The Pilates ring is one of the most versatile tools in the Pilates teachers’ toolbox. It allows clients to challenge multiple areas of the body.
The Pilates ring provides a tool for getting more kinds of light resistance into a Pilates class. A core principle of Pilates is based on the notion of isometrics, where the body acts against itself or against a surface. With the Pilates ring, we can target multiple areas of the body.
One exercise is to work the ring with both arms, putting pressure inward from both sides. This can be adapted to the lower body, for example, squeezing the flexible ring between the thighs, or between the lower legs. In other exercises, like a straight arm floor press, the client puts pressure on the ring from one side.
If you’ve come to classes for a while you’ll know how we like to challenge the body with imbalance. Pilates rings can help with this. When the body pressures the ring, it may trigger a balance challenge, according to how the ring is positioned. While the body responds to right itself, the core muscles are responding. Using the ring in the class works the core and makes the body adjust to different poses, while the ring provides an elasticity that can add resistance and amp up the physical effort for you too!
The main benefit of the Pilates ring in doing some of the exercises explained is that the body works on resistance training without using heavy weights. The Pilates ring is beneficial for all levels of fitness and is also popular for some forms of rehabilitation.