How many calories does a session of Pilates burn?


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One hour of Pilates burns approximately 380 calories. However, according to About.com, this number is very subjective as it can vary based on the height, weight, level of fitness and gender of the person exercising.

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The objective of Pilates is not to burn calories. According to Pilates Lifestyle, the focus of the exercises is on stretching, toning the abs, strengthening the back and becoming more flexible. If one's main objective is to burn calories, cardio exercises such as jogging or elliptical training are recommended. A mix of cardio exercises and Pilates can provide a healthy combination of calorie-burning and toning of muscles.

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