Pilates is known for its health benefits; from strengthening the core, back and pelvic muscles to increasing flexibility, but can it help you lose weight too?
While general mat Pilates will most certainly help you maintain a healthy weight, it may not be quite as effective in losing weight as cardio exercises such as running and swimming. However, that’s why we offer different forms of Pilates classes to try such as Reformer HIIT and Circuit Pilates which may up your calorie count more than traditional mat Pilates.
While our studio is specifically reformer based Pilates, we have some different types of classes on offer. Here’s how to distinguish the difference and decide which should be your next class:
General Reformer Pilates
Majority of our classes are beginner, intermediate or all level Reformer Pilates. Working on building strength, flexibility and balance, beginner reformer sessions will give you a full-body workout while moving your body in all planes of motion – forward bending, back bending, side bending and twisting. Building upon what you have learnt in the beginner sessions, intermediate Pilates is designed to incorporate more complex sequencing along with more challenging Pilates repertoire to have you stretching yourself physically and mentally.
But if you’re wanting to lose the weight, we recommend the Reformer HIIT class which combines the best of Pilates reformer and HIIT in one dynamic class. It’s structured interval training where props like kettlebells, weights, and boxes are used in tandem with Pilates movements to build strength and get an amazing cardio hit. Pilates & Co Reformer HIIT classes will get you working in the afterburn effect for up to and beyond 24 hours after your session. This is why it is so important to do this session once per week.
The Studio Circuit class is a 16 station fast-paced lap of our studio where you will explore movements on the Cadilac, Wunda Chair, Barrel, Reformer, Spine Corrector and other props. This circuit will give you a full-body workout and certainly wipe the calories away!
Remember the key to weight loss is patience and consistency. Results don’t happen overnight. This is why we introduced our 6-week Challenge which includes classes, regular updates, special Challenge offers and a healthy food guide to follow. Our next 6-week Challenge is scheduled for October.
You may have seen MetCon on our timetable and thought, “what’s this all about eh?” MetCon, is short for metabolic conditioning and these classes are high-intensity cardio workouts incorporating strength, balance and endurance. Head Met.Con instructor David Norman explains.
I’m loving teaching met.con. I’m excited about the format and the smiles at the end of the workouts generally say it all – ‘glad it’s over, but I know that was so good for me!’
The sessions can be tailored to everyone’s intensity and whilst we do try to work your limits and take you to positions and movements that challenge your mobility and exertion tolerance, it really is a class that can offer something for everyone. If you haven’t considered met.con in your weekly regime, now is the time with four class options per week on the timetable.
MetCon is short for metabolic conditioning
Metabolic conditioning or high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a proven and hugely popular training methodology and we at Pilates & Co believe it is an integral part of a balanced training regime for health, wellness and results.
Post-exercise oxygen consumption often referred to as the afterburn effect or fat burning potential is elevated by this type of session more so than more steady state cardio activity or even Pilates. We want our clients to gain the best results and body function, hence our recommendation for at least one met.con class per week to complement Pilates sessions.
David’s background is a sports science degree and has owned fitness equipment businesses, award-winning fitness studios and co-founded Pilates & Co. You can follow him, with wife Roz, on Instagram at The Norman Life.