Thursday, March 6, 2008

How Many Calories Do You Burn in Pilates?

In this post, you'll find out how many calories you burn while doing pilates.

However, most people who practice pilates don't really care or think about how many calories they're burning during the hour.

There are other benefits of the workout that far outweigh the number of calories burned- developing core strength, advancing in ways you never thought possible, relaxing and stretching, and working every muscle in the entire body usually top the list above the importance of calories burned. This is one of the reasons why we usually recommend cardio exercise during the week to balance out the pilates workout.

At the same time, you do of course burn calories during pilates, and in case you're just curious as to what the numbers look like, check this out:

A report published by the American College of Sports Medicine tells of new research conducted by Michele Olson, Ph.D. Olson and her team measured the calories burned during beginner, intermediate, and advanced Pilates mat workouts. The research team monitored heart rate, metabolic rate and rate of perceived exertion while the participants performed exercises in a random order.

The research team found that a 30-minute session at an intermediate level burned 180 calories, and continuing the workout burned an additional 90 calories each 15 minutes. It was also found that men burned slightly more calories than women (likely due to the fact that men are larger and have more muscle mass).

Results showed that beginner Pilates exercises burned energy comparable to active stretching, or to other low-moderate intensity exercises. The intermediate workout proved to be of a moderate intensity level, similar to speed walking at a rate of 4 to 4.5 mph. The advanced workout was found to be of high-moderate intensity, similar to taking a step aerobics class.

The team also found that a 1 hour, intermediate level session (think of a typical tower class or private session at the intermediate level) burned 360 calories.

Through their research, they found that certain exercises could be classified as "low-energy costs" if they burned few calories (the Hundreds, Single Leg Circles, and Twist), while other exercises were "high-energy costs", such as Side-Ups, Jack Knife, and Boomerang.

While this information is interesting... anyone who has done the Hundreds with legs hovering above the mat would be shocked to hear that this is considered a "low-energy cost" exercise!


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this information!It was something Ireally wanted to know becouse I was working out on the Orbi Trac and burned around 115 Calories in 30 min of intensive work out! It makes me so happy that Pilates is burning more..Im going to but my DVD in right now! Thank you for making this website!/ Love from Sweden

Heads Up On Your Body said...

I am so glad this information has been helpful to you!! Thanks for your comment!