Fight cellulite with these Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

Fight cellulite with these Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Side-lying leg press

Pilates Power Gym exercise

Instructions:

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

2. Lie on your side with your torso propped on your elbow and forearm which are on the Glideboard. Place your upper foot on the footbar parallel to your body, toes pointed to the side. Bend your bottom knee and relax it on the Glideboard.

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

 
Leg circles

Leg exercise on the Pilates Power Gym
Instructions:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

The Scooter
Pilates Power Gym exercise

Here are the instructions for The Scooter:

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

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

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


 

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Pilates fans show their love for the Pilates Power Gym reformer

Pilates fans show their love for the Pilates Power Gym reformer

The Pilates Power Gym mini-reformer has many fans with over 200,000 units sold. Those who practice Pilates see the benefits of having a convenient machine like this in their home which offers Pilates reformer exercises as well as strength training.

 

“I am loving this fitness machine!” says Laura London of Laura London Fitness. “It does everything that you can do in the gym and more. I love Pilates, I love the gym, and it combines in this one machine.”

 

Many happy customers have been sharing their favorite exercises on social media, ranging from footwork to leg circles to various arm exercises.

 

One customer describes how she felt when she tried the Pilates Power Gym for the first time: “Talk about awesome core strengthening stuff. I was so impressed. Not to sound like an infomercial but the biggest bonus was my shoulder/neck pain. Its almost gone!! … I thought all I wanted out of my workout time was cardio but I’m definitely going to work on strength now too because I felt amazing tonight. Yay me for trying something new.”

 

Check out some of our favorite Instagram videos from happy customers:

 

1) Here are students doing some great “Leg Circles” at Glory Fitness in Houston  (IG: @HardCoreSpin)

 

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2) Here is Hayley doing some great arm exercises, including “Bicep curls,” the “High Row” and the “Low Row” (IG: @Hayley_1019)

 

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3) Here is Laura London doing the “Serving the Bread” exercise  (IG: @LauraLondonFitness)

 

 

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4) Here is Lola using the height elevation feature to intensify the “Footwork” exercise (IG: @Lolafv5)

 

 

Be sure to share a photo or video of yourself doing your favorite Pilates Power Gym exercise by tagging us and using the hashtag #PilatesPowerGym and we may share it on one of our social media sites!
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Men get a great workout on the Pilates Power Gym reformer

Men get a great workout on the Pilates Power Gym reformer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Create an exercise routine that’s just right for you!

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

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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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Flat abs and core strength on the Pilates Power Gym

Flat abs and core strength on the Pilates Power Gym

This article is part of our new series: The 2018 Pilates Power Gym Challenge. We challenge you to master a variety of exercises on the Pilates Power Gym during 2018. Each month we will put the spotlight on essential Pilates Power Gym exercises targeted at a specific area of the body.

This month we highlight exercises for your abdominal muscles.

Pilates and yoga instructor, Kristin McGee, says that the Pilates method is so important to the world of fitness “because of its focus on core strength. Our core is our foundation and we all need to learn how to lead from our center and support ourselves from our powerhouse.”

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

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

The Frog
Pilates exercise

Here are the instructions for The Frog:

Use any 3 power cords to begin with to see which tension you like best. It should be on the lighter side as a beginner.

 

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

 

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

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The Bug

 

Pilates exercise The Bug

Here are the instructions for the The Bug exercise:

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

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

 

The Hundreds
Pilates exercise

Here are instructions on how to do The Hundreds:

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

2. Grip the handles.

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

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

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

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

 

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Exercises for Sexy Arms on the Pilates Power Gym

Exercises for Sexy Arms on the Pilates Power Gym

This article is part of our new series: The 2018 Pilates Power Gym Challenge. We challenge you to master a variety of exercises on the Pilates Power Gym during 2018. Each month we will put the spotlight on essential Pilates Power Gym exercises targeted at a specific area of the body.

This month we highlight exercises for your arms.

“Pilates is a great way to achieve toned arms and shoulders because it helps create long lean sleek muscles,” explains Pilates instructor, Keri O’Meara. “It focuses on using specific fibers of the muscles and working them in a shortened and lengthen position.”

 

Also, using a reformer offers more resistance compared to doing Mat Pilates, due to the design of the pulley and spring system.

 

The following exercises on the Pilates Power Gym mini-reformer can help to strengthen and tone your arms for a long, lean look.

 

Arm Circles

Pilates exercise Arm circles

Here are the instructions for Arm Circles:

1. Lie on the slide board and rest the balls of your feet on the footrest. Grip the handles, stretch your arms upwards with the palms facing towards the footrest.

2. Form large circles with your arms by moving them downwards to your sides, away from your body, over your head and back to the starting position with the palms facing towards the footrest.

3. Keep your back flat on the slide board. Make 5 circles in one direction, then in the other direction.

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Statue of Liberty

statue of liberty arm exercise

Here are the instructions for the Statue of Liberty exercise:

Use any 2 power cords to begin with to see which tension you like best. It should be on the lighter side as a beginner. 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. Pull the handle all the way up and through the chest until the arm comes to a resting position that is 45 degrees from the head and neck. Slowly lower the arm to the side of the body and repeat.

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Bicep Curls

bicep curls on Pilates reformer

Here are instructions on how to do Bicep Curls:

Concentrate on training the biceps, lower arms and shoulders.

1. Sit on the slide board with your face towards the handles and rest your feet on the slide board. Grip the handles with your palms facing upwards. Stretch out your arms in front of you.

