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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Men get a great workout on the Pilates Power Gym reformer

Men get a great workout on the Pilates Power Gym reformer

Smart guys know that Pilates is not just for women! Pilates offers an intense muscular workout focusing on controlled muscle movements. With the help of a mini reformer like the Pilates Power Gym, men are combining the targeted aspects of Pilates with strength training exercises for an intense workout.

Both men and women will reap the benefits on this Pilates reformer with its multiple levels of height elevation. The Pilates Power Gym Pro model offers 3 height variations, while the Plus model offers 15 different elevations. This versatility offers challenging workouts for beginners to the most advanced athletes.

As shown in the video below, the higher an incline you use, the more percentage of body weight you add to your resistance level:

The fluidity of motion and precision of exercises that Pilates requires translates into a gentle low-impact workout which can be done sitting or lying down. Four different tension bands on the reformer also increase the variation in strength-training and resistance available in your workout.

For example, men can get a great workout on their biceps, triceps and lat muscles as demonstrated in the video below:

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The Pilates Power Gym also offers the push-up bar and rebounder accessories which enable you to add a variety of cardio and strength training exercises to your workout.

You can get creative doing push-ups on the Pilates reformer. In the video below, see how you can amp up the intensity of your push-ups by placing your feet on the footbar:

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With the repeated practice of Pilates, muscles of both men and women 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,” 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.”

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Trade in your gym membership for this powerful strength training Pilates machine

Trade in your gym membership for this powerful strength training Pilates machine

The Pilates Power Gym serves as a great workout machine, not only for at-home Pilates routines, but also for strength training exercises. You no longer need to pay for that pricey gym membership or drag yourself out to the gym during inclement weather. This ingeniously-designed mini Pilates reformer offers all the benefits of a gym workout in the convenience of your own home.

“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.”

The inventor of the Pilates Power Gym, Kevin Abelbeck, purposely set out to incorporate the best of both fitness worlds, combining the targeted aspects of Pilates with strength training that appeals to both men and women. A variety of strength training exercises are possible to perform on this mini reformer due to the adjustable resistance levels and elevation heights.

“The four bands are four different tensions, so you have the combination of these four which can be used for every exercise,” Abelbeck explains. “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.”

Building on the original model of the Pilates Power Gym, the Pro model offers 3 height variations, while the Plus model offers 15 different elevations. This versatility offers challenging workouts for beginners to the most advanced athletes. As a result, both men and women can get an intense workout.

“I’ve been loving this machine – not having to go to the gym, but doing all the things that I can do at the gym with it,” says fitness coach, Laura London. “There are four tension cords, so you can make the tension harder. And trust me, you get a kick butt workout!”

Below are just a sample of the great strength training exercises you can do on the Pilates Power Gym: The “Plank” works your abs, “Rowing” works you arms and your core, and the “Scooter” works your buttocks and hamstrings.

 

The Plank

Pilates plank exercise

Here are the instructions for The Plank:

1. Use any 2 power cords to begin with to see which tension you like best. It should be on the lighter side as a beginner.

2. Start by placing hands on the foot rest and your knees on the middle of the Glideboard with your head looking down on the Headrest. From here, push back on the Glideboard until legs are fully extended, knees are off the Glideboard and the balls of your feet pushing down until the plank position is achieved. Hold the plank position 30 to 60 seconds.

3. For a more advanced move, hold the plank position and move back and forth on the glideboard.

 

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Rowing 

Pilates Power Gym rowing exercise

 

Here are the instructions for the Rowing exercise:

1. Raise the slide board to a comfortable angle for yourself. Sit on the slide board with your face towards the headrest and bend your knees. Grip the handles at the front.

2. Draw your hands to your chest with the palms facing downwards in a rowing motion. Breathe in as you draw in your hands.

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

Scooter

Pilates Power Gym Scooter exercise

Here are the instructions for The Scooter:

1. Place your hands firmly on the Foot Rest Bar Assembly, shoulder-width apart, and carefully kneel on the Glideboard. Place the inside foot against the pulley arm on the same side with your knee still bent on the Glideboard.

2. Place your opposite foot flat on the floor close to the bar, knee bent and aligned over your ankle in a lunge position. Keep your arms and back straight, abs contracted and shoulders relaxed.

3. Maintain this position and press the Glideboard back using your buttocks muscles. Pause, then slowly return the Glideboard forward to the starting position. Complete all the reps on one side, then switch position and repeat with the other leg.

