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A Skeptic's Guide to Pilates

Think Pilates Isn't for You? Think Again!


    I've been taking a Pilates class twice a week for 6.5 months, and have withessed countless benefits... I am much stronger, more flexible, more relaxed, my posture , which I thought was very good to start with, has vastly improved, and my clothes fit much better. (My double chin is almost gone!) It has shrunk my midriff , hips and tummy, and as a sufferer of Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, I have less "flares", and am less tired. The first time I took the class during a flare, it shortened my painful days by half. It definitely builds muscle. My shoulders and hips, which always felt tight, are loose and relaxed.
    2 1 hr. classes a week, along with 1/2 hour (interval training) on the elliptical machine when I have the time, and I am set. I once took a toning class when my pilates instructor was away, and the instructor told me I must be a long-time regular, as I am fit and strong- that was after 5 measly months. I am hitting 50 soon (mother of 9, and grandmother of another 9)- and am still over 30 lbs overweight, but the compliments on my "weightloss" keep rolling in! - 5/25/2008 10:15:18 AM
    I see yoga poses are involved. Also at times looks like ballet. It's beautiful and harder than it looks. - 5/22/2008 3:42:14 PM
  • nice article Nicole -- i'm going to re-visit my pilates DVD and try again! thanks! - 4/8/2008 5:22:38 PM
    Thank you for explaining breathing, core stability and posture. I can see how this is important here and for the weight lifting and deep water resistance exercises I want to do too! - 3/16/2008 4:16:19 PM
    Are you doing Pilates on a mat, or using the "Reformer" machine ? I use the "Reformer" and it is very challenging and after 60 minutes, I feel like I ran a marathon. - 12/20/2007 10:26:59 PM

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