"The Megaformer workout is designed to develop core strength and muscular endurance, which means you will burn calories and work your muscles to fatigue with high repetitions," says Michele Olson, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, cautioning that a decent level of baseline fitness is necessary for anyone thinking about tackling it. "Its pace and challenge are not for Pilates neophytes," she says. "It attracts people who prefer the amped-up pace and high-energy atmosphere."

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