Get rid of arm flab with these reformer exercises on the Pilates Power Gym

Get rid of arm flab with these reformer exercises on the Pilates Power Gym

There’s no time like the present to get started with reformer exercises to combat arm jiggle at the back of your arms. It is an area that “all of us women really need to tone and strengthen and lengthen,” says Celebrity Pilates instructor, Kristin McGee.

“Unlike your abs and thighs, which make peekaboo appearances only in hot weather, your arms have to be ready for their close-up pretty much year-round,” says fitness writer Janet Lee.

Fortunately, there is a solution! Long and lean sculpted arm muscles are within reach when you combine controlled Pilates exercises with the resistance levels available on the Pilates Power Gym mini reformer.

Here are three effective Pilates exercises to work on that dreaded arm jiggle:

1) Tricep overhead

Pilates Power Gym arm exercise1. Lie flat on the slide board and rest your feet on the footrest approx. 7 cm apart. Grip the handles with your palms facing upwards and pull the handles upwards.

2. Hold your upper arms in a fixed position, breathe in and pull the handles up to your knees. Your palms are now facing downwards and your arms are fully extended.

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

 

2) Zorro

 

Pilates Exercise Zorro

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. 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. Bend your elbow with your arm lifted to chest height as if you were holding a bow and arrow.

3. Extend your arm directly sideways fully straightening your elbow without locking it, keep wrist straight and torso stationary. Pause, then slowly bend your elbow without lowering your arm and release back to the starting position.

 

3) High Row

 

PIlates Reformer arm exercise

 

1. Sit on the Glideboard with your back near the foot rest bar, facing the handles. Extend your legs and place your feet by the headrest. Grasp one handle in each hand with your arms straight and your palms facing downward.

 

2. With your back straight, bend your elbows and pull the handles up and back toward your chest in a rowing motion. Keep your elbows lifted out to the sides as you pull. Pause at the end of the motion. Then straighten the arms and slowly release back to the starting position.

 

 

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Improve physical coordination and balance with these Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

Improve physical coordination and balance with these Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

We’re continuing our 2018 Pilates Power Gym Challenge with exercises to help you with coordination and balance. Balance allows you to stay upright and stay in control of your body’s movement, while coordination is a skill allowing you to move two or more body parts smoothly and efficiently to complete a task. Coordination requires good balance.

“Everything we do on a day-to-day basis relies heavily on our balance, yet it is often neglected and is certainly underrated as a form of exercise training,” say Pilates experts. “From early childhood development, right through to our later years of life the ability to maintain a controlled body position whilst performing a certain task is essential to our every-day functioning.”

Pilates instructor, Crystal Chin, says, “You don’t need to be a dancer to realize how important coordination is in daily life. From hand-eye coordination to mind-body coordination, we all need it to drive, eat, walk, and workout… Pilates was specifically designed to improve coordination of the entire body.”

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Coordination Exercise

pilates exercise

Here are the instructions for the Coordination Exercise on the Pilates Power Gym:

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.

Lie on your back with your head on the Headrest. Bend your knees and align them over your hips with your calves parallel to the Glideboard, legs together and toes pointing up. Grasp one handle in each hand with your palms facing forward and the forearms vertical to the Glideboard.

2) Exhale and simultaneously press your arms down toward your sides while raising the head and shoulders off the Glideboard in a “crunch” motion and straighten your legs to a 45-degree position. Inhale and open your legs to a “V” position.

3) Exhale and cross your arms in the center between your thighs, keeping your head and shoulders lifted. Inhale, return your arms to your sides and bring your legs together. Lower your head onto the Headrest and bend your knees.

Celebrity Pilates and Yoga instructor, Kristin McGee, demonstrates the coordination exercise below:

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Here are two Pilates Power Gym exercises to work on your balance:

 

Elephant Exercise

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 standing on the Glideboard with feet shoulder width apart and heels 6 inches in front of the Shoulder Rest. Hinge at the waist and keep legs straight and take hold of the foot rest with both hands.

