Marjolein Brugman shares her Pilates tips


Marjoleine Brugman Pilates is a total body workout exercise, ideal for toning and strengthening your entire body. And today we're bringing you the Spacemate, a Pilates gym in a bag.

The Spacemate includes a mat, a door attachment and a range of resistance cords and straps, so you can practise Pilates in the comfort of your pwn home.

We caught up with Pilates expert Marjolein Brugman to find out how to get the most out of Today's Special Value.

How will we benefit from Today's Special Value?

The Spacemate offers total body strength training, helps with core stabilisation and will help improve your posture too.

It's an inexpensive way for those wanting to try out Pilates, especially against the cost of the gym or Pilates studios, plus it's convenient as you can practise in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a door, and voila you have a Pilates machine at home.

Ultimately, the Spacemate is an effective and affordable introduction to Pilates. Here's an example of how to use it…

Model using the Spacemate

Model using the Spacemate

Model using the Spacemate

Can anyone take up Pilates?

Pilates is perfect for every age group, male and female. It's designed to keep us young, supple and strong. The Pilates machine is your support and challenge, helping to lengthen and strengthen all muscles with minimal risk of injury. It can also help to correct your postural imbalances through simple and quick exercises.

How often should Pilates be practised?

As part of a healthy lifestyle, if you do 20 minutes three times a week you can see amazing results in every way, from how you look and feel to how you stand and move.

What is it about Pilates that you most enjoy?

I adore the workout and over the years have found it to be addictive to the point of becoming upset when I cannot get to a machine. But now with the Spacemate I can practise anywhere!

After every workout I just feel better in every way and, in conjunction with a sensible balanced diet, Pilates can help you achieve your weight-loss goals.

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  1. brenda rayment March 5, 2010 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Marjolein,
    just wanted to say a few words as a follow on from my emails to you back in January. I have now upgraded to the new Aero Pilates model with the flared footbar after having the problems with the older model (which I used and loved). This machine and its improvements, wider board etc actually feels very different. I am using it and really enjoy how smooth it feels. Just wanted to say thank you for helping me to obtain this newer model and for all the help I received from Stamina and Rio Beauty.
    with love and gratitude,

  2. Nadia Rahab March 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Marjolin,
    I bought your machine a a year ago but it did not have a rebounber ( cardio board). I tried the QVC pilates shop several time but they do not have it. How do I do about buying one? Are there any shops in London where the product is sold or can buy it online?
    Manyt hanks for your help

  3. Joyce Piper March 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    I always look forward to seeing you on QVC Marjolein and have purchased the TSV even though I already own and use the aeropilates machine. I travel frequently and this will be perfect to slip into my suitcase, lightweight and relatively takes up no space. I’m really looking forward to receiving it and trying it out. Thank you as always.
    Joyce Piper

  4. julie March 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Always looking at this and i have been trying to find out as i has ostiomylitis (causing shortning of my left arm and leg) would i be able to use the pilates machine please?

  5. Jennifer Thorpe March 5, 2010 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marjolein,
    I just wanted to know, in the near future, will you be bringing your pilates intergrated dvds to qvc uk. Love pilates very addictive.

  6. Mark April 16, 2010 at 12:12 am -  Reply

    I have often been told that Pilates can help with lower back problems. I have T4/5 disc herniation and am waiting to see a neurosurgeon early in June. Would Pilates help and what method would be best meantime? I dare not trouble my GP with this since he may not be able to give any opinion, anyway. I am in significant pain, and anything that would not hinder, should help.
    Many thanks for giving any consideration.

