Get 17 workout machines in one with The Pilates Power Gym reformer

Get 17 workout machines in one with The Pilates Power Gym reformer

Fitness enthusiasts can have the equivalent of multiple gym machines in their home with the Pilates Power Gym. This mini reformer combines all the benefits of strength training and Pilates workouts into one compact machine

The Pilates Power Gym replaces over 17 weight machines including Cable Crossover, Triceps Press, Arm Curl, Low Cable Row, Pec Deck, Bent Over Row, Rear Delt Machine, Preacher Curl, Hack Squat, Standing Calf, Hip Adductor, Hip Abductor, Hip Extension, Seated Calf, Chest Press, Butt Blaster, Lying High Pull, and Bench Press.

Watch the inventor of the Pilates Power Gym, Kevin Abelbeck, demonstrate the bench press exercise:

 

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Unlike a regular Pilates reformer, the Pilates Power Gym elevates for additional weight resistance. Each height elevation is equivalent to adding weights on a weight machine.

Adding each of the four power cords significantly increases the resistance. Sixteen power cord combinations multiplied by the various height levels gives you multiple different tension settings.

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The inventor of the Pilates Power Gym, Kevin Abelbeck, shows how to intensify your workout using the elevation feature

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[Note: This video shows the original Pilates Power Gym model. The height elevations are different on the current PRO and PLUS models: https://pilatespowergympro.com/comparison/ ]
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It’s also easy to transition from pushing to pulling movements just by changing positions on the glideboard.
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“For men, our favorite exercise – the biceps,” demonstrates Abelbeck. “You know that every man wants to have those guns to impress the girls.”
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You can use one arm at a time, or both together.
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Watch Kevin’s video demo:
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With the Pilates Power Gym, traditional resistance training is merged with the PIlates training method. As a result, both men and women get awesome results with the muscle-building power workout that men want and the body-sculpting, fat-reducing Pilates workout that women want.

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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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Say goodbye to the gym! Four reasons why the Pilates Power Gym offers the best at-home workout

Say goodbye to the gym! Four reasons why the Pilates Power Gym offers the best at-home workout

Imagine working out any time of the day in the comfort of your own home! Fitness enthusiasts love how the Pilates Power Gym mini reformer offers a convenient at-home workout without the hassle and expense of going to a gym every day.

“In today’s world, the reality of it is people don’t have time to go to a facility every day anyway,” says physiologist Kevin Steele. “And consistency is key.”
 
People who pay expensive membership fees to join a gym aren’t necessarily sticking with it. One study found that the dropout rate for fitness club members in the first eight weeks of their membership can be as high as 80 percent. Why? Because “gyms are usually far from home, increasing the friction involved with getting there during a busy day. Most people do not have a well-formed plan for how to get fit at the gym when they manage to go, and without hiring a trainer, they are likely to drop out.”

But you don’t need a gym to get a good workout! Here are four reasons why the Pilates Power Gym offers the best at-home workout:

1) CONVENIENCE

 

In the comfort of your own home, you can wear whatever you want including your pajamas! No more insecurities about how you look while working out at the gym or in a public Pilates class.

You have the ultimate in privacy working out in your own home and you can listen to whatever music you want.

“You can listen to your kind of music as loud as you wish,” says former gym dweller, Dawn Hafner. “You don’t have to wear the earbuds that keep falling out… You can watch TV or follow the workout video of your choice.”

You also save a lot of time by eliminating the travel time needed to go to a gym. Also, you don’t have to wait in line to use the equipment anymore. You can even split your work out into different shifts during the day, since the Pilates machine is right there waiting for you anytime of the day.

One more convenient aspect to working out at home is avoiding exposure to germs. Many people who use the machines before you don’t always properly clean the equipment. Eww!

2) COMPACT

The Pilates Power Gym is compact and does not take up much floor space. It can easily be moved around your house or apartment into any room. Many Pilates fans keep it in their bedroom for quick and easy access to work out. The machine can also be stored easily.

