Get your body bikini ready with these sculpting Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

Get your body bikini ready with these sculpting Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

Bikini season is quickly approaching and we’ve got some great Pilates moves to help you get in shape! With the Pilates Power Gym mini-reformer, you can tone and sculpt virtually every part of your body using this compact machine in the comfort of your own home.

 

Below are great exercises for your legs, thighs, arms, stomach and butt. Make sure you check out our full Pilates Power Gym classes online at http://www.TheFitnessChannel.com. We’ve also got many classes available on DVD at this link.

 

1) SERVING THE BREAD

Work the arms and abs in this exercise, which also is good for your posture.

 

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2) SCOOTER

 

Tone the tush and the back of the thighs with this exercise

 

 

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3) MERMAID

 

Great stretch for the side of the waist. Then transition into a Pigeon stretch to work your core strength.

 

 

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4) FROG

 

As you lengthen your legs, work your inner thighs with the Frog exercise

 

 

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Full instructions for these exercises are available on our website at http://pilatespowergympro.com/exercises/
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Get 17 workout machines in one with The Pilates Power Gym reformer

Get 17 workout machines in one with The Pilates Power Gym reformer

Fitness enthusiasts can have the equivalent of multiple gym machines in their home with the Pilates Power Gym. This mini reformer combines all the benefits of strength training and Pilates workouts into one compact machine

The Pilates Power Gym replaces over 17 weight machines including Cable Crossover, Triceps Press, Arm Curl, Low Cable Row, Pec Deck, Bent Over Row, Rear Delt Machine, Preacher Curl, Hack Squat, Standing Calf, Hip Adductor, Hip Abductor, Hip Extension, Seated Calf, Chest Press, Butt Blaster, Lying High Pull, and Bench Press.

Watch the inventor of the Pilates Power Gym, Kevin Abelbeck, demonstrate the bench press exercise:

 

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Unlike a regular Pilates reformer, the Pilates Power Gym elevates for additional weight resistance. Each height elevation is equivalent to adding weights on a weight machine.

Adding each of the four power cords significantly increases the resistance. Sixteen power cord combinations multiplied by the various height levels gives you multiple different tension settings.

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[Note: This video shows the original Pilates Power Gym model. The height elevations are different on the current PRO and PLUS models: https://pilatespowergympro.com/comparison/ ]
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It’s also easy to transition from pushing to pulling movements just by changing positions on the glideboard.
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“For men, our favorite exercise – the biceps,” demonstrates Abelbeck. “You know that every man wants to have those guns to impress the girls.”
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You can use one arm at a time, or both together.
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Watch Kevin’s video demo:
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With the Pilates Power Gym, traditional resistance training is merged with the PIlates training method. As a result, both men and women get awesome results with the muscle-building power workout that men want and the body-sculpting, fat-reducing Pilates workout that women want.

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5 reasons to make the Pilates Power Gym reformer a lifetime fitness routine

5 reasons to make the Pilates Power Gym reformer a lifetime fitness routine

Trying a new exercise regimen may be effective in the short-term, but what makes a fitness workout stand the test of time year after year? A workout that is fun, effective and easy to do seems to have the best chance at staying with you over a lifetime.

When examining the benefits of Pilates, it seems evident that using the Pilates Power Gym reformer is one of those unique exercise habits that people will continue to do throughout their lives. Here are some reasons why:

1) The Pilates method helps your overall health

“Pilates is a lifelong practice and one that keeps you centered, strong, flexible and healthy,” says Celebrity Pilates Trainer, Kristin McGee. “It’s something you can do in any stage of life and it complements all other activities.”

Pilates Power Gym reformer

“Because of its focus on core strength, Pilates is by far one of the most useful methods in fitness,” continues Kristin. “Our core is our foundation and we all need to learn how to lead from our center and support ourselves from our powerhouse. Then we can do anything in life and other fitness modalities.”

2) The Pilates reformer is fun and easy

In addition to the physical benefits, the reformer is a fun piece of equipment to use because of its structural features.

“The reformer experience is maybe the most fun you’ll have in a Pilates class,” says Heather Andersen, founder of New York Pilates. “The machine gives you added resistance and a sliding surface that challenges your workout. It often feels like you’re flying or gliding.”

