For the past three months, I’ve been using my Total Gym XLS in my home, and the results have been pretty amazing! I haven’t been at this weight in years, and I even picked up a new belt yesterday to deal with my ever-shrinking waistline. It’s been hard work, but nothing in life worth having comes easy.
Last month, after seeing one of Christie Brinkley’s Total Gym XLS infomercials, my wife decided that she was going to use the Total Gym to do Pilates. She followed the GRAVITY Pilates Infused Core DVD that came with the machine, and she’s been having a blast. I’m thrilled because this saves me money. Those Pilates class at the local gym aren’t cheap. At this rate, the Total Gym will have paid for itself in less than 6 months!
If you’re unfamiliar with Pilates, it’s a body conditioning routine that can help build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. Pilates puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.
Now if you believe that Pilates are just for women, you’re SORELY mistaken. Emphasis on the sore. Try a Pilates class for yourself, and you’ll have a newfound respect for it. Pilates works muscles you didn’t even know you had. You might think that you’re in shape because you’ve got bulging biceps, triceps, and quads, but there’s more to being physically fit than just working out those muscles..
You don’t need a Reformer, just look at all the Pilates exercises you can do with the Total Gym XLS:
I’ve made Pilates a regular part of my workout rotation, doing it every 3-4 days to keep my core strong and to improve my range of motion and flexibility. It’s made a noticeable difference already, and I feel great!
Disclosure: Guys Gab was provided with a Total Gym XLS free of charge, however the opinions expressed are my own.