3) Inhale and contract the core muscles and draw the lower body closer to the foot rest. Exhale, and return to the start position with the Glideboard fully extended away from the foot rest.

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Single Leg Elephant Exercise

The Single Leg Elephant exercise is a more advanced version of the regular elephant exercise.

Elephant pilates exercise

1) While performing the regular elephant exercise, raise left leg up and point straight to the back. While holding leg at waist height, move back and forth on the glideboard with the right leg.

2) After a few back and forth repetitions, stop your movement and carefully place left leg down. Then raise right leg to the same position at waist height and repeat.

 

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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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Tone your tush and thighs on the Pilates Power Gym reformer

Tone your tush and thighs on the Pilates Power Gym reformer

This article is part of our new series: The 2018 Pilates Power Gym Challenge. We challenge you to master Pilates Power Gym exercises 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 butt and thighs.

A great reason to do Pilates is for tightening, toning and shaping your rear and thighs. There are three primary muscles that make up your buttocks: the gluteus maximum, gluteus minimus and gluteus medius.

“Reformer Pilates could help you develop some glute muscle as you can adjust the springs and cables to different levels of resistance,” says personal trainer, Andrea Cespedes. “Whether this resistance is enough to challenge your muscles to grow depends on your starting point.”

“If you’re relatively new to resistance exercise,” Andrea continues, “the resistance provided by the Reformer… will help you build up underdeveloped glute muscles and make your glutes bigger than they were before you started.”

 

Here are three Pilates Power Gym exercises that target your butt and thighs:

Side Lying Leg Press

Kristin McGee Side Lying Press Pilates move

Here are the instructions for The Side Lying Leg Press:

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. Lie on your side with your torso propped on your elbow and forearm which are on the Glideboard. Place your upper foot on the footbar parallel to your body, toes pointed to the side. Bend your bottom knee and relax it on the Glideboard. Now push against the footbar with your upper leg until it is straight.

3. Pause for a moment, then bend your knee in toward your chest, keeping the foot pointed directly sideways. Keep your hips stacked and contract your abs to avoid rolling forward or backward. Continue to straighten and bend your knee until you begin to feel a burn. Repeat on the other side.

 


Wide Plie

Pilates Power Gym reformer exercise

Here are the instructions for The Wide Plie:

1. Rest your feet on the footrest approx. 7 cm apart with your knees bent over the footrest. Keep your knees and feet in a V position with your heels touching one another. Raise your heels slightly and keep your toes bent.

2. Press your legs forward and keep your heels pressed together.

3. Return slowly to the starting position and repeat the exercise.

 

Work your inner and outer thighs with the Plies exercise

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Frog

Pilates Power Gym exercise
Here are the instructions for The Frog:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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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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 under $400, 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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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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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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New Wonderbox and Prenatal Pilates classes added to The Fitness Channel

New Wonderbox and Prenatal Pilates classes added to The Fitness Channel

Adding to the multiple online classes for the Pilates Power Gym, the Fitness Channel now has 4 new classes for you! Newly added are three prenatal Pilates classes with Kristin McGee, and one class using our latest accessory called the Wonderbox.

 

Whether you have back issues, an injury or simply find it hard to get lower to the glide board, the Wonderbox offers a convenient solution. Our ingenious, easy-to-use accessory lets you comfortably sit higher on the machine, so you don’t have to bend down.

 

The 26-minute class for The Wonderbox elevates your workout on The Pilates Power Gym. Instructor Gaylynn Leonard shows you various leg, arm and core Pilates exercises to strengthen and tone muscle using our mini-reformer.
Pilates Power Gym Wonderbox

The Wonderbox (9 1/2” H x 15” W x 24” L) unites form and function in an ottoman-like accessory to customize your reformer and put you in the driver’s seat. The Wonderbox also gives you the added benefit of valuable storage to stow away all your straps and DVDs. With sturdy hinges and extra utility, the Wonderbox solves your storage dilemma.

