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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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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Add cardio to your workout on the Pilates Power Gym

Add cardio to your workout on the Pilates Power Gym

The Pilates Power Gym is not just about Pilates! This piece of exercise equipment can also be used for cardio workouts.

Fitness trainer Steve Maresca, who teaches three of our challenging cardio classes, strategically uses the Pilates Power Gym as an integral part of many aerobic-style exercises. He uses the glideboard on this mini Pilates reformer in ways you may have never dreamed of.

 

1) Foot work in our Kick butt class

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

2) Jumping with our Power Flex Cardio Rebounder

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.

Celebrity Pilates trainer, Kristin McGee, takes you through a series of low-impact cardio moves in our Cardio Blast class utilizing 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 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.

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.

 

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3) Do push-ups with our Push-Up Bar

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/

Check out our cardio workouts – Cardio Blast, Kick Butt, In The Gym and Sweat It Out – all available on TheFitnessChannel.com

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Exercises for Sexy Arms on the Pilates Power Gym

Exercises for Sexy Arms on the Pilates Power Gym

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. 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 your arms.

“Pilates is a great way to achieve toned arms and shoulders because it helps create long lean sleek muscles,” explains Pilates instructor, Keri O’Meara. “It focuses on using specific fibers of the muscles and working them in a shortened and lengthen position.”

 

Also, using a reformer offers more resistance compared to doing Mat Pilates, due to the design of the pulley and spring system.

 

The following exercises on the Pilates Power Gym mini-reformer can help to strengthen and tone your arms for a long, lean look.

 

Arm Circles

Pilates exercise Arm circles

Here are the instructions for Arm Circles:

1. Lie on the slide board and rest the balls of your feet on the footrest. Grip the handles, stretch your arms upwards with the palms facing towards the footrest.

2. Form large circles with your arms by moving them downwards to your sides, away from your body, over your head and back to the starting position with the palms facing towards the footrest.

3. Keep your back flat on the slide board. Make 5 circles in one direction, then in the other direction.

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Statue of Liberty

statue of liberty arm exercise

Here are the instructions for the Statue of Liberty exercise:

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. 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. Pull the handle all the way up and through the chest until the arm comes to a resting position that is 45 degrees from the head and neck. Slowly lower the arm to the side of the body and repeat.

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Bicep Curls

bicep curls on Pilates reformer

Here are instructions on how to do Bicep Curls:

Concentrate on training the biceps, lower arms and shoulders.

1. Sit on the slide board with your face towards the handles and rest your feet on the slide board. Grip the handles with your palms facing upwards. Stretch out your arms in front of you.

2. Keep your elbows close to your sides, breathe in and move the palms of your hands towards your shoulders. Keep your back straight all the time.

3. Breathe out as you pull in your arms. Breathe in as you slowly return your arms to the starting position again.

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Strength training exercises on the Pilates Power Gym

Strength training exercises on the Pilates Power Gym

We all know the Pilates Power Gym offers a multitude of Pilates exercises, but this unique piece of exercise equipment can also function as a complete home gym. A variety of strength training exercises are possible to perform on this mini reformer due to the adjustable resistance levels and elevation heights.

 

“I saw a limitation on the amount of tension that Pilates provides because it wouldn’t really also give a good strength-building workout,” explains Pilates Power Gym inventor Kevin Abelbeck. “Pilates equipment [reformer] is basically a platform that moves on a linear track. So what I had to do was to come up with a way to increase the tension other than just with the springs… I made an incline.”

As a result, both men and women can get an intense workout on this type of Pilates reformer with its multiple levels of height elevation. In addition, four different tension bands also increase the variation in strength-training and resistance available in your workout.

“The four bands are four different tensions, so you have the combination of these four which can be used for every exercise,” Abelbeck continues. “You have a great deal of variability in the amount of tension you can provide. The idea is that you can make it suitable for everybody.”

 

Here are some examples of the multiple strength training exercises you can do on the Pilates Power Gym:

 

1) Squats

Tighten up those leg, butt and thigh muscles with elevated squats. “The nice thing about these squats is that you don’t feel too much pressure on your knees,” explains Celebrity Pilates and Yoga Instructor, Kristin McGee.

