Read This Before Trying Hot Pilates

Chances are, you've at least heard of hot yoga, the super intense practice popularized by Bikram Choudhury in the '70s (via Yoga International). But have you heard about hot Pilates? It's a relatively new trend popping up all over the country, leading participants through traditional Pilates exercises in a very, very hot room.

If you're a hot yoga fanatic or just like to sweat, you might be itching to try out a hot Pilates class. After all, according to Inferno Hot Pilates founder Gabriella Walters, the workout helps to tone and strengthen muscles, with participants seeing results "almost immediately." And hot yoga studios often claim that their classes lead to stronger immune systems, detoxification, and a stronger heart (via The Washington Post).

The jury is out on whether or not hot Pilates actually delivers on all these life-changing benefits, though. Hotter workouts don't necessarily help your body detox, nor do they help you burn more calories, according to a report in US News.

But is hot Pilates safe?

Unfortunately, there's no clear answer to whether or not hot Pilates is actually safe to do. A 2015 study from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) found that participants in Bikram Yoga classes elevated to no more than 103 degrees (just under the range that doctors consider to be dangerous). Hot Pilates classes, though, are generally no more than 95 degrees — but the workouts can be even more vigorous than the traditionally static poses of Bikram Yoga (via Prevention).

If you're going to turn the temperature up on your teasers, though, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Stay hydrated. No matter what workout you're doing, it's important to drink plenty of fluid before, during, and after your workout.

If you feel dizzy, stop. Exertion and extreme temperatures can be a dangerous combination. Take a break if you feel weak, disoriented, or shaky during class.

Check with your doctor before beginning any new fitness routine. Certain populations, like pregnant people and anyone with cardiovascular issues, should avoid extreme heat (via Healthline). Always follow your doctor's advice and be mindful when taking on a new exercise.