When you’re thinking about shedding some unwanted weight, and looking for an exercise program, Pilates usually isn’t at the top of the list. Let’s be honest, most of the time it isn’t even on the list. It’s like the “less good” Yoga. And most people don’t even want to try Yoga.
But there’s a core fan base that has an unflinching devotion to Pilates. And you know what? Most of that fan base are lean, flexible, and athletic.
Is it for you? Are you ready to cross over into the unknown exercise universe known as Pilates?
Common Pilates Misconceptions
Pilates Is Advanced
While many athletes, fitness professionals, and models have relied on the benefits of Pilates that doesn’t mean it’s only for advanced athletes or it’s too hard for beginners. As with any exercise there are varying difficulties tailored to your experience.
You Need Special Equipment
One of the most comical, and frequent, misconceptions that turns people away from Pilates is the belief that special equipment is used and needed. Specifically, the “Pilates bed” with cords and cables used to pull your body weight. While the Reformer is specifically used for Pilates, it isn’t required.
Most Pilates exercises are done on the floor without any equipment.
Is It Good For Weight Loss?
Pilates is best used between cardio days, and not as a replacement. Pilates is core intensive, which will help sculpt your mid-section, but it isn’t at the high end of the spectrum when it comes to calorie burning. It’s more strength building, and not high intensity aerobics.
You should definitely give it a try. Many have fallen in love with the regimen after just one workout. Seriously, they love it. It gets weird, and stuff.
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Three Pilates Workouts You Can Do At Home
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