Tag Archives: Pilates

A Beginner’s Guide to Pregnancy Pilates

Pilates has become increasingly popular in the fitness world with both men and women. Pilates is a fitness system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. It focuses on core postural muscles, as well as proper breathing and correct spinal alignment.

The most common machine used for Pilates is the “reformer,” which was designed to provide finely tuned resistance exercises for the body as a whole. It focuses on proper alignment, core stability, and total body flexibility.

Pilates is great before, during and after pregnancy. It is beneficial during the pregnancy process due to the isolation of the core. (more…)

Tracy Morgan Uses Nutrisystem to Lose 10 Pounds

It’s amazing what a mere ten-pound weight loss can do for a person’s appearance. It’s a striking difference on 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan who admits to losing 10 pounds in two weeks by using Nutrisystem.

Tracy’s motivation was purely health. He says he’s a diabetic and the Nutrisystem program has been great for managing the disease. “I’m not obese or anything, but I wanted to come down off the weight and lower my blood pressure,” he told Us Weekly.

Tracy says he eats anything he wants on the program, admitting to cheating sometimes with hot dogs and cheeseburgers. He likes Nutrisystem’s nutrition bars, as well as Cheerios, Corn Flakes and Raisin Bran. (more…)

A Beginner’s Guide to Pilates

Pilates is a method of exercise developed by German born Joseph Pilates in the early twentieth century as a means to heal his own body, which was ridden with illness. He learned that by integrating the breath, mind and body by what is referred to as “contrology,” participants could improve their state of health.

The original Pilates workout consisted of 34 exercises designed to target the core muscle groups, otherwise known as the body’s powerhouse. These exercises range from beginner to advanced and were practiced as a set series. Classic Pilates follows the original routine, while the modern version of Pilates allows for modifications to adapt to a variety of ages, abilities and needs. In addition, Pilates exercises have evolved to incorporate the use of equipment such as the Reformer and Pilates Cadillac.

Whether a beginner or advanced practitioner of the classic or modern Pilates method on the mat or on a machine, the benefits of this mind-body activity are extensive.


New Workouts like RussYoga Defy Gravity

If you thought that wrapping yourself in a yoga pretzel pose was intimidating, fitness classes all over the country are filled with Cirque de Soleil style moves that promise to tone, sculpt and reconnect you with your inner toddler.russyoga

From trapeze classes to rope classes, some of the biggest exercise clubs in the country are jam-packed with devotees who are swinging, twirling and flying through the air with the help of a few harnesses, nets and swings.

These new classes combine acrobatics with yoga and pilates moves. Similar to these classes is a newly- created yoga called RussYog, or “Rope Yoga,” started by Teresa and Jasprit Singh. RussYog uses ropes and poles to develop core strength, enhance flexibility and tone muscles. (more…)

BlogHer Fitness Prize Pack Giveaways

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UPDATE: This giveaway has ended.

Congrats to @NicoleGSimonds, winner of the pilates prize pack, and @lauriewrites, winner of the resistance cables.

It’s time for BlogHer! This annual conference brings together women from every corner of the blogosphere to talk about how to do it better, how to reach their audiences and connect with fellow female bloggers.

Our Chief Mom Carmen Staicer is attending BlogHer and we want you to get to know her! You’ll have your chance Thursday morning at the BlogHer 5k Fun Run event (where participants will receive a DietsInReview.com grocery tote!). She’s also going to be there all week, and if you meet Carmen, then you’re eligible to win one of two fitness prize packs!

All you have to do is Tweet this message: @dietsinreview I met chief mom Carmen Staicer at #BlogHer09 and want to win one of two fitness prize packs! http://bit.ly/GOYhl (more…)

Pros and Cons of Pilates During Pregnancy with Alana Reed

The week of July 20 is Healthy Pregnancy Week at DietsInReview.com.

alana reed pilatesGuest Blogger Alana Reed is the owner of Alana Reed Pilates.  She was given the prestigious certification to teach Pilates in 2001 by Romana Kryzanowska, one of the five living disciples of Joseph Pilates. Alana works in New York City with clients of all ages and abilities.  She specializes in pre- and post-natal Pilates and bone health. To learn more about Alana Reed, visit her website.

Pilates is famous for being a great form of exercise during pregnancy. Not only does it keep you in shape during pregnancy, but it can also help keep traditional aches associated with pregnancy at bay. Also, it can help you get your pre-pregnancy figure back quickly after delivery! (more…)

Alana Reed’s 5 Benefits of Pilates

alana-reed-pilatesGuest Blogger Alana Reed is the owner of Alana Reed Pilates.  She was given the prestigious certification to teach Pilates in 2001 by Romana Kryzanowska, one of the five living disciples of Joseph Pilates.  Alana works in New York City with clients of all ages and abilities.  She specializes in pre and post natal Pilates and bone health.  To learn more about Alana Reed, visit her website.

1. Learn how to use your Powerhouse! – In Pilates, the core muscles are referred to as “The Powerhouse.”  Every Pilates exercise incorporates the use of the Powerhouse. When the Powerhouse is engaged continuously, the abdominal muscles tighten and the entire abdominal region becomes flatter. (more…)

Brooke Siler Pilates Prize Pack Giveaway

Update: Congratulations to Paige for winning the Brooke Siler Pilates Prize Pack!

At DietsInReview.com, we’re welcoming our new Chief Mom, Carmen Staicer, and celebrating the long-awaited arrival of Spring with a giveaway. brooke-siler-pilates-package

The Brooke Siler Pilates Prize Pack is valued at $55 and includes a Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners DVD, The Pilates Body book, Your Ultimate Pilates Body Challenge book, and two DietsInReview.com grocery totes.

You have two chances to be eligible:

  • On Twitter: RT @dietsinreview I want to win the Brooke Siler Pilates Prize Pack http://bit.ly/Pilates
  • Leave a comment in this post  (more…)

How to Lose Weight at 40

middle age couples walkingAre you in your 40s and having trouble with weight loss? The first step is to start a routine. Figure out what days and what times work for you and devote that time strictly to exercising. Try not to let anything or anyone distract you during this time.

Secondly, start slow and gradually progress to longer, harder workouts over time. (more…)

How to Lose Weight at 60

elderly couple swimmingSixty down and many more to go! Are you in your sixties and searching for some new ways to lose or maintain your weight? Diet is the most important factor in these efforts. Try to limit your fat consumption and focus on smaller portion sizes. I recommend eating five or six small meals a day rather than three large ones. Eating six meals a day is rather time consuming, but worth it if you have time.

Also, I feel that balance and stability is vital for your age. Thus, I recommend Yoga and Pilates. Yoga improves your posture, endurance, flexibility, balance, sleep, joint range of motion, and many other benefits as well. Try engaging in a Yoga class for 30 to 60 minutes a day for two to three days a week. (more…)