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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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

Pilates Power Gym reformer

“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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Get a shapely booty with these bootylicious butt and thigh exercises on the Pilates reformer

Get a shapely booty with these bootylicious butt and thigh exercises on the Pilates reformer

If one of your fitness goals is to get a bigger and rounder booty like Jennifer Lopez or Beyoncé, look no further than Pilates. The Pilates method of controlled movements combined with resistance on a reformer is the perfect way to achieve toned and sculpted butt and thighs.

“Your butt muscles – glutes – are just like any other muscle in your body, meaning with the right training it has the potential to grow in size,” says health and fitness pro, Roger Cahill. “Pilates training targets your glutes to build strength and increase your lean mass.”

And it’s not just Pilates mat exercises that can make a difference. The reformer takes your Pilates workout to a whole new level.

“I think the reformer adds extra resistance and can help strengthen and lengthen the muscles even further,” says Celebrity Pilates and yoga trainer, 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.”

Here are some great Pilates exercises on the Pilates Power Gym to tone and sculpt your butt and thighs while also building your core strength:

(click on each photo for detailed instructions)

1) Bridge

Help lift and tone your butt with the Bridge which targets your glutes

Bridge exercise on Pilates Power Gym reformer

2) The Frog

Firm your butt and rear thighs with The Frog
Frog exercise on Pilates Power Gym reformer

 

3) Double Leg Stretch

Strengthen your rear thigh muscles with the Double Leg Stretch

sculpted butt and thighs

 

4) Wide Plie

Sculpt your inner and outer thighs with the Wide Plie

Wide Plie exercise on Pilates Power Gym reformer

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

For a full workout, try our exclusive Firm Butt & Legs class available through The Fitness Channel

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