Benefits include detox, weight loss and immune system boost
For those of you who enjoy getting sweaty and steamy on the floor mat during strenuous hot Bikram yoga classes, there’s a new kid in town. Hot Core Pilates offers similarly bendy-bodied fun in a toasty chamber heated to 35 degrees Celsius, but this time classes are less focused on practicing calmly meditative Yoga poses, and more intent on developing core strength and muscle tone, and banishing chronic aches and pains.
Celebrities including Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, Miranda Kerr, Claire Danes and even David Beckham are devoted Pilates fans, and the hot version has even more health benefits than the classic chilled sort.
Where yoga – which originated in India about 5,000 – focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental well-being, Pilates – created by German-born Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s – is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture.