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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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185 reviews
Good Machine

I am quite pleased with the Private Pilates Reformer/Caddy combo. It's well built, was easy to assemble, and had a must faster shipping time than other brands right now. It's working great and easy to convert. I dislike the particular caribiner clips it comes with (super clunky and hard to open and close quickly), and needed to add clips to the pulley cords for quick changes between foot loops and handles, so that was a bummer, but it was easy to buy replacements at a local hardware store for around $20. No other issues!

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Denise M. (Farmington, US)
Great machine, great experience

Bought the Casa after several years of another home machine. No comparison! It's well built, quiet, and easily adaptable to my needs. It was shipped sooner than expected and customer service was quick to respond to my inquiries. Highly recommend.

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Lisa W. (Kaneohe, US)
I finally got a reformer!!

I just love my new reformer and reformer!!! I've been waiting years for this and I'm so grateful for CASA helping me with it!!

Best Home Gym Addition

I love this reformer! When 2020 hit, the only gyms that stayed open in my area were pilates studios. I had always wanted to try reformer workouts, so I jumped at the chance to fit it into my schedule. Once I was sold on the activity, I began to research machines. I am so happy with my choice! This is a fantastic reformer with great springs, solid construction, and smooth glide. The only heads-up I would give is that if you are used to studio machines, this one does lie lower to the ground. However, after getting adjusted to that one difference, I have been having SO MUCH fun with it!

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Easy purchase, quick delivery, helpful drover. Extremely well made and easy to put together with my friend. Excellent quality. The exercises are kicking my b- - -