At Corefirst, we choose not to focus on the weight loss aspect of resistance Pilates because this is the very last thing we should be thinking about when it comes to fitness and overall health. This topic often revolves around aesthetics and has extrinsic motivations attached to it that don’t normally translate into the success of long-term goals. By focusing holistically on improving your mobility, strength, mentality, endurance, and cardiovascular health, this will come naturally. And to us, those things give a lot more well-rounded benefits than just focusing on losing a few pesky pounds, right?
With that said, of course with any dedication to a fitness program along with a healthy diet, you’re going to lose weight, and resistance Pilates is no exception. In fact, resistance Pilates is leading the way in low-impact fitness methods.
1. BURNS CALORIES
Resistance Pilates may not be a high-intensity workout like running or cycling, but it still burns calories. Depending on the intensity and duration of the workout, Pilates can burn anywhere from 150 to 400 calories per hour. While this may not seem like a lot, it can add up over time and contribute to weight loss. Really looking to feel the burn? Add a few Corefirst Burn Program classes to your weekly programming!
2. BUILDS LEAN MUSCLE MASS
Our Corefirst resistance Pilates classes are a great way to build lean muscle mass, which is important for weight loss. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn at rest. Additionally, Pilates can help tone and sculpt the muscles, giving you a more defined and leaner appearance. Remember, that number on the scale is just a number, it does NOT define you or the work that you are doing.
3. BOOSTS METABOLISM
Having a regular regimen of Resistance Pilates can make your metabolism skyrocket, which is important for weight loss. Metabolism refers to the rate at which the body burns calories at rest. Pilates can help increase metabolism by building lean muscle mass, which requires more energy to maintain than fat tissue. 4. Reduces stress Stress can contribute to weight gain and make it difficult to lose weight. Resistance Pilates can help reduce stress by promoting relaxation and mindfulness. Additionally, Pilates can help improve sleep quality, which can also reduce stress and aid in weight loss. Need a mental reset? Check out our Stretch classes!
5. IMPROVES POSTURE AND ALIGNMENT
Resistance Pilates can also improve posture and alignment. Poor posture can lead to muscle imbalances and aches and pains, making it difficult to exercise and maintain an active lifestyle. Pilates can help correct posture and alignment, reducing the risk of injury and allowing for more effective workouts.
6. FOCUSES ON CORE STRENGTH
A strong core can improve posture, reduce the risk of injury, and make it easier to perform other exercises and activities. Additionally, a strong core can improve digestion and reduce bloating, making it easier to maintain a healthy weight.
By burning calories, building lean muscle mass, boosting metabolism, reducing stress, improving posture and alignment, and focusing on core strength, Pilates can help you achieve your fitness goals and maintain a healthy weight. Above all, participating and being disciplined in a regular fitness program will boost your mental outlook and confidence as well as improve your physical health, and that alone makes it all worth it.