SOURCE: ICON Health & Fitness

October 10, 2007 12:04 ET

Reebok® Toning Kit "Like Having a Pilates Instructor in Your Home"

Gentle, Effective Kit Offers Toning and Strength

LOGAN, UT--(Marketwire - October 10, 2007) - Experience gentle, effective total-body toning and therapeutic deep stretching with the Reebok® Total Body Toning Kit. The kit comes with everything you need to strengthen and tone using Pilates-based exercises: a 65-cm Pilates ball, a Pilates ring, one pair of 5-lb soft weight balls, three resistance bands, and a 30-minute exercise DVD.

"The theory behind Pilates is that you stabilize and strengthen your posture for all functional movements," says Heather Guymon, the NASM-certified personal trainer who developed the kit. "If you're lifting or pushing something, or even loading groceries in the car, you can strain the muscles in your midsection. This kit helps you strengthen those muscles for functional lifestyle strengthening."

All components of Reebok are all soft pink, a reminder that making certain lifestyle choices, such as committing to exercise and strength-building, can help prevent breast cancer and can even lower a breast cancer patient's risk of dying. Exercise is key to warding off cancer, confirms the Prevent Cancer Foundation in Alexandria, Va. And recent studies published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology concur that exercise can improve breast cancer patients' quality of life and slash their risk of death. October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The Reebok® Total Body Toning Kit makes exercise easy and fun, so even beginners can enjoy the long-lasting health benefits of getting in shape.

The 30-minute exercise DVD illustrates how to correctly use the items in the kit while leading an effective half-hour workout. Exercisers will learn how to maximize their Pilates workouts while maintaining proper form, building muscle strength and avoiding injury or strain.

Resistance bands, which come in three levels for variable stretching and toning, are great for therapeutic deep stretching to strengthen and lengthen the muscles surrounding the joints.

"Everything in the kit is very gentle on the body," Guymon says. "The items help position your body into a neutral spine, so you're doing the exercises as safely and effectively as possible. It's goof-proof, like having a Pilates instructor in your home."

The Reebok® Total Body Toning Kit is available for $49.99 at Target and www.Reebokfitness.com. (Reebok Toning Kit is model number RTOTALK07)

Reebok has a strong heritage of women's fitness and the website www.reebokfitness.com has a wide range of products to address women's fitness needs. For cardio exercise, the website offers treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes. A range of strength training solutions are available, including the revolutionary Reebok SpeedPac weights.

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