When compared to mat Pilates, a reformer “adds extra resistance and can help strengthen and lengthen the muscles even further,” explains Kristin McGee. “It also helps as a tactile aid so people know truly where they need to be working from. The reformer also offers more and different exercises so it adds variety and keeps our muscles guessing.”

3) The Pilates Power Gym targets all areas of the body

As you can see in the video below, the Pilates Power Gym reformer is extremely versatile since it can work all parts of your body including your abs, legs, arms, butt, thighs, feet, back and more.

Just look at all the Pilates exercises you can do!

4) A workout you can do in your own home

Not only can you use the Pilates Power Gym reformer for Pilates exercises, but this machine also offers a great way to do cardio and strength training.

“It does everything that you can do in the gym and more,” says fitness coach, Laura London. “I love Pilates, I love the gym and it combines in this one machine.”

5) Pilates complements other physical activity

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“Pilates stretches, strengthens, and aligns your body all at the same time,” says Pilates trainer, Carrie Samper. “With that said, it also complements every other fitness endeavor because it prepares your body to move better in every way. Adding it into your routine will help you lift heavier weights, run faster, swim with better form, or even achieve that elusive arm balance in yoga.”

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Fight cellulite with these Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

Fight cellulite with these Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

While many women invest lots of money in expensive creams and cosmetic procedures to get rid of cellulite, there’s a natural way to combat this unwanted dimpling of the skin using Pilates. Since cellulite is the result of fat that builds up under your skin, there are ways to combat it naturally, including some targeted exercises you can do on the Pilates Power Gym mini reformer.
 

According to personal trainer Ariane Hundt, the keys to getting rid of and preventing cellulite are: “losing body fat, firming the muscle underneath the skin, following a low-carb diet, and boosting circulation and blood flow.”

 

Experts agree that losing weight will help combat cellulite along with diet and exercise. Women are more prone to have cellulite compared to men because women store fat in their thighs, hips and butt.

 

“With Pilates, you’re hitting areas in the hips and buttocks that get missed with traditional exercises, thus increasing circulation in those areas,” said Thomas Elzner, founder of The Skin Spa in NYC.

 
According to Beverly Hills dermatologist Harold Lancer, MD, Pilates has become Hollywood’s anti-cellulite workout of choice. “It uniformly strengthens and stretches muscles and redrapes the fascia that covers muscle like the casing on a sausage,” explains Lancer.  “The vertical tethers that cause dimpling are connected to the fascia, and when it stretches, the tethers stretch. Pilates is like ironing the sheets.”

 

Exercises that work the legs from multiple angles “can reduce your cellulite and make your lower body look smoother and firmer,” says Prevention advisor Wayne Westcott, PhD.

 

Here are some exercises on the Pilates Power Gym reformer which can help combat that dreaded cellulite:

Side-lying leg press

Pilates Power Gym exercise

Instructions:

1. Use any 2 power cords to begin with to see which tension you like best. It should be on the lighter side as a beginner.

2. Lie on your side with your torso propped on your elbow and forearm which are on the Glideboard. Place your upper foot on the footbar parallel to your body, toes pointed to the side. Bend your bottom knee and relax it on the Glideboard.

3. Now push against the footbar with your upper leg until it is straight. Pause for a moment, then bend your knee in toward your chest, keeping the foot pointed directly sideways. Keep your hips stacked and contract your abs to avoid rolling forward or backward. Continue to straighten and bend your knee until you begin to feel a burn. Repeat on the other side.

 
Leg circles

Leg exercise on the Pilates Power Gym
Instructions:

 

1. Lie on your back with your head on the Headrest. Attach a Foot Strap securely to each foot. Bring your legs as vertical as possible and in line with your hips. Keep your legs straight and rest your arms at your sides.

 

2. Circle your legs in an outward direction away from each other, by circling them out, down and back together to the vertical position, keeping your legs as straight as possible.

 

3. Complete the recommended reps, then repeat in the opposite direction. Circle your legs inward by pressing them down, out, and back together to the vertical position, keeping your legs as straight as possible.

 

Perform 6 to 8 repetitions in each direction. Inhale to begin circle, exhale to complete circle.

