A Pilates Block is a rectangular block, made from foam, wood, or cork. It can enhance your Pilates practice by aligning your body and challenging your balance.
You can sit on one to raise your hips for a straighter spine, or use 2 blocks (one under each hand) to help you weight bear on your arms without strain on the wrists.
If you’re inflexible, or suffer from tight muscles, a Pilates Block is a must for your Pilates tool-kit.
Thing to consider before buying a Pilates block:
The most common sized block is 4″ x 6″ x 9″ but you will find blocks that are both larger and smaller than this. Choosing a larger or smaller block will depend on the size of your hands and your level of your flexibility. If you have small hands and are fairly bendy, go for a smaller block. If you have large hands and are less flexible, a larger block will be more suitable.
Originally, Pilates blocks were made of wood, but today, they also come in foam and cork. Just bear in mind, the material will change the weight, durability, sweat-absorption, rigidity, and affordability of the block.
Wooden Pilates blocks
Hollow wooden Pilates blocks are often made of bamboo, maple or pine. The harder the wood, the more durable the block will be. Wooden blocks are hard and heavy (they usually weigh between 1.5 to 2.5 pounds) but they’re sturdy and will last forever. The downsides to wooden blocks are that they’re expensive, they become slippery with wet hands, and can slide around when placed on a hardwood floor.
Cork Pilates blocks
Cork Pilates blocks are more eco-friendly than wooden ones. They’re also softer and weigh less than wooden ones.
If you’re prone to sweating, maybe avoid cork, as it’s great at absorbing sweat and moisture.
If you want cork, go for this Eco-Designed Cork Yoga Brick from Decathlon.
Foam Pilates blocks
Foam Pilates blocks are less expensive than cork and wood, and are more lightweight. Because of their low cost, durability, and ease of cleaning they are the most common blocks found in yoga studios. Foam blocks are best for restorative yoga classes or when used to support the weight of your body in yoga poses. The downsides to foam blocks are that foam can get dirty and wear easily, and they are not as eco-friendly as wood or cork. At times, they can also feel flimsy or less stable when used for support in active poses.
This Yoga Mad 369 Yoga Block will do the job nicely.