Cardiolates combines classical Pilates’ emphasis on postural alignment with the cardiovascular and physiological benefits of aerobic exercise. It raises the heart rate above that of regular Pilates classes, causing the body to burn calories and fat more efficiently. At the same time, it tests your ability to maintain concentration and correct posture during periods of increased exertion.
Classical Pilates emphasizes alignment, muscle tone, posture, and flexibility, but it only raises the heart rate for brief periods of time. To burn excess fat, a regular Pilates program should be supplemented with more cardio-focused drills that keep the heart rate elevated for an extended period of time.