Researchers have been studying the effects of Pilates.
The popular style of exercise (originally developed for dancers) has become a regular class at most gyms.
It’s great for strengthening the abdominal muscles – but for those touting any weight loss benefits – they might want to check this out:
During the study, Olson and her team asked ten people with an average of five years’ experience with Pilates to follow basic, intermediate and advanced Pilates workouts for 30 to 45 minutes each, and measured how many calories they burned…
The researchers found that, on average, a person weighing 75 kilograms (or 165 pounds) burns 480 calories per hour from an advanced workout, 390 calories per hour from an intermediate routine, and 276 calories for every hour of a basic Pilates workout.
What’s It Good For Then?
What is Pilates good for? It’s a better workout for the obliques, and outperforms basic abdominal crunches.
“You can say Pilates is legitimate core training,” she said. But if you’re trying to lose weight, “you’re going to definitely have to supplement with something else,” such as a running regimen and diet, Olson noted.
I would guess that most people doing Pilates probably realized this?
However some advertisers would have us believe otherwise: The tag line of the popular Winsor Pilates is “Sculpt your body slim”.
Have you had weight loss success with Pilates?