The Gym that take Pilates and give it Power
Apr 26, 2009
Review by Jo Levy
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:versatile, light, adjustable, the price
The Bottom Line: This is a great machine. I can't find anything to complain about except the warranty.
We made a home fitness room. I thought I might be able to fit a Pilates unit in it so I have been looking around. The Pilates Power Gym by Fitness Quest was a serious candidate.
Recommend this product?
Pilates (pronounced puh-LAH-teez) is something like a cross between Yoga, stretching and calisthenics. Pilates is a body /mind exercise system developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates approximately 80 years ago. Joseph was a sickly child. He suffered from Rheumatic Heart Disease. In order to strengthen himself, he became physically active. He developed the Pilates Method.
What makes Pilates different from Yoga is that it is more dynamic. In many moves, you hold your torso in place while moving your limbs in different directions, which challenges your balance, core strength, stability and flexibility. You will hear instructors talk about transverse muscles.
Working on these muscles is the basics of Pilates. Transversus Abdominals run across the abdomen in an east to west direction. We also work the rectus abdominus which run north to south and the oblique abdominals which are two layers run diagonally across the abdomen.
The Pilates Power Gym looks like other Pilates pieces – like some type of weird bed contraption to me. It is made of steel with wood ends. Its purpose is to build your core. It is made of steel.
The machine measures 56 inches long by 18 inches wide by 13 inches high. This is smaller than others I have seen. I am used to doing Pilates on the floor or on foam rollers. If you have trouble getting up and down off the floor you won’t have to worry with The Pilates Power Gym.
It weighs a light 61 pounds. I find this Gym sturdy. It can handle 300 pounds but I think that is pushing it.
What it comes with:
The Pilates Power Gym comes with a DVD with two workouts and an eating guide. It comes with 4 resistance cords that gives me different levels of resistance, an adjustable headrest, foot straps, and the ability to do lots and lots of exercises. The resistance cords go on the bottom of the Gym. It has 4 height adjustments and 3 adjustments for the glideboard. The base which has a bar (optional but I would recommend it) to do exercises with your feet also has a handle to do pushups. The Gym is on wheels so it’s easy to move. It has a bar that makes it easy to carry as you move it.
The warranty is terrible. It comes with a 90-day warranty which makes me nervous because there are cords and whenever there are cords that means something can break.
Let’s use the Pilates Power Gym:
I lay down on a very comfortable padded cushion and adjust the head rest. I note the padded handles and comfortable foot straps. As I use it I really do find that it provides a whole body workout. I can adjust it with the bands to my own level. The tension cords are numbered from 1 to 4 – 1 being the lightest. The glideboard goes by names such as flat position to high incline position.
The inclines make the exercises harder and harder. Each one sits in a space at the base of the machine. With four on I have the most resistance. Since I know how to do Pilates the Power Gym is not as difficult for me so hopefully you will watch the DVD to make sure you are doing the exercises properly.
Some of the exercises I do include rows for my back. The handles are on the top of the Gym and a foot bar is at the bottom of it. In this case I just sit comfortably with a handle in each arm and bring it back as I would for a row. I raise the handles a bit and am able to work my shoulders.
I really like the versatility the Gym gives me but I like doing Pilates on it so I do the 100s by using handles which not only work my core but my whole upper body. This is done by lifting the legs so you are in a V shape, putting your arms to the side, and fluttering them 100 times. It involves breathing techniques. It’s a killer especially with the added handles.
I also have done lunges and kickbacks with my leg which is great for the butt.
I find the glideboard to be smooth but not totally silent though quiet enough.
For $300 you are getting a terrific machine. I think for that money it's worth the terrible warranty. Maybe I'll knock down a wall to make room for it!
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