Have you heard of cardiolates? Well, it is basically a portmanteau of cardio and Pilates. It is a combination of heart-healthy and core-strengthening exercises. Unlike other exercises, however, cardiolates is done above a rebounder mat — a mini round trampoline!
Doing cardiolates on a round trampoline
In conditioning your core, you need to execute controlled bouncing movements for 40 minutes as you focus on centering the body. Warm up exercises are usually based on the core principles of Pilates. This is followed by low impact exercises and progressive Pilates to accommodate all categories of exercises.
Speaking of the physical activities, cardiolates involves single and both arms, shoulders, and legs exercises. And everything’s done while jumping on the rebounder and engaging the abdominal muscles throughout the routine. Some workouts are done while sitting while others with the buttocks at the center of the mini trampoline. Small hand weights can be used as well.
Benefits-wise, there are cardiovascular and physiological advantages to doing cardiolates.
- Improvement in body composition
- Increase in bone density
- Improvement in blood and oxygen circulation
- Improvement in balance
- Improvement in posture
- Strengthened immune system
- Strengthened core and glute
- Increase in flexibility
People who have attended cardiolates classes claim that it is 68% more efficient compared to running or jogging. This does not necessarily mean that a person will burn calories at that amount. Rather, it means gaining more and better benefits at the shortest time possible. Did you know that you can lose 37 calories with just a few minutes of jumping on a trampoline? How many more calories will you burn if you integrate non-impact cardio exercises? And in a less strenuous way at that?
If you are looking for ways to amp up your workout regime, it’s time to put your mini trampoline out and try cardiolates! It’s definitely an easy and fun way to exercise.