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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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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Get Bikini Ready with these targeted Pilates reformer exercises for your abs, arms and butt

Get Bikini Ready with these targeted Pilates reformer exercises for your abs, arms and butt

Why is Pilates the ideal exercise regimen for those who want beach-ready bodies? Because the famous method of contrology targets specific muscle groups. As a result, you work out smarter and in a shorter period of time. And using a Pilates reformer like the Pilates Power Gym takes your workout even further.

 

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

 

To get your abs bikini-ready, our “Toned Abs” Pilates class focuses on all the muscles in your mid-section giving you sexy definition while building a strong core.

 

Tighten up your abs doing these leg kicks with instruction by Kristin McGee:
In our “Great Arms” class, Kristin leads you through a series of Pilates exercises to help give your arms the beautiful definition you want.

 

Get your arms in great shape with the “Hug A Tree” and “Serving the Bread” exercises:

 

 

Want a lifted, firmer butt? Our “Firm Butt and Legs” Pilates workout focuses on your legs, hips, and backside to help firm it all up.

 

For example, squats can be done using the multiple height elevations available on the Pilates Power Gym Pro or Plus models. You’ll be tightening up those leg, butt and thigh muscles which will cause heads to turn on the beach.
These three classes are all available on the same DVD, The Pilates Power Gym Total Body Workout, or also online via The Fitness Channel.
Get working on those Great Arms, Toned Abs, and Firm Butt and Legs today with the help of the Pilates Power Gym and you’ll quickly start to see results! – T.Y.

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New Wonderbox and Prenatal Pilates classes added to The Fitness Channel

New Wonderbox and Prenatal Pilates classes added to The Fitness Channel

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Go to http://thefitnesschannel.com/ to access the Wonderbox class.

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

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

Prenatal Pilates classes

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

 

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

 

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

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Keep your heart healthy with The Fitness Channel’s aerobics and cardio rebounder classes

Keep your heart healthy with The Fitness Channel’s aerobics and cardio rebounder classes

At The Fitness Channel, we’re not just about Pilates! We offer a variety of classes to satisfy all of your workout needs. In addition to our traditional Pilates Power Gym classes, we also offer many aerobics and cardio-specific workouts to get your heart pumping!

Aerobics instructorWe are privileged to offer six classes by world-renowned aerobics instructor, Gilad Janklowicz. Gilad is one of the world’s most popular fitness personalities. As a pioneer in the fitness industry he has helped millions to stay fit with his popular TV fitness shows including ‘Bodies in Motion.’

The Fitness Channel offers three of Gilad’s Bodies in Motion classes which are each 22 minutes long. Filmed on location in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, ‘Bodies in Motion’ is a half-hour aerobic and toning workout show filmed directly on the beach.

“Being that I was in Hawaii, with all these gorgeous outdoor surroundings, I thought that fitness belonged outside,” Gilad explained. “It hit a chord with viewers. They liked the beaches, they liked the fact that we were switching scenes between shoots, and it became a travelogue for them. If they were stuck in winter weather, they’d see the beach and the waves, they’d see people working out, and it kind of inspired them to keep working out.”

 

Also featured on The Fitness Channel are three quick cardio workouts from Gilad at 9 minutes each. These classes include Cardio Basic, Dynamic Moves and Strength & Balance. These classes are filmed beachside on the island of Oahu with the scenic Diamond Head visible in the background.

 

“The most common mistake is not taking the time to understand your current physical condition and the basic needs of your body,” Gilad said in a recent interview. “Doing too much, too soon is a very common mistake that most people make because everyone wants immediate results. I’m an advocate of taking fitness one step at a time to keep it enjoyable and sustainable. Also, I would highly suggest for almost everyone to keep it simple.”

 

Meanwhile, our Pilates Power Gym Cardio Blast class helps keep cardio simple with the use of our Power Flex Cardio Rebounder. Imagine lying down and still being able to run and jump! The rebounder serves as a mini trampoline of sorts located on one end of your Pilates reformer.

The rebounder provides a cushiony platform for your feet, knees and legs to rebound from. As a result, you will not wear out your joints or cause strain. The rebounder accessory provides a unique low-impact version of running or jumping when compared to doing these activities on a hard surface.

The rebounder attaches to the footbar enabling you to bounce on and off the canvas with your feet. The glideboard allows you to relax and lay comfortably while your legs and feet do all the work. This movement gives you a good cardio workout.

Celebrity Pilates trainer, Kristin McGee, takes you through a series of low-impact cardio moves in the 18-minute Cardio Blast class. You’ll be amazed at how many different cardio exercises you can do while lying down.

For example, by using the Power Flex Cardio Rebounder, you’ll target your calves, feet, thighs and butt by doing exercises like jumping, footwork and running.

Cardio Blast DVD class

During the class, you’ll also tone and strengthen your arms with various exercises including arm circles. Sitting on your side, you can sculpt your legs with the side-lying leg press.

With the rebounder serving as your “floor”, do virtual jumping with only one leg to make your workout more intense. Work your inner and outer thighs doing some split jumps. Then, end your workout by running or jogging using the rebounder.

The Power Flex Cardio Rebounder provides a dynamic, flexible surface that will help you link muscle motion and stabilization, increasing the number of muscles used with each exercise. And, it’ll add more fun to your workouts!

Note: When you order the rebounder, it comes with the Cardio Blast DVD class.

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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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Pilates exercises to flatten your belly over the holidays

Pilates exercises to flatten your belly over the holidays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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