Pilates promotes a longer, leaner body line simply as yoga does, because it involves stretching, bending, and twisting your body while developing core power. But Pilates is not particularly aerobic, if you are looking for a large calorie burn, use Pilates as an adjunct exercise to running, walking, biking, or using a fitness machine at the gym. Pilates plus aerobic exercise makes for a thorough workout plan, since Pilates increases strength and flexibility and can prevent injuries and improve athletic efficiency in the same way as regular yoga exercises practice. Many athletes find the focus on core body power in Pilates assists them within their other sports.