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Is Pilates a good substitute for strength training?

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Is Pilates strength training?

In general, clinical and reformer based Pilates is strength training.  The wonderful thing about reformer based Pilates is that it not only works on the obvious power muscles that you generally tend to work in the gym, but you also target the stabilising muscles, the muscles that control movement, which makes training more efficient and effective.

The main elements of Pilates which makes it a great strength training program are:

  1. Reformer Pilates is resistance based – when using the reformer, a good instructor will set the weight of the reformer a little bit heavier than you are comfortable pushing or pulling.  This gives the muscles a stimulus to grow and strengthen overtime.
  2. The exercises have a purpose – the great thing about Pilates is that it is not like lifting a random weight in a random direction.  The movements and exercises that you perform match what you would do in everyday life, so your body and mind learn movements that they will use outside of the gym or studio, which makes them much more useful and improve your “functional” strength.
  3. The Pilates exercises have a balance component of training – Pilates exercises on the reformer, if instructed properly, are never one dimensional.  They will also work on your balance as well as your strength, to make then even more useful in real life and in any kind of sport you pursue.

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