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Don't wait to become involved with Aeropilates

57 years old and my only ‘pilates regret’ is that I gave it up years ago when life as a working ‘mom of 3’ was busy and I made the mistake of moving my machine to the basement. 
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Aeropilates helps to remedy scoloisis

I've had scoliosis since I was 18
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My birthday gift to myself

" Ok I have never written a review or sent a fan letter to anyone or for anything! But it's time. I was in the middle of doing my first workout on the aeropilates reformer and I actually had a tear in my eye . It felt so amazing to preform the exercises. I've been searching for the right piece of equipment to get back in shape, something that would motivate me and not cause so much discomfort that I would have to brain wash myself to do it! Perfect ! So well made . I already know I'll be hooked for life Happy birthday to me! "


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A new approach to total wellness

I purchased the 5-cord reformer. An impulse purchase on my behalf, but I believe, as you obviously do, the principles of body mechanics to be sound, and I believe in the body’s ability to heal itself when given the opportunity.

My reformer arrived on Friday, and I had it assembled within 25 minutes.  The quality of the machine seems to be  very good and the machine seems solid enough when I have rebounded my 5’8” self on it..  I am 58 years old, still working full-time rotating shift work as a nurse.  

I have not yet viewed the DVDs, or registered for the jump-start program.  I have only familiarized myself with the machine.  Interestingly, the machine was delivered as I was exploring the LighterLiving  website.

I am looking forward to working with your company to improve my quality of life, and I believe this product will assist me.

Thank you for this product, and for you confidence in me as a consumer.  I appreciate the thoughtfulness within your television demonstrations.

 


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Pilates is for me

I love my Pilates reformer and am so grateful to you for bringing it to us. I have been using it for a few years and just this year I started using the rebounder – which I am so excited about! I have also just ordered the pull up bar, so I am really dedicating myself to this way of exercising and staying healthy.
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Pull-ups finally

I received the 5 cord today, after putting it together, the first thing I wanted to try was the pull up bar, and I was not disappointed, I could never do it the traditional way, could never hold my own weight, but this one is great, true I had to bounce to get to the bar, and it feels like I am falling down, when I release.  After the first time, I feel really comfortable, this machine is truly an upgrade to the 4500, I had before.
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Ruth

I am going to be 70 next week and I love the reformer - I work out most day and feel marvellous.
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Love it

took the step to upgrade my Pilates machine, I have had my Pilate 4500, for a long time, tonight I decided to purchase the purple 5 cord aero Pilates machine. Looking forward to getting it home. I am 63 years young, and want to stay fit for a long time.

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I feel so much better

Never too late to start using your Aero pilates machine. I feel better, am sleeping better, my back pain is gone.....
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Better than the Gym

Just thought I'd email to say how absolutely pleased I am with my machine. I go to the gym so I am used to exercising, I hadn't realised how much it changed my body, until friends and colleagues started commenting on my posture.
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Amazing results

Well you will be pleased to know I am using it everyday and I absolutely love it.  Anyone who says that it doesn't give you a good work out are wrong as I feel like I have run a marathon after I have been on it an hour - mixture of jumping and stretching leg/arm exercises.  




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Aeropilates for everyone

I have to thank you so much for this machine and the DVD’s - you have, quite literally, changed my life. I am 50 years old, disabled and largely housebound;
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Wanting to upgrade

upgrading is easy
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Cancer recovery

I purchased my Pilates machine from The Shopping Channel in 2009, I have the 3-cord.  It's one of the best purchase I have made!



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reforming my desk bound body with Aeropilates

I caught your shows on qvc a couple of weeks ago and they are always inspiring thank you. I have had chronic back, leg and butt pain for at least 5 years and I struggled to sit down on my butt (I am a long time office worker) but retired a year ago since when I have tried all kinds of alternative treatments 
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Lifesaver

AeroPilates could save your life too.
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Fast Results


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One legged success

As a recent leg amputee, I was searching for an exercise regimen to regain my strength and stamina while waiting for my prosthesis. 
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My machine is worth every penny

Although the machine ( 3 cord Pure Reformer) was a big spend for me it has been worth every penny. It has really changed how I feel, especially my lower back 

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I forgot How much I LOVE my machine.

I must shout about the Pilates exercises. I used your Pilates Level 1 Workout. I can’t believe how great I feel after only 17 minutes. I expect to work out longer as I continue.

I can’t believe I forgot this! Not only do I feel a bit more energy, I can see clearer!!!


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Pilates saved my life

When we met in what 2003? I was in bad shape, physically, emotionally, spiritually!  I was going thru one back surgery after another, was 190 lbs., I was so depressed from pain, failed back surgeries, suddenly having to give up a wonderdul career etc etc..then one day, there you were! Via Lighter living, many many emails and hearing your story, watching you on QVC, and then this wonderful large package arrived at my door, my life changed. 

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12 years of loving my machine!


I first started using the aero pilates machine when I was 71.  I have knees that won't bend far enough to do the exercises as demonstrated......I was able to overcome all of the difficulties well enough to complete the program and feel wonderful.

I eventually got rid of all of my other equipment and gave up my gym membership.  My Pilates was all I needed.  I felt as though I had done a meditation at the end of each workout.  I became much stronger and my muscles had good definition.

