No magic here—MRT is just a term covering various combinations of intense, efficient cardiovascular and muscular training. MRT can involve supersets, circuits, speed, low rest and compound movements; it almost always packs a double-punch of aerobic and anaerobic work, breaking down barriers between traditional weight training and cardio. If you're sick of long rest periods and the sleepy treadmill slump, MRT might be for you.
Developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, this method of training has been dubbed "Contrology" since it revolves around conditioning your body. Putting emphasis on aligning the body, working on your breathing and developing core strength, Pilates routines can truly help you take charge of your system.
Unlike working out on the weight machine, Pilates routines usually focus on bettering the whole body and not just one muscle. In addition, Pilates helps to build different kinds of muscles than lifting weights, as it can develop and hone long, lean muscles that will help create a stronger inner and outer frame.
If you're looking to work on your abdominal and back, Pilates can push your body to another level. Unlike yoga poses that don't involve any movement, the body is continuously pushed throughout most routines. The moves are more akin to sit-ups and push-ups, as opposed to a position where you lie dormant.