Pilates offers a wide range of exercises and equipment to strengthen the core, improve balance and enhance overall wellbeing. The largest Pilates apparatus are the most well known and recognizable, such as the reformer, cadillac and chair. However, there are several small pieces of Pilates equipment that can bring a heightened awareness to your Pilates practice and a fresh spin on familiar exercises.
One such piece of Pilates apparatus is the Pilates 2 x 4. In this article, we’ll cover what the Pilates 2 x 4 board is, how to use it and who it’s for. If you’re looking for a new way to strengthen your lower body and improve your balance, the Pilates 2 x 4 board may be right for you.
What is the Pilates 2 x 4 board?
The Pilates 2 x 4 board is a small, simple piece of Pilates apparatus. Another name for the 2 x 4 board is the foot exercises bar. Like the Foot Corrector and Toe Corrector, the 2 x4 is used to strengthen the feet, ankles and legs and improve balance.
The 2 x 4 board is precisely what its name says it is. A simple wooden board that’s 2” high and 4” across. Traditionally, the length of the board is 18” long. Around the wooden base, the 2 x 4 is covered in upholstery akin to other Pilates apparatus.
How do you use Pilates 2 x 4?
Using the Pilates 2 x 4 board is accessible, portable and beneficial to people of all ages and abilities. Many benefits from Pilates reformer exercises are effective on the Pilates 2 x 4 board.
For example, a traditional reformer workout begins with a footwork series. While lying down on the carriage, feet press against the foot bar. Footwork strengthens the feet, ankles, legs and core. While focusing on form improves alignment that ripples throughout the entire body.
Footwork on the 2 x 4 is a standing series. Toes positioned on the edge of the board, with the heels suspended, as they would be on the foot bar. Footwork on the 2 x 4 reaps the same benefits for lower body strengthening as you would on the reformer. Additionally, the added challenge of standing improves core strength and balance.
Who should use Pilates 2 x 4?
The Pilates 2 x 4 board is a very accessible piece of Pilates apparatus. Yet, it does challenge balance. Thus, an absolute beginner or those with balance difficulties should not start on the 2 x 4. Learn footwork or other exercises on the reformer or mat first.
First, understand healthy alignment, familiarity with the movement and build strength. When ready for an added challenge, try the 2 x 4. Holding onto a chair for support is an option when beginning standing exercises. When ready, remove the support and rely on core strength and balance.
The Pilates 2 x 4, simple, yet powerful and effective in developing deeper layers of strength and balance. If you’re interested in trying the Pilates 2 x 4 for yourself, visit ProHealth Pilates and Physical Therapy. The fully equipped Pilates studio in Peachtree City Georgia offers private Pilates and group Pilates classes both in studio and online. Visit www.prohealthga.com.