Hi I'm Dr. Karyn Staples, physical therapist and Pilates instructor with Prohealth Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio for About.com. Today we're discussing cardio with Pilates.Pilates exercise in general is not really considered a cardiovascular training like running or biking or going for an interval walk. However, there is a cardiovascular component to it. The more skilled you are, the more fluid the workout is and the more advanced you are and able to move from one move to the other the more of a cardio element there is. The type of class will determine whether it's cardiovascular or not.If you attend a circuit-based class that uses the Pilates equipment as well as mat-based, there will be a cardio element as each station usually lasts for a minute to a minute and a half -- a little bit of rest to transition to the next piece, and by going through that flow, it maintains that heart rate up. Other classes that are offered are doing reformed jump board which allows more of a heart rate component and a lot more cardiovascular to do that.To check your heart rate, you have two options. You can get a heart rate monitor or check on yourself. You can check with your two fingers right to the base of your wrist and allow yourself to look at a clock and you can count for ten seconds and then multiply that by six and that will give you your heart rate for a minute. The other place is to check at your neck to feel where you're talking move out to the side and you'll feel your heart rate right up in here into your corroded.Exercises that will increase your heart rate are the Hundred, as well as doing jump board or things that allow you to be a little more challenged and continue moving from one to the next. For more information, visit About.com.