Get your body bikini ready with these sculpting Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

Get your body bikini ready with these sculpting Pilates Power Gym reformer exercises

Bikini season is quickly approaching and we’ve got some great Pilates moves to help you get in shape! With the Pilates Power Gym mini-reformer, you can tone and sculpt virtually every part of your body using this compact machine in the comfort of your own home.

 

Below are great exercises for your legs, thighs, arms, stomach and butt. Make sure you check out our full Pilates Power Gym classes online at http://www.TheFitnessChannel.com. We’ve also got many classes available on DVD at this link.

 

1) SERVING THE BREAD

Work the arms and abs in this exercise, which also is good for your posture.

 

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2) SCOOTER

 

Tone the tush and the back of the thighs with this exercise

 

 

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3) MERMAID

 

Great stretch for the side of the waist. Then transition into a Pigeon stretch to work your core strength.

 

 

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4) FROG

 

As you lengthen your legs, work your inner thighs with the Frog exercise

 

 

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Full instructions for these exercises are available on our website at http://pilatespowergympro.com/exercises/
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Get 17 workout machines in one with The Pilates Power Gym reformer

Get 17 workout machines in one with The Pilates Power Gym reformer

Fitness enthusiasts can have the equivalent of multiple gym machines in their home with the Pilates Power Gym. This mini reformer combines all the benefits of strength training and Pilates workouts into one compact machine

The Pilates Power Gym replaces over 17 weight machines including Cable Crossover, Triceps Press, Arm Curl, Low Cable Row, Pec Deck, Bent Over Row, Rear Delt Machine, Preacher Curl, Hack Squat, Standing Calf, Hip Adductor, Hip Abductor, Hip Extension, Seated Calf, Chest Press, Butt Blaster, Lying High Pull, and Bench Press.

Watch the inventor of the Pilates Power Gym, Kevin Abelbeck, demonstrate the bench press exercise:

 

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Unlike a regular Pilates reformer, the Pilates Power Gym elevates for additional weight resistance. Each height elevation is equivalent to adding weights on a weight machine.

Adding each of the four power cords significantly increases the resistance. Sixteen power cord combinations multiplied by the various height levels gives you multiple different tension settings.

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[Note: This video shows the original Pilates Power Gym model. The height elevations are different on the current PRO and PLUS models: https://pilatespowergympro.com/comparison/ ]
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It’s also easy to transition from pushing to pulling movements just by changing positions on the glideboard.
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“For men, our favorite exercise – the biceps,” demonstrates Abelbeck. “You know that every man wants to have those guns to impress the girls.”
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You can use one arm at a time, or both together.
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Watch Kevin’s video demo:
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With the Pilates Power Gym, traditional resistance training is merged with the PIlates training method. As a result, both men and women get awesome results with the muscle-building power workout that men want and the body-sculpting, fat-reducing Pilates workout that women want.

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Give the gift of health and fitness with a Pilates Power Gym reformer

Give the gift of health and fitness with a Pilates Power Gym reformer

For any gift-giving occasion throughout the year, why not give the gift of health and fitness? It’s the gift that keeps on giving – not just for a week or a year, but for a lifetime! Giving the gift of health and fitness, in the form of a Pilates Power Gym mini reformer, is one of the best presents you can give to a loved one, or even to yourself.

This machine helps you achieve your fitness goals as fast as you want since it allows you to work out in your own home at any time of day. And it’s so easy too! As celebrity Pilates instructor, Kristin McGee, says: “Who doesn’t want to work out lying down on their back?”

 

“Everyone’s interested in Pilates, but those big, huge Pilates reformers are quite cumbersome and hard to use,” Kristin continues. The Pilates Power Gym is “great for all levels, all heights, all shapes, all sizes.”

 

Men and women of all shapes can comfortably use the machine since the glideboard supports up to a 300-lb. weight capacity. Also, the height of the person is not an issue either.

 

For example, these photos show a man who is 6’4″ tall and can comfortably use the machine. The Foot Bar is in it’s second position, tilted back to give users an extra 5 inches.

Tall man at 6 feet 4 inches using the Pilates Power Gym reformer Man over 6 feet tall using Pilates Power Gym reformer

“You can come on to the Pilates Power Gym on your side, on your back, seated upright,” explains Kristin. “You have the resistance cords plus the elevation… when you combo all of that resistance with the height of the Pilates Power Gym, you get over 300 different exercises…It’s incredible.”