 

 

The Scooter
Pilates Power Gym exercise

Here are the instructions for The Scooter:

1. Place your hands firmly on the Foot Rest Bar Assembly, shoulder-width apart, and carefully kneel on the Glideboard. Place the inside foot against the pulley arm on the same side with your knee still bent on the Glideboard.

2. Place your opposite foot flat on the floor close to the bar, knee bent and aligned over your ankle in a lunge position. Keep your arms and back straight, abs contracted and shoulders relaxed.

3. Maintain this position and press the Glideboard back using your buttocks muscles. Pause, then slowly return the Glideboard forward to the starting position. Complete all the reps on one side, then switch position and repeat with the other leg.


 

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Give the gift of health and fitness with a Pilates Power Gym reformer

Give the gift of health and fitness with a Pilates Power Gym reformer

For any gift-giving occasion throughout the year, why not give the gift of health and fitness? It’s the gift that keeps on giving – not just for a week or a year, but for a lifetime! Giving the gift of health and fitness, in the form of a Pilates Power Gym mini reformer, is one of the best presents you can give to a loved one, or even to yourself.

This machine helps you achieve your fitness goals as fast as you want since it allows you to work out in your own home at any time of day. And it’s so easy too! As celebrity Pilates instructor, Kristin McGee, says: “Who doesn’t want to work out lying down on their back?”

 

“Everyone’s interested in Pilates, but those big, huge Pilates reformers are quite cumbersome and hard to use,” Kristin continues. The Pilates Power Gym is “great for all levels, all heights, all shapes, all sizes.”

 

Men and women of all shapes can comfortably use the machine since the glideboard supports up to a 300-lb. weight capacity. Also, the height of the person is not an issue either.

 

For example, these photos show a man who is 6’4″ tall and can comfortably use the machine. The Foot Bar is in it’s second position, tilted back to give users an extra 5 inches.

Tall man at 6 feet 4 inches using the Pilates Power Gym reformer Man over 6 feet tall using Pilates Power Gym reformer

“You can come on to the Pilates Power Gym on your side, on your back, seated upright,” explains Kristin. “You have the resistance cords plus the elevation… when you combo all of that resistance with the height of the Pilates Power Gym, you get over 300 different exercises…It’s incredible.”

“I think one of the biggest challenges with workout out is finding the time, the space and just making it available,” says Kristin. “Once you have the Pilates Power Gym in your home, there’s no reason you can’t jump on it and get a great workout.”

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Say goodbye to the gym! Four reasons why the Pilates Power Gym offers the best at-home workout

Say goodbye to the gym! Four reasons why the Pilates Power Gym offers the best at-home workout

Imagine working out any time of the day in the comfort of your own home! Fitness enthusiasts love how the Pilates Power Gym mini reformer offers a convenient at-home workout without the hassle and expense of going to a gym every day.

“In today’s world, the reality of it is people don’t have time to go to a facility every day anyway,” says physiologist Kevin Steele. “And consistency is key.”
 
People who pay expensive membership fees to join a gym aren’t necessarily sticking with it. One study found that the dropout rate for fitness club members in the first eight weeks of their membership can be as high as 80 percent. Why? Because “gyms are usually far from home, increasing the friction involved with getting there during a busy day. Most people do not have a well-formed plan for how to get fit at the gym when they manage to go, and without hiring a trainer, they are likely to drop out.”

But you don’t need a gym to get a good workout! Here are four reasons why the Pilates Power Gym offers the best at-home workout:

1) CONVENIENCE

 

In the comfort of your own home, you can wear whatever you want including your pajamas! No more insecurities about how you look while working out at the gym or in a public Pilates class.

You have the ultimate in privacy working out in your own home and you can listen to whatever music you want.

“You can listen to your kind of music as loud as you wish,” says former gym dweller, Dawn Hafner. “You don’t have to wear the earbuds that keep falling out… You can watch TV or follow the workout video of your choice.”

You also save a lot of time by eliminating the travel time needed to go to a gym. Also, you don’t have to wait in line to use the equipment anymore. You can even split your work out into different shifts during the day, since the Pilates machine is right there waiting for you anytime of the day.

One more convenient aspect to working out at home is avoiding exposure to germs. Many people who use the machines before you don’t always properly clean the equipment. Eww!

