AN ACTUAL PILATES REFORMER costs more than $1,000 and takes up more space than a twin-size bed. So, even though the machine can help you do amazing things to your body, most folks won’t want one at home. The CorePlus Reformer ($29.98, Gaiam.com), however, promises its web of resistance bands and handles can do the same things and then be tucked away when you’re finished.
While the size is certainly handy, and the equipment — along with the 45-minute DVD led by Pilates goddess Mari Winsor — provides a solid workout, it’s no Reformer. But as a web of resistance bands, it’s a smart addition to a workout arsenal. Just be careful your feet don’t slip out, or prepare to be smacked.