How Do I Use Pilates for Cellulite?

Alex Tree
Alex Tree
Pilates is intended to increase strength, endurance, and flexibility, which may result in fat loss.
Pilates is intended to increase strength, endurance, and flexibility, which may result in fat loss.

To use pilates for cellulite, you must perform the exercises regularly and eat a healthy diet. Using pilates for cellulite is akin to using yoga or other exercise designed to increase strength, endurance, and flexibility while losing fat or maintaining fat loss. Pilates is not a magical weight loss solutions, nor can it target specific areas of the body to get rid of cellulite. Cellulite is simply another word for fat; it is not a special kind of fat, and the appearance of it can be reduced through fat loss. Before beginning a pilates routine, ask your doctor whether pilates is right for you.

Developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, "pilates" eventually became popular and deemed by a United States judge to be generic and free for everyone’s use. Pilates is now a mixed bag of true original pilates and pilates-inspired exercises. To use pilates for cellulite, the best place to start is finding an educated instructor. Look to reputable gyms to find someone who is properly trained in this exercise technique.

Remember to exercise on a daily basis to see a significant reduction in cellulite. Experts generally recommend that adults exercise at least one hour per day. Depending on the intensity of the workout, an adult might need to work out for two hours per day. Wait at least an hour and half after eating to do pilates. Then do a five-minute warm-up to get your body ready. Try not to pay attention to your weight; muscle weighs more than fat, so you might stay the same weight or even gain weight, but you are still getting healthier by doing pilates every day.

Many people misunderstand the meaning of cellulite, which is important to know when using pilates for cellulite. The term refers only to dimples and wrinkles in the skin from fat near the surface. Having cellulite is common and not professionally used to determine whether a person is overweight. Even some athletes and models have obvious cellulite, and it is estimated that up to 90 percent of women have it. The prevailing medical opinion is that having some cellulite can be normal in both men and women.

Pilates can be an intense exercise, especially for people who are out of shape. Ask a doctor whether taking up this form of exercise would be a healthy action for you. If not, he or she should be able to recommend a less demanding routine.

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I did not know that cellulite was just regular fat, I thought it was a particular type of fat. I guess it just looks and feels different when it is right under the surface of your skin.

I have not done pilates, but I have heard a lot of good things about that and yoga, so I do want to try them both out sometime.

I am contemplating getting a gym membership, as these last couple years I have started to get out of shape and it is honestly scaring me. I have had cellulite even when I was very active, but this is the first year I have started to feel extremely tired and sore after physical activity.

I thought adults were only supposed to exercise every other day for at least an hour, but now that I know that it is recommended for at least an hour every day, I feel even more lazy and out of shape.

If I join a gym, I plan to take at least the pilates and yoga classes every week. I have heard people have gotten great results with using pilates and yoga on a regular basis, along with eating healthy also.


I plan to try pilates one day, because I've heard so many good things about it. Right now, though, I'm working on getting back into basic shape by doing light aerobics and walking a mile each day. It could be awhile before I'm ready for an intense workout, and I don't want to send my body into shock.

The only exercise I've ever done where I've noticed a reduction in cellulite was strength training yoga. I followed along with a video that focused on using yoga moves to tone and strengthen different areas of the body.

When the backs of my thighs toned up and gained muscle, the appearance of cellulite lessened. I know that I lost fat, and that's why I could see the muscle underneath.

It's been awhile since I've done that workout, and even that would be too intense for me to jump into right now. Once I build up my endurance again, I'm going to get a pilates video workout and hope for good results.

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    • Pilates is intended to increase strength, endurance, and flexibility, which may result in fat loss.
      By: Mat Hayward
      Pilates is intended to increase strength, endurance, and flexibility, which may result in fat loss.