Can You Get Cardio in Pilates?

When most people think of Pilates, they traditionally think of lengthening and strengthening their body while challenging their core – not cardio. But if you’re the type of person who likes to combine their workouts, there is a Pilates class for you.

Cue the Pilates jumpboard. Like a traditional Pilates workout, the Pilates jumpboard has the same benefits of lengthening and strengthening your body while challenging your core. But, you’ll be burning more calories with an elevated heart rate and improve your coordination. The Cardio Pilates Reformer class is a great way to get your cardio in without spending extra time at the gym.

So what’s the difference between the classes?

In your regular Pilates class, it’s slow, controlled and focused. This allows you to really bring your attention to your breath and placement of your body. When you add in the Pilates jumpboards, it adds an extra challenge. It goes at a faster pace that increases your heart rate and gives you a total body workout while really focusing on your core.

The jumpboard activates the abdominal muscles while the unsteady support of the trampoline surface challenges the stability of the body, helping you build a stronger body and mind connection.

There are two different types of Pilates jumpboards. One is a flat, padded surface and the other is a cardio trampoline which provides a springy, soft surface that encourages a plyometric and aerobic exercise. In a Cardio Pilates Reformer class, you’ll be guided through a series of exercises on a spring-loaded Reformer. This helps with the coordination of mind and body to optimally balance deep muscle development as the abdominals learn to stabilize the spine and pelvis during quick jumping movements.

You’ll also get an additional challenge in controlling the landing as you load through the feet, ankles, knees, and hips.

Benefits of Cardio Pilates Reformer

  • Strengthening Bone
  • Low Impact on Joints
  • Promotes Healing and Recovery
  • Increases Joint Mobility
  • Increases Strength
  • Pain Relief for Hip, Knee, Ankle or Joint Issues

Looking to try a Cardio Pilates Reformer class? Check out the Pilates studio at PRO Club in Bellevue, WA.

Written by Leaza Armstrong & Adia Callahan – PRO Pilates Instructors

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