“I think one of the biggest challenges with workout out is finding the time, the space and just making it available,” says Kristin. “Once you have the Pilates Power Gym in your home, there’s no reason you can’t jump on it and get a great workout.”

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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:

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Elephant Exercise

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

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

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

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Single Leg Elephant Exercise

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

Elephant pilates exercise

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

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

 

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Trade in your gym membership for this powerful strength training Pilates machine

Trade in your gym membership for this powerful strength training Pilates machine

The Pilates Power Gym serves as a great workout machine, not only for at-home Pilates routines, but also for strength training exercises. You no longer need to pay for that pricey gym membership or drag yourself out to the gym during inclement weather. This ingeniously-designed mini Pilates reformer offers all the benefits of a gym workout in the convenience of your own home.

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

The inventor of the Pilates Power Gym, Kevin Abelbeck, purposely set out to incorporate the best of both fitness worlds, combining the targeted aspects of Pilates with strength training that appeals to both men and women. A variety of strength training exercises are possible to perform on this mini reformer due to the adjustable resistance levels and elevation heights.

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

Building on the original model of the Pilates Power Gym, the Pro model offers 3 height variations, while the Plus model offers 15 different elevations. This versatility offers challenging workouts for beginners to the most advanced athletes. As a result, both men and women can get an intense workout.

“I’ve been loving this machine – not having to go to the gym, but doing all the things that I can do at the gym with it,” says fitness coach, Laura London. “There are four tension cords, so you can make the tension harder. And trust me, you get a kick butt workout!”

Below are just a sample of the great strength training exercises you can do on the Pilates Power Gym: The “Plank” works your abs, “Rowing” works you arms and your core, and the “Scooter” works your buttocks and hamstrings.

 

The Plank

Pilates plank exercise

Here are the instructions for The Plank:

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

2. Start by placing hands on the foot rest and your knees on the middle of the Glideboard with your head looking down on the Headrest. From here, push back on the Glideboard until legs are fully extended, knees are off the Glideboard and the balls of your feet pushing down until the plank position is achieved. Hold the plank position 30 to 60 seconds.

3. For a more advanced move, hold the plank position and move back and forth on the glideboard.

 

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Rowing 

Pilates Power Gym rowing exercise

 

Here are the instructions for the Rowing exercise:

1. Raise the slide board to a comfortable angle for yourself. Sit on the slide board with your face towards the headrest and bend your knees. Grip the handles at the front.

2. Draw your hands to your chest with the palms facing downwards in a rowing motion. Breathe in as you draw in your hands.

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

Scooter

Pilates Power Gym Scooter exercise

Here are the instructions for The Scooter:

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

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

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

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Tone your tush and thighs on the Pilates Power Gym reformer

Tone your tush and thighs on the Pilates Power Gym reformer

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

Each month we will put the spotlight on essential Pilates Power Gym exercises targeted at a specific area of the body. This month we highlight exercises for your butt and thighs.

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

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

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

 

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

Side Lying Leg Press

Kristin McGee Side Lying Press Pilates move

Here are the instructions for The Side Lying Leg Press:

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

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

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

 


Wide Plie

Pilates Power Gym reformer exercise

Here are the instructions for The Wide Plie:

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

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

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

 

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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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Leg exercises and attaching foot straps on the Pilates Power Gym

Leg exercises and attaching foot straps on the Pilates Power Gym

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

This month we highlight exercises for the legs which require using our foot straps accessory.

How to Attach the Foot Straps

If you need a reminder on how to attach the foot straps to your machine, watch our tutorial video:

Double Leg Stretch
Fitness research recommends both cardiovascular exercise and strength conditioning to achieve balanced fitness. Strength conditioning adds lean muscle to your body which increases your body’s metabolism.

Using the foot straps accessory on the Pilates Power Gym creates resistance which allows you to firm and define your leg and thigh muscles, while also working your core.

 

Here are the instructions for the Double Leg Stretch:

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. Attach a Foot Strap 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.

Keeping the legs and feet together, press your legs straight down, using your rear thigh muscles, until your legs are parallel to the Glideboard. Pause, then slowly release back to the starting position.