2) COMPACT

The Pilates Power Gym is compact and does not take up much floor space. It can easily be moved around your house or apartment into any room. Many Pilates fans keep it in their bedroom for quick and easy access to work out. The machine can also be stored easily.

The machine comes virtually assembled. All you need to do is put the knobs in the footbar and insert the clips in the shoulder pads. Watch a video demonstration of how to assemble your Pilates Power Gym:

3) VERSATILITY

Not only can you use the Pilates Power Gym reformer for Pilates exercises, but this machine is so versatile that it also offers a great way to do cardio and strength training.

“It does everything that you can do in the gym and more,” says fitness coach, Laura London. “I love Pilates, I love the gym and it combines in this one machine.” Watch Laura’s video below:

There’s so much you can do on the Pilates Power Gym – the possibilities are endless! Our customers tell us that they use their machine for toning, weight loss, building muscle and increasing flexibility.

 

4) AFFORDABILITY

 

Now you don’t have to waste money on a gym membership that you’re never going to use.  For less than the average price of a one-year gym membership, you can get a machine for your home that is yours to keep forever.

 

What are you waiting for? It’s time to start your workout regimen with the Pilates Power Gym. A toned and flexible body is waiting for you!

 

Order at our website: https://pilatespowergympro.com/

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Pilates fans show their love for the Pilates Power Gym reformer

Pilates fans show their love for the Pilates Power Gym reformer

The Pilates Power Gym mini-reformer has many fans with over 200,000 units sold. Those who practice Pilates see the benefits of having a convenient machine like this in their home which offers Pilates reformer exercises as well as strength training.

 

“I am loving this fitness machine!” says Laura London of Laura London Fitness. “It does everything that you can do in the gym and more. I love Pilates, I love the gym, and it combines in this one machine.”

 

Many happy customers have been sharing their favorite exercises on social media, ranging from footwork to leg circles to various arm exercises.

 

One customer describes how she felt when she tried the Pilates Power Gym for the first time: “Talk about awesome core strengthening stuff. I was so impressed. Not to sound like an infomercial but the biggest bonus was my shoulder/neck pain. Its almost gone!! … I thought all I wanted out of my workout time was cardio but I’m definitely going to work on strength now too because I felt amazing tonight. Yay me for trying something new.”

 

Check out some of our favorite Instagram videos from happy customers:

 

1) Here are students doing some great “Leg Circles” at Glory Fitness in Houston  (IG: @HardCoreSpin)

 

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2) Here is Hayley doing some great arm exercises, including “Bicep curls,” the “High Row” and the “Low Row” (IG: @Hayley_1019)

 

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3) Here is Laura London doing the “Serving the Bread” exercise  (IG: @LauraLondonFitness)

 

 

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4) Here is Lola using the height elevation feature to intensify the “Footwork” exercise (IG: @Lolafv5)

 

 

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Men get a great workout on the Pilates Power Gym reformer

Men get a great workout on the Pilates Power Gym reformer

Smart guys know that Pilates is not just for women! Pilates offers an intense muscular workout focusing on controlled muscle movements. With the help of a mini reformer like the Pilates Power Gym, men are combining the targeted aspects of Pilates with strength training exercises for an intense workout.

Both men and women will reap the benefits on this Pilates reformer with its multiple levels of height elevation. The Pilates Power Gym Pro model offers 3 height variations, while the Plus model offers 15 different elevations. This versatility offers challenging workouts for beginners to the most advanced athletes.

As shown in the video below, the higher an incline you use, the more percentage of body weight you add to your resistance level:

The fluidity of motion and precision of exercises that Pilates requires translates into a gentle low-impact workout which can be done sitting or lying down. Four different tension bands on the reformer also increase the variation in strength-training and resistance available in your workout.

For example, men can get a great workout on their biceps, triceps and lat muscles as demonstrated in the video below:

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The Pilates Power Gym also offers the push-up bar and rebounder accessories which enable you to add a variety of cardio and strength training exercises to your workout.

