Using a Pilates Ring to Build Strength

7 Aug

Thank you all for the support yesterday when I revealed my weight. That was a challenging thing for me to do, but I feel better now that it’s off my chest.

I’m super sore today. This weekend I picked up a Pilates Ring (aka Fitness Circle or Magic Circle) at my mom’s house and played with it for a while as I watched the Olympics.  It really gave me quite an unexpected workout! If you’ve never used one before, it’s essentially a metal ring that is flexible and coated in plastic.  It really makes a normally routine movement much more challenging.

Curso de Instructor de Pilates

Curso de Instructor de Pilates (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For those of us without access to weights or a gym, I find resistance bands and items like Pilates Rings can be really great for strength building. By adding them into your regular routine you can increase the burn and really feel your body changing.

That’s what I like about being sore. I know I worked hard. I know I’m making progress and forcing my body to adopt, change, grow, and get stronger.

Have you ever used a Pilates Ring? If so, what was your favorite exercise to do with one? 


2 Responses to “Using a Pilates Ring to Build Strength”

  1. suddenlylostinwords August 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Never used a Pilates Ring. Just want to suggest some yoga to balance out your exercise plan. The stretch and flexibility that you’ll gain are priceless. Good luck 🙂

    • SweetAccountability August 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      Yoga is a great suggestion, thank you! I’m pretty unflexible so it’s always been out of my comfort zone. But you’re right– it’s so important to balance things out!

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