2) High row

The high row exercise is great for building core strength and toning your arm muscles. Add our specially-designed “Wonderbox” to intensify and elevate your workout.

3) Side lying leg press

Work your hips and butt with the Side-lying Leg Press. “This is a really good area for us to tone and work on – we don’t work the lateral sides of our body enough,” says Kristin McGee.
With over 200,000 units sold worldwide, it’s easy to see why the Pilates Power Gym is so beloved by fitness enthusiasts. The machine incorporates the best of both fitness worlds, combining the targeted aspects of Pilates with strength training that appeals to both men and women. – T.Y.

 

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Low-impact Pilates exercises for Beginners and beyond on the Pilates Power Gym

Low-impact Pilates exercises for Beginners and beyond on the Pilates Power Gym

This summer, why not take the plunge and start doing Pilates (or pick up where you left off)! The low-impact and targeted movements are simple enough for beginners to learn, yet extremely effective in delivering results.

“Because of its focus on core strength, Pilates is by far one of the most useful methods in fitness,” says Celebrity Pilates and Yoga trainer, Kristin McGee. “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.”

Young and old, beginner and advanced – anyone can start doing Pilates at any time in their life according to McGee. You can even do Pilates while you are pregnant, just like she did. The exercises target specific areas of your body and are low-impact causing little or no stress on your joints. On a Pilates reformer, you can lay on your back while doing many of the exercises – how much more low impact can you get!

So, you’re ready to do Pilates, but wonder whether to use a mat or a reformer. Kristin says: “The reformer adds extra resistance and can help strengthen and lengthen the muscles even further. 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.”

From our Beginners class, here is a popular Pilates exercise that will get your blood flowing:

1) The Hundreds

It’s always good to go back to the basics with our Beginner’s Workout

Maybe you are not in the mood for a strenuous workout and just want to gently move your body. For another relaxing Pilates class, try these exercises from our Restorative Class.

2) Side Lying Leg Press

Here’s a great strength training exercise to work your legs and thighs on the Pilates Power Gym

3) Lat Press

The lat press is great for strengthening arm muscles as shown in our “Restorative Workout” class

And once you are ready to progress, The Fitness Channel offers a variety of advanced Pilates Power Gym classes to suit your needs. – T.Y.

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Quickly flatten your abs with strength training exercises on the Pilates Power Gym

Quickly flatten your abs with strength training exercises on the Pilates Power Gym

If you want to flatten your abs as quickly as possible, start working out on the Pilates Power Gym mini reformer. Nothing intensifies your workout quicker than different levels of resistance targeting your core muscles.

The Pilates Power Gym is a special piece of at-home equipment that has four different bands offering many levels of resistance. When you combine resistance with specific targeted exercises, you can speed up the process of toning and flattening your ab muscles.

 

“Because of its focus on core strength, Pilates is by far one of the most useful methods in fitness.” says Celebrity Pilates and Yoga instructor, Kristin McGee. “The reformer adds extra resistance and can help strengthen and lengthen the muscles even further. It also helps as a tactile aid so people know truly where they need to be working from.

ROWING

The outdoor practice of rowing in a canoe has been brought into the world of fitness with the “Rowing” exercise. Build your core strength by moving your arms in a forward and backward motion as if you are pushing your canoe forward in the water. This exercise not only tones your arm muscles but also focuses on your core:

 

LAT PULLS
While one may assume that lat pulls only affect your arm muscles, this exercise also depends on the core. Laying down on the Pilates Power Gym glideboard with your feet in the air for this exercise forces your core to work just as hard as your arms, and tone the abs as a result.

 

 

HIGH ROW
Add some height to your workout when you use our Wonderbox. While you do exercises such as the high row and low row, you are forced to use your abs to sit up straight and control your movements.

 

Here you’ve got just a sampling of how to start building your core strength and flatten your abs using the Pilates Power Gym mini reformer! Plus, as you progress and build your strength on each exercise, you can easily increase the intensity of your workout by adjusting the four resistance bands on the machine.

