Why Mat class?
So many clients lately have asked “why do mat? Isn’t reformer better?”
I think there is a thought that mat Pilates is like yoga. Well, I can let you know it is not!
Both reformer Pilates and mat Pilates are equally challenging in different ways.
The reformer provides support for clients while working out. As you advance the reformer workout it is about removing that stability so the exercises are more just hands and feet on the carriage or foot bar removing stability so you as the client have to create that stability for yourself using your core muscles.
Mat Pilates starts with more stability, having more of your body supported ie laying on the mat but taking away stability to challenge a lot more. It is also very hard to work the stable or non moving part of the body instead of focusing on the moving part. Challenge your workout by focusing more on the “non moving” part.
I know with focus and engagement we can all benefit from mat Pilates. Or even a combination of both mat and reformer.