Beyond building strength, Pilates builds your ability to endure strain on your muscles for more extended periods!
You’ve just started Pilates classes, or you’ve returned from even just a two-week hiatus, and you’re jumping into a class. You’re moving along feeling pretty good, but – OMG! Was that a charley horse? – You’re keeping up, but – Oh! The burn! That’s muscle fatigue related to your overall muscular endurance, and Pilates is here to help.
What is Muscle Endurance?
You are probably most familiar with cardiovascular endurance, your heart’s ability to pump oxygenated blood to your muscles for aerobic energy creation over a prolonged period. Everyday activities to challenge your cardiovascular endurance include walking, running, swimming, hiking, biking, and rowing. Activities that elevate your heart rate. Each of us has a unique target heart rate to help keep us in the aerobic energy creation zone.
Muscle endurance is a specific muscle’s ability to perform and maintain force over a prolonged period. Not to be confused with muscle strength, the most significant load or force that muscle can generate. Think endurance means duration, and strength means weight.
How does Pilates build up your endurance?
While not a run, hike, or swimming session, Pilates does help build and maintain your cardiovascular endurance. Especially at the higher level classes, like our Cardio Sculpt, Pilates’s principle of Rhythm/Flow keeps the fluid, stride-like momentum going from one exercise to the next. But also, the Classic Pilates repertoire specifically prescribes weight load and number of repetitions, crucial to developing muscle endurance. Knowing when to add a challenge is part of the training. Adding load and resistance challenges your established movement patterns, improving your strength and muscular endurance!
Pilates Resistance Training
There are so many benefits from a mindful movement and strength training workout like Pilates that you’re already receiving in your classic flow. So we’re turning up the heat. Coming up this September, we’re offering new 90 minutes Pilates classes!
Pilates Builds Muscular Endurance
More reps at a lower weight. Mix up the apparatus to push yourself in all planes of motion, optimizing whole-muscle burnout. We want to build balanced muscle strength and not overstrain our alignment maladies at a too-aggressive spring load.
Sat Sept 16th 10:00AM
Thurs Sept 28th 10:00AM
Pilates Builds Cardiovascular Endurance
Keeping your heart rate elevated for a prolonged period. 90 minutes, to be exact! Set at a moderate pace that you can maintain for the entire class. Keep up the rhythm and flow throughout class, but work to steady your heart rate and breathing! No rests.
Thurs Sept 28th 11:30 PM
Pilates Builds Power Endurance
This is explosive bursts of energy to push through an exercise set followed by a rest period. This may be time-based, say a 1-minute arm exercise followed by a 30-sec rest. Going all out reps! This is about assessing your endurance level – no expectations. Just push yourself!
Fri Sept 22nd 10:00AM
Sat Sept 9th 7:30AM
One of the primary principles of creating physical change is to push the body beyond its current ability through challenging weight resistance, duration of exercise, or intensity level. Every Pilates class builds your cardiovascular, muscular, and power endurance. So dive right in!
Start Your Pilates Journey
Schedule an Intro Private
THE INFORMATION EXPRESSED ON THIS SITE IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. WE DRAW ON OUR EXPERTISE AS PILATES AND MOVEMENT SPECIALISTS BY EXPANDING OUR PROFESSIONALISM THROUGH CONTINUING EDUCATION AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCES. WE AIM TO PROVIDE VALUABLE INFORMATION CONCERNING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PILATES, FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT, AND FITNESS. YOU TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL DECISIONS NOW OR IN THE FUTURE CONCERNING YOUR HEALTH, LIFE, AND WELL-BEING. THIS INFORMATION IS NOT TO BE USED AS MEDICAL ADVICE EITHER TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE OR AILMENTS. YOU SHOULD CONSULT A PHYSICIAN BEFORE BEGINNING ANY EXERCISE PROGRAM.