2. Keep your elbows close to your sides, breathe in and move the palms of your hands towards your shoulders. Keep your back straight all the time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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5 easy ways to achieve your fitness resolutions for 2016

5 easy ways to achieve your fitness resolutions for 2016

With the new year upon us, it’s time to set some resolutions to get healthy and fit! But instead of just talking about resolutions in the abstract sense, you really need to take some tangible steps to focus on and achieve your objectives. Over the next 12 months, here are some definite strategies you can use to help you reach your fitness goals.

1) Get on a schedule

Whatever fitness routine you practice, turn it into a habit. By definition, a habit is “something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way.” Therefore, you need to pick a specific time every day to exercise.

The World Health Organization recommends “at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week” which breaks down to 30 minutes 5 days a week, while strength training activities should be done 2 or more days per week.

2) Intensify your workout

Whether beginner or advanced, you always have the capacity to progress in the level of your workout. Motivate yourself by setting small goals to increase the intensity of your workout on a monthly basis.

For example, if you start out doing 20 sit-ups a day, write down the goal to increase it by 5 more sit-ups each month. By next year, you’ll be doing 80 sit-ups a day – imagine your abs!

Also, you don’t necessarily need to increase the amount of time you spend working out. For example, you can increase the intensity of your fitness routine by increasing the resistance levels in strength training and Pilates.

On the Pilates Power Gym, you have the option of using between one and four resistance bands on each exercise. Why not set a goal to increase the number of bands used every 6 months? As a result, you won’t be working longer, but harder resulting in a much more toned body.

3) Follow a nutrition plan

The logic is simple, yet it is the hardest thing to do – eat less calories to lose weight. But how do you decrease your calorie intake without feeling hungry?

Many nutrition experts recommend eating more protein and less carbs, and also eating smaller meals and snacks six times per day. However, instead of reinventing the wheel, it’s easier to follow a meal plan that has been created by a fitness and nutrition expert.

For example, when you purchase the Pilates Power Gym, you get a guide to  weekly nutrition plans for 9 different calorie levels (ranging from 1200 to 2000 calories per day). This weekly nutrition menu suggests foods for 3 meals and 3 snacks per day to teach you how to eat healthier and lose weight in the process.

4) Add variety to spice up your workout

Don’t fall into the trap of getting bored with an effective workout! There are many ways you can add variety to an exercise routine by either trying new equipment or new exercises.

For Pilates fans, there are a multitude of apparatus and accessories you can utilize to make your workout new and exciting. Pilates equipment includes 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.

On the Pilates Power Gym reformer alone, you can add a cardio rebounder, a pushup bar and even get more intense resistance bands to diversify your workout.

5) Incorporate body, mind and soul

If you’re not doing any form of yoga or Pilates in your fitness routine, make this year the time to start! Aside from the physical benefits, Pilates and yoga teach you how to connect your mind to your body through concentration and meditation, respectively.

Taking time to relax and focus your mind can relieve stress, something that we all need. According to the American Yoga Association, “yoga helps you to access an inner strength that allows you to face the sometimes-overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life.” By building coping skills with a daily routine of exercise, breathing, and meditation, yoga can reduce stress.

Furthermore, the creator of Pilates (or “Contrology”), Joseph 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.

(Note: Always consult your doctor when you implement any changes in exercise and eating habits)

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Online fitness classes offer big savings

Online fitness classes offer big savings

Everything seems to be digital these days – books, music, movies and now fitness workouts! Ever wondered what the advantages are of subscribing to an online fitness network for your latest exercise class compared to using those old, dusty DVDs?

Convenience

Workouts offered in digital format enable users to access these classes wherever they are and whenever they want through their laptops, tablets and smartphones. As long as you have a WiFi internet connection, a fitness subscription network can provide fitness classes for you on demand, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Whether you are in the comfort of your own home, at work on your lunch break, or visiting a friend’s house, you will always be able to access a fitness class without the hassle of searching for a DVD player to watch a DVD.

Price

Online exercise classes can offer a huge savings to the customer. To show just how big a savings you can get, let’s take a look at a specific case study. The Fitness Channel currently offers 20 online classes for Pilates, aerobics and yoga at a subscription price of $4.95 per month. If you were to buy all 20 classes in the form of a DVD, your cost would be $399 total since each DVD retails for $19.95. That’s the equivalent of almost 7 years worth of The Fitness Channel monthly subscription for that price. As you can see, the savings are huge!

Variety

In the above example, we assumed that all 20 classes offered by The Fitness Channel were available on DVD to illustrate the value of an online subscription network. However, 7 of the classes are not available on DVD. Customers can only access these classes online. This illustrates the point that an online network can offer a larger variety of workouts since they do not have to spend the extra investment in producing a physical DVD. As an added bonus, one of the online classes offered by The Fitness Channel is free. Not many fitness companies are handing out free DVDs due to the price factor, but a free class online is much more doable.

Travel-friendly

How would it feel to lug around your portable DVD player every time you go outside? With an online fitness subscription, you could even participate in the class outside using your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Also, on vacation you won’t have the excuse that you couldn’t play your fitness DVDs in the hotel room. Now, while on the road for vacation or work, you can access the classes anywhere you have access to a WiFi connection.

Timely

Still using those old workout DVDs from the ’90s because you don’t feel like spending money on new DVDs with the latest fitness trend? With an online fitness network, the classes can easily be kept up-to-date with the latest workout routines at no extra cost to you. It’s to the benefit of the online subscription service to keep adding new classes to their selection to attract new customers and keep their current ones happy. As a subscriber, you reap the rewards! – T.Y.

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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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