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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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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Keep your heart healthy with The Fitness Channel’s aerobics and cardio rebounder classes

Keep your heart healthy with The Fitness Channel’s aerobics and cardio rebounder classes

At The Fitness Channel, we’re not just about Pilates! We offer a variety of classes to satisfy all of your workout needs. In addition to our traditional Pilates Power Gym classes, we also offer many aerobics and cardio-specific workouts to get your heart pumping!

Aerobics instructorWe are privileged to offer six classes by world-renowned aerobics instructor, Gilad Janklowicz. Gilad is one of the world’s most popular fitness personalities. As a pioneer in the fitness industry he has helped millions to stay fit with his popular TV fitness shows including ‘Bodies in Motion.’

The Fitness Channel offers three of Gilad’s Bodies in Motion classes which are each 22 minutes long. Filmed on location in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, ‘Bodies in Motion’ is a half-hour aerobic and toning workout show filmed directly on the beach.

“Being that I was in Hawaii, with all these gorgeous outdoor surroundings, I thought that fitness belonged outside,” Gilad explained. “It hit a chord with viewers. They liked the beaches, they liked the fact that we were switching scenes between shoots, and it became a travelogue for them. If they were stuck in winter weather, they’d see the beach and the waves, they’d see people working out, and it kind of inspired them to keep working out.”

 

Also featured on The Fitness Channel are three quick cardio workouts from Gilad at 9 minutes each. These classes include Cardio Basic, Dynamic Moves and Strength & Balance. These classes are filmed beachside on the island of Oahu with the scenic Diamond Head visible in the background.

 

“The most common mistake is not taking the time to understand your current physical condition and the basic needs of your body,” Gilad said in a recent interview. “Doing too much, too soon is a very common mistake that most people make because everyone wants immediate results. I’m an advocate of taking fitness one step at a time to keep it enjoyable and sustainable. Also, I would highly suggest for almost everyone to keep it simple.”

 

Meanwhile, our Pilates Power Gym Cardio Blast class helps keep cardio simple with the use of our Power Flex Cardio Rebounder. Imagine lying down and still being able to run and jump! The rebounder serves as a mini trampoline of sorts located on one end of your Pilates reformer.

The rebounder provides a cushiony 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. This movement gives you a good cardio workout.

Celebrity Pilates trainer, Kristin McGee, takes you through a series of low-impact cardio moves in the 18-minute Cardio Blast class. You’ll be amazed at how many different cardio exercises you can do while lying down.

For example, by using the Power Flex Cardio Rebounder, you’ll target your calves, feet, thighs and butt by doing exercises like jumping, footwork and running.

Cardio Blast DVD class

During the class, you’ll also tone and strengthen your arms with various exercises including arm circles. Sitting on your side, you can sculpt your legs with the side-lying leg press.

With the rebounder serving as your “floor”, do virtual jumping with only one leg to make your workout more intense. Work your inner and outer thighs doing some split jumps. Then, end your workout by running or jogging using the rebounder.

The Power Flex Cardio Rebounder provides a dynamic, flexible surface that will help you link muscle motion and stabilization, increasing the number of muscles used with each exercise. And, it’ll add more fun to your workouts!

Note: When you order the rebounder, it comes with the Cardio Blast DVD class.

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Pump up your cardio workout with these online Pilates Power Gym exercise classes

Pump up your cardio workout with these online Pilates Power Gym exercise classes

If you’re worried you won’t be getting an aerobic workout with the Pilates Power Gym, think again! We’ve got you covered with three of our “high level” cardio classes with motivational trainer, Steve Maresca.

Maresca strategically uses the Pilates Power Gym machine as an integral part of the many aerobic-style exercises he incorporates into these three classes: Kick Butt, In The Gym and Sweat It Out. Alternating between high energy cardio and low impact Pilates, you’ll get an all-around workout centering around your multi-functional Pilates mini-reformer machine.

One key accessory that Maresca uses to help turn your Pilates Power Gym into a cardio machine is the Push-Up Bar. When you attach the Push-Up Bar to the footrest, you have created an additional piece of workout equipment. As shown in the Kick Butt class, you can use the bar to do intense push-ups as well as dynamic footwork like the “mountain climber” exercise (see below).

 

Note: The Push-Up Bar is compatible with the Pilates Power Gym PRO only. Click here to order: https://pilatespowergympro.com/shop/accessories/

The Kick Butt class is a 40-minute cardio workout which offers hands-on training demonstrations by Maresca. In this class (available on DVD and online), Maresca utilizes the glideboard on the Pilates Power Gym in ways you may have never dreamed of.

In the following exercise, Steve uses the glideboard as an elevated platform to do strength-building footwork.

 

Once you familiarize yourself with the variety of exercises Maresca presents in the Kick Butt class, it’s time to move on to the bootcamp-style group trainings of In The Gym and Sweat It Out. Both classes (available online only) offer over 45 minutes each of a dynamic cardio, strength-building workout coupled with low impact Pilates moves. Steve’s motivational style will leave you fired up and you’ll work every body part in the process.

With over 17 years of designing and implementing personal and group training exercise programs, Steven Maresca is an incredible resource and motivator for anyone seeking to change their life through fitness. With an intense love for what he does, Steven creates a dynamic, energy-filled experience in every one of his sessions.

“The ability to put out effort at the end of your training session is money,” Maresca tells his students at the end of the workout. “That’s when you’re in condition. Anybody can do anything when they’re fresh, but can you push yourself at the end of your training just as hard as you did in the beginning? That’s money, and it’s not saving that energy, it’s going after it.”

Get instant access to these 3 cardio workouts as well as 20 additional Pilates, aerobics and yoga classes on The Fitness Channel. Join today – it’s quick and easy! Click here: http://thefitnesschannel.com/

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Running and jumping while lying down? Only on the Pilates Power Gym

Running and jumping while lying down? Only on the Pilates Power Gym

Spotlight on the Power Flex Cardio Rebounder accessory

While the practice of Pilates does not involve cardio exercises, there is still a way to get your heart pumping with the Pilates Power Gym mini-reformer.

Our Power Flex Cardio Rebounder gets the job done! Imagine lying down and still being able to run and jump. The rebounder serves as a mini trampoline of sorts located on one end of your Pilates reformer.

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. This movement gives you a good cardio workout.

Watch a video of the Power Flex Cardio Rebounder in action: https://www.facebook.com/PilatesPowerGymPro/videos/10153343923450778/

The Power Flex Cardio Rebounder provides a dynamic, flexible surface that will help you link muscle motion and stabilization, increasing the number of muscles used with each exercise. And, it’ll add more fun to your workouts! When you order the rebounder, you will also get the Cardio Blast DVD class.

Cardio Blast DVD class

The rebounder makes burning calories fun! Start off slowly by doing some alternating footwork using the canvas to help flex the balls of your feet. Then, with alternating feet, start springing back and forth off the rebounder using the glideboard to help push you.

The rebounder provides a cushiony 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.

With the rebounder now serving as your “floor”, you can progress and do some marching which helps to tone your legs and your core. Then, you can rest the balls of your feet on the canvas and push in and out to work your calf muscles. Keep the feet together and rebound off the balls of the feet for more horizontal jumping.

Do your virtual jumping with only one leg to make your workout more intense. Work your inner and outer thighs doing some split jumps. Then, end your workout by running or jogging on the rebounder.

 

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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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