Know what I miss most about living in San Diego? Nope, not the ocean. I miss my beloved Pilates classes (and my friends, of course)! Apparently Pilates is the one thing that is more expensive in Arizona than California. Thanks to the MOTR complete home gym by Balanced Body, though, I can now stay fit by doing Pilates at home. Read on to enter to win a MOTR complete home gym so you can do pilates at home, too!
This review and giveaway is brought to you in partnership with Balanced Body and Mom It Forward.
Pilates and Balanced Body
Pilates is a system of exercises, often using special equipment, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and mental awareness. It is often utilized by physical therapists to help rehabilitate injured athletes, dancers, and regular folk like me. In fact, I fell in love with Pilates while doing physical therapy after a back injury years ago.
Balanced Body believes that movement changes people's lives. Founded in 1976, the company is the leading resource for Pilates and mindful movement equipment.
MOTR + any room = home gym
I know what you're thinking. Home gyms are big, bulky and ain't nobody got room for that! But Balanced Body's MOTR (MOre Than a Roller), is a complete home gym in a manageable 43-inch cylinder. It combines a foam roller with the challenge of three levels of resistance, easily adjusted with the click of a button. I store my MOTR underneath my bed, and use a little path of carpeting in my bedroom on which to do my workouts.
An affordable Pilates at home option
Group Pilates classes can cost $20 – $30+ per session. Meanwhile, private lessons are even more expensive at $50 – $100 per hour. I love Pilates but I haven't been able find an affordable studio near me. Traditional Pilates equipment, like a reformer, can cost thousands of dollars. Balanced Body's MOTR, on the other hand, makes an affordable Pilates at home option.
Easy to use exercise equipment
Not sure how to begin doing Pilates at home? No worries! Balanced Body's MOTR comes with a DVD featuring two workouts plus an easy-to-follow deck of flashcards that demonstrates an array of exercises with photos, instructions, and explanation of muscle groups targeted.
I am intimidated by the overwhelming selection of machines at the gym, so I often stick to free weights and cardio machines. Believe me, if I can figure out how to use MOTR, so can you! And you can do so in the privacy of your own home. Easy peasy.
Pilates at home for busy parents with MOTR
After dropping the kids at school, I love going for a morning run and then pulling out the MOTR for some strength and balance training before starting my work day. It's so much more convenient than driving to a gym, parking, and doling out big bucks every single month to stay in shape.
Depending on the exercises you choose, you can focus on balance, agility training, and upper body and lower body strength. Almost all of the exercises work your core at the same time as you build and tone muscle. You can even get your heart rate up with a cardio workout via the MOTR.
If you love Pilates like I do, you'll love slipping into the foot straps to do leg lifts, steps and circles to tone leg muscle groups. Forget having to store and pull out all sorts of different free weights. Tone your arms using the same MOTR straps, adjusting resistance as needed. This challenging and diverse workout tool makes at-home fitness a no excuses option for busy parents.
MOTR complete home gym giveaway
Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win a MOTR Complete Home Gym so you can do Pilates at home, too! Retail price is $349. Giveaway open to U.S. residents ages 18+ only. Neither Balanced Body nor TravelMamas.com can be held liable for this contest. No purchase is necessary. Read additional terms and conditions.
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