I am now 83 and still use my machine. 
When I first began my program all of those years ago, I didn't have the strength to perform all of the exercises.  Now even with my advanced age and heart condition, I can still do the complete workout and feel refreshed when I have finished.


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Easy Assembly

My machine arrived: I had no trouble following the instructions and got it set-up in just over an hour (including box/etc clean-up) this evening.  I cannot tell you how fulfilling this felt.  



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I am now 72 years old and enjoying life thanks to my Pilates.

 Nobody will believe that I'm 72. I guess my Pilates machine is going to be a permanent fixture in my livingroom, but it's worth it.
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love my machine

Love my machine….. So grateful that I saw you and Julia Roberts  on QVC suggesting I buy the machine.
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love my machine

Only my second workout and I LOVE it! 
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Pilates Saved my life

Just had to thank you for inspiring me re. The Pilates machine.  All I can say is I haven't looked back. Thank you so much for giving me a life. 

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The only Solution

Nothing worked until I found your machine on qvc!

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Fountain of youth

Aeropilates is my fountain of youth. 5 years strong and i'll never look back, its the best purchase i've made. 
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We always go back because we know it works!

Know matter what you always return to Aeropilates because we all know it works! 

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Moving through back pain and staying fit and healthy

Moving through back pain with aero pilates...I am confident that pilates will take me well into the future and keep me fit and healthy.. 

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Changing my life

Hi Marjolein,
    I recently lost 26 pounds, and have about 10 more to lose. I puchased the 5 corded machine in March and finally LOVE to exercise. I just recently joined the video library club and love all the videos. 

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Aero Pilates is the best machine for me

Aero Pilates eases my back pain.
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Back on me machine after a year

I own a 4 corded machine with a stand and worked out for the first time in a year yesterday.
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AeroPilates fixed my aging back


"When my GP first saw my back X-Rays he said he was surprised that I could walk at all. I am a 76 years old man with severe arthritis, mainly of the back. The pain in the back of my left thigh was so severe when I walked that I had to sit down every 50 to 100 yards or so. Though it gradually eased off somewhat as I walked. After using the aeropilates rebounder for an hour a day for several months I can now walk 3 miles or more without having to sit down and without any pain in my leg. I can’t think of anything other than the pilates that can be responsible." -Les
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Surgery & Recover!

It was great to watch your shows on qvc uk, you do inspire those around you.  I've been using the Aero pilates 4 cord machine when I bought it earlier in the year as a tsv.  Its so fantastic, I emailed you when I first bought it, as I underwent major surgery for breast cancer and since my last email, I am so much happier with my body and more relaxed about the future. I decided to buy the head support pillow to make my experience more enjoyable as I love rebounder.  

Many thanks for bringing us this wonderful machine and such a positive outlook on life, your really do bring a sparkle into a cloudy day.

Take care

Kath Lindsay

Bristol

 


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The BIG HUG

"I was a pedestrian that got hit by a high speeding motorbike five years ago and got very badly hurt. I got very badly damaged with loads of soft issue and broke bones all over my body, from head to toe and, am in constant, extreme pain.

When you are in this state, you are so scared to do any physiotherapy or anything that might cause you more pain and suffering.

One of the best things about this machine is; that you can set it up at home and get on it straight away without Marjolein standing over you and have absolute confidence that, you’re not hurting yourself by using this machine.

You must always check and get permission from your doctor’s first. Always!


 


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Emotional Healing

Hi Marjolein, 

Thank you so much for helping me to distract myself from the emotional pain of losing my husband to Prostate Cancer in March 2011.  Pilates has given me a new direction and has definitely helped with flexibility, but I have dreadful coccyx pain since 2011, I don't know whether this is related to stress but it seems to have coincided with losing Robert.  Is there any exercise I can do on my 3 cord machine with upper body bar and rebounder, bought from QVCUK a year ago, to help this condition.  Thank you for inspiring me to try and move on with my life and get fit in the process.  It has been the hardest year of my life, I'm quite weak at the moment, and almost scared to move when the pain is too bad, like Beverley on QVC UK.  
 
Kindest regards and best wishes to you,
 
Karen Tether (61)


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Physiotherapy, AreoPilates and Football!

Hi Marjolein

Welcome back to QVC UK I am enjoying all your shows, so inspirational and motivating as always!

 I emailed you back in February regarding my 12 year old son's dislocated knee.  Thank you for your reply and advice.  He has been doing what you recommended warm-up footwork, legs in straps and cool down regularly. He has also progressed and is now using the trampoline.  He has been able to do things on the machine that especially in the early days, if stood up, would not be able to do, it's like you have a magic secret which is amazing!

He is still having physiotherapy as well as using the machine.  The key area for his rehabilitation is to strengthen the Vastus Medialis - can you recommend any specific exercises on the machine he can do?


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New Breath of Life

Hi, I just wanted to contact you to say thank you for bringing into my life a new and fantastic way to live and to exercise.

5 years ago I was told I had breast cancer and it was at its worse stage and was rushed in to have a mastectomy and chemo and radiotherapy.  I was working at a drug treatment centre with young adult with herion addiction at the time, I enjoyed my job and had been there 6 years.  My life changed completely, my health had been broken down and I was at points unable to get out of bed some days.

