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I have really started enjoying doing pilates at the Y and with dvds at home. However, I've been very sporadic with it and only do it once or twice a week. I'm thinking about committing to doing pilates 4 or 5 times a week and walking every other day. I want some honest input from those who do pilates consistently. Can you really see and feel a difference in your body? Have you lost weight or "just" toned up? Or do you just assume its doing your body good but can't really notice how? Do you do different kinds of exercise, too?<br>
My main exercise used to be running, and now being a new mommy I find myself pretty much sticking to walking and pilates. Though I never really liked running (I really envy people who actually <b>enjoy</b> it!), I still feel like I need to get my heart rate up and sweat alot to really do something, even though pilates is definetly challenging and I'm usually sore the next day. I don't want this to sound bad, but I have always maintained my fitness level and I am not overweight. I mainly just need some toning in my flabby hips and abs after having a baby. I was wondering if pilates would accomplish this for me or if its one of those exercises where you only see results if you start out with lots of weight to lose.<br>
Any advice is much appreciated!
 

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There is no "magic pill"....<br><br>
However, diet and exercise does work. I think everyone's body is different, and responds to different routines, but the key to success is being consistent.<br><br>
I do only pilates and yoga now 3-5 times a week, and I'm almost the same size as I was when I was doing major weights and cardio 5-6 times a week a baby ago. Pilates really tones the mid-section. I've noticed my belly has become smaller in the past few weeks as I've gotten more consistent.<br><br>
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Pilates has been my main excercise (along with walking/hiking) since before I had any kids. I was always small, never needed to loose weight but could still tell a huge difference in how toned my abs and legs were, depending on how consistant I have been with my excercise. To maintain I would always walk daily and do pilates 3 times a week.<br><br>
When I needed to loose a bit of weight after having my first child, I just increased the amount of pilates to 5 times a week and took longer, quicker paced walks<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I lost the flabby belly QUICK! Plus I was BFing so I know that helped.<br><br>
Now, I am 3 mo pp with #2 and haven't started excercising yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">--I need to tone my tummy and hips a bit and loose about 15 lbs, but I haven't gotten around to that yet (thank goodness I am at least bfing!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">)<br><br>
Anyway, I can totally tell a difference when I do pilates and I'm not overweight either--I've never had more than 35 lbs of baby weight to loose. You should give it a try!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I've been doing Pilates consistently for about 3 years. I try to get in 4-5 workouts a week, but sometimes, I fall off the wagon and then I go weeks without a workout. But I always jump back on and boy, does my body thank me! Most of the time, it's the only exercise I do.<br><br>
Yes, you will see and feel results. Even more so because you are not overweight. You will become toned and flexible and have a very strong core, which will strengthen your posture. I think Pilates combined with some kind of cardio is a terrific and very practical way of maintaining fitness.
 

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I love Pilates! I didn't gain a lot with my DD (19lbs) so I lost it all right away. I started doing Pilates when I was about 2 months PP. I did it for 10 days straight and I swear I felt a huge difference. Then I just got lazy....LOL. I want to start doing it again (on the days I can't get to the gym), but I lost the tape I had and need to buy a new one. But I swear by Pilates especially for your belly.
 

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I've lost about half the weight I need to lose (through changes in my eating combined with walking and running), but I am still very overweight. I've been doing Pilates about 4 times weekly for a couple months, and even with the fat I still wear, I can see a difference. I also had some painful back trouble, and I can feel my core muscles protecting my back now. I am also improving flexibility. My body is changing, for sure.
 

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My routine is Monday, Wednesday, Friday do cardio and Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday do yoga, Pilates, weights. The variety helps me to stick to it and I think its important to try different things to challenge your body. I had a c-sect with my 1st baby and noticed that I had a little bulge below my belly button that didn't go away til I did Pilates. I think if you commit to it for at least a month you will be very pleased. I can't say what a Pilates-only workout does for you, but Pilates definitely makes a difference in my workout <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I used to be an avid dancer (ballet, ballroom, latin, etc), while I was dancing someone told me about pilates. Even though I was already dancing several hours a week, I noticed a HUGE difference in my body by the third week of pilates, and I was only doing it once a week, in a group, with a certified instructor.<br><br>
I personally feel its important to have at least one class that you have taken with an instructor, because there are alot of small things/techniques that they guide you through, that you may not glean from the videos, but greatly help your results. Then you will be able to apply those techniques to your at-home work outs.<br><br>
Anyways, Pilates rocks.<br><br>
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You all are inspiring me to get a pilates dvd and attend one of the pilates classes at my gym. Does anyone recommend a pilates dvd that they like?
 

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hi! i love pilates but am waaaay lazy about it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: my belly is very much my worst part after dd (2 years ago <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh">: ) and i'm getting more motivated to do more pilates & yoga lately. I'm a dvd junkie, so i'll be happy to share the dvd's i have:<br><br><b>Gaiam Pilates for Weight Loss</b>- i haven't gotten too much into this one yet. I'm not crazy about the instructor, Suzanne Deason. But i'm going to try it again today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br><b>Gaiam Pilates Beginning Mat Workout</b>- I have the VHS version of this. It was the first that i bought & i still like it. Ana Caban is the instructor & she gives good instruction plus there is a 2nd person demonstrating modified verisions of each exercise.<br><br><b>Crunch Fat Burning Pilates</b>- <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">: I love love love the cardio workout on this one. I have to admit, i haven't done the mat workout b/c i like the cardio so much & usually just do that. The cardio is based on pilates positions combined with movement. Gets my heart rate up & nothing hurts! Of course, that's until the next day- there are so many squats that i have trouble going downstairs :LOL<br>
She's my favorite instructor so far.<br><br>
Non DVD-<br><br><b>The Pilates Body by Brooke Siler</b>- I have the book & then bought the cd kit b/c i liked the book so much. She's super easy to understand & follow. Flash cards in the kit for each exercise. The cd has both instructional & class-pace workouts.<br><br>
Ok, :LOL looking at my list i should have a beautiful body!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I am so doing pilates today. This is very motivating <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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She's my favorite instructor so far.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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Do you remember where you bought this one?<br><br>
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