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The 5 Best Pilates Reformer Machines for Men to Use in Home Gyms – menshealth.com

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You probably have access to some dumbbells, yoga mats, and resistance bands to exercise at homebut if you want your fitness routine to be a bit more involved, try following a training style like Pilates. You don't have to have access to a studio to do Pilatesyou just need the right gear.

Most guys assume Pilates is a workout for womenbut if you're skipping out on it, you're missing out on major benefits. If you don't know much about Pilates, here's a quick history: It was created by a German physical trainer named Joseph Pilates who was stuck in an internment camp on the English Isle of Man after World War I. To stay fit while in the camp, he created his exercise practice, originally called Controlology, which focused on improving spinal mobility, core strength and posture.

There is a misconception that Pilates is only stretching. It actually focuses on both eccentric and concentric contractions of muscles to achieve balanced stretch and strength, Lynda Salermo Gehrman, founder of Physio Logic Pilates and faculty for BASI Pilates, previously told MensHealth.com.

Including Pilates in your workout routine can also help you avoid injury by working on mobility, since a reduction in mobility at the joints can play a role in the development of common conditions such as low back pain, tendinopathies, muscle strains/tears, and plantar fasciitis, Dr. Heather Mims, PT, DPT, OCS, PMA-CPT and Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher at Shift Wellness previously told MensHealth.com.

Many men need to include a better balance of work on flexibility and strength in their exercise programs, said Dr. Mims. "One of the many benefits of Pilates is that it includes a better balance of stretching and strengthening and often works the muscles in an elongated position, offering a long lever arm for the core muscles to work against."

A Pilates Reformer is the machine found in most Pilates studios, but you can also snag one to bring the experience home. Here are our picks for great Pilates reformers.

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Merrithew At Home SPX Reformer Bundle

$2,899.99

This Merrithew reformer includes 4 full-tension reformer springsand 1 half-tension reformer spring for tons of resistance options. It also hasextra-thick foam cushioning throughout with3 headrest positions, a padded platform extender and adjustable 4-position foot bar.

Stamina AeroPilates Pro XP 556 Home Pilates Reformer

$829.00 (31% off)

The StaminaAeroPilates Pro XP 556 reformerhasadjustable, 4-cord resistance for customized resistance during your Pilates workout. It also has aunique and patented cardio rebounder to get an added cardio workout between toning with the padded foot bar.It also has built-in wheels for easy transport or storage.

Gratz Pilates Universal Classic Reformer

$4,545.00

You can get this professional gradeGratzUniversal Reformer in an aluminum or wood frame in varying lengths from80", 86", and 89". The straps are made of natural leather with optional 27" extension straps, plus 20" foot straps.

Pilates Power Gym 'Pro' 3-Elevation Mini Reformer

$499.00

This reformer requires no assembly, so all you need to do is unpack it and get practicing. Even though it's a 'mini' reformer, it can hold up to 300 pounds and will fit guys up to 6'4".It has3 incline levels and 4 power cords that willgive you 48 resistance settings.

Lagree Fitness Microformer Fully Loaded Bundle

$2,495.00

This at-home reformer is specifically for theLagree Fitness Method, a Pilates-esque strength studio. This Microformer is a smalleralternative to the Megaformer used in Lagree studios that can be used with aLagree At Homesubscription.

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