Mat Pilates vs Reformer Pilates - what is better for you?


We get asked a lot “What is the difference between Mat and Reformer Pilates?” and “Which one is right for me?” and to be honest everyone is different, and you could benefit from both.


To start off we want you to know that both classes have similar benefits of improved strength, stability, flexibility as well as toned muscles.


When you do a Mat class you are using the resistance of your own body, working against gravity to perform each exercise. Mat Pilates exercises are very similar to those you will see on a Reformer, however they are performed on the Mat and sometimes utilising small props such as Pilates balls, small handheld weights, Pilates circles, Thera Bands and Foam Rollers to create versatility.


The Pilates Reformer is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment which consists of a sliding carriage, adjustable springs, ropes with loops on the end and pulleys. Some say it looks like a bed, and quite medieval when you first look at it, but we can assure you it is super fun! In many ways, Reformer Pilates is very similar to Mat Pilates, yet there are some factors which make the two quite different to one another. Reformer Pilates is usually a lot more intense than your usual Mat Pilates class, and this is mainly because of the spring resistance being added to each exercise performed.


If you are completely new to Pilates and are still unsure where to start, we recommend starting with Mat classes so you can become familiar with Pilates terminology and positions before taking it to the next level of Reformer Pilates.


As always, we are happy for you to come into our studio to discuss what might work better for you and see what level you may be at.


Please book in online via the STUDIO LIFEWAVE booking site or download the VAGARO app from the app store and find us on there. Our group classes are limited so please book in advance, if the spaces are taken pop yourself on our wait list and we can get in touch if someone cancels.


If you would like to see some videos and pics of our classes, please check us out on social media.



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