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Pilates: Calories Burned Per Hour

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Kristen Ledlow is a television show host at ABC News in Tallahassee, Fla. She also holds the Miss Capital City USA title. Ledlow has been a published writer since 2000 and was most recently a sports writer for "The Southeastern Times." She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in communication and broadcast.
Pilates: Calories Burned Per Hour
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If you're looking to lengthen and strengthen the muscles in your arms, legs, and core, Pilates may be the workout for you. Pilates engages both the mind and body and has the ability to tone muscles without adding bulk. Several variables will affect the number of calories you burn per hour during Pilates.


As with most other workouts, the number of calories you'll burn during a Pilates workout will depend on factors such as your height and weight. An average 140 lb. exerciser will burn more than 200 calories per hour expending a moderate effort. You will also need to take into account the intensity of your workout and the exercises you complete. An intense Pilates workout will burn more than 500 calories per hour.

Exercise Types

The most common Pilates moves include variations of squats, lunges, crunches and push-ups. The intensity of your Pilates workout will depend on the level. Beginner Pilates will burn about 200 calories, while intermediate Pilates will burn about 300 calories. Advanced Pilates expending maximum energy will burn about 500 calories.

Calorie Burn

After calculating all variables and completing an hour-long workout, you have burned between 200 and 550 calories. To continue burning calories and lose weight, pair your Pilates workout with a healthy diet, plenty of water, and stretching before and after you work out.

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