The machine comes virtually assembled. All you need to do is put the knobs in the footbar and insert the clips in the shoulder pads. Watch a video demonstration of how to assemble your Pilates Power Gym:

3) VERSATILITY

Not only can you use the Pilates Power Gym reformer for Pilates exercises, but this machine is so versatile that it 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.” Watch Laura’s video below:

There’s so much you can do on the Pilates Power Gym – the possibilities are endless! Our customers tell us that they use their machine for toning, weight loss, building muscle and increasing flexibility.

 

4) AFFORDABILITY

 

Now you don’t have to waste money on a gym membership that you’re never going to use.  For less than the average price of a one-year gym membership, you can get a machine for your home that is yours to keep forever.

 

What are you waiting for? It’s time to start your workout regimen with the Pilates Power Gym. A toned and flexible body is waiting for you!

 

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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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Fancy Footwork on the Pilates Power Gym

Fancy Footwork 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 (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 your feet and calf muscles.

FOOTWORK

Pilates reformer footwork exercise

In the footwork exercise, you have an easy way to stretch and flex the arches of your feet. It is important to strengthen your arches so you can prevent foot pain. Strong arches mean strong feet and less chance of injury.

“Your foot’s centerpiece is the arch, the greatest weight-bearing design ever created,” says Christopher McDougall, author of a book on running. “The beauty of any arch is the way it gets stronger under stress; the harder you push down, the tighter its parts mesh.”

On the Pilates Power Gym, you do the footwork exercise laying down! Here are the instructions:

Use any 3 power cords to begin with to see which tension you like best. It should be on the lighter side as a beginner.

Lie flat on the Glideboard and rest your toes on the Footrest. Breathe in and push the footrest away with the muscles of your right leg. Breathe out as you slowly return to the starting position.

Now press with the muscles of your left leg. Breathe out and return slowly to the starting position. Change legs and imitate the running step as much as possible.

 

RUNNING
Running exercise on Pilates Power Gym

Yes, it is possible to “run” while laying down on the Pilates Power Gym. The running exercise is similar to the footwork exercise, but it has a greater effect on your calf muscles.

According to personal trainer, Andrea Cespedes: “The calf muscles act to stabilize your ankles and feet. When your calves are strong, they are better able to provide this service and can help prevent rolling or excessive pronation or supination — in which your foot turns inward or outward, respectively.”

Also, your calves help lift the heel when you run, walk and jump. And a shapely, muscular calf muscle looks good too!

Here are the instructions for the Running 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.

Begin by placing the balls of your feet on the foot bar. Bring your knees and thighs together and place your arms along your body on the carriage. With an inhale take the carriage all the way out extending through the legs. Do not hyper extend or lock the knees, keep your legs glued together. Exhale and drop the right heel and simultaneously lift the left heel. Repeat on the other side. With every exhale push one heel down and lift the other heel up getting full extension so one heel goes as low as it can as the other heel is going as high as it can.

Start slowly, but rhythmically inhaling and exhaling, keeping your pelvis in neutral position so that you engage your abdominals. This is a really great exercise to strengthen the legs but it is also a good exercise to strengthen the abdominals. Speed it up as you desire, it should feel like you are running in place. When finished, bend your knees back up until the carriage has retracted.

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Ab-tastic exercises to build core strength and flat abs on the Pilates reformer

Ab-tastic exercises to build core strength and flat abs on the Pilates reformer

Want to get your abs in shape for your summer by the pool? The Pilates method of small controlled movements coupled with resistance on a reformer is the perfect way to achieve flat abs.

“Pilates is a good way to strengthen all the different sections of your abdominals, which is an important part of getting a flat stomach,” says fitness expert Ben Greenfield.

Not only will Pilates help you look great, but feel great too! Your stomach muscles play a significant role in the stability and health of your entire body.

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

Here are some great Pilates exercises on the Pilates Power Gym to tone and sculpt your mid-section and build your core strength:

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1) Twist
Target your oblique ab muscles with the Twist – so simple, yet effective!

Pilates reformer exercise: Twist

 

2) Knee Stretch
Build your core strength by sliding back and forth on the glideboard with the Knee Stretch

Pilates reformer exercise: Knee stretch

3) Pigeon Stretch
Let your core guide you back and forth with The Pigeon Stretch

Pilates reformer exercise: Pigeon Stretch
4) Mermaid
A popular Pilates exercise, the Mermaid stretches and lengthens the side of your waist

Pilates reformer exercise: Mermaid

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

For a full 25-minute abtastic workout, try our exclusive Toned Abs class available through The Fitness Channel

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5 easy ways to achieve your fitness resolutions for 2016

5 easy ways to achieve your fitness resolutions for 2016

With the new year upon us, it’s time to set some resolutions to get healthy and fit! But instead of just talking about resolutions in the abstract sense, you really need to take some tangible steps to focus on and achieve your objectives. Over the next 12 months, here are some definite strategies you can use to help you reach your fitness goals.

1) Get on a schedule

Whatever fitness routine you practice, turn it into a habit. By definition, a habit is “something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way.” Therefore, you need to pick a specific time every day to exercise.

The World Health Organization recommends “at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week” which breaks down to 30 minutes 5 days a week, while strength training activities should be done 2 or more days per week.

2) Intensify your workout

Whether beginner or advanced, you always have the capacity to progress in the level of your workout. Motivate yourself by setting small goals to increase the intensity of your workout on a monthly basis.

For example, if you start out doing 20 sit-ups a day, write down the goal to increase it by 5 more sit-ups each month. By next year, you’ll be doing 80 sit-ups a day – imagine your abs!

Also, you don’t necessarily need to increase the amount of time you spend working out. For example, you can increase the intensity of your fitness routine by increasing the resistance levels in strength training and Pilates.

On the Pilates Power Gym, you have the option of using between one and four resistance bands on each exercise. Why not set a goal to increase the number of bands used every 6 months? As a result, you won’t be working longer, but harder resulting in a much more toned body.

3) Follow a nutrition plan

The logic is simple, yet it is the hardest thing to do – eat less calories to lose weight. But how do you decrease your calorie intake without feeling hungry?

Many nutrition experts recommend eating more protein and less carbs, and also eating smaller meals and snacks six times per day. However, instead of reinventing the wheel, it’s easier to follow a meal plan that has been created by a fitness and nutrition expert.

For example, when you purchase the Pilates Power Gym, you get a guide to  weekly nutrition plans for 9 different calorie levels (ranging from 1200 to 2000 calories per day). This weekly nutrition menu suggests foods for 3 meals and 3 snacks per day to teach you how to eat healthier and lose weight in the process.

4) Add variety to spice up your workout

Don’t fall into the trap of getting bored with an effective workout! There are many ways you can add variety to an exercise routine by either trying new equipment or new exercises.

For Pilates fans, there are a multitude of apparatus and accessories you can utilize to make your workout new and exciting. Pilates equipment includes the ladder barrel, the Wunda chair, the Cadillac and the Reformer. These pieces of equipment, like our own Pilates Power Gym, offer a wide range of additional Pilates exercises not possible on the mat.

On the Pilates Power Gym reformer alone, you can add a cardio rebounder, a pushup bar and even get more intense resistance bands to diversify your workout.

5) Incorporate body, mind and soul

If you’re not doing any form of yoga or Pilates in your fitness routine, make this year the time to start! Aside from the physical benefits, Pilates and yoga teach you how to connect your mind to your body through concentration and meditation, respectively.

Taking time to relax and focus your mind can relieve stress, something that we all need. According to the American Yoga Association, “yoga helps you to access an inner strength that allows you to face the sometimes-overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life.” By building coping skills with a daily routine of exercise, breathing, and meditation, yoga can reduce stress.

