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What is the Difference Between Mat Pilates and Reformer Pilates?

July 16, 2018

Keeping your body guessing is the key to changing it!

There is no denying the benefits of regularly practicing pilates movements. With the surge in its popularity in recent years, pilates and how it is practiced has developed in innovative ways. This can sometimes make it difficult to decide which class is right for you and your body.

There are two main types of pilates classes – mat pilates and reformer pilates.

While mat pilates and reformer pilates, both provide similar benefits in terms of strength and flexibility, the key difference is the incorporation of a model machine in Reformer Pilates Classes.

So which method is most beneficial?

The aim of each individual pilates movement is to work against resistance in order to train the abdomen, lower back, hips, and buttocks. Although this can be achieved using a mat and your own body weight, the reformer machine can provide an enhanced and varied exercise environment. It offers differing levels of resistance and adjustments for different body sizes and levels of skill, challenging your core and reforming your muscles evenly.

It is important when choosing a pilates class, to also understand your own body and your own preferences. No matter what method of pilates you practice – mat or reformer – all pilates inspired movements will benefit your body and enhance posture, strength, stamina and flexibility.

If you are still unsure, attending a beginners class (similar to Reform Studio’s Apprentice Class) may help you to become informed and explore each pilates class at an easy pace.

Reform Studios’ Apprentice Class strikes a balance between getting familiar with the reformer and isolating muscle groups to activate them correctly. Providing not only a great workout but also the sympathetic support, encouragement and reassurance that every beginner needs.

To find out more about beginners classes or to book a class with Reform Studios in Belfast and Edinburgh, click here. If you have any further questions about reformer pilates, contact us on 028 9066 0899.

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