 

Check out more strength training and Pilates exercises on our website at https://pilatespowergympro.com/exercises/

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Get Bikini Ready with these targeted Pilates reformer exercises for your abs, arms and butt

Get Bikini Ready with these targeted Pilates reformer exercises for your abs, arms and butt

Why is Pilates the ideal exercise regimen for those who want beach-ready bodies? Because the famous method of contrology targets specific muscle groups. As a result, you work out smarter and in a shorter period of time. And using a Pilates reformer like the Pilates Power Gym takes your workout even further.

 

“The reformer adds extra resistance and can help strengthen and lengthen the muscles even further,” explains Celebrity Pilates instructor, 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.”

 

To get your abs bikini-ready, our “Toned Abs” Pilates class focuses on all the muscles in your mid-section giving you sexy definition while building a strong core.

 

Tighten up your abs doing these leg kicks with instruction by Kristin McGee:
In our “Great Arms” class, Kristin leads you through a series of Pilates exercises to help give your arms the beautiful definition you want.

 

Get your arms in great shape with the “Hug A Tree” and “Serving the Bread” exercises:

 

 

Want a lifted, firmer butt? Our “Firm Butt and Legs” Pilates workout focuses on your legs, hips, and backside to help firm it all up.

 

For example, squats can be done using the multiple height elevations available on the Pilates Power Gym Pro or Plus models. You’ll be tightening up those leg, butt and thigh muscles which will cause heads to turn on the beach.
These three classes are all available on the same DVD, The Pilates Power Gym Total Body Workout, or also online via The Fitness Channel.
Get working on those Great Arms, Toned Abs, and Firm Butt and Legs today with the help of the Pilates Power Gym and you’ll quickly start to see results! – 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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Challenging Pilates Workout Will Push Your Core Strength To A New Level

Challenging Pilates Workout Will Push Your Core Strength To A New Level

“A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence,
are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.”
– Joseph Pilates

Joseph Pilates designed the Pilates method so that you can achieve effective fitness results by challenging your body with controlled movements. For those who want to step up your Pilates workout, we recommend The Pilates Power Gym Challenge Workout.

Celebrity Pilates instructor, Kristin McGee, takes you through a fast-paced series of Pilates exercises using our mini-reformer that target virtually every part of your body.

“Because of its focus on core strength, Pilates is by far one of the most useful methods in fitness,” Kristin explains. “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.”

During this 34-minute class, available on The Fitness Channel, you will perform a wide variety of exercises targeting your arms, legs, abs and thighs.

For example, using the leg straps, Kristin shows you how to tone your muscles with “Leg Circles” working your calves, thighs and core strength:

In the Challenge Workout, Kristin utilizes virtually every position possible on the Pilates Power Gym from lying down to sitting to standing on the glideboard.

For a challenging exercise focusing on core strength, try the “Elephant.” This is where “control” of your body is really put to the test. While standing on the glideboard, use your stomach muscles to move your legs back and forth:

Then, push yourself even further by doing the Elephant with only one leg:

 

These are just a sample of the dynamic exercises you will do in our Challenge Workout. If you feel you are not up to this level yet, you can build up your Pilates strength by taking other classes on The Fitness Channel that target specific parts of your body.

To take any of our Pilates Power Gym classes, visit The Fitness Channel to sign up for immediate online access where the classes are available to you 24/7 on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Click here for more information.

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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Who wears short shorts? Bring out the sexy in your legs with these Pilates Power Gym exercises

Who wears short shorts? Bring out the sexy in your legs with these Pilates Power Gym exercises

A workout on a Pilates reformer offers great ways to get those sexy toned and sculpted legs you’ve always wanted. An advantage that Pilates has over other workouts is the fact that it is low-impact on your body, including your knees, because you can do the exercises while lying down or sitting.

“Muscles you don’t even realize you have you can work with Pilates because you can target and tone specific little muscle groups,” says Pilates and yoga instructor, Kristin McGee. “The beautiful thing about Pilates is it gives you that long, lean muscle tone because you’re working with that nice fluid movement and control.”

Another advantage to using a reformer like the Pilates Power Gym is that you can progress at your own pace. Any workout level, from beginner to advanced, is possible on the reformer due to it’s ingenious resistance cords.

“The four bands are four different tensions, so you have the combination of these four which can be used for every exercise,” explains Pilates Power Gym inventor, Kevin Abelbeck. “You have a great deal of variability in the amount of tension you can provide. The idea is that you can make it suitable for everybody.”

Here are some great Pilates and strength-training exercises you can do on the Pilates Power Gym to tone and sculpt your legs and calf muscles:

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1) Side-lying leg press
Tone and sculpt your legs with this strength-training exercise

Kristin McGee Side Lying Press Pilates move

2) Running

Your calf muscles will get a workout in this Pilates exercise

Running exercise on Pilates Power Gym

 

3) Leg circles

Work all sides of your legs in this rotating motion

Leg circles on Pilates Power Gym

 

 

4) Double leg stretch

Strengthen your thigh muscles with the Double Leg Stretch

Leg stretch exercise on Pilates Power Gym

 

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Get sexy arms and shoulders with these targeted exercises on the Pilates reformer

Get sexy arms and shoulders with these targeted exercises on the Pilates reformer

No matter what time of year, we always want our arms to look good. If you’ve worked so hard to have a tight belly and butt, you don’t want to forget about getting your arms in shape. Targeted Pilates reformer exercises offers a quick and easy solution to get your arms toned and sculpted. These moves also work the back muscles helping to create better posture.

 

“Pilates is a great way to achieve toned arms and shoulders because it helps create long lean sleek muscles,” explains Pilates guru Keri O’Meara. “It also helps to lubricate the shoulder joint and assists with relieving neck and shoulder tension.”

 

The Pilates method of small controlled movements coupled with resistance on a reformer is perfect for targeting your arms and shoulders. In addition, using a reformer has its advantages over just doing Pilates on a mat.

“The reformer adds extra resistance and can help strengthen and lengthen the muscles even further,” says Kristin McGee, Celebrity Pilates and Yoga trainer. “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 you can do on the Pilates Power Gym to tone and sculpt your arms and shoulders:

(click on each photo for detailed instructions)

1) Zorro

Work your rotator cuffs as if you were drawing a sword in this Pilates exercise

Pilates Exercise Zorro

 

2) Arm Circles

While in a relaxed position lying on the glideboard, get full range of motion in your shoulder girdle with arm circles.

Pilates exercise Arm circles

3) Statue of Liberty
With the Statue of Liberty exercise, feel how your arms are connected to your core in this full circular motion

statue_of_liberty

4) Hug a Tree

This squeeze and release motion is a great Pilates exercise for your pectoral region and the dreaded “bra bulge”

targeted pilates reformer exercises

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

For a full 22-minute arms workout, try our exclusive Great Arms class available through The Fitness Channel

 

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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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Online fitness classes offer big savings

Online fitness classes offer big savings

Everything seems to be digital these days – books, music, movies and now fitness workouts! Ever wondered what the advantages are of subscribing to an online fitness network for your latest exercise class compared to using those old, dusty DVDs?

Convenience

Workouts offered in digital format enable users to access these classes wherever they are and whenever they want through their laptops, tablets and smartphones. As long as you have a WiFi internet connection, a fitness subscription network can provide fitness classes for you on demand, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Whether you are in the comfort of your own home, at work on your lunch break, or visiting a friend’s house, you will always be able to access a fitness class without the hassle of searching for a DVD player to watch a DVD.

Price

Online exercise classes can offer a huge savings to the customer. To show just how big a savings you can get, let’s take a look at a specific case study. The Fitness Channel currently offers 20 online classes for Pilates, aerobics and yoga at a subscription price of $4.95 per month. If you were to buy all 20 classes in the form of a DVD, your cost would be $399 total since each DVD retails for $19.95. That’s the equivalent of almost 7 years worth of The Fitness Channel monthly subscription for that price. As you can see, the savings are huge!

