1. Exercise During Pregnancy By Buying Your Own Gym Equipment

    Exercise During Pregnancy By Buying Your Own Gym Equipment

    With increased blood pressure, swollen ankles and sometimes the sweats, is there any wonder why increasing numbers of women are buying their own fitness equipment and

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  2. Upper Body Toning Exercises with the Pilates Ring

    Upper Body Toning Exercises with the Pilates Ring

    The following set of Pilates ring exercises are associated with toning the upper body. The Pilates ring provides moderate resistance when you squeeze the sides together. Perfect to add to your existing matwork or even reformer work if you want to push yourself on with your workouts.

    Exercises that tone the arms, chest, and shoulders are created through different positions. Pilates ring exercises are done with movement that is integrated with the whole body, not with simply isolated muscles. Due to this, you will need your full presence in a strong posture, with your legs and abdominal muscles engaged and connected to the upper body.

    Using Your Pilates Ring

    Throughout these Pilates ring exercises you want the movement to connect all the way to your core. Use control in both the squeeze and the release as you will be doing pulses with the ring. As you do so, feel the width of your shoulders, chest and back; ultimately aiming to that you grow taller with each pulse.

    When you lift the ring, your shoulders need to remain down, you should feel that your shoulder blades slide down your back. As well as this, your shoulders won't move forward or pull far back which will let you strengthen your shoulders in the most stable position.

    Basic Pilates Ring Exercise

    Begin with good posture with your shoulders stable

    With your Pilates ring in hand, stand straight and tall by adjusting your posture.

    Your legs can be together and rotated slightly outward at the top of the thigh so that the heels of your feet are together and make a V shape, which is the Pilates stance and a good opportunity to activate the inner thighs. You can also have the legs parallel and hip distance apart because this is a stable position that lets us train in a stance that is viable in daily life.

    Pull your abs in whilst dropping your tailbone towards the floor. Keep your pelvis steady by imagining it as being like a bowl; you don't want anything to spill out to the front or the back. At the same time, relax your shoulders and send energy out through the top of your head.

    Specific Ring Exercises

    In the next 3 exercises, breather normally as you move the ring from low to high. Your arms will be straight, but don't lock your elbows. As the ring moves up, the exercise pattern reflects the Pilates fundamental move which is arms over.

    Low Ring

    Your arms are straight with your palms are flat against the handles of the ring.

    Pulse the ring 8 - 10 times, controlling the release.

    Use your chest muscles but keep your chest open.

    Think of using your arms in a balanced way so that they remain activated all the way around.

    Middle Ring

    As you bring the ring up to chest height, slide your shoulder blades down your back.

    Diagonal Ring

    Similar to the previous exercise, keep your shoulders down and your shoulder blades moving down your back as you raise the ring to a high diagonal with the ring remaining visible in your peripheral vision.

    Pulse the ring 8 - 10 times

    You should feel this in your chest muscles.

    Check your posture before you move on. Remember that your shoulder should be down with your shoulder blades settled on your back. Pull up through centre and take a few deep breaths.

    The Halo Ring

    Keep your shoulders relaxed as you bring the ring overhead so that it finishes flat to the ceiling. Do not let your ribs pop forward even though it is tempting.

    Bend your

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  3. Introduction to the Use and Benefits of the Pilates Reformer

    Introduction to the Use and Benefits of the Pilates Reformer

    The Pilates Reformers are lined up in Pilates studios all over the world and are probably the most famous piece of Pilates equipment. Reformer classes are usually one of the main choices at Pilates studios and portable reformers continue to grow as a home exercise equipment trend.

    What Is a Pilates Reformer?

    Pilates founder Joseph Pilates invented the reformer which is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it called the carriage; this rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs which provide differing levels of resistance choices as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. The shoulder blocks located on the carriage keep a practitioner from sliding off the end of the reformer as they push or pull the carriage. In addition to this, there is an adjustable bar called a footbar at the spring end of the reformer which can be used by the feet or hands as the practitioner moves the carriage. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that are attached to the top end of the frame, these can be pulled with legs or arms to move the carriage as well.

    The parts of the reformer are adjustable for various body sizes and levels of skill. It is the resistance of the springs and body weight that make the carriage more or less difficult to move.

    How Is a Reformer Used?

    The reformer provides versatility as exercises can be done lying down, standing, sitting, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and numerous other variations. Due to this, the reformer can train many dynamics and parts of the body in many different ways with just one piece of equipment, it allows for first-time beginners to exercises that challenge the most advanced. 

    The exercises which are completed on the reformer promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance. The majority of Pilates reformer exercises are based on pushing or pulling the carriage or holding the carriage steady during an exercise as it is pulled on by the springs.

    What Are the Benefits of Pilates Reformer Exercises?

    Exercising with the reformer is possible for anyone, at any level of fitness which is why the full name of the reformer is the Universal Reformer. It offers all the famous benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance which, in turn, lead to daily life improvements such as better posture, efficient and graceful movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances for example back pain.

    The Pilates powerhouse muscles which is the core muscles are of upmost importance for building strength; flat abs, strong backs, toned thighs and glutes are all results of this emphasis. Although Pilates

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  4. How to Set Up Your Home Pilates Workout Space

    How to Set Up Your Home Pilates Workout Space


    It's not necessary to have a lot of room to do home Pilates workouts, all that is really needed is a clear space on the floor big enough to put

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