Do It Yourself! How to Make Your Own Pilates PediPole – Pilatesology

Do It Yourself! How to Make Your Own Pilates PediPole

Do It Yourself! How to Make Your Own Pilates PediPole

Trend alert!: Pilates Teachers often pair up with super handy, woodworking partners. In this case, the teacher is Sunni Almond and her craftsman husband Scott Almond. Not much beats bespoke apparatus when it comes to wow-ing your Pilates buddies and this little project wins big points in our book. Huge thanks goes to Scott and Sunni for providing the instructions and pictures. And the next time you’re looking for a wine country getaway, Sunni lives (appropriately so) in sunny Temecula, California, visit her at Studio S Pilates.

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Materials-

  • Galvanized pipe one inch diameter, with an inner diameter of 3/4 inch
    • One 7 ft. piece with both ends threaded
    • Two 12 in. pieces with 1 end threaded
  • T connector with female ends
  • Bottom Plate
  • 18in.-18in.-1in. piece of wood for the base
  • Two eye bolts
  • Gratz pedi pole springs and handles

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Attach the three pieces of pole together using the T connector, with the long piece perpendicular to the two short pieces.

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Attach bottom plate to the opposite end of the long pole

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Drill the holes for the eye bolts that will hold the springs. Springs should end up hanging 18in. apart (remember to take into account the length of your T connector!)

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Secure bottom plate to base piece of wood 3in. from the rear. (measure from the pole itself, not the edge of the base plate)

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Hang the springs from the eye bolts and enjoy!

Alisa Wyatt

Alisa has been teaching Pilates since 1999 when she left her high-powered publishing job to spread her passion for Pilates. Realizing there was a need to preserve Joseph Pilates’ original style of teaching, Alisa and her husband Jack Coble, created Pilatesology in 2011 and have since dedicated themselves to recording the work with instructors who remain close to the source.A Pilates purist, Alisa was trained and certified by Pilates legend, Romana Kryzanowska in New York City where she ran her own private studio for a decade before moving home to California. She’s an often-featured expert for Pilates Style Magazine and creator of a series of acclaimed Pilates videos: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Pilates Workout, and Pilates for Men, as well as a sought-after workshop presenter at fitness conferences.When she’s not traveling the globe filming classes with world-renowned instructors for Pilatesology, Alisa spends her time in Hermosa Beach, CA, where she and Jack get outside as much as possible, surfing, hiking and playing. Alisa and Jack believe that Pilates is what allows them to lead active, healthy lives.Alisa’s client list includes Olympic athletes, supermodels and real people who want to look and perform at their absolute best.
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9 Comments

  1. dianeadamsstrickland
    dianeadamsstrickland 2 years ago

    My Daddy just built this for me as a birthday present! $40 in supplies, $50 Gratz springs and I have thecgandles from my Wall Unit that I can use! Less than $100 versus $420 plus shipping. #winning
    Just completed my first session in it with a Pilatesology video. It is perfection.
    Thank you for posting this.

  2. chubirka
    chubirka 2 years ago

    ok thx Alisa!

  3. chubirka
    chubirka 2 years ago

    thx Alisa…actually, I had someone make me one and it came out GREAT…only thing… he used a larger eyebolt than GRATZ (maybe 1/2 to 3/4 inch larger)…do you think I should change it out? will it matter much? I have noticed sometimes there are quick links attaching springs to poles and sometimes the snap hook which slightly changes length…any advice is greatly appreciated!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. I often add extra snap hooks for short or weak clients and an inch difference in the length is fine. If you notice it’s super easy for a lot of people then you can change them for smaller eye bolts–it would be an easy fix.

  4. chubirka
    chubirka 2 years ago

    what size are the eye bolts? ty

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi chubirka,
      I don’t know the size of the eye bolts because one of our members gave us these instructions. However, it should be easy to choose the right size–the eye part of the bolt needs to be big enough to clip a spring to with a removable clip and it needs to be long enough to go all the way through a 1 inch diameter pipe.

  5. carmen
    carmen 6 years ago

    Alisa is the height dimensions she used taken from the Gratz Pedi-Pole? I know it mentioned the use of the Gratz springs.
    Thank you,
    Carmen

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi Carmen, Yes Sunni measured a Gratz PediPole to make this! Best, Alisa

      Carmen’s reply:
      Thanks Alisa! I’ve retro-fitted some of my peak equipment with Gratz springs and that I’ve learned is not the best choice! Gratz springs are made for Gratz-sized equipment:). Things you learn along the way!
      c

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