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1/9/13 7:48 P

Here is a rather long article on the development of the Pilates Systems, its relationship to other forms of fitness training and it application.

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Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

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1/9/13 5:55 P

I used to do the 10-minute Solutions Pilates workout (until stupid Netflix removed it) where it was broken down into five 10-minute segments for lower body, core, upper body, full-body and stretching. So if you're doing something like that, you can certainly get away with doing Pilates for your Strength Training (as someone already pointed out, Pilates IS strength training).

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1/9/13 4:09 P

Definitely. It is almost a whole body workout.

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1/9/13 2:39 P

Thanks. I guess I should have worded my question better. Pilates works your core (abs, glutes, quads, delts, etc - pretty much everything between the knees and shoulders) it isn't quite a total body strength trainer, but close to it. Therefore, would it be a good alternative to replace one of my 2-3 weekly full body strength training sessions?

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1/9/13 2:20 P

Helpful advice - thanks!

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1/9/13 1:06 P

As others have pointed out, pilates isn't a "substitute" for strength training, is IS strength training.

However, would you be likely to ask "Can I swap one of my strength training session for a session focusing wholly on my shoulders?" Wouldn't that seem odd? Substitute the word "core" for "shoulders" and that is exactly what you just asked! :)

Pilates is great core strength work. But your core is not your only body part.

Good whole-body ST should be done 2-3 times a week. If you're already doing 3, then doing Pilates only for one would be okay, because you still have 2 for the rest of the body. If you were only doing 2 and want to swap one down, I would suggest your legs, shoulders, arms are not going to get enough ST through your week for best results.

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1/9/13 12:07 P

As long as you aren't neglecting the rest of your body, certainly. Pilates is strength training. :)

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1/9/13 11:52 A

Pilates IS a form of strength training - you use youre body weight instead of machines or weights. :)

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1/9/13 11:41 A

I was wondering if I can substitute one of my strength training sessions with Pilates? I have been doing Pilates once a week and have found it to be a very intense core workout.

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