You can get creative doing push-ups on the Pilates reformer. In the video below, see how you can amp up the intensity of your push-ups by placing your feet on the footbar:

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With the repeated practice of Pilates, muscles of both men and women become toned and sculpted. “Muscles you don’t even realize you have you can work with Pilates because you can target and tone specific little muscle groups,” says Pilates and yoga instructor, Kristin McGee. “The beautiful thing about Pilates is it gives you that long, lean muscle tone because you’re working with that nice fluid movement and control.”

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Get rid of arm flab with these reformer exercises on the Pilates Power Gym

Get rid of arm flab with these reformer exercises on the Pilates Power Gym

There’s no time like the present to get started with reformer exercises to combat arm jiggle at the back of your arms. It is an area that “all of us women really need to tone and strengthen and lengthen,” says Celebrity Pilates instructor, Kristin McGee.

“Unlike your abs and thighs, which make peekaboo appearances only in hot weather, your arms have to be ready for their close-up pretty much year-round,” says fitness writer Janet Lee.

Fortunately, there is a solution! Long and lean sculpted arm muscles are within reach when you combine controlled Pilates exercises with the resistance levels available on the Pilates Power Gym mini reformer.

Here are three effective Pilates exercises to work on that dreaded arm jiggle:

1) Tricep overhead

Pilates Power Gym arm exercise1. Lie flat on the slide board and rest your feet on the footrest approx. 7 cm apart. Grip the handles with your palms facing upwards and pull the handles upwards.

2. Hold your upper arms in a fixed position, breathe in and pull the handles up to your knees. Your palms are now facing downwards and your arms are fully extended.

3. Breathe out as you pull in your arms. Breathe in as you slowly return your arms to the starting position again.

 

2) Zorro

 

Pilates Exercise Zorro

1. Use any 2 power cords to begin with to see which tension you like best. It should be on the lighter side as a beginner.

2. Sit centered and sideways on the Glideboard in a cross-legged position. Grasp the front handle with the hand farthest from the handle, palm facing your chest. Bend your elbow with your arm lifted to chest height as if you were holding a bow and arrow.

3. Extend your arm directly sideways fully straightening your elbow without locking it, keep wrist straight and torso stationary. Pause, then slowly bend your elbow without lowering your arm and release back to the starting position.

 

3) High Row

 

PIlates Reformer arm exercise

 

1. Sit on the Glideboard with your back near the foot rest bar, facing the handles. Extend your legs and place your feet by the headrest. Grasp one handle in each hand with your arms straight and your palms facing downward.

 

2. With your back straight, bend your elbows and pull the handles up and back toward your chest in a rowing motion. Keep your elbows lifted out to the sides as you pull. Pause at the end of the motion. Then straighten the arms and slowly release back to the starting position.

 

 

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Improve physical coordination and balance with these Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

Improve physical coordination and balance with these Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

We’re continuing our 2018 Pilates Power Gym Challenge with exercises to help you with coordination and balance. Balance allows you to stay upright and stay in control of your body’s movement, while coordination is a skill allowing you to move two or more body parts smoothly and efficiently to complete a task. Coordination requires good balance.

“Everything we do on a day-to-day basis relies heavily on our balance, yet it is often neglected and is certainly underrated as a form of exercise training,” say Pilates experts. “From early childhood development, right through to our later years of life the ability to maintain a controlled body position whilst performing a certain task is essential to our every-day functioning.”

Pilates instructor, Crystal Chin, says, “You don’t need to be a dancer to realize how important coordination is in daily life. From hand-eye coordination to mind-body coordination, we all need it to drive, eat, walk, and workout… Pilates was specifically designed to improve coordination of the entire body.”

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Coordination Exercise

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Here are the instructions for the Coordination Exercise on the Pilates Power Gym:

1) Use any 2 power cords to begin with to see which tension you like best. It should be on the lighter side as a beginner.

Lie on your back with your head on the Headrest. Bend your knees and align them over your hips with your calves parallel to the Glideboard, legs together and toes pointing up. Grasp one handle in each hand with your palms facing forward and the forearms vertical to the Glideboard.

2) Exhale and simultaneously press your arms down toward your sides while raising the head and shoulders off the Glideboard in a “crunch” motion and straighten your legs to a 45-degree position. Inhale and open your legs to a “V” position.

