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should i swap WEIGHT TRAINING for PILATES ?


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Excerpt: I have been suffering from a lower back problem for a few months now and have taken up piltaes in the last 3 weeks. Im consering dropping my weight training all together, concentrating on pilates and cardio (brisk walking 40-60mins 7 days a week). Will i lose a lot of muscle definition if my diet is still good? stats; female, 22yrs, 165cm, 46.5kg, 17% bf

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    should i swap WEIGHT TRAINING for PILATES ?

    I have been suffering from a lower back problem for a few months now and have taken up piltaes in the last 3 weeks. Im consering dropping my weight training all together, concentrating on pilates and cardio (brisk walking 40-60mins 7 days a week).
    Will i lose a lot of muscle definition if my diet is still good?

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    female, 22yrs, 165cm, 46.5kg, 17% bf

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    if you dont use it, you lose it.

    im not an advocate of one method exclusively for fitness. pilates though effective is not a particularly overly stressful form of resistance and is more beneficial for core stability,balance and flexibility. mat science is great but not a replacement for weight training. weight training gives your body the stimulus for bone mineralization, increased/maintaining muscle mass, which will ultimately keep your bmr up. cardio and pilates alone may not support the muscle you have. as for cardio 7 days a week. you would not need that much cardio with a more demanding weight training program. you can then get a well rounded program of mat science, cardio AND weight training just by factoring all these calorie burning exercises together and recieving maximum benefits.

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    Having done Pilates for years, I can tell you that it is not a suitable replacement for weight training. That doesn't mean it can't get you what YOU want. My concern is that you still don't seem to have any idea what happened to your back in the first place, and there's no logical reason why Pilates would be any less stressful on you than a moderate freeweight routine.

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    i had an xray which showed that my pelvis was out of allignment, the osteopath has since then reajusted it, so its now balanced. However, The muscles surrounding it in the lower back are still strained from the changed postition.

    The reason why I cant increase the intensity of my training workout is b/c I still suffer from the pain..and dont want to lift heavier or doing anything that would cause pain to my back.

    I am currently training 3x per week...so I guess I should continue?

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    Are you talking about doing Pilates UNTIL you can go back to weights or add weight, or just giving up on weight training forever?

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    spatts are you crazy!? I could never give up weight training..after all my hard work!
    I was just thinking of taking a few weeks off..possibly gain strength through piltaes (w any luck) and get back into weight training slowly after that..maybe 3 weeks?

    Im worried it will affect my metabolism and ill turn into a fat blob without it (overexaggeration..but you know what I mean)

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    adjust your caloric intake for less energy output. simple. for a few weeks it shouldnt be a problem.


    scared me saying give it up forever. ARE YOU CRAZY LADY??? hehehe.

    having said that. the problem (as i am sure you are aware) with getting adjusted is it does nothing for the CAUSE of the misalignment which, as you said, has to do with uneven muscular forces. so definitely, bilateral exercises such as mat science would benefit you to strengthen evenly your postural stabilizers.

    thats my beef with chiropractics. crack crack, without (for the most part) worrying about the muscles causing the problem.

    maybe an active release specialist would be a good alternative.

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    Whew....

    Okay, then. Pliaticize yourself to pieces...BUT PLEASE come back to the dark side when you're done!

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    spatts, love the new avatar!
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    Originally posted by needsize
    spatts, love the new avatar!
    ditto

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