Do Pilates at Home ~ MOTR Review

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I've been hooked on Pilates for over 14 years. I was introduced to this form of exercise as a therapy to strengthen my core when I developed back problems following the birth of my first child. While I love to do Pilates at a studio, live classes can be very expensive and sometimes it's easier to exercise at my house. Thanks to the MOTR by Balanced Body, I can stay healthy and fit by doing Pilates at home. And so can you! Read my review to learn why it's worth doing MOTR Pilates at home.

Pilates at Home with MOTR exercise equipment

Pilates at Home with MOTR exercise equipment (Photo courtesy of Balanced Body)

This review is brought to you in partnership with Balanced Body and Mom It Forward.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of exercises, often using special equipment, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and mental awareness. Many physical therapists use Pilates to help rehabilitate injured athletes, dancers, and regular folks like me.

Balanced Body believes that movement changes people's lives. Founded in 1976, the company is the leading resource for Pilates and mindful movement equipment.

Pilates with MOTR by Balanced Body

Pilates with MOTR by Balanced Body (Photo courtesy of Balanced Body)

What do I need for Pilates at home?

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 can easily do workouts in my bedroom or family room.

Bicep curls with the MOTR

Bicep curls with MOTR (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

Is Pilates expensive?

Group Pilates classes can cost $30+ per session. Meanwhile, private lessons are even more expensive at $50 – $100+ per hour. And, 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.

Leg exercises with MOTR complete home gym

Leg exercises with MOTR (Photo courtesy of Balanced Body)

Is Pilates hard to learn?

Worried it will be hard to learn how to do Pilates at home with MOTR? Worry not! MOTR by Balanced Body comes with a DVD featuring two workouts plus an easy-to-follow deck of flashcards that demonstrate an array of exercises with photos, instructions, and explanations of muscle groups targeted.

The overwhelming selection of machines at the gym intimidates me, 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.

Working out at home with my MOTR complete home gym

Working out at home with my MOTR complete home gym (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

Is Pilates a good form of exercise?

After dropping my 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, upper body strengthening, and lower body strengthening. Almost all 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 Pilates at home exercise equipment

MOTR Pilates at home exercise equipment (Photo courtesy of Balanced Body)

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How to Do Pilates at Home with MOTR by Balanced Body

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A Note from The Travel Mama: This blog post is sponsored by Balanced Body and the Mom it Forward Network. I received compensation related to this story. All opinions are mine, as always. 

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Comments
  1. Rosie M. Jordan says

    Is this ok for men? My husband and I both are busy parents with an extremely tight schedule. This exercise is the best solution for time saving. Thanks for your recommendation.

  2. Since I don’t have much time to go to any gym class, this equipment would help me a lot. I bet all my family members would love this when the cold weather is coming, we don’t need to go out but stay indoor to practice. Nice post.

  3. Leah Shumack says

    With winter coming up I won’t be able to get to the gym as much. This would be great to have at my house!

  4. I would like to win a MOTR complete home gym because I could work out at home and it looks like fun

  5. I would like to win because it sounds like a great system to incorporate into my workout routine. It looks like a great system.

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