My weekly routine includes jogging, weight training, Yoga, Pilates, and ballet. While some of it overlaps a little, nothing has done as much for my core, and consequently my posture, as ballet and Pilates. After doing the latter twice weekly for four years, the difference is significant. My testimony is to do both strength training and pilates. Cross training hits more muscle groups than doing any one sport can do.
I have been doing Pilates on Mondays and yoga on Saturdays, with cardio, strength training, or swimming on the other days. In the two months that I have been doing this routine, I can already tell that I'm becoming more flexible.
Coach Nancy is right that Pilates can't replace strength training and Coach Nicole's article is spot on too. But, I do want to encourage you to make Pilates a part of your routine anyway.
Although it is tough work, NOTHING else has done as much for my core and my posture as Pilates. I am a die-hard believer and won't ever give it up. Believe me, once you get into it, you'll be hooked on how great it helps you feel.
Best of luck to you!
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While Pilates does help with flexibility and strength it is not a replacement for strength training, because it focuses more on the core. Below is a link to Coach Nicole's (who is a certified Pilates instructor) article on this topic.
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