The Iron Shoe Mat

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Did you know that Joseph Pilates created a heavy shoe that you could strap onto your feet for a workout? Pilates teacher Joel Crosby decided to replicate it and sent us his version for a test drive. Check it out and if you've got your own Iron Shoes you can join Alisa for a mat workout. You can see the original shoe in this video (skip ahead to 2:55) about Joe Pilates summer home in Becket, MA. To purchase Joel's version of the shoe go to Vitality Pilates. Filmed at Pilatesology Studio.

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  1. Reb 1 year ago

    How much do the shoes weigh? Do they come in different sizes? Are they the same weight as you he original?

  2. darien
    darien 1 year ago

    Great job, Alisa!

  3. joelcrosby

    Alisa, It was so wonderful to watch you workout with the shoes. You are so strong!!! Your explanation of everything about the shoes is perfect. They are fun and challenging.
    Thank you so much for making this video; it was lovely.
    Joel Crosby

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      I really like your replica of the iron shoe Joel, they’re different than ankle weights and it feels like I got a better understanding of what Joe Pilates was aiming for. 🙂

  4. ewapilates
    ewapilates 1 year ago

    Thank you Alisa:) You are doing an amazing job bringing us all of Joe’s inventions:)

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