Mat vs. Reformer Pilates: What’s the Difference?2020 is Here…and let’s Face it, its February and that 5 am running resolution isn’t going as planned. Before you know it, summer will be knocking on the front door looking for you and your cute sun dresses. Naturally, you go to your handy dandy google search after watching Sandra Bullock in the Proposal and man did she look AMAZING! Her Secret = Pilates. Celebrities are doing it; your friends are doing it and soon you will be too. You type “Pilates in long island” and… Mat. Reformer. You clicked on this article and must be wondering “Umm…There’s more than one”. What’s the difference between mat and reformer Pilates? Well, we’re here to help you find out.
WTH Is Pilates?Just to avoid confusion let’s start with the basics. What the heck is Pilates? Pilates is a physical fitness developed by Joseph Pilates that connects the mind and body. This practice is a series of controlled movements that are meant to transform your entire body. There are many variations of Pilates since its creation, but the most known forms are Mat, and Reformer.
What’s the Difference?The most modern form of Pilates is Mat similar to yoga. This practice focuses on the principles of Pilates: Concentration, precision and breathing etc., just to name a few. So where does that contraption I googled come in come in?… Well, that contraption is what we call the reformer. The original Joseph Pilates vision. A machine meant tone your body, improve your flexibility while centering your mind.
Benefits of the ReformerWhile both forms of Pilates are adequate to reaching your fitness goals. The Reformer is a more thorough workout because of the added resistance provided by the machine. Reformer provides the following:
- A workout that targets your abs, lower back, hips, and our favorite Gluteus Maximus
- Toning of your entire body without placing stress on your joints
- Improved posture
- Better Balance and Stability
- And so much more!