As I have gotten older one truth has become evident to me. That it is much easier to gain weight than to lose weight. How many of you out there share this sentiment? But I am willing to bet most of you have experienced this phenomenon.
Ever since I gave birth to my first child it has been more and more difficult to lose weight and keep it off.
I exercise quite frequently, eat well-balanced meals and limit the amount of sugar and heavy carbs in my diet. But to no avail none of this seems to work. I work out at the gym, ride my bicycle, power-walk, do home workout videos, and more.
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However, one type of exercise that I have never tried is Pilates.
I have read about it in magazines and even heard celebrities like Madonna raves about Pilates. Yet, I myself have not tried it as of yet.
For one, I always thought that Pilates involved complex machines and expensive private sessions. This made me reluctant to give it a try that is until now.
I recently found out about a complete home gym called MOTR® which means “More Than a Roller.” We’ve all seen trainers at the gym using rulers with their clients or maybe even an advertisement for them on TV. Well let me tell you the MOTR® All-In-One workout tool is much more than a roller.
MOTR is a 43” long cylinder that has a secret compartment containing a resistance tool. The MOTR is completely portable and can be stored in your closet or in a tight corner of any room when not in use.
I’ll admit when the MOTR® arrived to my house in a narrow cardboard box I was a bit skeptical.
The first question I had was, “ where is the rest of it?” The 2nd question was, “How in the world is this giant roller going to get me in shape?” I decided to be patient and pop the instructional DVD into the player and see what this new device was all about.
After watching the video for a few minutes I was quick to learn that this was not any ordinary roller.
Inside the roller was an arm that attaches to the top of the roller. This arm provides two pull straps that offer three levels of resistance – 3, 6 and 9 Pounds (see image above). Once I had the MOTR fully assembled and balanced on the included supports I began following the workout.
The DVD instructor along with three demonstrators slowly went through the exercises. Several of the exercises involved balancing on the roller while performing other movements. I noticed almost immediately that balancing and doing these exercises was a bit challenging.
You see, once you start balancing with one knee on a roller, rather that on the floor, your core is engaged more and you can feel it.
It was difficult to maintain my balance at first. I could definitely feel my core muscles straining as the movements progressed. There were several times where I lost my balance and slid off the roller. According to the instructor this was normal and to be expected at first. I struggle to find ways to compare using the MOTR to other types of exercise. I can only say imaging kneeling on a balance beam while doing strength exercises with your arms or legs. It takes much work to keep you centered and to prevent from falling off.
This I found out is one of the keys to Pilates and to the overall strengthening of your core.
We hear so much these days about the importance of maintaining strong core muscles. It all makes sense now that I think about it. Everything comes from our core. All of our movements are related to our core muscles.
The MOTR helps with balance, core integration, agility training, as well as our lower and upper body parts.
After completing the one-hour DVD I was sweating like crazy and it felt like I worked out every muscle in my body.
Using the MOTR definitely took some getting used to at first as would any new exercise. However after a few stumbles I was in my groove and feeling energized. It is hard to believe that this small device that I dismissed at first could give me a gym workout at home. (Well, it’s actually not very small. It’s 43 Inch Cylinder that weighs 20 pounds (9 kilos) with soft padding – soft enough that your knee feels like you are on a thick yoga mat)
I look forward to continuing my training with the MOTR device and to a future with stronger core muscles. What I actually do now is I take a power walk to up my heart rate and instead of going to the gym, I skip my gym for my MOTR twice a week.
We’d all love to have an hour or more each day to head to the gym, but when you’re competing with work, school and family, MOTR can provide a quick (or not quick) complete workout in nearly any room in the house – then store it in the closet when you’re done.
One more thing I like about the MOTR is that besides working it in any room in your house or apartment, you can bring it with you when you travel.
I’m in love with my MOTR! I feel that my stomach muscles are getting very engaged and become tighter. I also feel that my stomach may be disappearing…perhaps one micro-millimeter a day. I may update this post in 30 days to show off my body as I’m working my MOTR my way to my friends wedding party. I’m liking my results so far.,.. so please come back and stay tuned!
Are you ready for all the workouts you need to gain a strong, agile body and balanced musculature without over-spending a lot on Pilates classes? Give MOTR a try today! It retails for $349 and it’s well worth it. The Personal Trainer in a Tube.
Disclosure: I received the product mentioned above so I could form an opinion to share with you. Regardless of this arrangement, I was not required to write a positive review, all opinions expressed above are my own. I really do love these products I’ve had the opportunity to try! Thanks for reading!
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