Reformer Pilates for Weight Loss

Nov 06, 2017

If you want to shed kilo’s, it takes a combination of proper diet and exercise. But did you also know that bodyweight and resistance training exercises like Reformer Pilates can be just as effective as a cardio workout if you want to lose weight?

How Does Reformer Pilates Help Lose Weight?

To lose weight, you’ve got to start moving. But for most people, this is the part where they struggle at — to simply start. Reformer Pilates gives you a gentle introduction to physical activity, but with scope to advance.

Reformer Pilates contributes to your overall weight loss strategy by increasing your muscle tone. Muscles are metabolically active. The more lean muscles you have, the more calories you can burn.

Aside from increasing your muscle tone, Reformer Pilates strengthens your body. A stronger body helps you prepare better for more dynamic calorie-burning exercises.

Reformer Pilates is widely known for sculpting muscles. Because Reformer Pilates helps you tone your muscles, especially around your midsection and arms, it can improve your body shape and give you a leaner physique. A lot of people strive to lose weight so they can get a leaner, fitter body. The Pilates technique can help you achieve this goal.

One of the benefits of Reformer Pilates is body balancing. A balanced body helps you develop the ability to move gracefully, making exercising and losing weight more doable. Rather than focusing on your balance, your focus is more on the movements whether you’re doing Pilates or cardio exercises.

Keep in mind that Reformer Pilates is not a cardio workout. But it will get your heart and lungs working enough to minimise your risk of developing heart disease (which is a common disease in overweight people).

A regular Reformer Pilates session can be added to your walking workout if you want the best way to reduce your weight. To get the best results, your Reformer Pilates workout should be complemented with 5 x 30-minute walking workouts per week. If you have cuddly fats around your belly, this is a must-try method to drop your body fat percentage.

A study of 303 female participants in 2014 Clinical Interventions in Aging showed that a weight-loss program consisting of Pilates and aerobic exercise increased lean muscle mass and decreased fat mass.

While burning calories is a crucial part of the weight-loss equation, it’s not the only part. It also takes building lean muscles to rev your metabolism and burn more calories all day long, whether you’re on the move or just sitting on your office chair. Reformer Pilates helps you create lean muscle, especially your core muscles. Just about every move in Pilates gets the muscles from your hips to your shoulders firing up.

Another thing to keep in mind is that diet plays an important role in weight loss. If you want to see results faster, always combine a healthy balanced diet appropriate for weight loss with exercise. What you eat matters too. We’re not talking about fad diets. It is about eating the right kind of food in the right amounts.

So doing Reformer Pilates for weight loss will give you fantastic results if you augment it with walking workouts and a proper diet. If you’re looking for expert advice, you’re more than welcome to ask us!

Whether it is for weight loss or body strengthening, you can’t go wrong with Perth Reformer Pilates. Book your Pilates Body Assessment to find out whether Reformer Pilates classes will be suitable for you – click here for more info.


Ruiz-Montero PJ, Castillo-Rodriguez A, Mikalački M, Nebojsa Č, Korovljev D. 24-weeks Pilates-aerobic and educative training to improve body fat mass in elderly Serbian women. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2014;9:243-248. doi:10.2147/CIA.S52077.