Pilates Side Bend

Nantwich-based Pilates instructor, Becky Rostron, answers the search engine’s most asked questions about the popular exercise method we should all be doing.

1. Is Yoga or Pilates better?

This is quite a vague question as it really depends on what you want to achieve. Pilates increases core strength and muscle flexibility to improve overall joint mobility and posture, reducing our risk of injury and making everyday activities easier. Yoga, however, can have a spiritual side to it, and involves practising techniques that control the mind as well as the body. I teach Pilates, not yoga, but I enjoy practising both because it keeps my exercise routine varied, which is important for overall fitness.

2. Is Pilates a good workout?

Yes, no matter what your fitness level. This is because the exercises can be modified or progressed to suit different abilities. Generally speaking, Pilates is not a cardiovascular workout like dancing, running and cycling are, so it’s important to do these types of exercises as well.

3. What kind of training is Pilates?

Pilates is resistance and flexibility training, using body weight and, sometimes, light dumbbells. Other equipment may also be used including balls, blocks, and bands.

4. Can you lose weight by doing Pilates?

Weight loss occurs when we consume fewer calories than we expend over a sustained period of time. Therefore whether we lose weight or not depends on how much we’re eating and drinking versus the amount of physical activity we do. As with all physical activity, Pilates makes the body burn calories. The amount will vary significantly based on the individual and the intensity of the class.

5. How many times a week should I do Pilates?

I’m of the opinion that doing something is better than nothing, so if you can only fit one session in a week, do one session a week. Our bodies were built to move and in this sedentary world they will thank us for whatever movement they can get. Ideally though, we should aim for 2-3 sessions a week and 2-3 x 30 minute sessions of cardiovascular training. This could be anything from a brisk walk on your lunch break to vigorous housework.

Becky Rostron is a level 3 qualified Pilates instructor and has been working in gyms and health clubs for four years.

She is also a qualified fitness instructor and experienced Couch to 5k run club leader.

She teaches one-to-one Pilates at clients’ homes suitable for all levels. To contact Becky please call 07929218373 or email [email protected]

Becky Rostron - Pilates RFR Fitness

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