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.
“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
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.
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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