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Mat Classes Or Reformers Classes?

11th November 2016

Mat Classes Or Reformers Classes?
It's not uncommon to be confused by the wide range of Pilates classes that are available to you. Two of the most popular classes that people attend are Pilates mat classes and Pilates reformer classes. But which one is best for you?

What is a Pilates mat class?

Pilates mat classes are conducted on the floor using an exercise mat. The primary focus is on controlled breathing whilst doing body weight resisted movements. These classes often involve basic Pilates equipment such as Pilates rings, resistance bands and weighted balls.

The goal of a Pilates mat class is to help strengthen the core through abdominal control and pelvic and scapular stability. There are many other benefits to taking a Pilates class such as improving your flexibility, balance, sports performance and body-mind awareness.

What is a reformers Pilates class?

At first the reformer can look quite intimidating, all the springs, pullies and moving parts appear to be very complicated. In reality it is very simple, it helps break down the Pilates mat routines in order to further improve strength.

Reformers are spring loaded to add resistance to exercises. The springs cause the muscles to work harder and ultimately this will increase strength as a faster rate. The amount of resistance can be altered depending on the experience of the student. As well as resistance for strength, there are a number of pullies that that can be used to stretch and improve flexibility as well as range of motion in joints.

Which Pilates classes are best for beginners?

For a complete beginner we recommend that you find a local beginners Pilates mat class. These are a great place to gain a better understanding of the basic foundations of Pilates. These include all of the basic movements and breathing patterns.

Once you have a little more experience and you are looking to try something new we recommend finding an intermediate reformers class in your neighborhood. You will be able to apply some of the basics you've learnt from beginner's Pilates classes to a more complicated piece of equipment.

All of the extra reformer attachments increase the range of exercises you can perform on the mat, and also allow you to try a few brand new positions.

Reformers Pilates classes are especially good for people with a limited range of movement as you can isolate specific muscles in order to reduce the chance of injuries and increase the outcome.

How can I find a reformers or mat Pilates class?

If you're looking for a Pilates Mat Class in your neighborhood or a Pilates Reformer Class in your local area then Pilates Near You is the place to go!

There are hundreds of Instructors from all across America advertising their classes on Pilates Near You all you need to do is search using your location and check out the instructors near you. You can then send them a message through the contact button with any questions you may have and they will be sure to get back to you.