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Which Is Better: Pilates Power Gym or Aero Pilates?

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author image Dale Koppel
Dale Koppel has been writing since 1987 and is author of "The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Online Dating." Her work has appeared in the "Boston Globe," "Miami Herald," "Los Angeles Times" and "Redbook." Koppel has a B.S. in journalism from Boston University, an M.A. in educational psychology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in curriculum/instruction from University of New Mexico.
Which Is Better: Pilates Power Gym or Aero Pilates?
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Pilates reformer machines are designed to create long and lean muscles and core strength by facilitating slow and deliberate movements. When used correctly and consistently, and combined with healthy eating habits, you can tone and strengthen your abdomen, upper and lower back, legs, hips, arms and shoulders. The Pilates Power Gym and the Aero Pilates are popular machines. Choosing which one is better depends on your personal needs and budget.

Pilates Power Gym

The Pilates Power Gym has carbon-steel frame, that can hold up to 300 pounds, and is about 56 inches long. It's equipped with four tension cords with up to 16 different settings, foot strap attachments and a push-up bar. The glideboard can be adjusted to 11 positions and three lengths. The intensity of the workout can also be adjusted. There is no assembly required. Its wheels and a weight of 60 pounds allow for easy transporting for storage purposes. It sells for about $400.

Aero Pilates

The Aero Pilates machine comes in four different models, ranging from about $300 to about $1,500. These machines vary in length and height, as well as in overall appearance. The higher-end models offer a low-impact cardiovascular workout with a rebounder that can have the same results as a treadmill without stress on joints.

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Aero Pilates Models

The Performer 286 is the least expensive and most basic Aero Pilates model. The Premier XP sells for about $100 more than the Performer 286 and has wood trim. The foot bars are removable and both can fold for easy storage from 85 inches in length to 44 inches. They are 17.5 inches wide and 9 inches high. All models can hold up to 300 pounds. The Pro XP557 is the most expensive model and boasts an oak-finished frame. The Pro XP556 sells for about $300 less than the Pro XP557 and has a wood frame. Both models are 98 inches by 23.25 inches wide by 15 inches high. More advanced exercises are possible because of this added height.The rebounder on the Pro XP556 is 14 inches by 14 inches. The rebounder on the 557 is 14 inches by 19 inches. Assembly is required for all Aero Pilates models.

Which Is Better?

If you are on a budget and are looking for a variety of adjustments, the Pilates Power Gym is a better choice. It is also a better choice if you are looking for a machine that requires no assembly. If you are looking for a broader and more advanced workout, as well as cardiovascular fitness and you have space in your home and a bigger budget, the Aero Pilates Pro XP 556 is a better choice. If you have an at-home gym, or are large in stature, the Aero Pilates Pro XP 557 is a better choice. If you need a machine that can be stored in a closet, choose the Aero Pilates Performer 286 or the Premier XP.

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