Pilates vs. Yoga, which is better? The debate rages on. Both are mind/body exercise regimens, both are primarily resistance training, both make you look and feel fabulous. So which one is the best fit for you? Take our little quiz to find out …
- Are you detail oriented? If yes, steer towards Pilates
- Do you like to move quietly and observe the world around you? If yes, steer towards Yoga
- Do you like a more choreographed workout? If yes, steer towards Pilates
- Do you like to explore poses? If yes, steer towards Yoga
- Were you an athlete when you were younger? If yes, steer towards Pilates
- Do you have an excellent sense of balance? If yes, steer towards yoga
- Do you get back pain? If yes, steer towards Pilates
- Would you like to really focus on flexibility? If yes, steer towards Yoga
Pilates, in general, is for detail-oriented people who would like to develop a great sense of body awareness, core strength, and flexibility. The class pace is fairly quick, you’ll do 40 to 50 different exercises in a one hour class. The movements have a steady flow to them and a lot of them are adapted from when Joe Pilates trained the elite ballerinas of New York City in the 1930s and 1940s so there is a choreographed element to them.
Top instructors complete at least 500 hours to receive their certification and are well versed in anatomy, physiology and working with physical limitations like joint surgeries and other injuries. We are, particularly good at helping or resolving back pain issues. Pilates instructors can work with anyone from a 96 year old house-bound great-grandma (one of my former clients) to professional athletes such as basketballer Shaquille O’Neill or golfer extraordinaire Tiger Woods.
Yoga, in general, really focuses on flexibility and body awareness. Standard classes tend to last 90 minutes and frequently there is an order to the exercises that clients repeat, exploring and improving their poses over time. There is a wide, wide variety of yoga classes, some that are meditative and slow moving and some that are steaming hot (90 to 110 degrees!) and flow swiftly from pose to pose. You can be very de-conditioned or a highly skilled athlete (Pittsburgh Steelers) and still get a great workout.
Top Yoga instructors have studied under other gurus to learn their skill and completed a lengthy certification program. They can take years to develop their craft and are, just like their students, always improving their practice.
I have to admit my biased here. I’m a Pilates instructor and a Pilates studio owner. I am immersed in the Pilates culture. I probably take about 4 yoga classes a year. I always enjoy them, always say to myself I should go right back to the newest/greatest studio but I never do. I always go back to my first love, Pilates.
I would love to have input from others in the yoga and Pilates spheres. Please share your ideas!