Furthermore, the creator of Pilates (or “Contrology”), Joseph Pilates, believed that deep mental awareness of your breathing, working your core, controlling your movements, fluidity of motion, precision of exercises and being mentally present during your workout were essential to physical health. Exercise without mental concentration, he thought, was literally a waste of time.

(Note: Always consult your doctor when you implement any changes in exercise and eating habits)

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Why Celebrities Love Pilates

Why Celebrities Love Pilates

Celebrities Love Pilates

When Kim Kardashian posted a message on Twitter recently asking her followers for advice on the best Pilates machine to use, it got us thinking about why celebrities love Pilates.

From Lady Gaga to Jennifer Aniston to Madonna, a wide range of celebs incorporate Pilates into their fitness routine. The best way to explain why they love Pilates is to hear from the celebrities themselves:

“I’ve been doing it for 15 years and I think it strengthens from the inside. When your core is strong, everything else starts to lift up.” – Kate Hudson

“I live for Pilates reformer class. I go at least three times a week. It’s a great way to lengthen your muscles, stretch, and kind of relax your mind.” – Shawn Johnson, gymnast

“I’m a Pilates person. It’s great. I had a hip problem. I had a chronic back, a pinched nerve and a hip problem and it’s completely solved all of it. I love it. It makes me feel like I’m taller.” – Jennifer Aniston

“At-home Pilates is the best workout I’ve ever tried.” – Kristen Bell

“I was doing Pilates before people even knew how to spell Pilates… It pulls your shoulders back, tucks in your pelvis, makes you walk straighter, and gives you great posture.” – Vanessa Williams

“It’s a great way to exercise because you use so many muscles and get a really good workout. I use the machines, not mat Pilates, and it just works for me.” – Paris Hilton

“I was a fitness fiasco — until I found Pilates . . . It’s been the most gentle on my body… I’m longer and leaner and much more graceful. I can honestly say it’s changed my body — and my life.” – Chelsea Handler

“What do I like most about Pilates? The fact that I can really feel my body working. I might do 250 crunches but my body is so used to them that I don’t really feel them. With Pilates, I can really feel [my abdominals] even if I only do six or 12 repetitions.” – Joan Collins, who has been doing Pilates for over 30 years

“Pilates introduced me to muscles I never even knew I had. Soon I started to feel longer and leaner. Ten years of Pilates has really changed my body for the better.” – Lucy Liu

“I also discovered Pilates when I got pregnant, as people kept saying it’s a great way to stay in shape, and now I can’t get enough – it’s amazing. It helps with aches and pain and, even for non-pregnant people, it’s a great way of getting those lean muscles.” – Olivia Wilde

“I’m a huge Pilates fan. Pilates relies on isolated, controlled movement and has allowed me to build up my core and strengthen my legs and arms.” – Karlie Kloss, Victoria’s Secret model

Pilates “is such a great way to get in shape in a loving way. I feel like I’m both challenging myself and healing my body at the same time.” – Kerry Washington

By the way, we were happy to accommodate Kim Kardashian with our favorite mini reformer, the Pilates Power Gym. We can’t wait to hear her feedback!

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Interview with Kristin McGee, Celebrity Pilates and Yoga Trainer

Interview with Kristin McGee, Celebrity Pilates and Yoga Trainer

For the past five years, Pilates and yoga instructor Kristin McGee, has shared her fitness expertise with HSN viewers as our on-air Pilates Power Gym spokesperson. She is also a contributing editor at Health Magazine and just appeared on the cover of Health’s new bookazine on newsstands now.

Kristin currently teaches private Pilates and yoga sessions and also group fitness classes around New York City. She has worked with many celebrity clients including Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Bethenny Frankel and LeAnn Rimes Cibrian. She also teaches 10 of our Pilates Power Gym classes on The Fitness Channel.

A native of Idaho, Kristin studied acting in the early 1990s at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she was first introduced to yoga. She developed a passion for yoga and began working as a trainer in New York City. She later became certified as a Pilates instructor at the Kane School of Core Integration. In 2002, she released the first of four videos on yoga and Pilates for MTV.

Kristin took some time out of her busy schedule, which includes raising her 17-month-old son with her husband in NYC, to share her knowledge on the benefits of Pilates and yoga, and also give us tips on how to stay fit in the coming year.

Q: In your opinion as a fitness trainer, why is the Pilates method so important to the world of fitness?

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

Q: Is there any philosophy from Joseph Pilates that people overlook when they are practicing Pilates?

Kristin McGee: I think the concentration is often overlooked. I often see students just going through the movements without really being connected to the muscles they should be using. It’s so important to stay focused and concentrated. Pilates is a true mind/body movement and we need to use our focus and put our mind in our muscles when we move so we can get the most benefits.

Q: What would you say to someone who has never tried Pilates on why they should try it?

Kristin McGee: Pilates is a lifelong practice and one that keeps you centered, strong, flexible and healthy. It’s something you can do in any stage of life and it complements all other activities. I would say everyone should get acquainted with it and use any of the movements they can on a daily basis to live in their bodies in a way that feels amazing!

Q: Did Pilates help you during and after your pregnancy?

Kristin McGee: 100%! I used it to stay strong throughout my entire pregnancy and it helped me rehab my abs afterwards. The focus on internal core strength and pelvic floor strength made it the best exercise for me during and after my pregnancy. It also helped me stay flexible and pain free. I never had sciatica, back pain or any of the other common ailments that can come with pregnancy thanks to Pilates.

Q: What advantages can people get in using a Pilates reformer compared to doing Pilates on a mat?

Kristin McGee: I think 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.

Q: Why do you feel the Pilates Power Gym is a great form of stay-at-home fitness equipment?

Kristin McGee: It’s truly the best! It is compact and yet so similar to the original Pilates reformer. It’s easy to use and effective. I find it’s great for a newbie or an expert. It’s also very intuitive and helps people stay in correct alignment. It’s an affordable option for Pilates and it truly delivers results. Best of all it’s just FUN!

Q: How can a Pilates workout be combined with yoga for overall fitness?

Kristin McGee: I like how yoga aids in flexibility which allows Pilates practitioners to go deeper in to their practice and connect easier with their core (when your limbs are loose you can access your powerhouse easier). I also think yoga adds a lot of standing work that you won’t find as much of in Pilates so you can find your core when your practicing your balance standing. The two are very complementary to each other and I love them both.

Q: What are your top 3 favorite fitness tips? 

Kristin McGee:
1. Keep your abs engaged every time you’re working out
2. Any movement is better than none–even just 10 minutes a day is effective, so get moving!
3. Abs are made in the kitchen–what you eat is as important as how you move so combine healthy eating with Pilates and fitness and you’ll be a lean, mean fighting machine!

Q: What advice can you offer our Pilates fans to stay motivated to work out in 2015?

Kristin McGee: Don’t ever give up on fitness and healthy eating….your body is your only home and you need to keep it clean and fit. Think of how happy you are when you walk in to a clean home….you want that same feeling for your body. Pilates is all about keeping your house tidy and strong. The central area you live in the most is where you want to focus the most….so keep strengthening your core and you’ll have a house that’s built to last!

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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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Becoming Your Best You

Becoming Your Best You

Let’s face it. You probably started exercising with the hope of creating some “new and improved” version of yourself. That is a lofty and very admirable goal. Congratulations to you for taking an optimistic approach to your brighter future.
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Achieve Your Fitness Goals

Achieve Your Fitness Goals

Now that you have decided on creating a fitness lifestyle that includes Pilates, what can you do to ensure you achieve your fitness goals? You have probably already guessed – you’ll have to set some goals. Planning for success is one of the best things you can do. Without goals and a plan, you may find yourself drifting through your workouts, with no clear objective and that can lead to discouragement and ultimately, to failure. Nobody benefits by that! You know that’s not for you.

