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Pilates vs Weight Training

Pumping iron and doing Pilates are two different ends of the scale entirely.  Both, however have their benefits and we’ll take a look at both.

Weight training or resistance training as it’s called has been around since who knows when.  From ancient Greece until now people have lifted modest to heavy weights to build muscle and bone density.  Weight training has so many benefits that since the 1980s doctors have been promoting it especially to senior citizens to whom muscle and bone density can become compromised due to sedentary lifestyles and diet.  Weight training can be done at any age but preferably in the early teens to start.  The benefits are overwhelming as it aligns the spine, prevents disease, increases strength and mental clarity.  Recouperative times of the body are greatly accelerated as well.  Even people who’ve suffered heart attacks and heart failure are now prescribed to take on some forms of weight training.

Pilates, invented by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s is a newer form of exercise calling for precise motions much like yoga to strengthen the core muscles of the body.  This involves the muscles of the abdomen and skeletal muscles to align the pelvis and spine.  It increases strength, flexibility and overall mental clarity too.  Pilates only requires minimal equipment in the form of a device called a Cadillac that employs pulleys.  Overall, people who take up Pilates get quite the health benefits.

In comparison both exercise regimens burn calories and build muscle.  Of course weight training burns the most and in a special way.  During exercise the muscles and metabolism rise and calories aren’t only burned during the workout but for hours on end.  The more muscle, the more calories burned by default.  One’s resting metabolic rate keepson burning calories even while asleep.  That’s why body builders look so cut with a low body fat ratio.  Fat can’t stay on them even when they only workout three times a week.  Pilates burn calories slower and at a modest rate but does so none the less.  A lower impact exercise regimen, Pilates gets those muscles at the core and on the skeletal areas burning and strengthening and like weight training will keep on burning calories even while resting.  Both regiments build muscle no doubt.  Pilates on a lesser degree but very effectively.  Pilates targets speficic muscle groups where weight training works the overall body.  Pilates won’t make you an Arnold Schwartzenegger but you don’t have to be.  Pilates afford for more flexibility as well as breath control, meditation and mental clarity.  The same can be said of weight training as breath control is essential for maximum gains but it’s less an aerobic regimen.  Pilates fits that too but does focus more on breath control.  Overall, both regimens bring about muscular and calorie burning benefits.

Actually you can incorporate both Pilates and weight training in your exercise routines and to your great benefit.  It’s not a matter of one or the other as both supplement one another.  In regard to weight training and body building it would be highly recommended to incorporate Pilates into the regimen.  Lots of muscle calls for good stretching and flexibility especially if one is playing sports.  It avoids injury and keeps the muslces at their maximum efficiency.

 
 
 
 

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