Reformer Pilates vs Mat Pilates - Which method is best for you?
The Pilates Method has been proven to improve core strength, flexibility, mobility, balance and muscle tone. However which method is best for you, Mat or Reformer? Since opening my brand new studio in Milton, I have been asked by clients what is the difference and if Reformer Pilates is the ‘harder’ version of Mat Pilates. Both Mat and Reformer workouts provide similar benefits as all movements are initiated from the body’s core and accordingly translates quickly into benefits for day to day activities and managing aches and pains associated with poor posture, muscular imbalances and movement deficiencies.
Read on to find out what are the major differences are, and which you should choose?
Reformer Pilates Milton | Reformer Pilates
The Pilates Reformer acts as a support system for your body while you work at strengthening the correct muscles. It helps assist you to perform exercises correctly and also adds resistance via springs so you can alter the difficulty of the exercise. Extra springs are added to help increase strength in bigger muscles (toning) and lighter springs utilised to help contraction through smaller muscles that provides stability through your musculoskletal system. This is why the reformer is perfect for clinical pilates or a more rehabiliation focused workout where you might have aches and pains you are concerned about or injuries that may cause you grief.
Reformer Pilates however caters for all individuals. Due to the resistance created by the pulley and spring system the reformer can also provide extreme challenges to those looking to build muscle tone and step their fitness regime up to the next level leading to more visible results sooner. There is also a greater repertoire of exercises available with Reformer Pilates compared to mat, providing more variety, engagement and fun!
Pilates Milton | Mat Pilates
Mat Pilates classes are performed on the ground using your body weight as resistance which makes the workout more challenging in some cases, especially if you have minimal experience performing intentional functional movement patterns. Mat Pilates is often looked at as the ‘easier’ alternative or the ‘beginner’ version of Pilates, however in traditional sense it is much easier to use incorrect technique or postures when performing exercises without any support therefore it is not the best option for beginners.
A high intensity Mat Pilates class is fantastic for clients that are looking to increase their strength, flexibility and general fitness. Low intensity mat classes can be an economical way to rehab injuries, however there are limitations in place which can hinder progress.
Still confused? Please don't hesitate to contact Elle and disucuss what method would be best suited to you. To find out more information about the range of Reformer Pilates classes and bookings please contact Elle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Elle at any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology (0413 021 369).