After 3 years of treatment and surgery, I was told I can cancer free, yeah.  I decided to have a breast reconstruction and the surgeon used the muscle in my back and bought it round to the front of my chest and created a breast shape.  It sadly did not go to plan but at least I had a shape.  I was left with hardly no movement in my arm and I developed lymphodema in my should and arm.  


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50 and Strong

Hi Marjolein,

Thank you so much, will keep watching as I always record your shows as they motivate me, I am a lady in her 50's and have had 2 of your pilates machines over the last 10 years and love how it makes me feel  

 thank you.


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Upgrade - Fantastic

Hi Marjolein

I have just received my new Pilates machine. I decided to upgrade as I had the old red one from years ago. I had lost some motivation I emailed you about and bought a new machine would inspire me! What a difference it is to the old machine! I have put it together myself which I am proud of and I have just done a session of cardio and Pilates, this is it now am hooked again!!! Just wanted to let you know!!! I  keeping a log of how many times I am doing the sessions and hopefully will start to see a difference soon...!

Thank you very much, happy pilating!!!!
Love Jane x


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Weak Joints To Strong

Hi Marjolein I am just writing to say how I love watching your Pilate's programmes you are so inspirational. I bought the three cord machine from QVC a month ago and I absolutely love it,  it has changed my life for the better already!!! 


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Seeing The Light

Hello, I hope you don't mind me messaging you. I wanted to quickly thank you for bringing pilates to me. 

I bought your performer in November 2010 and like alot of exercise equipment it sat in the corner for 6 months. Last July I weighed approximately 250lbs and made the decision that enough was enough and started a diet and exercise regime. 




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Knee Replacement

I GOT MY PILATE ABOUT A YEAR AGO,I NEEDED A KNEE REPLACEMENT,SO I STARTED WORKING OUT ON IT.FELT REALY GOOD.BUTMY KNEE WOULDNT STOP HURTING. SO 1/3/2012 I HAD KNEEREPLACEMENT, MY DR. COULDNT BELIVE HOW GOOD I WAS DOING,I TOLD HIM I WORKED OUT ON MY AEROPILATES.BEFORE I HAD SURGURY .TO MAKE A LONG STORE SHORT, I HAVE NO LIMP, OR STEFF LEG.MY THERPY WAS ABOUT 4WEEKS, IAM NOW WALKING 3MILES ADAY,AND WORKING OUT ON MY AEROPILATES 6 DAYS AWEEK I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE, MY PILATES THANK YO
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Cottage Cheese Legs

Hello Marjolein,

I e-mailed you last year regarding the cottage cheese on my legs and I have been following the exercises that you suggested.  I paired that with the rebounder and no more cottage cheese.  I finally decided as my resolution this year to start using my rebounder and I use it every morning (or almost every morning) before I get ready for work.  I am proud of myself as I can almost keep up with you on the new level 2 cardio.  The rebounding has really, really helped in reducing the cottage cheese.


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The best thing that ever happened to me

Hi Majrolein...I watched you on QVC for years and always admired the wonderful shape you were in. Unfortunately, I wasn’'t able to purchase the Aero Pilates I saw you demonstrate on QVC. After my husband passed away suddenly almost 3 years ago...I became more aware on how important it was for me to be healthy for my family...but most importantly for myself. Both of my sisters, one three years older than I, and one three years younger, had both knees replaced and hip replacement...I didn’t want to "go there". I finally purchased the Pilates a little over a year ago...and it has been the best thing that has ever happened to me!


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New DVDs

I tried calling into QVC, but alas (again) they had enough people she said and didn't let me speak to you and hung up. Anyway, just wanted to say I received the 2 DVD that are level 2 and 3 integrated workout and really like them.  I knew I would, I knew what the mini-tramp was doing when I did the one workout but I need to 'sneak' it in to work out. By integrating it, the first time, I noticed a slight twinge in my hips (in a new place) and lower belly where I'd never felt anything before after any workout.  The day after that I felt the lower belly and looked in the mirror and could see it 'tensing' on me.  That went away by the fourth day and I'm back at it.  But it again sneaks up after doing it two days in a row.  What with the weather, I cannot go out and walk,  so I did my workout and jumped vertical on a regular trampoline that I have had since 1978. I just wanted to say good job and thank you.  I have ordered the pure Pilates and simply cardio level 1 and see how that goes.

 

Take care and a good new year to you.


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QVC Pilates Machine?

Hi Marjolein!
I received the Pilates machine on Sat. and I have done the level 1 DVD every day since and I already feel so much better.  My lower back and left S.I. Joint are feeling the best they have felt since I injured my back over a year ago.  This is so amazing, I can hardly believe it.  The elephant and leg lowers/hamstring stretches are doing wonders for me as I have never been able to completely stretch out my hamstrings.  I will continue to do this every day and build up strength.  Thank you so much!
Stephanie


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AeroPilates Machine

Hi Marjolein,

I purchased your machine from QVC on December 31, 2009 and have been using it since it arrived.  I love it and am very happy with it.  I am very pleased with how it is helping me overcome a badly broken heel.  I had 28 physical therapy sessions after surgery and couldnt get the ball of the foot to come back in contact with the ground. 


