This article is part of our new series: The 2018 Pilates Power Gym Challenge. We challenge you to master a variety of exercises on the Pilates Power Gym during 2018 (we’re starting a little early). Each month we will put the spotlight on essential Pilates Power Gym exercises targeted at a specific area of the body.
This month we highlight exercises for the legs which require using our foot straps accessory.
How to Attach the Foot Straps
If you need a reminder on how to attach the foot straps to your machine, watch our tutorial video:
Double Leg Stretch
Fitness research recommends both cardiovascular exercise and strength conditioning to achieve balanced fitness. Strength conditioning adds lean muscle to your body which increases your body’s metabolism.
Using the foot straps accessory on the Pilates Power Gym creates resistance which allows you to firm and define your leg and thigh muscles, while also working your core.
Here are the instructions for the Double Leg Stretch:
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. Attach a Foot Strap 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.
Keeping the legs and feet together, press your legs straight down, using your rear thigh muscles, until your legs are parallel to the Glideboard. Pause, then slowly release back to the starting position.
With the Pilates Power Gym, you can improve your flexibility while toning your muscles, all in smooth, natural motions.
“Pilates strengthens the thigh muscles (quadriceps), and this may help prevent arthritis and knee injuries,” says WebMD’s Kara Meyer Robinson. “It may also help prevent greater disability if you have arthritis.”
Leg Circles work your hips, inner thighs, as well as your front and back thighs.
Here are the instructions for the Leg Circles exercise:
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. Circle your legs apart from each other, pressing them down and then back together to the vertical position keeping your legs as straight as possible. Inhale to begin circle, exhale to complete circle.
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