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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(click on each photo for detailed instructions)
1) Twist
Target your oblique ab muscles with the Twist – so simple, yet effective!

Pilates reformer exercise: Twist

 

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

Pilates reformer exercise: Knee stretch

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

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

Pilates reformer exercise: Mermaid

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

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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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See why both men and women love the Pilates Power Gym from the inventor himself, Kevin Abelbeck

See why both men and women love the Pilates Power Gym from the inventor himself, Kevin Abelbeck

With over 200,000 units sold worldwide, it’s easy to see why the Pilates Power Gym is so beloved by fitness enthusiasts. Created by inventor Kevin Abelbeck, The Pilates Power Gym is a mini Pilates reformer machine that incorporates the best of both fitness worlds, combining the targeted aspects of Pilates with strength training that appeals to both men and women.

“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 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.”

Watch Kevin Abelbeck demonstrate the versatility of the Pilates Power Gym

The latest versions of the Pilates Power Gym mini-reformer offer new ways to give your body the best workout ever. 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.

In addition, both models now offer a cardio option with the Cardio Rebounder mini-trampoline. This accessory easily attaches to the foot-bar and provides a dynamic, flexible surface that will help you link muscle motion and stabilization, increasing the number of muscles used with each exercise. The unique bouncing ability gets your heart rate up while lying in a horizontal position.

Pilates is a form of exercise that has been growing in popularity for the last 70 years ever since Joseph Pilates wrote his book Return to Life through Contrology in 1945. Pilates is the practice of controlled movements which build strength and improve flexibility throughout the entire body. Celebrities and fitness gurus all over the world have become devoted to this unique form of exercise. They love Pilates because not only is it low-impact, but it is also extremely effective.

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

When entrepreneur and former actress Denise DuBarry-Hay met Pilates Power Gym inventor Kevin Abelbeck, she was so impressed with his compact fitness machine that she started promoting it through her own company, Kaswit Inc.

“I haven’t seen anything on the market like it of its size that can compare with the quality of the Pilates Power Gym,” DuBarry-Hay explains. “It’s a solid, well-engineered serious piece of fitness equipment.”

With its compact design and multiple workout options, “the Pilates Power Gym is perfect for home use,” Denise continues. “You can do so many exercises on it, working every part of your body. The tension cords allow you to work your muscles to exhaustion at your fitness level and it’s easy to add tension (like adding weights) as you become stronger.” – T.Y.

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5 ways Pilates can change your life

5 ways Pilates can change your life

“Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself!”

An easy way to see rapid changes in your life is to start doing Pilates. Pilates can change your life. Not only will you see physical benefits, but your lifestyle and mental attitude can reap the rewards. Who knew that a discipline created to rehabilitate war prisoners would spread around the world to improve the lives of people of all ages and physical capabilities.

1) Anti-aging

No matter what your age, everyone would love to turn back the clock to some degree. Actress and fitness guru Jane Fonda led the aerobics exercise craze back in the 1980s. Maintaining her incredible shape at the age of 78, she is still looked to for fitness advice. Fonda was recently asked in an interview about her fitness regime:

“I stay active, I hike, I walk, do resistance bands, pilates and yoga—you’ve gotta move,” Fonda responded. “The saying ‘move it or lose it’ is so incredibly true but more so especially when you’re older. If you don’t keep moving you go downhill really fast when you’re older. Young bodies are more forgiving, so if you’re not regular about working out, it doesn’t show up right away but it does when you’re older.

And by working out, I don’t mean doing very hard things or running marathons and things like that, we have to be more careful with our joints and bones so you do things forward and you do things that don’t have as much impact. But you’ve got to keep moving, it’s so important.”

Pilates is the perfect low-impact workout for older people, but also for those of any age. Pilates offers results with a method that’s easy on the joints, making it ideal even for rehab patients and those suffering from disease.

2) Build strength and flexibility

Celebrity Pilates trainer, Kristin McGee, tells us 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.”

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.”

 

3) Weight Loss

We’ve all heard that weight loss is linked to our metabolism rate. As we age, we lose 3% of muscle per decade beginning in our 30s.

“It’s so important to continually build that lean muscle because it’s our muscle that keeps our metabolism revved,” Kristin McGee explains. “And as we age we start to lose lean muscle mass and so that’s why our metabolisms dip. That’s why you can’t eat as many calories as you get older.”

“So if you add that component of strength training and building your muscle [with Pilates], you’re going to really keep your metabolism active,” McGee continues. “You’re going to be able to eat more of those healthy, yummy foods that you love. Pilates keeps you in touch with your inside feeling so you actually start to make better [food] choices.”

