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4/11/13 1:18 P

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Sumay,
Rhyen's suggestions are spot on! Pilates is not about increasing repetitions but on doing a few exercises precisely with mind body focus. That said, everyone likes variety and there are an infinite number of exercises to be done on the reformer or in conjunction with other props, mat, BOSU, pilates rings, etc. My suggestion would be to check out a highly qualified Pilates teacher in your area, tell her what you have been doing and get her to help you to "go deeper" in your work and suggest new moves for you. One visit with a good teacher could change how you feel the work you are currently doing and give you suggestions on what you should focus on for your particular body. Youtube has a ton of videos but be careful! Another good choice is Pilatesanytime.com. They offer a multitude of different types of pilates classes as well as educational videos from master trainers. Good luck and keep scooping!!

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3/9/13 5:08 P

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Rheyn, those are excellent directives.

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3/4/13 11:36 A

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Sumay, depending on the reformer routine you've been doing, some of the exercises may actually be more challening with less resistance. So, identify some moves in which the cords work WITH you instead of AGAINST you, and try removing a cable, or even doing it on a mat instead. In spite of the more complex appearance of equipment-based Pilates, matwork is generally more difficult because the toys tend to provide extra support.

If you are doing any seated exercises, the next "level" is typically to do it on a knee "stand" (in other words, on your knees with seat lifted and hips over knees) -- this makes you use your core more to stabilize.

Remember that building muscle isn't really the goal of Pilates, so even if you never get "gym sore," you are still getting the best of what your practice has to offer by focusing on improving flexibility, maintaining or increasing functional strength and range of motion, regaining postural balance, and sharpening coordination and that "mind-body connection."

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3/1/13 9:39 P

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It's okay - I'll do the search and let you know what I find. Hope all is well with you - and I send a heartfelt thanks for all the information you are sharing. it really does make a difference!

Thanks again, Sumay

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3/1/13 3:22 P

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Actually, I am leaving for the hospital ER in a few hours. Let me know what you found and I will review some other options and let you know.

I am so proud of you for staying focused and motivated.

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3/1/13 3:01 P

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Please - by all means make suggestions. I will also look it up on Youtube. I'm excited - I'm learning something new!!! It's a great way to stay motivated!

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3/1/13 2:59 P

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I would suggest you go to 'YouTube' and search Pilates reformer exercises. They have a lot to choose from. I was going to make a suggestion about which to try, but I think it would be better for you to check several of them out before making a decision about which exercise to try.

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3/1/13 2:23 P

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I do cardio at least 3 times a week - most of the time the same day as Pilates. I warm up with cardio and then do the Pilates on the Reformer.

I have one of those cheapo Reformers (gosh, I love the "real ones") but at least I have one - and I love it. Mine has 4 cords. Essentially - I usually do the entire exercise routine that came with the reformer (on the poster). I haven't done anything else.

I did purchase a video - it is supposed to be one of the best - but I hate to have to sit down to watch it all before I can start doing things. I know I need to - and that's why I haven't done anything else different - but haven't had the time. So, I stick with the routine I have.

I just finished reading through 2 strength training books. I used to go to the gym to workout - but can't make it anymore. So, I've been trying to find ways to do the same type of exercises I used to do at the gym (on weight machines) but with free weights. I am thinking of making up a poster of the different body parts worked out - and listing the exercises in the 2 books. This way - when I want to work out a certain part of the body - I don't have to flip through the book to find exercises. Anyway, that's my idea for now.

As for cardio - I switch it up. I have a treadmill (don't love it as much), I love jump rope, trampoline, spin bike and step aerobics (among other things). So - I try to change it up a bit. Just wondering if there is something else I need to do to change my workout on the Reformer.

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3/1/13 2:10 P

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Hi, Sumay. Actually, you are doing great. You have come to a plateau with your Pilates. You should add additional things to do on the reformer while upping the number of repetitions. Every once in a while you are going to reach plateaus. To avoid being bored you should always mix it up. Are you doing any straight strength training or cardio training? You may want to add some of these, as well.

Remember, we are here to support each other. So, please ask anything that you need support with.

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Okay - I have been working on my reformer 3 times a week (at least) for 30 minutes to an hour each time. I love the way it feels. Now, excuse my ignorance, but I have a few questions . . .

I used to do weight machines at the gym - I usually knew what to do next - either up the repetitions or up the weights - I based it on how challenged I was feeling.

The first few times I started using the reformer - I felt sore the next day or so. It was great - not the bad kind! Anyway - I have been doing the same thing lately - but I don't really feel it as much. So, do I up the repetitions? Do I up the number of cords I do? Do I find other things to do on the reformer or do I try to spice it up by switching - one day do reformer - the other day do Pilates on the Ball - the other day do Pilates Bands workout?

I'm at a loss at what I should do - and perhaps I am already doing fine by what I am doing. Seeing as I am the only person I know who has a reformer - I don't have anyone to ask.

Any help would be appreciated!
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