Pilates on its own is a fantastic way to strengthen the core and realign the body. Pair that concept with the low-impact, fat-burning principals of rebounding, which is another word for bouncing on a small trampoline, and you’ve got yourself a detoxifying, full-body sweat session.
Cardiolates was developed in 2006 by former Rockettes and owners of Pilates on Fifth, Katherine and Kimberly Corp, and shows no signs of going away.
HellaWella was invited to try a class at Pilates on Fifth using the bellicon brand rebounder.
First, you’ll need to take your shoes and socks off and find yourself a rebounder. Sizes vary, so if you’re a newbie, pick the larger one for more stability. I was concerned when I saw how close each rebounder was to each other — am I going to bounce right into my neighbor? — but I didn’t experience any issues during the class.
The next 55 minutes were filled with a whole lot of bouncing and a bit of foot work, weight-less arm exercises (while bouncing!), leg raises and Pilates-style “mat” work while laying on the bellicon.
The instructor Fayth Caruso, founder or Six Pax Chicago and bellicon ambassador, led a super upbeat class that was easy to follow and understand. She made sure everyone was using proper form and that we were going at our own pace.
Caruso taught us alternative moves on the rebounder so we were always engaging our bodies and feeling confident that we wouldn't face plant on the floor. This way, we were going at our own pace and still getting a great workout.
It’s almost impossible not crack a smile when you’re rebounding. I was giggling and smiling throughout the entire class. Bouncing on the rebounder was just so much fun! Mix that with some uplifting music, and it feels more like a dance party than a workout.
Caruso asked us to find the beat in the song to guide us on our workout. This was especially important when we did such moves as twisting our waists twice to the left, then twisting our waists two times to the right, then back to singles all while moving our arms AND bouncing at the same time.
Cardiolates has many benefits, including improving blood, oxygen and lymphatic circulation, which cleanses the system of toxins; increased agility, coordination and balance; better posture; and builds bone density.
Your body experiences realignment because while bouncing, it is constantly corecting itself so you don't fall over. This can come in handy when taking a regular Pilates class since porper form and alignment will come naturally after doing Cardiolates regularly.
Caruso explained that the bellicon can be used for everyone from physical therapy to athletic training. She offered us the opportunity to run in place as fast as we could go before the end of class — it was very challenging and I sure worked up a good sweat. It makes me curious about what her advanced classes entail.
For more of a kick-ass workout, you could try Cardiolates circuit training at Pilates on Fifth.
Cardiolates classes are $25 (packages are offered as well) at Pilates on Fifth. Prices may vary depending on locations. Do a Google search and see if there's a class near you!