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The Benefits of Pilates

4 Reasons to Stick With Pilates

Fad workouts come and go, but Pilates continues to be a favorite among Hollywood starlets and well-versed fitness fanatics. What's to love about the exercise? Check out these four reasons to do Pilates below.

Complementary workout: Whether you are a hard-core swimmer or a bootcamp devotee, incorporating Pilates into your workout routine helps keep your muscles loose and flexible, important for staying injury-free, and allows your body to recuperate while still working your muscles.

Lengthen and strengthen: The oft-quoted promise that Pilates and other studio-based exercises will make you look long and lean may be a stretch, since there's no physical way to actually make your muscles longer or leaner. But regularly practicing Pilates can help you combat muscle bulkiness. "In Pilates you stretch the muscle to its full extension, then contract it," says celeb Pilates trainer Nicole Stuart. With weights, however, "you are using your muscles against the resistance of that weight you are holding. So while you're lifting the weight you build and expand your muscle. You are adding a layer of muscle and reshaping."

Read on for more reasons to do Pilates after the break.

Body awareness: One major reason why people are such big fans of Pilates is because the practice helps you become more aware of your body both in and out of the studio. Pilates teaches you how to breathe — useful when you're out on your daily run — and how to stand correctly — useful for making your belly look that much flatter. It's not all deep breathing and better posture; a regular Pilates practice can also connect you with your body and help you be better coordinated and mindful in all your movements. Read on for all the ways Pilates makes everything better here.

Calorie burn: Pilates may not exactly be a calorie-buster, but going to Pilates class will help you burn a decent amount while you strengthen and stretch. A 130-pound woman will burn 144 calories in a one-hour Pilates class, which makes the workout perfect for those lower-intensity days.

Ready to ramp up your Pilates routine? Make sure you watch out for these common mistakes in Pilates mat class.

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Bridgitt14936523 Bridgitt14936523 2 years

Pop Pilates, piloxing, and cardio Pilates burn more than 200 an hour.

corepilatesnw corepilatesnw 4 years
Love this post!\u00a0 We totally agree with all the strengthening properties of Pilates and we also encourage our clients to take every lesson with
nehakbar nehakbar 4 years
i hav flat chest & stomach but full thighs,wil this help get rid of it???  
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 4 years
Oh I will forever stick with Pilates! I was converted almost a year ago and I love it!!
Elaine2567580 Elaine2567580 4 years
This is why I love Pilates and why I decided to start teaching Pilates as well!
Laurie2567250 Laurie2567250 4 years
So true! Pilates is awesome!
janetmouse janetmouse 4 years
Pilates really helped me to "feel" my stomach muscles and get a connection, and be aware of my posture.
Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 4 years
I has definitely made me more aware of my posture, my breathing, and how I use all my muscles. 
Angelica Angelica 4 years
Great post!
merrillworkm25 merrillworkm25 4 years
this may be amateur, but there's a "pilates for dummies" video that i think is a great start for beginner pilates
merrillworkm25 merrillworkm25 4 years
and you can do it all without getting off the floor! lol
merrillworkm25 merrillworkm25 4 years
i like pilates because it lengthens and strengthens muscles. builds core. improves posture. helps slim the tummy area
SoupeDuJour SoupeDuJour 4 years
Depending on the type of yoga you do, Pilates has more quick movements involved (think of the common Pilates exercise where you're contracting your abs while pumping your arms). Yoga has more holding of each position, so more time spent in that one position. Both are great for good health, so what you choose will depend on what you're looking to focus on. If you'd really like to work your core, try Pilates. If you'd more like to work on flexibility, stability and mind focusing, try Yoga. Or just give both a try and go with the one you like - Netflix online has a ton of free exercise videos; whenever I want to try a new type of exercise, I try it on Netflix first. 
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