Kim Kardashian recently received the Pilates Power Gym and kindly sent us a thank you note that said: “Thank you so much for the pilates machine!! It’s such a great workout – I can’t wait to use it. Love, Kim Kardashian West.”
However, we haven’t heard any feedback from her yet on how she likes using the machine. She hasn’t posted any selfies of her using it either!
So, we wanted to remind Kim and all of you why you should stop procrastinating and get on your new Pilates mini-reformer as soon as possible. While a great benefit of the machine is that it is compact and you can store it easily under your bed or in a closet, please don’t leave it there to collect dust!
It’s time to get proactive with your new Pilates Power Gym and here are the top five reasons why:
1) The Pilates Advantage
Pilates has so many benefits as a way to exercise. Not only can you achieve results in a short amount of time, but the exercises are designed to be gentle on the body. With repeated practice of Pilates, your muscles will become strengthened and sculpted.
“The beautiful thing about Pilates is it gives you that long, lean muscle tone because you’re working with that nice fluid movement and control,” says Celebrity Pilates and yoga instructor, Kristin McGee. “Muscles you don’t even realize you have you can work with Pilates because you can target and tone specific little muscle groups,” McGee continues. “Pilates is like an inner girdle. It just scoops everything in.”
2) Amount of Exercises
The number of Pilates exercises greatly expands when using a Pilates machine like the reformer compared to the exercises possible without equipment. Practicing Pilates on a mat focuses mostly on your core, but on a reformer, you can work practically every part of your body.
The reformer also offers versatility enabling you to perform exercises in a plethora of different body positions including: on your back, side, stomach, seated forward or backward, and kneeling or standing on the glideboard. (Multiple opportunities for cool selfies, Kim!)
3) For Any Fitness Level
The Pilates Power Gym can accommodate any level of fitness user from first-time beginners to the most physically advanced workout buffs. Inventor Kevin Abelbeck designed the machine to allow users to advance at their own pace.
With the multiple resistance settings and different height elevations, you can easily adjust the intensity of your workouts. As a result, the Pilates Power Gym advances with you and your fitness progress.
4) A Stress Reducer
Joseph Pilates designed his method of exercise to not only give the body a full workout, but also the mind. Pilates called his original method of physical training “contrology” since he believed that deep mental awareness of body movements was essential to the technique. Exercise without mental concentration, he thought, was literally a waste of time.
With an emphasis on deliberate concentration, as opposed to doing your workout on automatic pilot, Pilates can play a role in reducing stress.
“Stress reduction is a profound benefit of a regular Pilates practice,” says Pilates instructor, Leah Stewart. “Pilates helps to ease the effects of stress through the implementation of its central principles: breathing techniques, body awareness, relaxation, concentration, mindfulness, balance and harmony.”
5) Not Just Pilates
In addition to experiencing all the benefits of Pilates while using your mini-reformer, the Pilates Power Gym gives you the option to easily add strength training and cardio to your workout. It replaces over 17 gym weight machines with its inventive tension cords, glideboard, foot straps, cardio rebounder and multiple resistance settings.
The Fitness Channel offers a great variety of Pilates, cardio and strength training workouts on the Pilates Power Gym. Fitness trainer Steven Maresca offers high energy cardio classes using the machine while Pilates and yoga instructor, Kristin McGee leads several different Pilates classes including some that target specific areas of the body.
So, there you have it – to Kim Kardashian and everyone else out there, get going on your Pilates Power Gym and let us know how you like it!
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