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The Best Schedule for Pilates Workouts
In , as with many other fitness systems, performing workouts a minimum of three times per week is a good rule of thumb. This is a schedule that will increase strength, flexibility, and endurance. However, it should be thought of as the minimum, not the ideal. The Pilates founder and other experts suggest increasing that to four per week to get the maximum benefits of Pilates.
Four Pilates Workouts per Week
In his book,Return to Life Through Contrology [Pilates], Joseph Pilates suggests that the best results will be achieved by those who practice his method at least four times per week. Joseph Pilates was talking about a full workout. That would be a complete classical mat routine or a Pilates equipment class. If you can't get to a full workout four times per week, you can put your workouts together other ways for positive benefit.
Pilates expert Elizabeth Larkham, suggests two Pilates equipment classes per week, and 20 minutes of balanced Pilates mat work on the other days (Pilates Style Magazine March/April 2009). This is the weekly routine that I try to follow and I know it works well for many people.
Pilates equipment workouts, whether you do them at home or at the studio, are an important part of the weekly routine because the equipment provides resistance training for strength and strong bones.
A Pilates Workout Schedule That Works for You
The bottom line is that you have to create a workout schedule that works with your lifestyle. Three or four workouts per week are ideal, but anything is better than nothing. Do keep in mind that twice a week is probably the least you can do in order to maintain your level.
Can you do too much? If you can do some Pilates every day, great. Just be sure to keep your workouts balanced and varied enough to keep you motivated. It is important to vary the intensity and focus of your workouts. Not just because your body needs rest time to recuperate and build stronger muscles, but because Pilates is about keeping the mind engaged with the body.
As Joseph Pilates says, Contrology [Pilates] is not a fatiguing system of dull, boring, abhorred exercises repeated daily "ad-nauseam".
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