4) Rehabilitation

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, Pilates can provide effective physical therapy for breast cancer patients who have undergone a lumpectomy or mastectomy. A mastectomy involves surgical removal of the entire breast and often removal of lymph nodes under the arms.

As a result, the surgery to remove breast cancer can leave patients with decreased mobility in their arms and back. Pilates can provide therapy to breast cancer patients through the specific exercises that help improve strength and mobility to the arms, chest and back. The mental discipline required from Pilates also provides benefits to breast cancer patients and people suffering from other conditions.

5) Mental Attitude

One important benefit of Pilates may be the one that is most underutilized. Pilates can literally be a workout not only for your body, but also for your brain.

“Concentration is often overlooked,” says Fitness Channel instructor, Kristin McGee. “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.” – T.Y.

 

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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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Why Smart Men Do Pilates

Why Smart Men Do Pilates

If you think Pilates is only for women, think again! The toughest male sports athletes including football, basketball and tennis players do Pilates workouts faithfully to maintain a fit and strong body. However, 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.

“Pilates improves sports performance. You’ll find the exercises condition the whole body—even the ankles and feet, which contribute to healthy, balanced muscles,” claims Madi Rice, writer for The Parks fitness website. “You’ll also increase in tendon, bone and ligament strength which is vital for all athletes.”

Many people don’t realize that in addition to being a great workout, Pilates is also an effective form of physical therapy. It 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.

“What most guys are doing now, they’re using it as a preventative measure, so it’s almost like ‘prehab’ in a sense,” former NFL player Nate Burleson said. “Most guys, especially if you’ve been in the league for a while, your off day is a subtle work day. You’re doing some type of work to keep your body as loose and limber as possible.”

Tennis star Andy Murray recently credited Pilates for his comeback: “It’s helped my back a lot,” Murray said. “I feel physically much healthier with my back than I did at this time last year. It’s not just that – my tennis has been good as well – but it’s been a big, big factor for me.”

The reason that both men and women alike love Pilates is because it provides great results. “It’s not like weight training . . . it’s all about control and body position, which receivers like myself need the most,” Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown said.

Pilates was intended not only for mat work but also on equipment. Throughout his life, Joseph Pilates created many forms of apparatus to practice his “contrology” exercises. In addition to workouts on the mat, there are a multitude of exercises which can be done on various pieces of Pilates equipment including the ladder barrel, the Wunda chair, the Cadillac and the Reformer. These pieces of equipment offer a wide range of additional Pilates exercises not possible on the mat.

The Pilates Power Gym, a mini Pilates reformer machine created by Kevin Abelbeck, incorporates the best of both worlds, combining the targeted aspects of Pilates with strength training that appeals to both men and women.

“This Pilates equipment [reformer] is basically a platform that moves on a linear track,” explains Abelbeck. “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, men and women can get an intense workout on this type of Pilates reformer with its three levels of height elevation.

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

 

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Meet Denise DuBarry, the actress and entrepreneur behind the Pilates Power Gym

Meet Denise DuBarry, the actress and entrepreneur behind the Pilates Power Gym

Denise DuBarry has played many roles in her life including actress, yoga teacher, movie producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. A series of happy accidents is what could describe the path that led DuBarry to discover the Pilates Power Gym and many other products that help make people’s lives better all over the world.

In the late 1970s, DuBarry moved to Hollywood from Texas after taking an acting class to help her overcome shyness. “It worked and I was hooked,” she explains.

Denise spent the next decade acting as a guest star on various television series such as Black Sheep Squadron and Charlie’s Angels, and movie roles including Being There with Peter Sellers and the TV movie, Deadman’s Curve. (See clips from her acting career in the video below)

Of all her acting roles, Denise says her favorite was a guest appearance on Trapper John, M.D. where she played a bag lady with a brain tumor.

“It was completely out of character for me and really forced me to get ‘in character.’  She was a wild crazy homeless person who couldn’t speak correctly and I had fun with it,” DuBarry recalls.

On the set of the miniseries, Top of the Hill, she met her first husband, actor Gary Lockwood. It was while living in Malibu with Lockwood that she took up the practice of yoga after learning about it from a fellow actress. She opened her own studio, Malibu Yoga, in 1987 to fulfill the need of many of her friends who didn’t want to drive all the way to Beverly Hills for a Bikram yoga class.

In the late 1980s, Denise was focused on producing her own feature films to star in. She immersed herself in filmmaking classes to learn about the business on the “other side of the camera.” After developing a few film and television projects, she stumbled onto an idea for video piano lessons through a friend.

