Staying Fit Through The Holidays! {Empower #Review}

With Thanksgiving arriving tomorrow, your thoughts are most likely on last minute preparations, like stuffing the turkey or baking pies.  Some of you may already be fantasizing about the delicious feast ahead.  Undoubtedly though, by the end of tomorrow evening, when the bloating sets in, you’ll wish you hadn’t eaten so much!!  Good thing Empower fitness is available to help you stay active, healthy and strong.Personally, I like to sample a little of everything at our Thanksgiving meal, but not a lot of anything.  I believe portion control has been my secret to staying thin during holidays and throughout the years.  Strong will helps, too…. just because a treat is offered doesn’t mean you must say yes!  Despite my thin physique, I’ve been noticing my body beginning to age and lose its tone.  Yes, thin people can be out of shape!  I’ve especially noticed my tummy losing definition and my heinie heading south.  I’ll admit, I’ve been a bit lazy in the exercise department the last few years.  My days as a busy mom are spent taxi-ing my girls around to activities, trying to run a small business and a household.  The few moments I have down time are spent doing nothing (…or maybe peeking at Pinterest;)).  Well, all that is about to change.  Empower fitness has helped me find a piece of equipment that makes exercising exciting once again.  Their Portable Pilates Studio offers me the perfect resistance tool to challenge my body and tone it up.Empower ISN’T about quick fixes or false promises. Empower IS about real-life solutions that incorporate fitness,workout routines, nutrition, and wellness expertise for women just like you, living full lives, who want to be the best they can be.  Designed exclusively for women by women, Empower offers fitness products; world-renowned trainers; nutritional expertise; and online communities to help you reach your goals.  Empower is here to inspire and motivate you to be active, healthy, and strong. It’s your moment of truth, nowMAKE YOUR MOVE to Empower.

EmpowerPilates and Yoga are my preferred method of working out, focusing on strengthening core muscles and flexibility in a low intensity, gentle to my joints manner.  Both exercise styles also concentrate on long lean muscles rather that building bulk.  What I absolutely LOVE about the Portable Pilates Studio by Empower is that it helps my range of motion during various positions, which gives me deeper intensity and reaches those hard to tone muscles.  Simply place the resistance tubes around the arch of your foot and hold the attached bar to complete a wide variety of exercises, like the double leg pull and V curl.  With the included DVD, I have 3 different workouts to choose from for hips, thighs, stomach and back as well as a bonus arm workout.  After completing my first session I was jiggly all over, my sign of a great workout.  My muscles were worked hard, and yet, I wasn’t exhausted.  The support of the Pilates Studio Bar helped me stay in positions I wouldn’t be able to hold on my own.  As I get stronger, I’ll be able to add resistance by winding the tubes around the bar.A while back I looked into taking reformer classes; the Reformer machine assists in deeper pilates moves, and it would cost me $200 a month!!  Thanks to Empower I can get a similar workout for $25, in the comfort of my own home!!!  I can’t sing praises enough.  I LOVE my Portable Pilates Studio. Real Mom Recommended.

Benefits of the Portable Pilates Studio:

  • Lightweight and portable-easy to be used at home or in a personal training studio
  • Can be used for Pilates training as well as upper body strength training
  • New power cords are a safer alternative to resistance tubing
  • Bar disassembles for easy storage
  • Includes 36″ Pilates bar with two 30″ power cords with attached foot loops on each side if the bar, follow along
  • 35-minute workout DVD with bonus upper body strength workout

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