of the fabric, which supported but didn’t feel tight or give her “muffin top” over the waist. A layer of Power Mesh in the belly provides the extra support. She reported that the pants were well-constructed, and the seams in the rear indeed had a “butt-boosting” effect. The capris got her through her Pilates equipment session comfortably, held up to sweat, and gave a boost not only to her bum but to her confidence as well. They retail for $45, also a value for the quality of fabric and construction.
By Lauren Charlip
The spring 2010 fitness-wear lines are coming in, and we’ve noticed that several companies are showing workout dresses. We’ve always admired women who take their workout get-ups beyond the mere T-shirt or tank top, who go for a real “look.” Now, it seems, fitness brands are making that easier for all of us. In fact, a few companies are taking styles that were successful as tops and adding some extra length, which allows for forgiving coverage of the hips, thighs and behind. And of course, these dresses pair perfectly with leggings for studio-to-street style—great for anyone who spends the bulk of their time in workout gear.
Here are a few of our favorites:
As 2009 draws to a close and we refocus our energies on the year to come, it’s nice to reflect on the year past. Thus it’s time for our very own Pilates-Pro.com “Year in Review,” a countdown of the site’s 10 most popular articles in 2009. (This is a great place to start if you’re just discovering us!) We’d like to extend huge thanks to all of the innovative, thoughtful, dedicated and generally amazing Pilates experts who contributed to Pilates-Pro.com this year. Kudos as well to the growing number of community members who use the articles and forums as a place for lively, insightful discussion. Pilates-Pro.com continues to grow because of you. And of course, if you have topics you’d like us tackle in 2010, please drop a line and let us know!
1. Pilates for Scoliosis by Suzanne Martin, PT, DPT
2. Pilates for Feet by Madeline Black
3. Five Ways to Combine Cardio and Pilates by Nicole Rogers
4. Pilates on Call with Siri Dharma Galliano
5. Postpartum Recovery: Helping New Moms Get Their Bodies Back by Debbi Goodman, MSPT
6. 16 Fitness Wear Discounts for Pilates Instructors by Christine Binnendyk
7. Pilates DVD Review: The Jump Board Workout by Nicole Rogers
8. Pilates on Call: Core Conditioning PTs
9. Five Ways to Hook Men on Pilates by Julian Littleford
10. Five Ways to Build Successful Client-Instructor Relationships by Devra Swiger
By Lauren Charlip
Here on the East Coast we’re slogging through the first big snow of the season. When the mercury hovers this low, it can get pretty chilly in the studio. This has us thinking about what kind of cozy, moveable extra layer we’d like to be wearing. We can say this much: we don’t want to sacrifice style. We’ve always loved the look of the classic ballet wrap top, and it turns out our favorite workout wear lines do, too. Several of them have come out with chic new versions this year. They’re elegant alternatives to a hoodie and versatile pieces that you can easily wear out of the studio and keep on for the rest of the day.
We’ve rounded up our favorite updates on this dancewear classic, perfect for taking the chill off your workout. Click through to see five of our top picks. And don’t forget to wrap up, because baby, it’s cold outside!
By Nicole Rogers
Sometimes the best gifts are things you’d like to receive yourself. While you’ve been out shopping for family, friends and clients, have you stopped to think of what you might like to find gift-wrapped for your own Pilates practice this year? With that in mind, we asked some Pilates professionals what items are on their Pilates wish list for 2010, and they answered with great ideas and suggestions for every budget.
Practical and Portable
With a busy schedule and a practical budget, Kayla Laurene, who is currently pursuing her certificate at Power Pilates in Manhattan, has a list full of pragmatic ideas in a variety of price ranges. First on it, she writes, is this Sweetheart mat bag in papyrus green, “a great mat bag that is big enough for a nice thick Pilates mat and is really pretty too!” The regular price is $125, but it’s on sale for $85.
Men who’ve worried about finding appropriate Pilates wear, fret no longer. There’s a new clothing maker out there with your needs in mind. NewWave Pilates Apparel is taking aim at the virtually untapped Pilates menswear market with a combination of high-tech, green fabrics and design specifically configured for Pilates movement. NewWave also has a full line of women’s clothing, too.
BASI Pilates™ founder Rael Isacowitz and Audrey McCann, owner of apparel line Pilates by Bonnie, teamed up to launch NewWave last year. The inspiration for the menswear comes straight from Isacowitz’s own personal experience. Though he’s had a decades-long Pilates career, he never quite found clothing that fit the right formula.
“Over the years it has been difficult for me to find appropriate clothing for Pilates, both to teach and practice. It was either dance clothing, athletic clothing, yoga clothing, martial arts clothing…none felt right,” he says.
McCann concurred, pointing out that most men’s active wear is either extremely loose, like basketball clothing, or extremely tight, like cycling wear.
By Lauren Charlip
Tired of spending your waking hours in workout-wear fabrics that don’t breathe, in colors are that are just a little too…colorful? Manhattan Pilates studio owner Erika Bloom launched a new line of Pilates apparel in April, designed so that you don’t have to. It features camis, tees, tanks and pants in simple cuts and muted colors, with a trace of ballerina elegance—all made from organic cotton. Indeed it is one of the most subtle-looking fitness clothing lines we’ve seen. She’s finding that her formula for versatile, low-key Pilates-wear is a winner.
By Christine Binnendyk
When I was a high school student, stressing out over every little thing, I had a mantra: “If you can’t do anything else right, at least look good.” At times, “looking good” gave me just enough oomph to show up for the next scary event in life. Once you’re dressed, you might as well get in the game, right?
Need a new outfit to give you the oomph to impress those potential new Pilates clients? We’ve got your back: 16 companies that offer fitness apparel discounts and perks to Pilates teachers!
Tip: For companies that request the address of your place of business, use your home address. Many ship only to a work address, but you may not want your items shipping to a larger club.
Happy Earth Day! Have a great, green day and enjoy these Earth Day specials. If you know of others, leave them in the comments.
Peak Pilates: Purchase over $2,000 in merchandise today and get 5 tons of CO2 offsets to help reduce your carbon footprint. Also, receive 15% off Peak’s Studio Equipment line until May 8. (I couldn’t find the offer on their Web site, but received an email about it.) peakpilates.com
Omala: Receive 20% off all bamboo products through April 30 from this fitness clothing company. Use the code BeEARTHY at omala.com or shop at their Brooklyn boutique.
Lucy: Bring in your “well-loved” workout pants to any Lucy store. They will donate them to a local charity and you’ll get $10 off any regular Lucy bottom.
Asana Activewear: Bring in old fitness wear to this Charlotte, NC, activewear store and get $10 off for every pair of pants and $5 off for every top donated. Items will be donated to a local charity. asanaactivewear.com
Gaiam: Shop from Gaiam’s 25 greenest products list. Get 20% off these eight items with the code EDEMC.
Also, check out this list of 10 ways to green your studio, from the Bay Area Pilates Collective.
Going Green in the Studio