How do you get started? You already know some of what you need to do. Just as surely as you have set aside the time for your workout, you are likely counting repetitions, or timing the duration of each of the exercises you do. So, are you keeping track of your progress? If not, start tracking! That is the best way to get started with a plan. You need to know where you are now.

Go ahead and start writing down your numbers. What you are doing today, or what you are able to do today, is your baseline. From there, decide on how much more you can do, or think of different things you can do, to challenge yourself. This is the best way to use your imagination to keep your workout routine from becoming, well… routine!

You know what you can do, so now you want to progress to the next level. That means you will soon be able to do what you cannot currently do. That’s where goal-setting comes into play. Add a few reps to your current maximum, or add a few minutes as you get stronger with a movement. Anything you do to continually challenge yourself will help to keep your interest level high.

If you need some help on how things work with your Pilates Power Gym Pro®, we have a full set of manuals available here on the website – including a nutrition guide.

Click here to see the systems we have available – and choose the one that best fits your plan for fitness. You can also get some great workout DVD’s – available on our accessories page.

Need something more to fuel your motivation? We have the ultimate collection of videos available on “The Fitness Channel”, where you’ll have access to a wide variety of routines demonstrated by professional instructors on the Pilates Power Gym. That’s something you can add to your plan, to help you achieve your fitness goals!

Planning for Success with Denise DuBarry-Hay

Planning for Success with Denise DuBarry-Hay

With little effort you’ll find that planning for success with Denise DuBarry-Hay and Pilates go together – click here for search results on that string.

Given that fact, WE (Web Editor, Brian Rouley) decided to do a bit of Q&A with the owner of KASWIT, Denise’s company that holds patents and trademarks on the Pilates Power Gym and Pilates Power Gym Pro.

In another article on this site, we talked about planning for success and tracking your progress and we thought it might be nice for you to hear Denise’s thoughts on these topics. So, here they are!

WE:      What can I do to insure my success with a Pilates Power Gym workout program?

DDH:    Just try to do something every day.  Some days you may only have the time or the energy to get on your PPG for 5 to 10 minutes and that’s OK.  Try to do 10 minutes in the morning right when you get out of bed and then another 10 minutes in the afternoon before dinner.  You can work out while you watch the news and you’ll be surprised at how fast the 10 minutes go.  At the end of the week you’ll have done over 2 hours of exercising without over thinking it.  Throw in one or two 30 – 45 minute routines from the DVD’s you have or select a new workout from thefitnesschannel.com and you’ll be looking good in no time.

WE:      Am I better off focusing on weight loss exclusively until I drop a few pounds (many pounds, perhaps) and then add the cardio program?

DDH:    Everyone is different, so you should try the cardio DVD and see how you do.  If it’s too difficult, do the “Beginners” DVD or the “Restorative”, “Healthy Back”, or “Tone and Lengthen” workouts until you feel ready to try the “Cardio” workout again.  Remember, to lose weight quickly and healthfully, you must eat right.  Unprocessed foods, cooked vegetables, salads, fruits and meats (chicken & seafood) are best.  Try cutting out anything ‘White” (sugars, potatoes, rice, flour, pasta) for a few weeks and watch the weight fall off. Exercising on your PPG will help burn calories and turn flab into toned muscles!

WE:      What things can I do to keep my interest level high and avoid boredom with the same routine?

DDH:    We now offer over 14 PPG DVD’s, you can get some of them at pilatespowergym.com and you can find many more available at thefitnesschannel.com.
Once you get to know all of the exercises, you can start creating your own routines!

WE:      Is there an easy way to get a progress chart or a log I can use to track my workouts?

DDH:    We are currently developing a journal you can customize to fit your routine. Check back here often and sign up for our mailing list. When the journal becomes available, you’ll be the first to know!

Wishing you all the best for success – Denise DuBarry-Hay

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