  7. Julie Horton-Bowen April 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marjolien
    I purchased your top of the range pilates machine last year, but started having lower back problems quite quickly after using it. I have just started to use it again, but this time just trying the rebounder, and my lower back is playing up again. I do not understand what I am doing wrong and my husband has also had the same problem when using it. I am only using the number of cords that you recommend on your dvd. Please can you advise me where I may be going wrong. If I could just get over this problem I know I would love this form of exercising.
    Many thanks

  8. Collette April 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi, I bought the Pilates Power gym and please tell me if this machine is as good as your Aeropilates before I try to get rid of it.
    Thankyou, collette

  9. Susan Kinghorn May 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    hello, I ordered the TSV after a long period of deliberating, I was so pleased when it arrived and I put it together, while I was engrossed in this my puppy chewed the dvds and I only have the beginners one in tack.. does any one have the other two that they don’t want???? and could give to me..

  10. Sally Jones September 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marjolein,
    I have the older pilates bench and stand please could you tell me where i can get the cadio board.
    many thanks

  11. Rachel Pratt January 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marjolein
    I have the aeropilates 4500 and wonder where I can get a cardioboard for this model.

  12. Sylvia Bourne July 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marjolein
    I have had my machine for over 2 years i have only used it a couple of times this is because i follow the beginners video when i go on. This takes far too long and wondered if you could tell me what i’m better doing if i’ve only got 15 mins each time as i really want to start using it on a regular basis.
    Many Thanks
    Sylvia Bourne

  13. anna brabson July 18, 2011 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Hello Marjolein
    I have the narrow bed pilates with cardio board and have hardly used it because I am a chronic pain sufferer due to old back ops and increasing arthritis and working through the pain is difficult but I am scunnered, old scots word , for properly fed up and want to strengthen the muscles all over the lower half nothing can be done surgically and frankly I dont intent to go this route am starting to fall down because the muscles are not supporting me please help I cant kneel or sit crosslegged on the board as legs spasm so have to do only on back exercises for now what ones should I do apart from the early stretching ones which I am already doing and my muscles love these, but I would like to strengthen things a bit thank you for your help, sorry about your mum

  14. Nicola Brunt August 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marjolein
    I purchased the four cord Aeropilates machine some weeks ago and am already enjoying using it everyday as I find it relieves some of my chronic back pain (disc bulges L5/S1 and L4/L5). I do not want surgery and physiotherapy has had little or no affect. I feel the introductory workout is more than enough for me at the present time but wonder whether there are any exercises I should be avoiding with my back condition. For example, the elephant seems to aggravate my back Also, I am sticking with the exercises that look “easy” simply because I am nervous of doing anything more complicated and hurting myself and more importantly, doing more difficult exercises incorrectly and hurting myself. I should be very grateful to receive your comments.
    Kind regards

  15. Linda McCormick September 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marjolein
    I bought a Pilates Machine last September its the two black cords and the red cord in the middle. I suffer from back pain and had a hip operation 9 years ago I also get siatica and neck pain. My Doctor told me to start low impact then build up gently. Because of on going back pain I have only tried exercises recently I have used the machine twice for about 10 minutes. I have had to lie down after I have done a work out although I only do a few gentle ones. I get a headache and feel sick each time I have used it. I have sent for the Pilates Magic circle and the Pilates Head and Neck Support today after watching your Pilates on QVC. I did some of the gentle workout that Pippa asked you to show viewers. Again I have had to lie down with the sick headache. I am not sure why I get them. I am 62 and need to tone up my body and arms and strengthen my body.. Can you please suggest why I may be getting these sick headaches as I may be doing something wrong. I do not want to give up using the machine.
    Thank you for any suggestions you can give me.

  16. Sue Berry September 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marjolein,
    I purchased my Pilates Performer in January 2003 from QVC, and have hardly used it – mainly because I had nowhere to keep it out all the time!
    I know you make it look easy to fold up & store – but it is heavy and cumbersome to keep foding it up I find – especially as around that time I had disc problems, and ended up having surgery.
    So my machine has been in the basement for most of it’s life I’m afraid, but after watching the show yesterday, I decided to bring it up and start using it again – I realised I can now keep it set up & just slide it under the bed! So even with a ‘bad back’ I brought it up from the basement today – and will be watching you at 6pm tonight on QVC!!
    I would like the Cardio Board though – can I still purchase this and will it fit my model? I also only have the original video, so could do with the beginners DVD – although somewhere in the basement we have got a machine that will copy one to the other – must get that out too I suppose!
    I’m having back problems again with another disc, and really am just feeling quite stiff all over. I’m the same age as you, and a similar build – but without all the toned muscles and I’d now like just a fraction of those! More importantly though is to not feel this all over stiffness!
    If you can help on getting the Cardio Board I would be grateful.
    Many Thanks,
    Sue Berry

