The studio has an interesting collection of all ages and genders, with the oldest into their 80’s. All are positive thinking individuals who come ready to learn, progress, and in many cases heal. They bring their challenges with optimism and continue to challenge my years of expertise.
Question: “How much weight will I lose if I do Pilates 2 or 3x’s per week?” The answer may not be what you hoped to hear. Probably nothing if you continue to consume too many calories. Bummer. What will happen is that your shape will change. Your abs will flatten, your thighs, butt, upper arms will firm up and decrease in size. People will comment and say you have lost weight, but if you step on the scale you probably will be the same weight.
To lose weight and reshape your body you need to change eating habits, do some cardio like a good brisk walk for 1/2 hour per day. Add in Pilates and your shape will change within a few weeks. Remember muscle weighs more than fat. Toned muscles in all the correct places can make you look and feel great. Forget the scales. Forget your age.
Dilema: You are over weight. Your energy and motivation to get back on track is poor to nil. All the right intentions might be there, but every time you start, you fall off the wagon. You need to exercise and the cardio that has been recommended is impossible to stick to. This is why Pilates has been so successful for so many people,
The key to success: Pilates exercise is done in a slow, mindful way. The toning, stretch, reshaping actually feels good. Muscle tone increases your metabolism, so in a few weeks your body starts to enjoy the feeling of exercise and your energy improves. Who wants to do cardio when their energy is lacking?
The steps I recommend are:
1. Start with Pilates 2 x’s per week.
2. Start cutting out the bad foods that are poisin to your body and replace them with fuel. You can still eat and be full. In a few weeks you will notice your weight decreasing.
3. Now add in some light cardio 4 or 5 times per day. Walking is excellent and at this point maybe enjoyable. Mix up your activities so you do not get bored.
You are slowly changing your lifestyle. If you want to remain slimmer and more fit it will take some time to get there. The plan needs to be easy on your body, heart and soul, otherwise you will be setting yourself up for failure.
I have supported people through this gradual process for many years and it works. You can do it.
Julie Akin: head Pilates Instructor at Synergy Staying Fit Pilates – South Surrey / White Rock