Does Pilates help you lose weight?
This is a question we get asked at least once a week at Melbourne Yoga and Pilates!
Maybe, just maybe, you don’t have to spend endless hours in the gym on treadmills, exercise bikes and Stairmasters with minimal results to show for so much effort.
If you want to change your body shape and get that long, lean and toned look, then Pilates is the perfect workout for you.
However, if you want to lose weight FAST, Pilates is NOT enough.
Pilates combined with cardio exercises such as running or cycling will not only help you to lose weight but to tone up and look slimmer. The beach body that you have always wanted can be easier to achieve than you think! So, put down the chocolate, keep reading and you can be on your way to a slimmer you with rock hard glutes and a flat strong tummy!
Calories in vs calories out
The bottom line to losing weight is – you have to expend more calories than you take in. The quickest way to do that is to perform an exercise that gets your heart pumping fast. Even though exercises like running and cycling can achieve that, many find them monotonous or difficult. Find the right type of high-intensity Pilates; like our energetic Pilates X and fat-burning Power Pilates classes that can also achieve similar calorie-burning effects and you no longer have to stare at the TV at the gym while churning out the kilometers on the treadmill.
Transform your body shape
Many celebrities and supermodels have touted Pilates as the new diet pill and credited it with transforming their body shape. Pilates is a unique method that uses springs as resistance instead of the traditional dumbbells and resistance machines. Pilates really does change body shapes by creating leaner, rather than bulky, muscles. Because many Pilates exercises require the entire body’s many muscle groups to perform, it pretty much tones and works out the entire body, giving you a more efficient workout in less time.
For example, check out the exercise Pike that we do in Power Pilates. This exercise tones your core, arms, chest and back all at the same time while folding you into the most elegant of shapes!
Suitable for everyone
The best thing about Pilates is, it is suitable for everyone from beginners to athletes. Whether you are just starting out and worried that exercising is too difficult or you are an athlete recovering from a knee injury, Pilates is extremely low-impact and the exercises are so versatile that you can begin with something simple like a double leg press or something advanced like a single leg reverse dip.
Pilates is also one of the most popular modalities for lower back rehabilitation and is the choice for many physiotherapists and doctors so if you are concerned about exercising with a weak back, no stress – Pilates is here for you!
Remember that the key to a successful weight loss program is consistency performed with right intensity and frequency.
At Melbourne Yoga and Pilates, we like to train our clients with a combination of aerobic exercise with high-intensity Pilates and believe that we have the right recipe for a fit, healthy, toned and fabulous physique.
Contact us to find out how you can get started TODAY to achieve the body of your dreams.