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Bone Density

I have been loving my Level One workout on my Stamina Aero-Pilates ProXP556 since May 2, 2009.  I am convinced that it is responsible for the 4% improvement in my second DEXA bone density scan in September which put me in the "Normal" category instead of osteopenia.  Thank you so much for developing a product and a workout that would help me so much, so quickly in that very important area.

Syd
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Pilates Machines

Hi Marjolen

I want to update you on my success with the Pilates machine I bought from TSC in Nov.  WOW!!!!!!!!!!   I cannot believe the change in how I feel.  I had so much joint pain from using a BowFlex machine for 3 years.  I had plantar fasciatis, heel spurs, tendonitis in my elbows, ankles and shoulders as well as unbearable pain in my thumb joints.  I stopped working out in July because I could no longer bear the pain.  For 5 months I felt very depressed because I was not working out and getting fatter by the minute.


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Just want you to know...

Just wanted you to know.....a year ago I emailed you and ask you about a Pilates machine that I was thinking about buying on QVC.  You suggested I give it a try .......


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QVC pilates demonstration

I bought the aeropilates machine on QVC about six months ago, but never used it, didn't get any dvd with it and it looked intimidating. After watching you repeatedly on QVC this weekend and paying attention to the exercises you were doing, I thought I'd try it.  I have a bad back and knees. I'm shocked how good I feel after getting off from it. The elephant and the rebounding are great. I could only last 10 minutes as I am overweight and completely sedentary, but I believe this will work for me.  My body feels different, especially the back.
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Pregnant and I need HELP! :)

Dear Marjolein,
 
First, let me say Thank you!!! I love the Aeropilates I bought it last year!  My son is 2 and after a year of not seeing any results to lose my baby weight or tighten my core I started going to a Pilates reformer class.  I just could not justify paying $50 a class but I loved the class!  I started doing research and found you!!  I bought the machine and it has been WONDERFUL, and I can exercise when it's convenient for me and now I don't feel guilty about how much money I would be spending. And I felt like I got the same results and intensity as using a $2000 machine!  Thanks so much.
I also went to a wedding where everyone asked what was I doing because I wore a tight dress and everyone was so impressed how good I looked!!! :) I felt great!

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LighterLiving Gift Box

I purchased the wonderful Holiday Gift Box Set and it is absolutely wonderful.  I LOVE everything that is included.  The inspirational cards are a joy to read daily.  I pick one out and read it throughout the day and it is a constant reminder of where I want to be in my life.  The oil is, in my opinion, one of the best blended oils I have ever used.  It smells incredible.  It is so relaxing and soothing to smell. 


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AeroPilates and Scoliosis


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Waiting to Begin!

Marjolein...
I'm so excited because I ordered the QVC TSV...tonight....  not just for me, but for my husband too!... I have watched you for years on QVC... you are truly an inspiration... and I love all the tips and suggestions for specific exercises for specific goals... Thanks you...  your knowledge and understanding of what the machine can do is wonderful. 
My husband has been out of work since January... and as much as money is short at this time, we both need a way to de-stress and feel better.  I am looking forward to receiving our machine.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge ....
Barb

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Pilates healing

Hello Marjorlein,

 

I purchased your Pilates machine in January of this year, on the Canadian shopping channel, and have been using it faithfully (three times a week). Excellent machine, and wonderful exercise system.

 

Let me tell you something about myself, and why I came to Pilates in the first place. I have been practicing and teaching Old Yang Style Tai chi and Pa Gua for twenty-five years. They, too, are healing systems (and fighting systems as well). I contracted Rheumatoid Arthritis during my third pregnancy, and have used these systems to help me deal with my disease, very successfully. I am not currently on medication, nor have been for many years. 

 

Besides these forms themselves, I do weapons, push-hands, free style sparring, striking, and chi Kung. However, I had always been doing the traditional resistance training, which, although helpful in some ways, is, counter to the spirit prevalent in my internal arts.  For they emphasize whole body motion, movement from the center, called the Dan Tien, the axial which moves the spokes of a wheel, very similar to the Pilates. Similar, but not same, since the Dan Tien is not necessarily a group of muscles that form the structure of the power house, but more an energy point, that regulates all the energy systems of the body (in Chinese terms the meridians).  I felt I still need a form of resistance training that was more in tune with this philosophy, and I discovered you on the shopping channel. 

 

Actually, I discovered you many years ago, when you were pregnant with your son. I spoke to you on the telephone, and you struck me then as being a lovely person, with good energy, caring, and intelligent. And these are the things which kept me watching you, and considering the Pilates, which you represented so well, for personal use. Thank you very much, for I feel, down into the marrow of my bones, that the Pilates completes my training in a way that the traditional for of weight training could not. 