She and her friend produced “Play the Piano Overnight,” a quick and easy video instruction course. In 1988, they worked with an infomercial company to promote the video and it became a hit.

Throughout the ’90s, Denise continued working on infomercials with her second husband, Bill Hay. At their company Thane International, Denise produced infomercials for various products including The Orbitrek, The Ab Doer, BioSlim and several items from California Beauty brand.

Through Thane, she met inventor Kevin Abelbeck who created the Pilates Power Gym. Denise was so impressed with this compact fitness machine that she started promoting it through her own company, Kaswit Inc.

“I haven’t seen anything on the market like it of its size that can compare with the quality of the Pilates Power Gym,” DuBarry explains. “It’s a solid, well-engineered serious piece of fitness equipment.”

The Pilates Power Gym has been a fitness sensation. It is regularly featured on HSN and has sold over 200,000 units worldwide.

With its compact design and multiple workout options, “the Pilates Power Gym is perfect for home use,” Denise explains. “You can do so many exercises on it, working every part of your body.  The tension cords allow you to work your muscles to exhaustion at your fitness level and its easy to add tension (like adding weights) as you become stronger.”

Living in the Palm Springs area since 1992, DuBarry sold her Malibu Yoga studio and became a partner in the Bikram Yoga University Village in Palm Desert.

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.”

As for her entertainment career, Denise continues to produce films including Shoot the Hero (2009) and the upcoming comedy, Grow House, starring Snoop Dogg and Malcolm McDowell.

Splitting her time between Kauai and Southern California, this energetic businesswoman is always planning her next move. In addition to promoting other products like Don Sullivan’s Perfect Dog Training System, DuBarry is currently working with scientists to come up with natural hair coloring and hair straightening systems that won’t cause any damage to your hair. – 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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Top 5 reasons Kim Kardashian and YOU should start using the Pilates Power Gym

Top 5 reasons Kim Kardashian and YOU should start using the Pilates Power Gym

Kim Kardashian recently received the Pilates Power Gym and kindly sent us a thank you note that said: “Thank you so much for the pilates machine!! It’s such a great workout – I can’t wait to use it. Love, Kim Kardashian West.”

However, we haven’t heard any feedback from her yet on how she likes using the machine. She hasn’t posted any selfies of her using it either!

So, we wanted to remind Kim and all of you why you should stop procrastinating and get on your new Pilates mini-reformer as soon as possible. While a great benefit of the machine is that it is compact and you can store it easily under your bed or in a closet, please don’t leave it there to collect dust!

It’s time to get proactive with your new Pilates Power Gym and here are the top five reasons why:

1) The Pilates Advantage

Pilates has so many benefits as a way to exercise. Not only can you achieve results in a short amount of time, but the exercises are designed to be gentle on the body. With repeated practice of Pilates, your muscles will become strengthened and sculpted.

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

2) Amount of Exercises

The number of Pilates exercises greatly expands when using a Pilates machine like the reformer compared to the exercises possible without equipment. Practicing Pilates on a 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 kneeling or standing on the glideboard. (Multiple opportunities for cool selfies, Kim!)

3) For Any Fitness Level

The Pilates Power Gym can accommodate any level of fitness user from first-time beginners to the most physically advanced workout buffs. Inventor Kevin Abelbeck designed the machine to allow users to advance at their own pace.

With the multiple resistance settings and different height elevations, you can easily adjust the intensity of your workouts. As a result, the Pilates Power Gym advances with you and your fitness progress.

4) A Stress Reducer

Joseph Pilates designed his method of exercise to not only give the body a full workout, but also the mind. Pilates called his original method of physical training “contrology” since he believed that deep mental awareness of body movements was essential to the technique. Exercise without mental concentration, he thought, was literally a waste of time.

With an emphasis on deliberate concentration, as opposed to doing your workout on automatic pilot, Pilates can play a role in reducing stress.

“Stress reduction is a profound benefit of a regular Pilates practice,” says Pilates instructor, Leah Stewart. “Pilates helps to ease the effects of stress through the implementation of its central principles: breathing techniques, body awareness, relaxation, concentration, mindfulness, balance and harmony.”

5) Not Just Pilates

In addition to experiencing all the benefits of Pilates while using your mini-reformer, the Pilates Power Gym gives you the option to easily add strength training and cardio to your workout. It replaces over 17 gym weight machines with its inventive tension cords, glideboard, foot straps, cardio rebounder and multiple resistance settings.