  17. Jill Muller October 17, 2011 at 8:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Marjolein,
    I have the three cord large bed machine and have tried to use it for my weight and back, but whenever I lie down and do the footwork exercises, I get a headache which stays with me for a while afterwards and puts me off going back on it – please tell me what I am doing wrong! Also, I now have plantar fasciitis and wondered what would be the best execises to help ease this painful condition. I would be grateful to hear from you,
    Kindest regards, Jill Muller

  18. Elizabeth Colyer November 9, 2011 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Marjolein,
    I had a prolapse operation 5 weeks ago and wonder if you can tell me when it would be safe to start using my Pilates machine again and which exercises I should start with and which ones I should definitely avoid.
    I have so missed using my machine and would like to tone up before going out to see my daughter in Australia in 4 week’s time but am afraid to do anything too strenuous for fear of harming the healing process.
    Many thanks and best wishes,

  19. rachael went February 21, 2012 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Hello Marjolein,
    I’ve been looking at your machines for some time and I’m now thinking of purchasing the new model. I broke my back 2 years ago but didn’t realise until just recently, thus I have a lot of ripple affect problems now from it not mending properly. I have a slipped disc in L4 n L5 a curved spine in 10, 11, 12 where the brake was and arthritis in my facet joints just about everywhere, its also affected my knees and ankles because of being left twisted. I’m only 34 and up till recently have lived a very sporty active life and now I can hardly do any of the things I use too including affecting my job. Please could you advise what excercises would benefit me and which should be avoided.
    many thanks Rachael

  20. ellyn singer March 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    i seen qa qvc show2 that Marjolein said she would e-mail (me) everday for motivation thanks ellyn singer

  21. Christine Porter August 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marjolein
    I have the 4640 machine, which is brilliant. Please could you reccommend exercises to strengthen pelvic floor. I think Side Splits may be a good one? Are there any other exercises you would reccommend? Also how many reps should you do and how often.
    Many thanks for great products and your very imformative shows on QVC.
    Kind regards

  22. Anna January 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marjolein,
    I have been watching for years and so wanted to purchase, finally did the TSV and was wondering how long i should use it for a day to get used to it? i have done the beginners dvd’s and struggle a bit, i also find it is hurting my knee, which is quite weak willthis improve the more i use it and my back. plese advise.

  23. Maryann Wujkiw February 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi, marjolein,
    I have a Pilates with a rebounder, I recently aw diagnosed with lymphatic edema in my legs. Studies suggest that rebounding on a trampoline is extremely helpful. I was wondering if the bouncing on the Pilates rebounder would give the same effect in helping the lymphatic system. Maryann

  24. Paul Clue June 2, 2013 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    I have a crack in my lumbar region, which causes severe pain in my back, buttocks and calves. I have the four corded Pilates machine which has helped me greatly but are there specific exercises I can do to ease my pain especially after a 12 hour shift at work. Many thanks Paul Clue.

  25. rhona johnston August 11, 2014 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    I would really appreciate a reply to my query. My partner has been diagnosed with ankolysing spondylosis/cervical spondylosis / oesteo/rheumatoid arthritis. You can only imagine his discomfort. I encourage him to keep fit, walking is really the only thing he enjoys, but I feel he needs to keep subtle to help him improve his posture. Could pilates help in anyway?

  26. Donna December 3, 2015 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marjolein, I have the reformer 4240 but haven’t used it very much for various reasons. However, I would like to start using it but concentrate on two areas, upper arms and tummy. Which would the best exercises be for this?

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