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Flat abs and core strength on the Pilates Power Gym

Flat abs and core strength 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 abdominal muscles.

Pilates and yoga instructor, 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.”

Regarding the use of a Pilates reformer like the Pilates Power Gym, Kristin says “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.”

The following exercises on the Pilates Power Gym mini-reformer can help to flatten your abs and build your core strength.

The Frog
Pilates exercise

Here are the instructions for The Frog:

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 on your back with your head on the Headrest. Attach a Foot Strap securely to each foot. Extend your legs to a 45-degree position and rest your arms at your sides. Keep your legs straight, heels together with feet flexed, and turn your toes out comfortably so your knees are open.

 

Maintaining the 45-degree leg position, bend your knees in toward your shoulders. Keep your heels together and your back in contact with the Glideboard. Pause for a moment. Then, slowly straighten your legs fully to the starting position.

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The Bug

 

Pilates exercise The Bug

Here are the instructions for the The Bug 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.

Lie on your back with your head on the Headrest. Place hand in the Handles and fully extend them overhead. Place knees in the tabletop position then lift the right arm and the left leg and squeeze. Return to the start position and repeat on the opposite side with the left arm and right leg.

 

The Hundreds
Pilates exercise

Here are instructions on how to do The Hundreds:

1. Lie flat on the slide board and rest your toes on the footrest.

2. Grip the handles.

3. Raise your arms to the vertical position. Lower your arms to both sides with the palms facing forwards. Breathe in as you lower your arms and raise your head at the same time, as for the Crunch.

4. Straighten your legs to an angle of 45 degrees. Stretch your feet in the air.

5. Breathe out, raise your arms, lower your head and rest your feet on the footrest again.

Tip: Breathe in to a count of 5 and out again to a count of 5.

 

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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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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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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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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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Pilates exercises to flatten your belly over the holidays

Pilates exercises to flatten your belly over the holidays

Over the holiday season, you may be visiting relatives out of town and feel like exercising is not possible. Without access to your everyday Pilates workout equipment or DVDs, what are you to do?

Celebrity Pilates and yoga instructor, Kristin McGee, believes that you can practice fitness and Pilates exercises wherever you are. As a busy traveler, Kristin shares on her social media accounts some of the most unlikely places to stretch out her muscles – including the airport!

While you may not feel the need to flex your muscles while waiting for a flight, there are plenty of exercises you can do in a hotel room or relative’s home. Kristin shares with us some of her tips to stay in shape while on the road, and even work on a flat belly while you’re at it!

The Hundred—This move is great to get the blood pumping and the breath flowing. Start lying on your back and lift your head and neck up off the mat. Extend your legs out to a forty-five degree angle and stretch your arms long at your sides. Hover the arms off the floor and start pumping them vigorously up and down five times on an inhale and five times on an exhale. Repeat 10 times for 100 pumps. Amazing for a flat belly!

Climb a Tree—I like this move for massaging the internal organs and for creating space in the sides of the waist and hamstrings. Lie down on your back and lift your right let straight up in the air. Inhale and start to climb up the back of the thigh until you sit up nice and tall. Exhale roll back down one vertebra at a time. Repeat three times and then switch to the opposite leg. Awesome way to scoop out lower abs and lengthen the body.

Single Leg Straight Leg Kicks—Lie down on your back, lift your head up off the floor and both legs straight up to the ceiling. Lower your left leg ten inches from the floor as you pull your right leg towards you and pulse it twice, then kick the left leg up and do the same pulse. Continue switching sides for ten repetitions. Single leg kicks really work the abdominals and get the legs moving which aids with digestion. I think of this move as a walk or run on your back initiating the movement from your core. You will definitely stimulate digestion with this exercise and flatten the belly.

The Saw—Any twisting motion is great for stimulating digestion and massaging the internal organs and entire core region. I particularly love the saw because it feels so good for the entire body and stretches and strengthens the obliques and lower abs. Sit up nice and tall with your feet hip width apart. Open your arms to your sides and twist towards your right foot then imagine sawing off the right pinky toe with the left pinky finger. After three little pulses, scroll up through the spine and twist in the opposite direction and repeat. Do each side five times.

Swan Dive—Finish with the “swan dive” to really massage the entire front body and help stoke the digestive furnace. Lie face down on the mat with arms overhead. On an inhalation, lift the entire body up off the mat. Exhale, and lower back down. Repeat five times. If you are very advanced you can try rocking back and forth in this position.

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