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uh-oh Ask Mary...long and lean muscles?


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generally, I think she does a good job, but>>>

http://caloriecount.about.com/pilates-help-lo se-weight-q22482

Pilates is usually not a major calorie burner, although certain mat exercises like The Hundred and the stomach series do work up a sweat. Pilates is best for building long and lean muscles and creating perfect posture that gives the appearance of leanness. Pilates also promotes deep breathing, essential for good health, as well as the discipline needed to sustain good health habits.  Read more about Pilates for Weight Loss at About.com.

 

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Hey!

I took that line right from the Guide to Pilates at About.com, and I agree that it is a bit of jargon for the nonscientific reader. I do Pilates and I have to agree that, while my overall appearance may look a bit longer and leaner, my muscles are, in fact, not longer, only slightly bigger, definitely stronger, very much balanced, and my connective tissues is pliable. The amount of fat covering them has more to do with the number of calories I eat unless, for some reason, I rack up long hours of aerobic exercise, which is difficult to do while working so many hours here at Calorie Count.   Wink

Mary

I answered a similar question with my full opinion, as a Pilates instructor, some time ago, which made Melkor's FAQ's (isn't that really everyone's goal here, be honest?):

http://caloriecount.about.com/starting-pilate s-ft91420#7

I think there is a misconception out there, and credible sources perpetuate it, that Pilates will provide "long muscles without bulk". We all know that muscles get smaller or bigger, not longer! This is marketing, pure and simple. Pilates contributes to core strength, but is not a cardio or resistance exercise (mainly body weight only). Anyhoo, most of my thoughts are in the old link...

Original Post by finnsal:

I answered a similar question with my full opinion, as a Pilates instructor, some time ago, which made Melkor's FAQ's (isn't that really everyone's goal here, be honest?):

http://caloriecount.about.com/starting-pilate s-ft91420#7

I think I was the one who suggested that it be put in there :) ETA: Actually, I know I was.

It's a great post and much more informative than the "jargon" (read: salesmanship) you read other places.

I think I was the one who suggested that it be put in there :) ETA: Actually, I know I was.

 Okay, too funny that you can pull that out, thanks! And my real secret goal was to get amethystgirl to point out to melkor that this post should hit the FAQ's...but that didn't fit on my desk calendar...

Original Post by Mary_RD:

Hey!

I took that line right from the Guide to Pilates at About.com, and I agree that it is a bit of jargon for the nonscientific reader. I do Pilates and I have to agree that, while my overall appearance may look a bit longer and leaner, my muscles are, in fact, not longer, only slightly bigger, definitely stronger, very much balanced, and my connective tissues is pliable. The amount of fat covering them has more to do with the number of calories I eat unless, for some reason, I rack up long hours of aerobic exercise, which is difficult to do while working so many hours here at Calorie Count.  

Mary

 ;-)

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