 

Yours sincerely,

Josephine


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Core

Dear Marjolein,
 
I am a 66, widow of 5 years, oxygen dependant 12-14 hours/day, and diagnosed in 1995 with extremely severe COPD.
Last New Years Eve I bought an Aero-Pilates on QVC. Potentially dangerous exposure to foreign substances in gyms, stores, bus, and rarely, air travel made my exercise choices minimal. The Aero-Pilates presented itself as something necessary for a trial run. I have used the Pilates, perhaps 3 times/week. From the floor, it stares up at me daily, sharing the room where my time is most spent. It is never folded and placed away frim sight.
Most days are good, and life goes on as usual. However, weather change, stress, and just bad days in general, inhibit both desire and ability to perform exercise, as it is.
 
After a six month absence from my Thai masseuse, today, I was pleased to hear her say, "Ronan...your core is in wonderful shape! You are definitely thinner (not the best to be heard) but your muscles and flexibility are well defined." Your Aero-Pilates has to be the reason .
 
Thank you, Marjolein, for your product and your time on QVC. Each of your programs since the New Year have been DVR'd and routines are mingled with-in the DVD included with the original purchase.
 
I remain sincerely, 
Ronan Gould

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Aero Pilates on QVC

Hi Marjolein!
 
First, let me tell you I ordered the Aero Pilates on QVC about 3 months ago and I LOVE IT!!  I've also enrolled in private Pilates mat & reformer classes a few times a month. 
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"Stay off the scales"

Marjolein,

It has been a looooong time since our last correspondence and perhaps you don't even remember me what with the tons of mail you get! 
 
I did as you told me "stay off the scales" and I faithfully did the cardio workout 20 minutes 6x a week, but I kicked back on the tension workouts as the weight gain from toning up was depressing me terribly although I do the tension exercises, mainly arms, for 5 minutes after each cardio workout.


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Cardio in England

Dear Marjolein

I have been using your Pilates Performer (the brown four corded version) since about January 2000 and have been really pleased with the results.  I have on occasion not used it for a while, but I have been trying to loose weight and have got into it again.  It really is great and I do about 1 hour 20 minutes on it each time including the cardio board. 


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Curve Problems Conquered

Dear Marjolein,

 

I just wanted to tell you how glad I am that I found you while watching QVC UK.  I am a singer/songwriter who has had back problems all my life & could never understand why. I also have a large bust & thought this may be the cause of my back problems, i.e that my bust was too heavy.

 

Over the years I did do aerobics classes & workouts but nothing was ever really good enough to really get me into the kind of shape I wanted to be in to feel really good about myself (even though I have always been very curvy) & it most certainly never even helped to touch the pain in my back! As I was getting into my twenties, I vowed to try to find a solution & went to the doctor asking for help. I even contemplated having a breast reduction, as I was in so much pain! But the doctors assured me this was not necessary in the end. They would refer me to the chiropractor or to an Osteopath (which would provide much relief for a few hours at least!). But I was still in agony every day.


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GRATEFUL THAT I FOUND YOU AND PILATES!!! GOD SEND!!!!

Good Morning Marjolein, 

I would like to let you know how I am so GRATEFUL THAT I FOUND YOU AND PILATES!!!  GOD SEND!!!!

I did physical therapy 3x a week for 4 months and they had to use special tape to hold my back and pelvis in place because I could not, and I used Chiropractic.  Physical therapy released me with a strengthening program and would like for me to continue doing the Pilates machine daily. On 12/31/08 I purchased the machine and was not able to do very much. I could not do the Cardio Rebounder and when I put my feet in the hand straps for the hamstring stretch I had to use my hands on the ropes to pull my legs up in the air, but now my life has changed. Thank God!

 


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Restless Leg Syndrome

Hi!

First I have to say that the AeroPilates Machine has saved my legs! I have Restless leg syndrome...I have been on every medication that has come out for that and I was taking medication for neuro problems...when I called my doctor and said "I am going to cut my legs off!" They hurt so badly, and they felt tingly and they felt dead! I had purchased a Pilates machine some time ago from QVC...I had put it in the closet because I did not have enough room in this house and I "didn't need to exercise"! So one night at 2:00 in the am I got that Pilates machine out and started running on that machine! I must have run on that Pilates machine for 45 minutes! When I was done my legs felt "ALIVE"! The first time they felt like that in a long time!


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Endeavor Forever

Hello, Marjolein.
There were so many wonderful calls during the August 24 Pilates presentations on QVC that I was unable to get through while you were on air, but I wanted to express my gratitude for what you have done in bringing Pilates to us, especially through QVC.
 
As a 51-year-old female, I have experienced challenges in maintaining fitness over the years due to bilateral femoral rotation (outward). This has never been severe but has been awkward enough that each and every exercise program or piece of equipment required modification on my part in order to achieve results.
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new pilates


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A lifetime investment!

A lifetime investment!!

I was up watching the April 24 Bare Escentuals airing and right after
it finished, your aero Pilates reformer came on the air.  I watched
the entire hour and decided it was a lifetime investment for better
health and the easy pay made it affordable on my fixed income.   I
hit the submit order button and am grateful I did. 


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Aeropilates

Marjolein,

  

I just received and set up my new Pilates that I ordered from QVC last week, replacing one I purchased in 1999.  I didn't think I needed a new one, but the stand was appealing, since I am having more trouble getting up and down from the floor......


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Back Magic!!

