Fight cellulite with these Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

Fight cellulite with these Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

While many women invest lots of money in expensive creams and cosmetic procedures to get rid of cellulite, there’s a natural way to combat this unwanted dimpling of the skin using Pilates. Since cellulite is the result of fat that builds up under your skin, there are ways to combat it naturally, including some targeted exercises you can do on the Pilates Power Gym mini reformer.
 

According to personal trainer Ariane Hundt, the keys to getting rid of and preventing cellulite are: “losing body fat, firming the muscle underneath the skin, following a low-carb diet, and boosting circulation and blood flow.”

 

Experts agree that losing weight will help combat cellulite along with diet and exercise. Women are more prone to have cellulite compared to men because women store fat in their thighs, hips and butt.

 

“With Pilates, you’re hitting areas in the hips and buttocks that get missed with traditional exercises, thus increasing circulation in those areas,” said Thomas Elzner, founder of The Skin Spa in NYC.

 
According to Beverly Hills dermatologist Harold Lancer, MD, Pilates has become Hollywood’s anti-cellulite workout of choice. “It uniformly strengthens and stretches muscles and redrapes the fascia that covers muscle like the casing on a sausage,” explains Lancer.  “The vertical tethers that cause dimpling are connected to the fascia, and when it stretches, the tethers stretch. Pilates is like ironing the sheets.”

 

Exercises that work the legs from multiple angles “can reduce your cellulite and make your lower body look smoother and firmer,” says Prevention advisor Wayne Westcott, PhD.

 

Here are some exercises on the Pilates Power Gym reformer which can help combat that dreaded cellulite:

Side-lying leg press

Pilates Power Gym exercise

Instructions:

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.

3. Now push against the footbar with your upper leg until it is straight. 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.

 
Leg circles

Leg exercise on the Pilates Power Gym
Instructions:

 

1. Lie on your back with your head on the Headrest. Attach a Foot Strap securely to each foot. Bring your legs as vertical as possible and in line with your hips. Keep your legs straight and rest your arms at your sides.

 

2. Circle your legs in an outward direction away from each other, by circling them out, down and back together to the vertical position, keeping your legs as straight as possible.

 

3. Complete the recommended reps, then repeat in the opposite direction. Circle your legs inward by pressing them down, out, and back together to the vertical position, keeping your legs as straight as possible.

 

Perform 6 to 8 repetitions in each direction. Inhale to begin circle, exhale to complete circle.

 

 

The Scooter
Pilates Power Gym 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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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!

 

Order at our website: https://pilatespowergympro.com/

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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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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.

 

Work your abs doing the Plank exercise!

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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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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.

Stretch and tone your legs this weekend with the #PilatesPowerGym leg straps!

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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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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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Choose which Pilates Power Gym model is best for you – click here to see a comparison of the PRO and PLUS models. – T.Y.

 

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Tone your arms and get rid of arm flab with these powerful Pilates Power Gym exercises

Tone your arms and get rid of arm flab with these powerful Pilates Power Gym exercises

The great advantage Pilates students have when using a reformer is the ability to specifically target individual muscles on different parts of the body – like your biceps and triceps.

“The reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in so many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment,” explains Pilates instructor, Jean Chen Smith.

“The movements provide resistance and movement to help build strong bones and eccentric muscle contractions,” continues Smith. “This is when a muscle lengthens and resists a force, which leads to achieving the long, strong muscles without bulk that Pilates is known for.”

Here are four powerful and effective arm exercises to tone and strengthen your arms:

1) Serving the Bread

Work your arms and build core strength by “Serving the Bread” on the Pilates Power Gym

2) Tricep Overhead & Low/side Tricep Press
The Low Tricep Press and Overhead Tricep Press arm exercises help combat arm jiggle at the backs of the arms. Finally, a way to get rid of the flab!