Variety

In the above example, we assumed that all 20 classes offered by The Fitness Channel were available on DVD to illustrate the value of an online subscription network. However, 7 of the classes are not available on DVD. Customers can only access these classes online. This illustrates the point that an online network can offer a larger variety of workouts since they do not have to spend the extra investment in producing a physical DVD. As an added bonus, one of the online classes offered by The Fitness Channel is free. Not many fitness companies are handing out free DVDs due to the price factor, but a free class online is much more doable.

Travel-friendly

How would it feel to lug around your portable DVD player every time you go outside? With an online fitness subscription, you could even participate in the class outside using your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Also, on vacation you won’t have the excuse that you couldn’t play your fitness DVDs in the hotel room. Now, while on the road for vacation or work, you can access the classes anywhere you have access to a WiFi connection.

Timely

Still using those old workout DVDs from the ’90s because you don’t feel like spending money on new DVDs with the latest fitness trend? With an online fitness network, the classes can easily be kept up-to-date with the latest workout routines at no extra cost to you. It’s to the benefit of the online subscription service to keep adding new classes to their selection to attract new customers and keep their current ones happy. As a subscriber, you reap the rewards! – T.Y.

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Top 5 reasons to do Pilates

Top 5 reasons to do Pilates

“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” – Joseph Pilates

Everyone’s talking about Pilates these days, especially in Hollywood! We hear celebrities raving on a daily basis about their Pilates workout. Stars ranging from Kate Hudson to Jennifer Aniston to Sofia Vergara are eager to express their love of Pilates.

But why is Pilates such a favorite of the hottest stars who could choose any type of exercise workout to do? Here are five reasons why:

1) QUICK – It takes as little as 10 minutes a day to start reaping the physical rewards of Pilates. Since Pilates is helpful in targeting specific muscle groups, only a few repetitions of each movement can make a huge difference. You’d be surprised how many different exercises you can do in such a short span of time. That’s why many Pilates instructors offer 10-minute classes. Of course, a longer workout of 20 or more minutes is beneficial as well, but with Pilates, it only takes a few repeated movements to start feeling your muscles getting a workout.

2) LOW IMPACT – When we think of traditional exercise, high intensity activities like aerobics or jogging come to mind. Fortunately, Pilates offers an intense muscular workout with virtually no jumping up and down or running. This may explain why Pilates is so appealing for pregnant women and new mothers. Actress Kristen Bell explains that Pilates is “all about core strength, I can do it at home and it doesn’t require much sweating. (Sweating means showering, which is not at the top of the New Mom Priority List.)” The fluidity of motion and precision of exercises that Pilates requires translates into a gentle low-impact workout which you can do sitting or lying down.

3) MINDFUL – Creator of the Pilates method, Joseph Pilates, believed that utilizing mental concentration during your workout was essential. By paying full attention to your movements, you can maximize the results of each exercise. Pilates stressed the balance of body and mind – “the conscious control of all muscular movements of the body.” Not only can concentration during exercise relax you, but it can also provide medical benefits for the brain.

4) CONVENIENT – Pilates is so convenient because you can do it from the comfort of your own home – no gym required. Performed on a mat or with equipment, Pilates is virtually self-contained because it focuses on controlled muscle movements which don’t involve jumping or running around. Even with equipment like the Pilates Power Gym mini-reformer, you don’t need a lot of floor space and the quiet back and forth motions won’t disturb your neighbors.

5) EFFECTIVE – Probably the most important reason to do Pilates is because it works! Pilates is so popular because it brings great results. “The beautiful thing about Pilates is it gives you that long, lean muscle tone because you’re working with that nice fluid movement and control,” says Pilates and Yoga instructor, Kristin McGee. With repeated practice of Pilates, your muscles will become toned and sculpted. “Muscles you don’t even realize you have you can work with Pilates because you can target and tone specific little muscle groups,” McGee continues. “Pilates is like an inner girdle. It just scoops everything in.” – T.Y.

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