Rise to the challenge and get your Pilates Power Gym Wonderbox today: https://pilatespowergympro.com/shop/accessories/.

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As shown in our new Prenatal Pilates classes, here’s proof that you can definitely do Pilates while pregnant. Celebrity Pilates instructor, Kristin McGee, who recently gave birth to twins, leads new Prenatal Pilates classes on the Pilates Power Gym that were filmed during her pregnancy. The three Prenatal Pilates classes now available on The Fitness Channel are: Prenatal Full Body, Prenatal Arms and Prenatal Legs.

Kristin explains that there are definite advantages to doing Pilates on a reformer compared to a mat when you are pregnant: “You can do more leg and arm work and more seated work (if lying down bothers you during pregnancy) and you have the assistance of the machine to help you in certain positions.”

Prenatal Pilates classes

The advantage the Pilates Power Gym has over other Pilates reformer machines is the different height elevations. Elevation is “especially important when pregnant, keep the head above the heart,” Kristin McGee explains, “…and that’s what’s so wonderful about the Pilates Power Gym is you can actually elevate it.”

 

These three classes will also be effective for the post-natal period as well. Read more about doing PIlates while pregnant in the article: Should You Do Pilates During Pregnancy?

 

Go to http://thefitnesschannel.com/ to access our Prenatal Pilates classes.

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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.

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Quick Beginner’s Pilates workout on the Pilates Power Gym

Quick Beginner’s Pilates workout on the Pilates Power Gym

If you’ve been on the fence about whether to try Pilates, here’s a quick way to jump in and get your feet wet!

Pilates is one of the best ways to exercise for people who need to get back into the world of physical fitness. It’s low-impact, doesn’t require much sweating and is easy to learn.

“Pilates is a lifelong practice and one that keeps you centered, strong, flexible and healthy,” Celebrity Pilates trainer, Kristin McGee, says. “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!”

Pilates, which is an exercise methodology of targeted and controlled movements, provides toning and sculpting of muscles while building core strength. Pilates is known to have many benefits by improving flexibility, posture, stability and balance. It also can treat back pain and provide therapy for people with various diseases including breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.

If you’re wondering what the advantage is to use a reformer versus just doing the exercises on the mat, Kristin McGee explains that the reformer offers you a big advantage: “All of those straps, ropes and pulleys combine to provide resistance, build strength and flexibility and help align your body while doing Pilates.”

Here’s a quick series of exercises that can all be done while lying on your back on the Pilates Power Gym. Talk about low impact! These exercises target your core and tone and sculpt your muscles for amazing results.

(click on each photo for detailed instructions)

1) The Hundreds
The most basic of Pilates moves, The Hundreds is a simple exercise that focuses on strengthening your core

Pilates exercise

2) The Bug

The Bug emphasizes concentration, one of the 6 principles of Pilates, while coordinating movements for the arms and legs simultaneously

Pilates exercise The Bug

3) Arm Circles

Sculpt your arm muscles quicker with the help of greater resistance by using the arm bands on the Pilates Power Gym

Pilates exercise Arm circles

4) Bridge

Strengthen your back and core at the same time with this simple, yet challenging exercise

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

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Frequently Asked Questions about Pilates and Pilates Reformers

Frequently Asked Questions about Pilates and Pilates Reformers

Q: Can I lose weight doing Pilates?

A: Yes, combined with a healthy eating plan! Pilates helps tone and strengthen the body, which contributes to losing inches and body fat.

“Abs are made in the kitchen,” Celebrity Pilates trainer Kristin McGee says. “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! 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.”

With the Pilates Power Gym mini-reformer, you automatically receive a nutrition guide with daily menus to help you stay on track and eat the right number of calories. See some great “Before and After” results of people who have used the Pilates Power Gym : https://pilatespowergympro.com/videos/

 

Q: Do I have to be flexible to do Pilates?

