Over 8.5 million people participate in Pilates every year, according to the most recent report from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. As reported by CNBC, this core-strengthening, limb-lengthening fitness trend skyrocketed in popularity by a staggering 450% in under a decade, and remains at the forefront of the fitness industry. While the Pilates method originated in the dance world, it has grown to include millions of elite athletes and members of the general population as its enthusiasts. These mind/body gifts are sure to delight the Pilates lover on your shopping list.
No one likes cozying up to a recently used, still-damp piece of gym equipment. Appropriate for both the gym or home, the gift of a Magic Roller will make the day of any Pilates-loving germaphobe. Unlike conventional rollers which lose shape and turn lumpy with extended use, this high-performance, professional-grade gear is made of advanced closed-cell foam which helps maintain its round shape and comfy feel. A non-skid surface eliminates slips while enhancing precision.
The Home Hook-Up
There’s “naughty” and then there’s “nice,” but the Pilates IQ Reformer deserves an entirely new category of its own. This gift raises the bar — err, strap — when it comes to celebrating your favorite Pilates devotee. This complete reformer offers professional features, such as progressive resistance and nautical cam cleats, and is mobile thanks to two different options for transport wheels. Equally suitable for McMansions or studio apartments, it sets up in seconds and easily tucks away underneath a bed or in a closet.
If the thought of blowing your whole bonus on the IQ Reformer isn’t particularly jolly, consider Gaiam’s innovative home solution. Created with Pilates powerhouse Mari Winsor, the CorePlus Reformer costs just a fraction of the formidable Pilates IQ Reformer while offering the same dynamic toning, strengthening and stretching thanks to an ingenious “X” configuration of resistance bands. Great for all levels, the purchase also includes a full-length, customizable workout video.
While business travel can put a dent in a fitness regimen, on-the-go Pilates lovers will flip for the Zenzation Deluxe Pilates Kit, which includes everything necessary for a perfect mobile practice — from mat to carrying case to instructional DVD — in one chic kit.
There’s nothing worse than cold tootsies at the gym. Help her feet stay warm while increasing control through the patented non-slip sole of ToeSox. Perfect for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts or Secret Santa exchanges, this chic footwear features horizontal stripes which provide helpful visual cues for optimal alignment during workouts.
Just because she’s ascending to a higher realm of awareness doesn’t mean she can’t look great doing it. Browse Macy’s Black Friday sales for a wide selection of stylish and functional activewear, including yoga pants, racerback tanks and hoodies, engineered to maximize range of motion and minimize wardrobe distractions so she can focus on her practice.
Practice Makes Perfect
According to research from IBISWorld, the pilates and yoga studio market is a $7 billion industry. While these fitness facilities offer tons of courses, the costs of weekly classes add up. Consider gifting your favorite Pilates lover with a monthly membership, private lessons or a punch card for group classes at her favorite studio. If she already has a membership, enhance her practice in a different way. As the mind-body Pilates method focuses on breathing and medication, a certificate to a local spa or wellness center delivers the ultimate gift of relaxation.