I purchased my Back Magic from QVC. With the unit on the first stage I was not feeling the stretch but have advanced it to the second stage and am doing it 5 mins every other day!
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Back Magic!!

 I ordered your back magic from the Shopping Channel in Canada. It has
> helped my back so much and my husband's too.
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cardioboard


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I LOVE the Aero

Marjolein,

Thank you so much for being such an inspiration. I purchased my first Pilates Performer on QVC about 11 years ago and it was certainly the best purchase Ive ever made there. Believe me, Ive made a lot of purchases on QVC. Anyway, Ive upgraded to the AeroPilates and I LOVE it.

For years I did step aerobics which practically ruined my knees. I know that I can do Pilates from now on and be fit and healthy.

Thank you so much for your gentle and calming spirit. It is very inspirational. I try not to miss you when you have a program on QVC. Youve taught me a lot.

Rickie


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Can't wait!!


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outstanding performer


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I had a rough start

 After suffering with 3 herniated discs, going to a neurologist, I discovered one of the discs was pressing on my sciatic nerve.


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72 years young


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Thank You

Dear Marjolein
 
I have watched you on QVC since last year and as I am slightly
arthritic I was a bit dubious about purchasing a Pilates Performer...
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"I have never found a program that compares to the AeroPilates Performer

I am so excited because I LOVE the pilates machine. I now have two, I got the anniversary edition and also the regular aeropliates with the stand, 4 cord. I keep the one with the stand in my exercise room and the smaller anniversary on my main floor, it is convenient to pull out when I am cooking or have needs to remain on the main floor. I guess I am a Pilate nut but I love both machines.
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How Pilates saved my life

Hello Marjolein!

I have a wonderful story for you.

I had a fall a few years back, fractured L-4 & sprained ligaments on my right side.

I am a firm believer in yoga, and credit that to my flexibility, which in turn helped prevent my injuries being even worse.

I was a Lead Flight Attendant/ Inflight Supervisor for an international airline.

After the injury, I was unable to return to flying.

I was also a licensed massage therapist, which I also could no longer do since the injury & permanent restrictions.


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Never thought I could do it

Thank you so much Marjolein for the Aero Board - I purchased the Aero Pilates just before Xmas 2006 and have never looked back!
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Love the Pilates

Love the Pilates machine and all your tapes. It is a pleasure to see you as
a model of great form and the tapes are well made...exercises flow easily
one to the other.
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My Best Friend

Hi Marjolein, I feel like I am communicating with my best friend. I've been doing Pilates for over a year with your videos.
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PilatesSomething to Look Forward To

I would like to say that the Pilate's 4500 was changing my quality of life so much. Although I still had pain, it was helping me with stretching out the muscles in my back and legs, getting the circulation back, helping my core become stronger which was helping my back, it is the most wonderful gift a person could ever receive. I actually had something to look forward to doing everyday.



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Pilates to the Rescue!

I am a 41-year-old former dancer, fitness trainer and 2-time Olympic Trials participant who has been nursing a chronic, nagging hamstring injury for 10+ years. I had tried everything - rehab, weights, elastic bands, stretching, etc.
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Pilates Never Bores Me!

This isn't the first time I've written in response to your testimony
requests, sharing my enthusiasm for Pilates and the benefits I've reaped
from my 6 years of it, so I'll try not to repeat myself here. But I write
again, at the beginning of this New Year to say....Pilates remains, (no pun)
the "core" of my fitness regimen. I simply love it, still.


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AeroPilates is a Miracle Machine

Dear Marjolein

In April 06 I was admitted to intensive care caused by acute pancreatitis from gallstones. I was on a ventilator in intensive care for 3 months and hospital for 5 months.
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AeroPilatesNo Pain, Lots of Gain

Dear Marjolein

I am responding to your request regarding the use of the Pilates reformer, although my story is a little different, I thought I would share it with you.



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Put Your Core To Work!

Put Your Core To Work When Shovelling Snow!!! I purchased my Pilates machine in order to make my middle aged body presentable for bathing suit season on the East Coast, then inadvertantly discovered that having a well toned and properly used core made the shovelling of snow much less painful. I now exercise even more dilegently in preparation for snow shovelling season than I do for bathing suit season.

My back and heart thank you for the burden my Pilates-toned core has removed from them whenever the driveway needs shovelling.
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WOW!!!

Hi Marjolein,

I watched you on QVC two weeks ago and have been using my rebounder ever since. Like you, I used it when I first got it, but continued with some
running and other aerobics along with my usual Pilates practice.

I'm a nurse and was on my feet for long stretches, not totally aerobic but never sitting down, always on the move. I've left my job and your last visit to
QVC inspired me to get back on the rebounder.

I do it every morning for about 20-30 minutes. WOW!!!!!   I'm as solid as a drum and it's making some of my other pilates moves a bit easier. I haven't taken any measurements like you, but I know my waist is slimmer and my abds flatter, even though I thought they were fine before I started using the rebounder religiously.

Now I want a new performer-- an upgrade and hopefully I will [get one] soon.
Thanks for your inspiration. I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow on QVC.

I'll be checking out that waist line!!

June


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AeroPilates To The Rescue!

