Pilates should be a part of a well-rounded fitness plan
Even if a studio offers unlimited classes for the first week, don’t plan on hopping into a class every day. Your body needs a day or two to recover from fatiguing resistance exercise such as Pilates.
“Pilates stretches, strengthens, and aligns your body all at the same time,” says Carrie Samper, national Pilates training manager at Equinox. “With that said, it also complements every other fitness endeavor because it prepares your body to move better in every way. Adding it into your routine will help you lift heavier weights, run faster, swim with better form, or even achieve that elusive arm balance in yoga.”
No one form of exercise is the only thing you need to achieve ideal body composition and fitness. Variety is essential! Cover your bases first (strength training, stretching, cardio training), then fit in the extras where you can.