Originally posted on qigongassociation.org.

Which is better for *you*—Pilates or yoga?

On the surface, Pilates and can look pretty similar—they both use mats, props, and body resistance movements, for example. But when you take a class in either discipline, you discover they feel pretty different. So, what, exactly, distinguishes the two—and, more importantly, how do you know which one is right for you based on your fitness goals? Does Pilates actually help you build muscle and get toned? Can yoga help you burn calories? Should you do both?

To find out more, I talked to exercise physiologistMarco Borges about the benefits of the two workouts (he’s also the trainer credited for inspiring Beyonce to go vegan, NBD), and tapped two master yoga and Pilates teachers for their insights. Whether you prefer boat-pose or The Hundred, get ready to find out what Pilates and yoga can do for your health—straight from the experts.

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