I love my AeroPilates!  I bought it in July 2005, upgrading from a different Pilates bought from QVC in May 2005.  I began using it and the cardio board faithfully, daily.  I could feel and see the difference in my body, almost immediately.  I have 3 titanium discs, which are fused, L4, L5, S1 and my spinal alignment was apparent within just a few sessions--I felt so great.


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Recapturing My Youth



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New Kid on the 'Pilates' Block



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Thanks For Your Dedication

Dear Marjolein,

A few years ago I purchased the Aero Pilates, and I love it. I thought that you might be interested in the fact that this machine and the exercises it affords are between a wheelchair and me. For several years the muscles in my legs had become so tight and painful that I could barely walk.


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Trim in the Middle

Hi Marjolein,

I thought I would write to tell you how I am getting on with my Aero Pilates. I have been doing 15 minutes a day on the cardioboard, its jolly hard work!

But it is really starting to trim down my middle area. Also, doing the Pilates workouts have helped with my neck painI am not having to take painkillers so much. It feels really good to have the alignment with the shoulder pads and know that I am really helping to realign my body.

Thank you with love from

Brenda

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Piilates is Liberating

I saw you on QVC today with your new Pilates Performer machine with the
cardioboard. I have had the Premier Performer for about 3 years now and when
I bought it I had several physical problems including a prolapsed disc
in my back, a ruptured Achilles tendon, cartilage problems in my knee, two
caesarean sections and to round it all off, a hysterectomy. 

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Pilates Is ItNeed I Say More?

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Phuong Porter, but my friends call me Doris. I have always been very active. I walked an hour every day so didnt really have a weight problem to speak of, but when I turned 50, I began to notice my arms were not as slender as they used to be, and I started to put on weight on my hips and thighs. And no matter what I did, I just couldn't seem to get it offneedless to say I was depressed.

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Sagging Jeans

Hi Marjolein

Im 34 and bought the Pilates Reformer when you where on QVC. I have been using it faithfully every morning since the middle of December.

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Thieves for a Cold

Hi Marjolein!  

I must say I was very impressed with seeing you on QVC on January 21, so much so that I purchased the unit! I have tried it once and was amazed at how much I felt in my muscles the next day, (I always feel things 24 hours later.) I was reading your site and saw your diary entry where you stated you had come down with a cold, etc.

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Pilates -- A Lifestyle

I have a comment, rather than a question. I just wanted to thank you for all of your work in promoting Pilates. I bought two machines from QVC (one was an upgrade), and loved what the reformer exercises did for me.

After sustaining upper back/shoulder injuries in a car accident, the Pilates Reformer exercises helped relieve the pain and added more flexibility. I could feel my "insides tighten", if that makes sense. I loved it so much that I gave my Reformer to my sister (an exercise fanatic who goes to the gym daily). I wanted her to see for herself how beneficial Pilates can be, and that she could get a good workout at home.

Well, although I'm glad she loves her machine, I miss my workouts on the Reformer. So I plan to buy the Aero Cardio Reformer with accessories in the next few months. And I can hardly wait. I am going through withdrawals...Even Total Gym does not compare to the results I got with the Pilates JP. As I get older, I am choosing the Pilates Reformer as a lifestyle choice, so I can be strong, lean and flexible throughout the rest of my life.

I am excited to become a member of Lighter Living, and look forward to getting your newsletters. Thanks for being such an inspiration to all...especially those of us over 45.

Sincerely,

Kay Martin


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Pilates To Go

I want to say "Thanks!" After watching the Pilates segments on QVC over a period of months, I purchased the machine in December 2000, and got it setup on New Year's Day, 2001.

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Pilates Makes My Day

Dear Marjolein
First of all I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for introducing me to Pilates. I'm a 28 year-old ex-athlete. For years I threw hammer and shot put at university to national level and followed a very rigorous training regimen (8 sessions a week!). It was all very machomore is morelike lifting heavy (stupidly heavy!) weights. If we didn't throw up after a session, our coach would 'punish' us as we hadn't worked hard enough! What's more, I wasn't very bignever bigger than a size 14but VERY muscular.
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I Feel I Know You

I have written to you before stating how Pilates had helped my spinal
stenosis and arthritis in my hand and knees. I was doing it daily. About
two months ago I went to the doctor for my bllod pressure bi-annual visit. My
blood pressure was sky high, and I also learned I had high blood sugar.

How to bring my blood pressure down and now what do I eat to avoid taking
insulin? It all seemed too much for me to handle, so I said why
bother, even though I knew Pilates helped me to feel so much better. I only did it
ocassionally, and I started to feel worse then I had for months. So thinking about what you have been through, I pulled myself back together, and am
back to my daily routine, and am once again able to move with little pain.

I don't personally know you, but somehow I feel I do. Thank you for being my
inspiration, you are truly my life saver. I also tried your Sensibility products and love them, please make more products avalible to us.

Love and thanks
Sharon


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Anything is Possible with Pilates

I was in multiple accidents years ago and ended up with a degenerative condition including 5 herniated discs and brain damage (motor skill/headache). I have spoken with Marjolein on QVC regarding Pilates and her JP 4500.

Upon learning that my condition is not something I can expect to recover from, previously having been a dancer/athlete, I simply did not accept this verdict.