3) Exhale and cross your arms in the center between your thighs, keeping your head and shoulders lifted. Inhale, return your arms to your sides and bring your legs together. Lower your head onto the Headrest and bend your knees.

Celebrity Pilates and Yoga instructor, Kristin McGee, demonstrates the coordination exercise below:

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Here are two Pilates Power Gym exercises to work on your balance:

 

Elephant Exercise

1) Use any 2 power cords to begin with to see which tension you like best. It should be on the lighter side as a beginner.

2) Start by standing on the Glideboard with feet shoulder width apart and heels 6 inches in front of the Shoulder Rest. Hinge at the waist and keep legs straight and take hold of the foot rest with both hands.

3) Inhale and contract the core muscles and draw the lower body closer to the foot rest. Exhale, and return to the start position with the Glideboard fully extended away from the foot rest.

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Single Leg Elephant Exercise

The Single Leg Elephant exercise is a more advanced version of the regular elephant exercise.

Elephant pilates exercise

1) While performing the regular elephant exercise, raise left leg up and point straight to the back. While holding leg at waist height, move back and forth on the glideboard with the right leg.

2) After a few back and forth repetitions, stop your movement and carefully place left leg down. Then raise right leg to the same position at waist height and repeat.

 

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Tone your arms and get rid of arm flab with these powerful Pilates Power Gym exercises

Tone your arms and get rid of arm flab with these powerful Pilates Power Gym exercises

The great advantage Pilates students have when using a reformer is the ability to specifically target individual muscles on different parts of the body – like your biceps and triceps.

“The reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in so many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment,” explains Pilates instructor, Jean Chen Smith.

“The movements provide resistance and movement to help build strong bones and eccentric muscle contractions,” continues Smith. “This is when a muscle lengthens and resists a force, which leads to achieving the long, strong muscles without bulk that Pilates is known for.”

Here are four powerful and effective arm exercises to tone and strengthen your arms:

1) Serving the Bread

Work your arms and build core strength by “Serving the Bread” on the Pilates Power Gym

2) Tricep Overhead & Low/side Tricep Press
The Low Tricep Press and Overhead Tricep Press arm exercises help combat arm jiggle at the backs of the arms. Finally, a way to get rid of the flab!

3) Bicep Curls

Get ready for long and lean sculpted arm muscles that result from these controlled movements and the resistance levels available on the Pilates Power Gym

 

“The reformer offers all the usual benefits of Pilates, including overall strength, flexibility, coordination and balance,” concludes Smith. “These things lead to better posture, graceful, efficient movement… The reformer is large enough to accommodate full-range motion, which is wonderful for increasing flexibility while building strength.” – T.Y.

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5 ways the Pilates Power Gym will change your life!

5 ways the Pilates Power Gym will change your life!

So you’ve made the decision to incorporate Pilates into your fitness routine, but did you know there’s a way to maximize the benefits of Pilates even more with the Pilates Reformer?

You can take your workout a step further by using a Pilates reformer. Sure, you can spend hundreds of dollars taking classes at a Pilates studio, but who has the time or money for that?

If you really want to set new fitness goals and stick to them, you’ve got to get the Pilates Power Gym! Pilates, cardio and strength training are all available to you in the comfort of your own home with this fantastic piece of fitness equipment. It may sound too good to be true, but the Pilates Power Gym can literally change your life!

1) Target your core

If you haven’t heard by now, having a strong core is the basis of being in good physical condition. Celebrity Pilates trainer, Kristin McGee, says that the Pilates method is so important to the world of fitness “because of its focus on core strength. Our core is our foundation and we all need to learn how to lead from our center and support ourselves from our powerhouse. Then we can do anything in life and other fitness modalities.”

Combining smooth, continuous resistance with the body’s natural movements, the Pilates Power Gym delivers efficient, effective workouts. That means longer, leaner muscles, increased flexibility and enhanced joint mobility.

“The best part of working out on a reformer is the gliding sensation — it always makes me feel like I’m flying,” says Heather Andersen, studio owner and director of a Pilates studio in New York City. She explains the reformer is there to “resist and assist your body weight to help find and strengthen your core and limbs.”

