A class consisting of beginner Pilates exercises is considered a low to moderate intensity workout. Intermediate Pilates workouts are considered moderate intensity exercises, similar to speed walking at a rate of about four miles per hour. Pilates workouts for advanced students are thought to be high moderate intensity exercise, making them similar to taking a step aerobics class.
The number of calories burned during exercise is a measure of the body's ability to do work. To calculate the calories burned during Pilates, you must consider your weight, the intensity of exercise, and the duration of your workout. You can find an online calorie calculator for a number of different forms of exercise, including Pilates, on the Health Status Web site.
The following estimates are for a one-hour Pilates session:
For a 125 pound adult, calories burned during a one-hour Pilates session would be:
- Beginner Pilates: 210
- Intermediate Pilates: 292
- Advanced Pilates: 360
Calories burned during Pilates for a 150 pound adult would be as follows:
- Beginner Pilates: 252
- Intermediate Pilates: 351
- Advanced Pilates: 432
For a 175 pound adult, calories burned during Pilates would be:
- Beginner Pilates: 294
- Intermediate Pilates: 410
- Advanced Pilates: 504
Calories burned during Pilates for a 200 pound adult would be as follows:
- Beginner Pilates: 336
- Intermediate Pilates: 468
- Advanced Pilates: 576
Gender also affects the number of calories burned during exercise. Men will burn slightly more calories than women, because they are larger and generally have more muscle mass.