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A New Me--Soon

I recently saw you on QVC with the Aero Pilates machine and purchased it for myself. I'm 63 years old with a bum knee that needs to be replaced and in need of physical exercise. I used to be able to walk and jog but no longer can withstand the pounding on my knee.



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Wunda Chair

I just had to email you a great comment. I saw on the website you recommended the new Wunda Chair. They had a video of all the exercises.


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Pilates is a Blessing

Hi Marjolein,

I watched and listened intently to both hours that you were on QVC earlier this week. You offer so much information while you're on air. I learned so much. Hearing the testimonials of some of the callers is so helpful, as are the remarks and encouragement that you give them.
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Computer Woman

To make a long story short, I purchased my JP Pilates Performer from QVC a few years ago but did not stick with it.  Of course, I've watched you on QVC a million times and would feel guilty that I wasn't using it.
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Hurricane Katrina Blahs

I read your article about summer blahs. I have been following a healthy lifestyle with Pilates, thanks to you, for about a year. My blah is a little different. It's called the Hurricane Katrina blahs.
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Jenni's ProgressFollow Up

AUGUST 30, 2005

I missed your last QVC showing, but I am looking forward to the next one! I am still doing Pilates at least 6 days a week mostly every daymorning and night sessions. I have just started the intermediate DVD and I am amazed at my progress. I have also bought the box and pole from QVC and am trying to learn these exercises.
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Just Wanted To Say Thanks

I saw you on QVC UK [recently] and I wanted to ring in and thank you but I'm too chicken so I thought I would thank you by e-mail.
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JP Performer Helped Me

I've had a neurological problem for some years now. Over the last 5 years things had deterorated to where my walking was really affected.
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Pilates Is A Lifestyle

Pilates is not like working out. It is a lifestyle. I love it. It is calming and easily done, no pounding on joints.
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Pilates Gave Me Great Legs

I am 77 years of age. I had a hip replacement one year ago last January. A few months after the surgery I purchased from QVC the Pilates 4500 JP.
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Pilates Is A Great Tool

I've had 3 years of doing Pilates on the JP Performer......I had gastric bypass 3 1/2 years ago, going from 240 pounds to 120......
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Pilates And Marjolein Are Amazing

My name is Kristine Woods, and I reside in Wilmington, Delaware. I have been using the Pilates XP for a year and a half now and have been amazed by this piece of machinery.
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Jenni

The following is a series of email communications between one of my British Pilates consumers, Jenni Barnet, and me over the past 9 months. After hearing her story last August, I made it a point to meet with her in London to see if there was something I could do to help her recover some of her movement. Based on her email I thought I would be meeting an unhealthy older person. I was shocked to meet a beautiful, young, vibrant woman and became even more determined to help her revive her youth. Gentle coaxing and guidance have helped Jenni progress from almost total immobility to a more active and pain-free life. Follow her story over the next few months and discover how Pilates can help you too.

Love Marjolein


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Pilates Has Helped My Daughter

I just wanted to let you guys know how much our Pilates Premier has helped my daughter. She is 4 years old and has cerebral palsy. She walks by herself and she's extremely self-sufficient. She has tight hamstrings and heel cords. We have the Pilates Premier and my husband built a bar onto 2x4s that sits over the machine that brings a metal foot bar far enough up that her feet can reach it from the headpiece.Her orthopaedic doctor can tell that the exercises we do on it are keeping her tightness and muscle tone under control. She actually has too much muscle tone.
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Bob Hachey

Hi Marjolein,

My name is Bob Hachey and I've been using the home studio Xp for almost a year. I love it! I avoided going up a pant size, all my clothing now fits comfortably, I have lots more energy. Pilates is all that you say it is on QVC. I've found it easy to stay motivated, (except on Mondays). I am up to the intermediate workout. I also use the cardio board and the ball, mainly to stretch the back. I do either the intermediate or 15 minutes of cardio board 5 to six days per week. (I do both on at least 1 weekend day.)


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Pilates -- Medication You Do Not Have to Swallow

Hi,

I have the original Pilates machine which I purchased a few years ago. In the beginning I was using it on and off. For the past eight months I use it at least five days a week religiously, even when I don't want to.


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Thank You So Much

I'm not the type to call in to QVC, so I'd like to thank you via email. I've had my premier for 4 months. This is hands down the best fitness machine I have ever owned.
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Your Website is Beautiful

Marjolein

I have just visited your website (it was mentioned on QVC last night -- Friday, Feb. 12). Your website is beautiful -- I copied each entry under the Body, Mind, and Spirit categories. Thanks for sharing!

I also signed up for alerts to updates on your website.

I purchased my Pilates Performer 6 or 7 years ago from QVC. It cost a little over $300 and I still think it was money well spent. I will soon be 63 years old and use my Pilates several times a week.


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Pilates Forever

Hi Marjolein!

I've been following you for quite a while. I first saw the Pilates machine on an infomercial before it was on QVC. Before I could call about it... it vanished! I ordered it the first time it was on QVC. I love it. I've actually given away the first one and bought the premier because I was wanting a "pretty" one since I will be using it for the rest of my life.


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