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)

Get your MOTR and start doing Pilates at home!

Are you ready to get in shape at home? Get your MOTR now!

How to Do Pilates at Home with MOTR by Balanced Body

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  1. i live SO far away from any gyms, I would love to have more ways to exercise at my house!

  2. Susan Chester says

    I would love to win this so I can exercise while watching television

  3. I would like to win this so I can lose some weight. I have never tried Pilates but it looks like something I could like doing so I would love to try it and this home gym would be perfect to help me get started! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. to make it easier to exercise

  5. I’ve never tried something this but I’d love to! I have a stationary bike and this would be a great addition to my gym space!

  6. I would love to win this for my wife. She loves to do simple easy exercises while we sit and watch tv.

  7. Cassandra S says

    I am in desperate need of getting in shape again and not able to get to a gym. this would be perfect for me.

  8. Mama Munchkin (@globalmunchkins) says

    I do all my working out at home bc it’s the only way I could ever get it done with all 5 of my kids and their crazy schedules. I have been missing my pilates class so this would be awesome!!

  9. susan smoaks says

    I live in the woods and the gyms are not close. I would use this everyday. I am really into getting fit. i do fitness dvds at home and this would give me a new thing to do.

  10. Michelle H. says

    I would love to incorporate this into my home workout routine.

  11. Connie Tillman says

    I really need to get it together and start losing weight – this would be perfect. I work from home, so I could do this on my lunch.
    Thanks for the chacne.

  12. I just don’t have the time or the money for a gym membership. This would be perfect to get a good workout at home.

  13. Jill Myrick says

    I would love to win this to have at home for the winter. I rarely go out in the colder months so don’t get near as much exercise as I do in the spring and summer and for me this would be the perfect solution because I could still keep in shape while staying home and staying warm.


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  15. Jennifer J says

    This would be great to have at home to workout with. I like that it isn’t too big and can be put away and not be in the way all the time. Thanks!!

  16. This looks so awesome!! I would love to add this to my daily workout.

  17. Laurie Emerson says

    I would love to win this as I like to workout but can only do it from home so I am limited.

  18. Tina Reynolds says

    I would love to win because you can do such a variety of movements getting a full workout and it seems to not take much space at all so I could easy use and have space to use

  19. I would love to win cause I recently started a weigh loss program with my dr. Running is out of the question since I have had 6 knee surgeries and cant run! This looks very low impact which is exactly what I need!

  20. I’ve always wanted to try Pilates and this looks like a convenient way to do it.

  21. I would like to add this to my daily workout.

  22. Trisha McKee says

    I got a new dream job, and it is time to clean up the rest of my life as well. I want to be healthier and this is an awesome way to enjoy working out.

  23. Richard Hicks says

    I want to win because it is pretty comprehensive for muscles all over the body

  24. Connie Tucker says

    I’ve gained quite a bit of weight and really need a good exercise program I can do at home as I just can’t bring myself to go to the gym at my size.

  25. I would love to win this so I could exercise when I get home from work which is late at night.

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

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

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

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