We have to admit, when we hear the word ‘cardio’, it doesn’t exactly fill us with excitement. Pair that with 'lates' – not the coffee kind – and the whole concept seems a little daunting.
But Cardiolates is loaded with benefits, so Grazia got together with master Pilates instructor Cloé Sommadossi, who moved to Dubai four years ago to open The Pilates Academy, to discuss the concept and learn why she wanted to be the first studio to introduce it to the region.
But firstly, what exactly is Cardiolates? Put simply, the cardio part is every person jumping on a trampoline. The second half is the moves you make on the trampoline. "By jumping in a certain way you improve your posture with zero impact on your joints,” Cloé tells us. “Most of our clients come from office work so I see a lot of people complaining about neck, shoulder and lower back pain. Posture is so important and this class improves agility, strength and flexibility."
So, how tough is it? “The most important part is to have fun. It is a fun activity. And by having your own, individual trampoline, you can adjust your level and pace. You don’t need to be fit or have a great sense of rhythm, but you'll still ripe all the benefits of the class,” Cloé replies. Good to know.
Our next question is whether both Cardiolates and Pilates as a form of exercise can be used as a weight loss tool, or if it's just about body maintenance.
“It’s more about wellbeing. I don’t sell dreams that are not true. Pilates doesn’t have a strong impact on weight loss, instead you reshape. But you can lose weight with Cardiolates because you sweat and burn calories. It’s more effective than running," Cloé tells us.