A: No, in fact, Pilates has been shown to help people with various injuries and diseases rehabilitate their bodies. The low-impact and focused method of muscle strengthening with emphasis on the core can help people who are recovering from car accidents, cancer, athletic injuries and even those living with multiple sclerosis. For example, exercising on a Pilates machine like the reformer can help MS patients relieve spasticity, the painful tightening and stiffness of muscles.

 

Q: Can men do Pilates?

A: Absolutely! The toughest male sports athletes including football, basketball and tennis players do Pilates workouts faithfully to maintain a fit and strong body. The same principles that make Pilates effective for men also apply to women making it one of the most popular workouts around.

The Pilates advantage is that it offers an intense muscular workout focusing on controlled muscle movements. 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. With repeated practice of Pilates, the muscles of men and women become toned and sculpted.

 

Q: Can I do Pilates while pregnant?

Celebrity Pilates and Yoga trainer, Kristin McGee, answers:

“Yes, especially if you check with your doctor and do seated work and leg work and abdominal work with modifications. Pilates will help strengthen your deep core muscles that help support your back and your baby. It will also tone the pelvic floor muscles, which is great for delivery and recovery.

If you’ve never done Pilates before your pregnancy, you can start with simple movements and a trained instructor. On a Pilates reformer, you can do more leg and arm work and more seated work (if lying down bothers you during pregnancy) and you have the assistance of the machine to help you in certain positions.”

Read more about doing Pilates while pregnant

 

Q: Can I do Pilates at home?

A: Yes, with a reformer like the Pilates Power Gym Pro and Plus, you can easily bring the magic of Pilates into your home with one compact and portable piece of equipment. This unique Pilates mini-reformer combines Pilates with strength training replacing over 17 gym weight machines.

Celebrity Pilates and yoga trainer, Kristin McGee says: The Pilates Power Gym “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: Why is doing Pilates so expensive?

A: Pilates does not have to be expensive! You can avoid the high price of taking private classes in a Pilates studio by doing Pilates at home. The Pilates Power Gym is an affordable piece of equipment allowing you to exercise in the comfort of your own home anytime day or night. A variety of Pilates Power Gym classes are available to access 24/7 online through The Fitness Channel.

 

Q: What are the advantages of doing Pilates on a reformer compared to a mat?

A: The number of Pilates exercises you can do on a mat is much more limited when compared to the quantity available on a Pilates Reformer. Working out on a Pilates mat focuses mostly on your core, but on a reformer, you can work practically every part of your body.

The reformer also offers versatility enabling you to perform exercises in a plethora of different body positions including: on your back, side, stomach, seated forward or backward, and on your feet or knees. Also, since the reformer is low-impact on the joints and muscles, it is ideal for those going through physical therapy or rehabilitation.

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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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Pilates or Yoga: Which is a better workout?

Pilates or Yoga: Which is a better workout?

While many people may wonder if they should do yoga or Pilates, the real question to ask is should you combine the two for an optimal workout routine. Many celebrities and fitness trainers practice both Pilates and yoga and find that the the two fitness disciplines truly complement each other.

“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,” explains Pilates and yoga trainer, Kristin McGee. “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.”

Yoga is an Eastern approach to exercise which originated in India. Yoga, which also has spiritual and mental aspects, focuses on specific bodily postures and breath control. The different yoga poses focus on flexibility and strengthening of the muscles around the spine. As a result, “posture is improved, thus alleviating back, shoulder and neck pain.”

Yoga also includes deep breathing and simple meditation which is practiced to achieve relaxation. As a result, yoga has been shown to “lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol even after one session.”

Pilates is a Western approach to exercise created by Joseph Pilates in Europe, and then the U.S. Pilates exercises focus on strengthening the core stomach muscles while concentrating on controlled breathing. A variety of exercises done while laying down, sitting or with equipment can work virtually every muscle in your body. While almost all muscles can be toned and tightened through the various exercises, Pilates does a better job at strengthening your core than yoga.

For those wondering if they should try Pilates, celebrity trainer Kristin McGee has this advice: “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!”

