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. 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.
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.
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