THE FLEX DISC IS ONE OFTHOSE PROPS THAT’S MORE THAN IT SEEMS

THE FLEX DISC IS ONE OFTHOSE PROPS THAT’S MORE THAN IT SEEMS

It’s a cross between a stability ball, balance board and Reformer, says creator Robert Peritz, a longtime Pilates practitioner with a background designing textiles and sportswear.

Translation: It facilitates a full 360 degrees of movement, thanks to custom wheels made with high- precision ball bearings—they feel like super-smooth in¬line skates—promoting total-body mobility, flexibility and strength. The Disc also features a center hub with a patented locking system that allows you to easily add on accessories like dome- or kettle bell-shaped handles. There are even slots so you can attach it to your Pilates apparatus.

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“The Disc has quite a bit of versatility and can add rotational movements to many exercises in the Pilates repertoire,” says Kevin A. Bowen, the owner director of Core Dynamics Pilates, who developed the Flex Disc Pilates education and training program. “It can be used to increase challenge and body organization, and also to allow greater fluidity and safer mobility.

Designed for all levels, from beginners to pro athletes—the Detroit Tigers regularly use them it goes without saying that the Flex Disc takes up way less space than most studio equipment. The Flex Disc is available in two sizes—large and a pair of minis ($99.50 and $149.50, respectively). For more information, including on upcoming workshops, visit www.flexmovement.com.

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