Many fitness instructors like Kristin McGee started out doing yoga and then added Pilates to their regimen. In fact, the woman behind the Pilates Power Gym, Denise DuBarry Hay, got her start in the fitness world through yoga. Her love of yoga has been a great complement to Pilates.

“Yoga and Pilates are similar in that they both promote flexibility and stretching, and muscle development, however, they approach these results in different ways,” Denise explains. “Many yoga postures are isometric stretches that you hold for 20-30 seconds, where most Pilates moves are repeated over and over. They are both highly effective forms of exercise and I enjoy both.”

While many of the exercises may be different, the goals of Pilates and yoga are quite similar. They both emphasize mental awareness and concentration with low-impact stretching and strengthening of muscles. Why not get the best of both worlds and incorporate both yoga and Pilates into your workout routine! – T.Y.

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Should You Do Pilates During Pregnancy?

Should You Do Pilates During Pregnancy?

There are so many physical and mental benefits to practicing Pilates, but should a women be doing Pilates during pregnancy? What are the advantages of doing Pilates while pregnant, and is it safe?

We asked Kristin McGee, a certified Pilates instructor and a new mom to Timothy (born in 2013), to give us some expert advice about doing Pilates during pregnancy.

Q: Is doing Pilates during pregnancy safe?

Kristin McGee: YES! It can be, especially if you check with your doctor and do seated work and leg work and abdominal work with modifications.

Q: Can you start doing Pilates during pregnancy if you’ve never done it before?

Kristin McGee: It’s best to have had some background first, but you can start with simple movements and a trained instructor. Pilates is excellent for strengthening the pelvic floor and transverse abdominals and can help with labor and delivery and postnatal recovery.

Q: Did you use the Pilates Power Gym during your pregnancy?

Kristin McGee: YES!!! The entire time.

Q: Since Pilates is so focused on ‘core work’ how will that affect my ‘core’ during pregnancy?

Kristin McGee: It will help strengthen your deep core muscles that help support your back and your baby. It will also tone the pelvic floor muscles which is great for delivery and recovery.

Q: What are the advantages when you are pregnant to do Pilates on a reformer compared to a mat?

Kristin McGee: You can do more leg and arm work and more seated work (if lying down bothers you during pregnancy) and you have the assistance of the machine to help you in certain positions.

Q: What adjustments should I make to the Pilates Power Gym exercises while I’m pregnant?

Kristin McGee: For some women, after the first trimester lying on the back becomes problematic if you feel faint or light headed (vena cava pressure), so you would have to lie sideways, sit up right for exercises or do the standing scooter work and kneeling planks etc.

Q: Which exercises on the Pilates Power Gym are best for me to do during the various trimesters?

Kristin McGee: You can do almost everything you have in the past as long as you listen to your body. In the first trimester, focus on leg work and everything you can do while lying down on your back. In the second trimester, work your arms in an upright position, and in the third trimester, elevate the machine so you can do squats and elevated footwork.

Q: How long should my workouts be on the Pilates Power Gym?

Kristin McGee: As long as you want and feel good about doing; but I used to go 20-30 minutes when pregnant.

Q: Are there any exercises one should avoid?

Kristin McGee: No deep crunches (or lying on back if you feel short of breath) and always check with your doctor first and also just listen to your body!

Q: Can Pilates help with labor and delivery?

Kristin McGee: 100%

Q: Any advice on using the Pilates Power Gym after I’ve had my baby? How soon can I start using it again?

Kristin McGee: I started using mine again within 3 weeks, but check with your physician. If you’ve had a C-section you may need to wait 6 weeks before starting up again. Also again use your own judgment and do what feels good when you’re ready, your body will tell you.

Q: Any tips on losing baby fat?

Kristin McGee: I nursed, I walked a lot pushing Timothy in his stroller, I used my Pilates Power Gym and ate a well rounded healthy diet with fresh vegetables, lean proteins, wholesome carbs and little daily treats like dark chocolate!

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. Kristin teaches 10 of our Pilates Power Gym classes on The Fitness Channel. She is also a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a brand ambassador for C9 Champion at Target.

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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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