The Fitness Channel offers a great variety of Pilates, cardio and strength training workouts on the Pilates Power Gym. Fitness trainer Steven Maresca offers high energy cardio classes using the machine while Pilates and yoga instructor, Kristin McGee leads several different Pilates classes including some that target specific areas of the body.

So, there you have it – to Kim Kardashian and everyone else out there, get going on your Pilates Power Gym and let us know how you like it!

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Why Celebrities Love Pilates

Why Celebrities Love Pilates

Celebrities Love Pilates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Pilates

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Pilates

Attention Pilates fans, here are five facts about Pilates that you may find surprising:

1) Pilates was invented for WWI prisoners of war

Joseph Pilates was a German living in England when World War I broke out. He was placed in an internment camp where he started helping prisoners to stay fit by implementing a unique method of muscle toning and strengthening. Pilates taught exercises that he had created for himself to his fellow inmates, including those who were bed-ridden. He got his inspiration for the future Pilates reformer by using bedsprings to create resistance.

2) Pilates is a great form of physical therapy

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.
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3) In Pilates, control of the mind is equally as important as control of the body

The original name of the Pilates method was “contrology” which emphasized the use of the mind to control muscles. Pilates believed that deep mental awareness of your breathing, working your core, controlling your movements, fluidity of motion, precision of exercises and being mentally present during your workout were essential to physical health. Exercise without mental concentration, he thought, was literally a waste of time.

4) Pilates is a great complement to yoga

Celebrity Pilates and yoga instructor, Kristin McGee, explains why the two fitness methods of Pilates and yoga work well together:
“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.”

5) Pilates was intended not only for mat work but also on equipment

Throughout his life, Joseph Pilates created many forms of apparatus to practice his contrology exercises. In addition to workouts on the mat, there are a multitude of exercises which can be done on various pieces of Pilates equipment including the ladder barrel, the Wunda chair, the Cadillac and the Reformer. These pieces of equipment, like our own Pilates Power Gym, offer a wide range of additional Pilates exercises not possible on the mat. – T.Y.

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Pilates Knowledge Quiz!

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Interview with Kristin McGee, Celebrity Pilates and Yoga Trainer

Interview with Kristin McGee, Celebrity Pilates and Yoga Trainer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: What are your top 3 favorite fitness tips? 

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

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

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

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Top 3 reasons to use a Pilates reformer vs. a mat

Top 3 reasons to use a Pilates reformer vs. a mat

Everyone’s doing Pilates these days as part of their fitness routine, but what is the best way to do Pilates? Should you practice Pilates on a mat or on a reformer?

We’ve got the answers for you! When compared to doing Pilates exercises on a mat, here are the top three advantages of using a Pilates Reformer:

1) Amount of exercises

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.

“Mat work is a smaller part of the entire Pilates repertoire,” explains Pilates instructor Lisa Johnson.  “Using just your body and no props, there are about 50 or so exercises… There are over 250 moves you can do on a Pilates Reformer.”

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.

2) Great for beginners and advanced

Do you have to start learning Pilates first on the mat before you move on to the reformer? Not at all!

Many trainers believe beginners to Pilates can absolutely start out on the reformer saying that “the reformer does facilitate a better initial understanding and connection with the powerhouse muscles,” when compared to mat work.

Also, since the reformer is low-impact on the joints and muscles, it is ideal for those going through physical therapy or rehabilitation.

The reformer “improves body alignment better than work on the mat; can elevate your mat workout to a new level (and increase muscle mass) by adding resistance with pulleys and springs; also adds more range of motion to help you get more results from each exercise.”

Advanced users can increase the intensity of their workouts with the multiple resistance settings and height elevations available on the reformer.

3) Move beyond Pilates to strength training and cardio

On a Pilates Reformer, like the Pilates Power Gym Pro, you can move beyond Pilates exercises and also do strength training and cardio.

“All of those straps, ropes and pulleys combine to provide resistance, build strength and flexibility and help align your body while doing Pilates,” says Celebrity Pilates Instructor, Kristin McGee.

With the use of the cardio rebounder attachment, you can also add an aerobic element to your Pilates workout while lying down.

Pilates reformers are now easily affordable and portable so that you can bring Pilates into the comfort of your own home. When you combine traditional strength training with the calming influence of Pilates movements on a reformer, you’ve got a winning combination. No need for a mat! A mini reformer allows you to customize the resistance and intensity to your fitness level for a more personalized workout. – T.Y.

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Top 5 reasons to do Pilates

Top 5 reasons to do Pilates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Becoming Your Best You

Becoming Your Best You

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

Achieve Your Fitness Goals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Planning for Success with Denise DuBarry-Hay

Planning for Success with Denise DuBarry-Hay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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