Friday, September 27, 2013

The Scoop on Healthy Living: Add Ankle Weights to Pilates!

Hi everyone, I hope you're feeling like working out today because I have a fun tip for you to try.

Recently, I have been experimenting more and more with weight training to see how I can fit it into my normal exercise routine, which generally involves cardio and Bar Method or Pilates . I have to say that I have never seen results faster than I have when utilizing heavy weight lifting. My brother has been weight training for years and is helping me out with my form, weight limits, etc. and it has been a super fun challenge.

So I wanted to share a tip with all of you that may add more of a challenge to your workout.

Add ANKLE WEIGHTS to your Pilates routine!

Before I do any Pilates routine, I like to warm up with about 5 minutes of cardio. This can involve jogging on a treadmill, jogging in place, high knees, jump rope, high jumps, or a combination of all of them. The goal is to get my heart rate up, and warm up my muscles. So put on your favorite workout playlist and get going!

Now you should strap on your ankle weights and try out a leg oriented Pilates routine! Remember that you may have to do less reps than the original workout since you are now working with weights. Form is always important in Pilates! In weight training, the last three reps should be DIFFICULT to finish.

Here are a couple routines that demonstrate Pilates moves you can try with ankle weights (again - do not feel like you have to match the routine rep for rep when you are wearing weights):

1. Leg Slimming Pilates Butt and Thigh Workout by Fitness Blender:

2. Blogilates POP Pilates: Beginner Inner Thighs (I LOVE Cassey Ho's workouts!)

After you're done with your Pilates, take off the weights, and do another 3-5 minutes of cardio and follow that with a nice stretching cool down. If you need stretching ideas, click here.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

FYI - I am in no way a fitness expert or professional. I am simply sharing something that has worked well for me, and it shouldn't take the place of advice from a professional or your doctor.

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