Props & Tips for Online Classes

There is one thing that always makes your online class experiences better – being prepared!

Here are five set up tips for a better online class experience:

1) Find the perfect vantage point.
Set up your device ahead of time so you can dive right into the class when it begins. Set up with the screen facing you/ the mat with the camera on in video mode; this will let you know how much of you can be seen by the instructor.

Select a vantage point that gives a full side view of you on the mat either slightly elevated above mat level or significantly elevated with a slight angle facing down on the mat.

It’s also helpful to have a second set up for standing work, which captures your whole body.

If you can find a spot that allows for both a full view of the mat and standing, it saves you moving the device around during the session, but that’s not always possible!

Try a small tripod for your phone or laptop, get creative with books etc. to prop up your device.

2) Set up your space before class starts.
If you’re taking a movement class, you need to be able to move! Clear enough space that you can reach your arms and legs wide – lie down and do some snow angels, stand and do lunges in all directions and make sure you can open your arms wide here too.

3) Have all your “toys” handy.
If you need equipment or props for your class, have them on hand before class. Check to see if the organizer has posted this information. If you’re not sure what you’ll use, have everything you can think of on hand.

4) Make sure you can hear the instructor well.
Give your device a test run with a friend or family member. Consider using an external speaker – wired or Bluetooth or using wireless headphones. Be sure to test these before class starts too!

5) Remember that we are using the internet and that it may not be steady and reliable.
Set yourself up in the same room as your router or hardwire yourself into the router, and you’re more likely to have a smoother experience.

• A Powerline ethernet connection, which costs about $100, can help if your signal is unstable.

• If your signal is “unstable” and the instruction is getting “sticky” keep going on the last thing you were doing or take a moment to rest and breathe. If you’re really stuck- disconnect and reconnect!


Pilates at Home Kit – Pick what works best for you.


Pilates props are an excellent investment for home exercise and if you buy good quality products they will last forever. Here is a list of the most useful props.

  • Foam Roller (36”)
  • Flex band –extra strength (for legs)
  • Flex band – light (for arms and rotator cuff)
  • Mini-stability Ball (12”)
  • Toning Balls (hand weights) 1-2lbs (pair)
  • Yoga tune-up balls or pinky balls
  • Foam yoga block
  • Pilates Mat

Retrofit has a limited selection of previously – loved foam rollers, squishy balls, flex bands and yoga tune up balls available for sale. Curb-side pick up is available. To arrange purchase please contact

You can purchase all of these items online from or

You can substitute many of these props with items in your home.

Instead of:

  • a foam roller use a rolled -up beach towel or blanket
  • a flex band use: a scarf, tights or pantyhose.
  • a mini-stabilty ball use a cushion
  • toning weights use 2 cans of beans or filled 500ml water bottles
  • a yoga block use a thick hard cover book
  • Yoga tune-up balls or pinky balls use tennis balls
  • a Pilates mat use a thin yoga mat on a carpet or rug

With these tips, we know your online experience will be great!