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Will Pilates Help Me Lose Weight?

pilates for weight loss


Practicing Pilates, especially as a beginner, is not a particularly cardiovascular activity, and so, not a huge calorie burning activity.

Of course, any movement is good movement, and doing Pilates is certainly a lot better than just sitting on the couch watching television!

But time and time again, I see clients who have been doing Pilates for a while losing weight and losing sizes.

There is a magic moment that I have talked about with other teachers, and they all recognize it and have seen it too.

A client comes to me for the first time, and it’s clear she isn’t comfortable with her body. She comes to the studio in loose fitting tee shirts and sweat pants.

For some period of months or maybe even longer she continues to dress like that.

Then, the magic day comes...

She comes in the door wearing chic and snug workout gear.

She has been shopping!

Pilates for many serves as a gateway into a new way of perceiving themselves and their bodies, and passing through that gateway can be profound.

Little changes start accumulating, and taken together they are huge.

We make some changes in our diets or we start another exercise program, because Pilates has shown us just how good exercise can feel.

Because we feel stronger, fitter, happier; we respect our selves in new way, and the weight loss seems almost a byproduct of that.

Is it really that easy?

Well, maybe not.

But, I have seen it time and time again, and I know it happens.

Something else happens too.

The further you progress in your Pilates practice and the deeper your understanding of the practice is, the more cardiovascular and heart-pumping the workout becomes.

There is no workout any more difficult and sweat-inducing than a really excellent, advanced, mat workout that leaves you trembling at the end.

Then, Pilates really is a weigh-loss exercise routine.

So does Pilates help you lose weight?

I say yes!


Author: Paul Meripol, Viva Pilates Studio

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Peak Pilates® fit™ Reformer
Lori W. (Emmett, US)
What a difference!

I love this Reformer, it's smoother and quieter than my last one. I also have noticed that the springs are much better than the ones I would buy for my last Reformer. I'm so glad I was able to purchase this equipment

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This reformer is wonderful! The machine itself is not only stunning to look at, but also so incredibly well build and glides like a dream. Everything you need to get started is included. Delivered in box, but super easy to assemble. Would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to add reformer pilates to their workout routine.
Only negative thing was that delivery took a while and customer service did not have accurate delivery date information, but after delivery I can say it was worth the wait.

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MVE Reformer

Excellent quality, very smooth glide. The double loop straps are a real plus. I purchased without being able to see or test the model and there are a couple of features I’d like changed in next iteration; the foot bar mounts from the inside and doesn’t clear the platform making it unsafe to mount for certain exercises and the connectors for the straps & pulleys frequently come unscrewed. The jump board is a couple of inches too short for my body & doesn’t adjust. Long- short box handles can rub on certain exercises. White glove service was excellent. Great value for the price would definitely recommend.