I am not a fitness fanatic so when I was asked to review the Pilates PRO chair™ I was worried that I might not be the best person. In actual fact I find most forms of exercise boring as I have no self-discipline. I try and kid myself that it is the amount of time it will take for me to walk to the gym and back that prevents me from going to a gym. Also, because I dog walk for an hour most days I find that I can convince myself that I do not have another 90 minutes in my day to work out. But let’s face it I am just lazy and exercise has never been my thing.
However for the past 6 months I have been doing Yoga regularly with some friends and a personal trainer. That discipline works well for me. I cannot cancel as the trainer turns up at my door plus I would be letting friends down. Now that I have been doing Yoga for some time I can see the benefits both physically and mentally. I would not want to miss my regular sessions. Like anything it is getting into the routine that is the hardest part.
The Pilates PRO chair™
So when I was asked to review the Pilates PRO chair™ I was very keen to control my negative feelings. Back in my younger days I had been to the Alan Herdman studio in London. So I had learned Pilates from the expert on a Pilates Reformer bed. Since then I have never found Pilates mat work comparable. Plus living in the country, studios with Reformer beds are few and far between.
The joy of the Pilates PRO chair™ is that you can do a full Pilates workout in your home. The time-saving element really appealed to me. To be able to fall out of bed and just do a 30 minute work out and then get showered was perfect. Much more tempting than a trip to the gym.
As I said I know Pilates works because I have done it before. However for those that are new to Pilates and to the Pilates PRO chair™ I will explain a little.
The Pilates PRO chair™ is a derivative of Joseph Pilates’ (creator of Pilates) Wunda chair. What has been done with this chair is build upon Joseph’s original concept to make the Pilates PRO chair™ a modern, sleek, portable, professional piece of equipment for the at-home user.
The Pilates PRO chair™ is a serious piece of equipment that takes some time to get comfortable on. It is easy to assemble and does not need a degree in engineering or any tools. It comes with an instruction booklet and four exercise DVDs. I chose the Total Dream Body Workout DVD which was simple to follow. The instructor bore a striking resemblance to Jennifer Aniston and she was very clear with her instructions. After following this DVD for a week I was able to complete the exercise programme without it.
Pilates has always been about the setting up of the exercise i.e. a little adjustment of the angle of the feet on the pedal will engage a different set of muscles so following a dvd is very not only useful but essential.
The instruction booklet suggests incorporating a couple of days of walking for some extra cardio but I already do that with my dogs. The only issue I had was with the 10 day meal guide as it is very American. However I think we all know how to eat healthily so of course if you combine a good diet with this Pilates PRO chair™ exercise programme then it will be even more beneficial.
Now we come to the price. It is currently available on Amazon for £149 (the RRP is £598) and the package deal includes Life’s a Beach Pilates PRO Chair, (4) workout videos, makeover guide instructional poster, and user manual. This is probably equivalent to a 3 – 4 month gym membership which is how I worked it out. I think by laying out that sort of money you would feel obliged to use it.
The bottom line is that the Pilates PRO Chair™ will work for those that take the time to make the most of its mechanisms and workouts, and will make sure that it was money well spent.
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