“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” – Joseph Pilates
Pilates. It’s the exercise of choice for those looking to strengthen, balance, lengthen and tone. But when it comes to choosing mat or reformer – what are the main differences?
Reformer Pilates was invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates. The practice is on a bed-like frame that uses different weighted spring combinations to create resistance when we move the carriage back and forth.
Using a reformer bed means you can target those small muscle groups, which helps to form long, lean muscles. You can do more exercises than what’s possible on the mat and have a play with a wide range of movements – from sitting and lying on your back or side to balancing on your knees and using your feet.
It’s possible to get the exact same results from mat Pilates and reformer Pilates. The discipline was designed to build up strength in your body’s powerhouse or core. But if you’re looking for quicker results and more variation in class, reformers are the way to go.