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9/23/12 6:45 A

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.

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9/22/12 9:55 P

I was just looking up Pilates info today! emoticon

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9/22/12 9:49 P

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.

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9/22/12 9:33 P

Don't underestimate the value of the flexibility training you get from pilates.

As an avid yoga practitioner with tight hips, etc. even after over 5 years of regular practice; I have started to take on regular pilates classes as well.

Pilates will meet you where you are, but if you are the least bit inflexible (as I am, for a woman), it has proven a godsend ...

And if you're very flexible (particularly in the psoas muscle), you will be plenty challenged, as well. It never gets easy. Pilates IS flexibility training!

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9/22/12 6:35 P

awesome.that's what i really needed to hear.i have always wanted to try pilates.and never really knew how to,when to,and if i really should?now i am willing to give it a try.

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9/22/12 6:11 P

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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9/20/12 6:19 P

Hi Kristin,

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.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

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9/20/12 6:12 P

Is pilates both flexibility and strength training? I feel like I am sore like after a strength training workout the day after I do pilates.

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