Whereas traditional pilates focuses on building strength and tone in various muscle groups, cardio pilates combines the traditional with heart-pumping cardio exercises that improve the heart rate, increase metabolism, and burn calories. Cardio pilates focuses on the lower body: legs, glutes, and the abdominal core.
Depending on the method and machines used, cardio pilates provides a great way to stay fit in as little as 30 minutes per day. The most common Pilates exercise apparatus is the Reformer. Using a jump board and Reformer springs, a pilates student can lift their legs away from the board to strengthen and tone their lower extremities. This also engages the core muscles and tones the glutes.
Cardio Pailtes video workouts use mostly classical mat exercises and combine them with short bursts of aerobic exercise. The student is expected to focus on proper Pilates form when performing all exercises and use classical Pilates principles to complete the workout with control, precision and proper breathing.
During a cardio Pilates workout you can expect to perform all moves (including clasical Pilates mat exercises) at a faster pace than during a regular mat workout.
Cardio Pilates is a great way to get firm, fit, and toned while being gentle to your body.