Pilate’s Double Dip: Can You Do Pilates Twice a Day?

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Pilates is a great way to get in shape, and many people find they have caught the Pilates bug and become addicted to doing it, but can you do Pilates twice a day?

You can perform Pilates twice a day.  The workouts should be different routines, and they should be spaced out during the day, for example one session in the morning, one in the afternoon, to avoid causing injuries.

There is no harm in doing Pilates twice a day, providing you have the time and energy for it. However, it is important to listen to your body and not overdo it. If you find yourself feeling tired or sore after a second Pilates session, then you may need to scale back and only do one session per day.

Pilates Anywhere

One of the major advantages of Pilates is it can be done almost anywhere. All you really need is a mat and a space big enough.  The workout doesn’t have to be so strenuous you work up a sweat, combine this with flexibility of location and Pilates is the perfect exercise to do multiple times a day wherever you happen to be.

The time of day you do a workout provides different benefits, which I’ve covered in this post: Is there a best time of day to do Pilates?

Generally I’d recommend starting and ending your day with different Pilates workouts, the morning one should help kickstart your day, an afternoon session should help you unwind.

To kickstart your day, try this “Morning Pilates” routine:

Then at the end of the day try this “Relaxing Bedtime Pilate” routine:

https://youtu.be/qNU0FRiUUsQ

I have a client that prefers to do one in the morning and one at midday. She tells me it gives her an energy boost for the long afternoon she has to work and helps her feel clear her mind from the problems thrown up in the morning (she works in the legal sector, so the problems are complex!).

You’ll need to work out when is best for you, just keep in mind there should be a recovery gap between each exercise session.

Yes, you can do Pilates twice a day

Although people of all fitness levels can benefit from Pilates, if you are a beginner to Pilates don’t overdo it.  Start with one session per day and work your way up to two.  It’s better to do one session correctly than 2 rushed sessions that don’t really help your fitness journey.

Be sure to attend Pilates classes or a personal trainer, so you are confident with the moves, how they use your body weight and the impact it has on your entire body.  Attending a class is also a great way to incorporate a workout into your weekly routine at a set time.

As you progress and make Pilates exercises part of your routine, you can consider doing it several times per week.  By doing regular exercise, you will start to notice changes in your body, including greater core strength and an increase in energy levels.

When you’re ready to try Pilates twice in the same day make sure you have plenty of space and time to devote to both sessions.  Drink plenty of water and eat healthy food between sessions.

Don’t overdo it – if you’re feeling sore or tired, take a break.

As Pilates isn’t usually a cardio session you should consider doing a brisk walk after each exercise routine to provide a well-rounded workout.  

Pilates can be a great workout to do twice a day, but it’s important to make sure you’re taking care of your body and not pushing yourself too hard.  I’ll say it again: If you’re feeling sore or tired, take a break.

Benefits of doing Pilates twice a day

You’ll see results faster.  If you’re looking to improve your flexibility, strength, and balance, doing Pilates twice a day is the way to go. You’ll likely notice a difference in how you look and feel in just a few weeks!

You’ll be more flexible. Pilates is all about elongating and stretching your muscles. When you do Pilates twice a day, you’ll notice that your flexibility increase significantly providing you give your muscles enough time to relax and elongate between sessions.

You’ll have better posture. Good posture is key to looking and feeling confident. When you do Pilates twice a day, you’ll find that you automatically start to stand and sit up straighter. This is because Pilates strengthens your core muscles, which are responsible for keeping your spine aligned.

You’ll feel less stressed. Stress can wreak havoc on your body, leaving you feeling tired and run down.  As well as building strength physically, you’ll build mental strength that will help your overall mental health.

Many people wonder if they will see weight loss.  If you do Pilates correctly you will see a change in your body, including some weight loss, but as you develop lean muscles you may find the weight doesn’t change as much as you’d expect.  Building stronger muscles adds weight, but this time it’s the good sort rather than harmful fat around the belly.

Essentially, you end up trading your existing weight for increased muscle mass and a more defined muscle tone.

Conclusion

So, can you do Pilates twice a day? The answer is yes – but make sure you take it slow at first and don’t overdo it. Pilates is a great workout for your body and mind, and doing it twice a day will only enhance these benefits.

Pilates is a strenuous workout and can be very demanding, so be careful not to push yourself too hard during your second session. Listen to your body and take breaks when needed. If you’re feeling tired or sore, stop and rest. Pilates should be enjoyable and relaxing, not painful.

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