2) Cardio goes vertical

Imagine lying down and still being able to run and jump! Our Power Flex Cardio Rebounder serves as a mini trampoline of sorts located on one end of your Pilates reformer.The rebounder provides a cushion like platform for your feet, knees and legs to rebound from. As a result, you will not wear out your joints or cause strain. The rebounder accessory provides a unique low-impact version of running or jumping when compared to doing these activities on a hard surface.

The rebounder attaches to the footbar enabling you to bounce on and off the canvas with your feet. The glideboard allows you to relax and lay comfortably while your legs and feet do all the work. No more treadmills or long walks outside in the elements needed! This low-impact movement gives you a great cardio workout.

3) Elevation increases intensity

“One of the best things about the reformer is its versatility,” says Jean Chen Smith, Pilates studio owner.  “Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and all kinds of variations.”

But wait there’s more! The inventor of the Pilates Power Gym added something that most large and expensive reformers don’t have – an incline. Different height elevations allow for more intensity in your workouts and added strength training options.

4) Safe, low-impact workouts

By being in control of each movement using the Pilates Power Gym, you exercise efficiently, reduce stress on your body and enhance your overall health and well-being. That is why Pilates is a game-changer for those in physical therapy, rehabilitation and even pregnancy!

“There are many exercises an individual can do on the Reformer – it is not limited to a specific body part,” says Jean Chen Smith. “That, in my opinion, is one of the many benefits of the Reformer. This piece of apparatus can work the legs, arms, abdominals, glutes and extension – all with no impact.”

5) Save money and time

For an affordable price, you can bring the gift of physical fitness into your home with the Pilates Power Gym. You’ll save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars by not having to pay gym membership fees or taking expensive studio classes. On the Pilates Power Gym, you’ll be able to tone and strengthen every part of your body: abs, back, shoulders, arms, thighs, hips and calves thanks to the machine’s fluid, organic movement.

Plus, you’ll be able to save time by doing workouts in your own home – and in as little as 10 minutes a day, you can do a quick variety of exercises that will start producing results.

“The best thing about Pilates is that you don’t have to be good at it to get the most benefits,” Andersen says. “Pilates is designed to help you be stronger and more fit, no matter where you are in your practice.” – T.Y.

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Who wears short shorts? Bring out the sexy in your legs with these Pilates Power Gym exercises

Who wears short shorts? Bring out the sexy in your legs with these Pilates Power Gym exercises

A workout on a Pilates reformer offers great ways to get those sexy toned and sculpted legs you’ve always wanted. An advantage that Pilates has over other workouts is the fact that it is low-impact on your body, including your knees, because you can do the exercises while lying down or sitting.

“Muscles you don’t even realize you have you can work with Pilates because you can target and tone specific little muscle groups,” says Pilates and yoga instructor, Kristin McGee. “The beautiful thing about Pilates is it gives you that long, lean muscle tone because you’re working with that nice fluid movement and control.”

Another advantage to using a reformer like the Pilates Power Gym is that you can progress at your own pace. Any workout level, from beginner to advanced, is possible on the reformer due to it’s ingenious resistance cords.

“The four bands are four different tensions, so you have the combination of these four which can be used for every exercise,” explains Pilates Power Gym inventor, Kevin Abelbeck. “You have a great deal of variability in the amount of tension you can provide. The idea is that you can make it suitable for everybody.”

Here are some great Pilates and strength-training exercises you can do on the Pilates Power Gym to tone and sculpt your legs and calf muscles:

(click on each photo for detailed instructions)

1) Side-lying leg press
Tone and sculpt your legs with this strength-training exercise

Kristin McGee Side Lying Press Pilates move

2) Running

Your calf muscles will get a workout in this Pilates exercise

Running exercise on Pilates Power Gym

 

3) Leg circles

Work all sides of your legs in this rotating motion

Leg circles on Pilates Power Gym

 

 

4) Double leg stretch

Strengthen your thigh muscles with the Double Leg Stretch

Leg stretch exercise on Pilates Power Gym

 

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Get sexy arms and shoulders with these targeted exercises on the Pilates reformer

Get sexy arms and shoulders with these targeted exercises on the Pilates reformer

No matter what time of year, we always want our arms to look good. If you’ve worked so hard to have a tight belly and butt, you don’t want to forget about getting your arms in shape. Targeted Pilates reformer exercises offers a quick and easy solution to get your arms toned and sculpted. These moves also work the back muscles helping to create better posture.

