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When should I do Pilates?

I workout on my treadmill for 30-45 min, 5 days a week. I would like to include Pilates now. Do you think I could do Pilates right after I get off the treadmill or do you think it would be better to wait. Should I do it in the evenings? What do you think?

Mon. Feb 6, 3:00pm

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Your muscles will be warmed up and ready if you do it after you walk. If you feel up to it, go for it.

But, if you are very tired after walking, you may not be able to put as much strength into the Pilates workout.

You could try doing it later in the day or even adding it to one of your days off walking.

Monday, February 06, 2006, 3:07 PM

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try to do them at different times of the day or on different days.

Pilates when done properly works your muscles. Do the treadmill after that and your muscles may tire before your cardio gets to the level you want or you may simply exhaust yourself too soon.

Do the treadmill first, and you may be too tired or winded (technically, if you're getting a good workout in, you shouldn't be up for pilates after...) to do pilates properly, and focus on the movements as you should. It's much more complex than simple old fashioned weight training...

Monday, February 06, 2006, 4:49 PM

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you dont have to do pilates along with your workout. I find pilates to be a nice wake me up in the morning.

Monday, February 06, 2006, 5:10 PM

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Since you are comitted to your treadmill five days, I would do the Pilates right after just like the second poster said. You will be warmed up and ready for it. If you are willing to do them back to back there is no reason why you shouldn't. It is a really good combined workout. How long is your pilates tape? If it's only 20 mins. you shouldn't have any problems starting out. I take a step class twice a week for an hour and do an hour of pilates right after and it feels great.

Monday, February 06, 2006, 6:32 PM

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I bought the Windsor Pilates. I have a 20 min dvd and a 50 min dvd. Do you think I should start out with the 20 min first? How long should I do the 20 min dvd ( 1 week or more) before I switch to the 50 min one?

Monday, February 06, 2006, 9:22 PM

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If you've never done pilates, you will want to start out with the 20 min. dvd. I would do that for a couple of weeks to get a feel for it. Then when you're comfortable go to the 50 min. dvd. I use the 50 min. advanced and it moves along pretty good. You'll want to know what's going on and get the basics down first.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006, 8:12 AM

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I have another related question for everyone. I have Denise Austin's Yoga and Pilates DVDs which one should I do more of? I have tried them both and I was wondering which one will really help my abs more?

Tuesday, February 07, 2006, 9:24 AM

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