One of the things I love most about Pilates is that it brings results. It’s efficient, effective and often times life-changing.
I know that sounds like a bold claim but I can say that without hesitation and with utmost sincerity. I see it time and time again with both my in-person and online clients.
Pilates has the power to changes bodies and changes lives.
But every once and awhile I hear from someone who is frustrated because they’re not seeing results. They feel as though they’re doing everything right but their body hasn’t changed and they don’t feel like they’ve progressed.
So today, I’m sharing 5 reasons why you may not be seeing results from your workouts.
5 Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results From Your Workouts
1. Lack of consistency
I know it can feel really great and noteworthy to go to Pilates once a week, but exercising once a week will bring slow results. Especially because when you’re only exercising 1-2 times per week it’s easy to skip one here or there and then go weeks without a quality workout.
I also see people who get really fired up and attend class multiple times per week but then fall off the wagon completely because the routine wasn’t sustainable for the long-term.
Consistency is the key to success. Set a schedule and stick to it, not just for weeks, but for months and years. The results will begin to show.
2. Sloppy movement
You know when you just want to get a workout over with so you slop through the exercises just to get them done? Yeah, that’s getting in the way of your results. Or maybe you tend to zone out in class rather than really focusing on your form and technique. Either way, in order to see results you need to focus on using the proper muscles and proper form in all exercises. One thing I love about Pilates is that it focuses on quality over quantity. 10 slow, well-executed chest lifts are better than 100 sloppy crunches any day of the week.
“A few well designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.” – Joseph Pilates
3. Your diet doesn’t reflect your goals
You can’t out-train a bad diet.
As I shared in my Pilates and Weight Loss video, I fell into this trap for years. I used to go for run and feel so tired and so good about my workout that I’d reward myself with big meals and treats the rest of the day. At the time, I didn’t realize that I would be better off skipping my workouts all together and focusing on a healthy diet.
So if you’re not seeing results from your workouts, make sure that what you eat all day, every day reflects your goals (and yes, those little bites here and there while standing in front of the fridge count too).
4. Uninspired cardio
If you’re still operating under the mentality that cardio is the best way to get in shape, I’m excited to tell you that there is a better way! You don’t have to make yourself miserable on the elliptical for one more minute.
Research shows that short bursts of cardio (like HIIT) can be just as effective for cardiovascular health. In addition, building muscle is a key component to seeing results. Adding muscle will not only change the shape of your body but will increase calorie burn throughout the day.
So start building muscle with my YouTube Pilates workouts and give yourself a break from the uninspired cardio.
5. Too much alcohol
I’m sorry, I hate to tell you this, but alcohol is a major hindrance in losing weight, getting in shape and overall healthy living. There are so many reasons for this. Not only is it high in unnecessary calories and carbohydrates but it also disrupts the body’s ability to properly digest and utilize food as an energy source. In addition, it causes dehydration, bloating, restless sleep and inflammation. Feeling lethargic after drinking also leads to missed workouts, lazy days and killer cravings. Often making this ONE change can bring major results so that your hard work can finally show.
So what do you think, do you recognize any of these as why you may not be seeing the results you expect to see? Let’s chat about it in the comments. 🙂
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