3) Bicep Curls

Get ready for long and lean sculpted arm muscles that result from these controlled movements and the resistance levels available on the Pilates Power Gym

 

“The reformer offers all the usual benefits of Pilates, including overall strength, flexibility, coordination and balance,” concludes Smith. “These things lead to better posture, graceful, efficient movement… The reformer is large enough to accommodate full-range motion, which is wonderful for increasing flexibility while building strength.” – T.Y.

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

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

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

“Because of its focus on core strength, Pilates is by far one of the most useful methods in fitness,” says Celebrity Pilates and Yoga trainer, Kristin McGee. “Our core is our foundation and we all need to learn how to lead from our center and support ourselves from our powerhouse. Then we can do anything in life and other fitness modalities.”

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

So, you’re ready to do Pilates, but wonder whether to use a mat or a reformer. Kristin says: “The reformer adds extra resistance and can help strengthen and lengthen the muscles even further. It also helps as a tactile aid so people know truly where they need to be working from. The reformer also offers more and different exercises so it adds variety and keeps our muscles guessing.”

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

1) The Hundreds

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

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

2) Side Lying Leg Press

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

3) Lat Press

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

ROWING

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

“Because of its focus on core strength, Pilates is by far one of the most useful methods in fitness,” Kristin explains. “Our core is our foundation and we all need to learn how to lead from our center and support ourselves from our powerhouse. Then we can do anything in life and other fitness modalities.”

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(click on each photo for detailed instructions)

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

Kristin McGee Side Lying Press Pilates move

2) Running

Your calf muscles will get a workout in this Pilates exercise

Running exercise on Pilates Power Gym

 

3) Leg circles

Work all sides of your legs in this rotating motion

Leg circles on Pilates Power Gym

 

 

4) Double leg stretch

Strengthen your thigh muscles with the Double Leg Stretch

Leg stretch exercise on Pilates Power Gym

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

“The reformer adds extra resistance and can help strengthen and lengthen the muscles even further,” says Kristin McGee, Celebrity Pilates and Yoga trainer. “It also helps as a tactile aid so people know truly where they need to be working from. The reformer also offers more and different exercises so it adds variety and keeps our muscles guessing.”

 

Here are some great Pilates exercises you can do on the Pilates Power Gym to tone and sculpt your arms and shoulders:

(click on each photo for detailed instructions)

1) Zorro

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

Pilates Exercise Zorro

 

2) Arm Circles

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

Pilates exercise Arm circles

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

statue_of_liberty

4) Hug a Tree

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

targeted pilates reformer exercises

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

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

 

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Get a shapely booty with these bootylicious butt and thigh exercises on the Pilates reformer

Get a shapely booty with these bootylicious butt and thigh exercises on the Pilates reformer

If one of your fitness goals is to get a bigger and rounder booty like Jennifer Lopez or Beyoncé, look no further than Pilates. The Pilates method of controlled movements combined with resistance on a reformer is the perfect way to achieve toned and sculpted butt and thighs.

“Your butt muscles – glutes – are just like any other muscle in your body, meaning with the right training it has the potential to grow in size,” says health and fitness pro, Roger Cahill. “Pilates training targets your glutes to build strength and increase your lean mass.”

And it’s not just Pilates mat exercises that can make a difference. The reformer takes your Pilates workout to a whole new level.

“I think the reformer adds extra resistance and can help strengthen and lengthen the muscles even further,” says Celebrity Pilates and yoga trainer, 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.”

Here are some great Pilates exercises on the Pilates Power Gym to tone and sculpt your butt and thighs while also building your core strength:

(click on each photo for detailed instructions)

1) Bridge

Help lift and tone your butt with the Bridge which targets your glutes

Bridge exercise on Pilates Power Gym reformer

2) The Frog

Firm your butt and rear thighs with The Frog
Frog exercise on Pilates Power Gym reformer

 

3) Double Leg Stretch

Strengthen your rear thigh muscles with the Double Leg Stretch

sculpted butt and thighs

 

4) Wide Plie

Sculpt your inner and outer thighs with the Wide Plie

Wide Plie exercise on Pilates Power Gym reformer

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

For a full workout, try our exclusive Firm Butt & Legs class available through The Fitness Channel

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