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Can Pilates Help With Weight Loss?

Maybe you’ve passed a Pilates studio on the way to work and it’s piqued your curiosity. Or maybe you’ve read about the increasing number of celebs and athletes, like Gwyneth Paltrow and LeBron James, that are using Pilates for fitness. So why is it becoming more popular? And can it help you with your weight loss goals? Here’s some things to consider before you sign up for that class.

What is Pilates?

not yoga but similar

Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on using both the mind and body to achieve a great workout. Those muscles deep inside of us are twisted, conditioned, and strengthened to give your body an intense workout. While it looks graceful, Pilates can be pretty tough! It’s an amazing sequence of movements that uses gravity, body weight, and sometimes specially designed equipment as forms of resistance. And there’s an added bonus: Pilates trains the mind to maintain a constant level of awareness of the way the body moves. Sounds amazing already!

The Pros


While Pilates isn’t the first workout people think of when focusing on weight loss, it does have some benefits. Because it does such a good job strengthening your core, reducing your risk of injury, and improving your flexibility, Pilates helps your body last longer when you’re working out. It also helps you from getting sidelined with minor injuries, sprains, and soreness that most of us experience when upping our workout intensity and weight loss goals.

Also, studies show that people who do Pilates regularly may also be more likely to engage in other forms of exercise. Since you often find yourself visiting or joining a gym or health club to take part in a Pilates class, you’re more likely to stick around and hop on the treadmill for 30 minutes, and every little bit of exercise helps!

Another plus is that some forms of Pilates can even be done on the floor with minimal equipment, like a mat. It’s great for a home workout! All of the fundamental movements and basic exercise principles of traditional machine-based Pilates can be incorporated into a mat exercise program without you having to find a special Pilates studio or invest in complex or expensive exercise equipment. Take a look online for videos and podcasts that you can watch from the comfort of your living room!

With Pilates, we are using full breaths to fully master the exercises. These are techniques which you can use in other activities such as stress relief, sleep, meditation, or sports. Bringing full attention to each exercise and learning how to engage in high quality focus will make you feel better from the inside out!

The Cons


While there are these benefits to doing Pilates, it’s not the top form of exercise for weight loss. When it comes to pure calorie burning and fat loss, there are other forms of exercise that might be more efficient. For example, an hour class at a beginner’s Pilates level, a 150-pound person burns about 250 calories, while an intermediate class burns 351 calories and an advanced class burns 432 calories. To compare, here’s some other exercises that will burn more calories in the same amount of time:

  • Bicycling (stationary) 448 calories
  • Jogging (5 mph) 512 calories
  • Running (8 mph) 864 calories
  • Tennis 448 calories
  • Stair Climbing 576 calories

So while it may be a better idea to do a more intense workout to burn more calories, Pilates may be a good supplement to what you’re already doing.

Another drawback of Pilates is that it does take time to see results, and some of us are impatient with our weight loss goals! The average person doing Pilates 4 times a week is going to see results only after 3-6 months. Of course, sticking with it yields a toned body and sleek physique which is why it is so popular!

Well if you’re still curious about how it might help you, check out a Pilates class or download a class online. Whatever you do, we know that you will be feeling better about your health and the steps you’re taking towards your weight loss goals!


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