Do you do Pilates Reformer and Lift Weights the same day or on back-to-back days?

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    Jul 26, 2011 4:11 AM GMT
    I try to do Pilates on the Reformer twice a week (My awesome gym throws in two Reformer sessions per week free with the membership).

    While I believe Pilates has worked wonders for my midsection, really tightening up my waist and defining my muscles, I fear the all-body aspirations of some instructors may undermine my resistance training.

    Monday, for instance, I did an advanced Pilates session in the morning and early evening tried doing my back and biceps and discovered my smallest shoulder muscles were wiped out from the Pilates session. The Pilates instructor had done a bunch of rowing motions emphasizing the rotator cuff, rhomboids, and rear deltoids. I was flummoxed later in the day, unable to do my usual weight for bent-over barbell rows.

    Pilates instructors keep telling me that I can do Pilates whenever I want, on consecutive days, on the eve or the heels of resistance training. Given my schedule, I need to do Pilates within 48 hours of resistance training.

    I would be curious to hear from anybody who does Pilates, preferably on the Reformer, and who also lifts weights? How does it work for you?
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    Jul 26, 2011 3:30 PM GMT
    what are your lifting splits? My normal training week is

    sunday whole body gym
    monday pilates
    tue off
    Wed pilates
    thur whole body at the gym
    fri pilates
    Sat off

    I normally do reformer, or reformer and some other apparatus. My general finding is that if you are doing pilates seriously that is enough for the day, that it will take your muscles to their limit, but that you recover much faster than with lifting

    Long term more than 3 reformer sessions a week is not sustainable, though short term it´s fine (when we were in the run up to the advanced seminar in my pilates training we were doing full advanced reformer and advanced mat every day, and sometimes 2 times a day for several weeks)

    I wouldn´t really recommend doing a full pilates session after a full weight session, though i often end my lifting with 5-10 mins just to get my body back in the right shape
  • TonyD

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    Dec 29, 2012 3:49 PM GMT
    I wish more guys used the reformer.
    It can totally reshape the body and prevent all the
    Bodybuilding stiff walking syndrome so prevalent with weight trainers.

    Your post was from 18 months ago.
    How has your recovery fared since then?