Leg circles

With the Pilates Power Gym, you can improve your flexibility while toning your muscles, all in smooth, natural motions.

“Pilates strengthens the thigh muscles (quadriceps), and this may help prevent arthritis and knee injuries,” says WebMD’s Kara Meyer Robinson. “It may also help prevent greater disability if you have arthritis.”

Leg Circles work your hips, inner thighs, as well as your front and back thighs.

Here are the instructions for the Leg Circles exercise:

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. Circle your legs apart from each other, pressing them down and then back together to the vertical position keeping your legs as straight as possible. Inhale to begin circle, exhale to complete circle.

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Fancy Footwork on the Pilates Power Gym

Fancy Footwork on the Pilates Power Gym

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

This month we highlight exercises for your feet and calf muscles.

FOOTWORK

Pilates reformer footwork exercise

In the footwork exercise, you have an easy way to stretch and flex the arches of your feet. It is important to strengthen your arches so you can prevent foot pain. Strong arches mean strong feet and less chance of injury.

“Your foot’s centerpiece is the arch, the greatest weight-bearing design ever created,” says Christopher McDougall, author of a book on running. “The beauty of any arch is the way it gets stronger under stress; the harder you push down, the tighter its parts mesh.”

On the Pilates Power Gym, you do the footwork exercise laying down! Here are the instructions:

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

Lie flat on the Glideboard and rest your toes on the Footrest. Breathe in and push the footrest away with the muscles of your right leg. Breathe out as you slowly return to the starting position.

Now press with the muscles of your left leg. Breathe out and return slowly to the starting position. Change legs and imitate the running step as much as possible.

 

RUNNING
Running exercise on Pilates Power Gym

Yes, it is possible to “run” while laying down on the Pilates Power Gym. The running exercise is similar to the footwork exercise, but it has a greater effect on your calf muscles.

According to personal trainer, Andrea Cespedes: “The calf muscles act to stabilize your ankles and feet. When your calves are strong, they are better able to provide this service and can help prevent rolling or excessive pronation or supination — in which your foot turns inward or outward, respectively.”

Also, your calves help lift the heel when you run, walk and jump. And a shapely, muscular calf muscle looks good too!

Here are the instructions for the Running exercise:

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

Begin by placing the balls of your feet on the foot bar. Bring your knees and thighs together and place your arms along your body on the carriage. With an inhale take the carriage all the way out extending through the legs. Do not hyper extend or lock the knees, keep your legs glued together. Exhale and drop the right heel and simultaneously lift the left heel. Repeat on the other side. With every exhale push one heel down and lift the other heel up getting full extension so one heel goes as low as it can as the other heel is going as high as it can.

Start slowly, but rhythmically inhaling and exhaling, keeping your pelvis in neutral position so that you engage your abdominals. This is a really great exercise to strengthen the legs but it is also a good exercise to strengthen the abdominals. Speed it up as you desire, it should feel like you are running in place. When finished, bend your knees back up until the carriage has retracted.

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Strength training exercises on the Pilates Power Gym

Strength training exercises on the Pilates Power Gym

We all know the Pilates Power Gym offers a multitude of Pilates exercises, but this unique piece of exercise equipment can also function as a complete home gym. A variety of strength training exercises are possible to perform on this mini reformer due to the adjustable resistance levels and elevation heights.

 

“I saw a limitation on the amount of tension that Pilates provides because it wouldn’t really also give a good strength-building workout,” explains Pilates Power Gym inventor Kevin Abelbeck. “Pilates equipment [reformer] is basically a platform that moves on a linear track. So what I had to do was to come up with a way to increase the tension other than just with the springs… I made an incline.”

As a result, both men and women can get an intense workout on this type of Pilates reformer with its multiple levels of height elevation. In addition, four different tension bands also increase the variation in strength-training and resistance available in your workout.

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

 

Here are some examples of the multiple strength training exercises you can do on the Pilates Power Gym:

 

1) Squats

Tighten up those leg, butt and thigh muscles with elevated squats. “The nice thing about these squats is that you don’t feel too much pressure on your knees,” explains Celebrity Pilates and Yoga Instructor, Kristin McGee.

2) High row

The high row exercise is great for building core strength and toning your arm muscles. Add our specially-designed “Wonderbox” to intensify and elevate your workout.

3) Side lying leg press

Work your hips and butt with the Side-lying Leg Press. “This is a really good area for us to tone and work on – we don’t work the lateral sides of our body enough,” says Kristin McGee.
With over 200,000 units sold worldwide, it’s easy to see why the Pilates Power Gym is so beloved by fitness enthusiasts. The machine incorporates the best of both fitness worlds, combining the targeted aspects of Pilates with strength training that appeals to both men and women. – T.Y.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

1) Serving the Bread

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

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

3) Bicep Curls

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

 

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

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5 ways the Pilates Power Gym will change your life!

5 ways the Pilates Power Gym will change your life!

So you’ve made the decision to incorporate Pilates into your fitness routine, but did you know there’s a way to maximize the benefits of Pilates even more with the Pilates Reformer?

You can take your workout a step further by using a Pilates reformer. Sure, you can spend hundreds of dollars taking classes at a Pilates studio, but who has the time or money for that?

If you really want to set new fitness goals and stick to them, you’ve got to get the Pilates Power Gym! Pilates, cardio and strength training are all available to you in the comfort of your own home with this fantastic piece of fitness equipment. It may sound too good to be true, but the Pilates Power Gym can literally change your life!

1) Target your core

If you haven’t heard by now, having a strong core is the basis of being in good physical condition. Celebrity Pilates trainer, Kristin McGee, says that the Pilates method is so important to the world of fitness “because of its focus on core strength. Our core is our foundation and we all need to learn how to lead from our center and support ourselves from our powerhouse. Then we can do anything in life and other fitness modalities.”

Combining smooth, continuous resistance with the body’s natural movements, the Pilates Power Gym delivers efficient, effective workouts. That means longer, leaner muscles, increased flexibility and enhanced joint mobility.

“The best part of working out on a reformer is the gliding sensation — it always makes me feel like I’m flying,” says Heather Andersen, studio owner and director of a Pilates studio in New York City. She explains the reformer is there to “resist and assist your body weight to help find and strengthen your core and limbs.”

2) Cardio goes vertical

Imagine lying down and still being able to run and jump! Our Power Flex Cardio Rebounder serves as a mini trampoline of sorts located on one end of your Pilates reformer.The rebounder provides a cushion like platform for your feet, knees and legs to rebound from. As a result, you will not wear out your joints or cause strain. The rebounder accessory provides a unique low-impact version of running or jumping when compared to doing these activities on a hard surface.

The rebounder attaches to the footbar enabling you to bounce on and off the canvas with your feet. The glideboard allows you to relax and lay comfortably while your legs and feet do all the work. No more treadmills or long walks outside in the elements needed! This low-impact movement gives you a great cardio workout.

3) Elevation increases intensity

“One of the best things about the reformer is its versatility,” says Jean Chen Smith, Pilates studio owner.  “Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and all kinds of variations.”

But wait there’s more! The inventor of the Pilates Power Gym added something that most large and expensive reformers don’t have – an incline. Different height elevations allow for more intensity in your workouts and added strength training options.

 

4) Safe, low-impact workouts

By being in control of each movement using the Pilates Power Gym, you exercise efficiently, reduce stress on your body and enhance your overall health and well-being. That is why Pilates is a game-changer for those in physical therapy, rehabilitation and even pregnancy!

“There are many exercises an individual can do on the Reformer – it is not limited to a specific body part,” says Jean Chen Smith. “That, in my opinion, is one of the many benefits of the Reformer. This piece of apparatus can work the legs, arms, abdominals, glutes and extension – all with no impact.”

 

5) Save money and time

For under $400, you can bring the gift of physical fitness into your home with the Pilates Power Gym. You’ll save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars by not having to pay gym membership fees or taking expensive studio classes. On the Pilates Power Gym, you’ll be able to tone and strengthen every part of your body: abs, back, shoulders, arms, thighs, hips and calves thanks to the machine’s fluid, organic movement.

Plus, you’ll be able to save time by doing workouts in your own home – and in as little as 10 minutes a day, you can do a quick variety of exercises that will start producing results.

“The best thing about Pilates is that you don’t have to be good at it to get the most benefits,” Andersen says. “Pilates is designed to help you be stronger and more fit, no matter where you are in your practice.” – T.Y.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1) The Hundreds

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

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

2) Side Lying Leg Press

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

3) Lat Press

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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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.

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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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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