 

“Pilates is a great way to achieve toned arms and shoulders because it helps create long lean sleek muscles,” explains Pilates guru Keri O’Meara. “It also helps to lubricate the shoulder joint and assists with relieving neck and shoulder tension.”

 

The Pilates method of small controlled movements coupled with resistance on a reformer is perfect for targeting your arms and shoulders. In addition, using a reformer has its advantages over just doing Pilates on a mat.

“The reformer adds extra resistance and can help strengthen and lengthen the muscles even further,” says Kristin McGee, Celebrity Pilates and Yoga trainer. “It also helps as a tactile aid so people know truly where they need to be working from. The reformer also offers more and different exercises so it adds variety and keeps our muscles guessing.”

 

Here are some great Pilates exercises you can do on the Pilates Power Gym to tone and sculpt your arms and shoulders:

(click on each photo for detailed instructions)

1) Zorro

Work your rotator cuffs as if you were drawing a sword in this Pilates exercise

Pilates Exercise Zorro

 

2) Arm Circles

While in a relaxed position lying on the glideboard, get full range of motion in your shoulder girdle with arm circles.

Pilates exercise Arm circles

3) Statue of Liberty
With the Statue of Liberty exercise, feel how your arms are connected to your core in this full circular motion

statue_of_liberty

4) Hug a Tree

This squeeze and release motion is a great Pilates exercise for your pectoral region and the dreaded “bra bulge”

targeted pilates reformer exercises

As always, consult with your doctor before practicing any exercise program.

For a full 22-minute arms workout, try our exclusive Great Arms class available through The Fitness Channel

 

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Top 3 reasons to use a Pilates reformer vs. a mat

Top 3 reasons to use a Pilates reformer vs. a mat

Everyone’s doing Pilates these days as part of their fitness routine, but what is the best way to do Pilates? Should you practice Pilates on a mat or on a reformer?

We’ve got the answers for you! When compared to doing Pilates exercises on a mat, here are the top three advantages of using a Pilates Reformer:

1) Amount of exercises

The number of Pilates exercises you can do on a mat is much more limited when compared to the quantity available on a Pilates Reformer. Working out on a Pilates mat focuses mostly on your core, but on a reformer, you can work practically every part of your body.

“Mat work is a smaller part of the entire Pilates repertoire,” explains Pilates instructor Lisa Johnson.  “Using just your body and no props, there are about 50 or so exercises… There are over 250 moves you can do on a Pilates Reformer.”

The reformer also offers versatility enabling you to perform exercises in a plethora of different body positions including: on your back, side, stomach, seated forward or backward, and on your feet or knees.

2) Great for beginners and advanced

Do you have to start learning Pilates first on the mat before you move on to the reformer? Not at all!

Many trainers believe beginners to Pilates can absolutely start out on the reformer saying that “the reformer does facilitate a better initial understanding and connection with the powerhouse muscles,” when compared to mat work.

Also, since the reformer is low-impact on the joints and muscles, it is ideal for those going through physical therapy or rehabilitation.

The reformer “improves body alignment better than work on the mat; can elevate your mat workout to a new level (and increase muscle mass) by adding resistance with pulleys and springs; also adds more range of motion to help you get more results from each exercise.”

Advanced users can increase the intensity of their workouts with the multiple resistance settings and height elevations available on the reformer.

3) Move beyond Pilates to strength training and cardio

On a Pilates Reformer, like the Pilates Power Gym Pro, you can move beyond Pilates exercises and also do strength training and cardio.

“All of those straps, ropes and pulleys combine to provide resistance, build strength and flexibility and help align your body while doing Pilates,” says Celebrity Pilates Instructor, Kristin McGee.

With the use of the cardio rebounder attachment, you can also add an aerobic element to your Pilates workout while lying down.

Pilates reformers are now easily affordable and portable so that you can bring Pilates into the comfort of your own home. When you combine traditional strength training with the calming influence of Pilates movements on a reformer, you’ve got a winning combination. No need for a mat! A mini reformer allows you to customize the resistance and intensity to your fitness level for a more personalized workout. – T.Y.

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