Pilates Matwork teaches the basic principles and techniques of Pilates. Each class focuses on moving the spine in all four directions, developing overall strength and utilizing proper breathing. Participants use their own body strength or a variety of props (small weights, foam rollers, rings, bands, fit balls, etc), to add challenge and variety. There are many different kinds of mat classes, ranging from introductory classes to classes using props. Mat classes are convenient to incorporate into any workout plan and offered frequently throughout the week at Personal Best Pilates Studio (to view our current mat schedule, visit our website – www.kcpilates.com)
Certified Pilates Mat Instructor, Jasmine Bean comments, “For me, mat work is the first step to Pilates. I think it easier to learn the fundamentals such as breathing while closing the rib cage and engaging pelvic floor on the mat. I also think it is nice to have an idea of movements on the mat before taking them to the equipment. Additionally, mat classes at any level can always provide a challenge, which is my favorite part of mat work. Mat classes never get old or easy.”
Pilates can also be performed on different pieces of equipment including; the Reformer, Chair and Cadillac. Utilizing each different piece of equipment allows instructors to specialize each workout based on the needs of each client. The equipment can add resistance or assistance for strengthening and lengthening muscles. Equipment sessions can be done one-on-one or in a group setting. Because of the versatility of the Pilates equipment, clients may discover a more focused approach to reach his/her goals quickly.
Personal Best Pilates Certified Instructor, Becky Kenyon, gives another perspective, “I think the equipment can advance a person’s Pilates Mat practice by adding resistance to moves done on the mat (while also adding additional exercises that cannot be done on a mat). The equipment can assist someone who is feeling unsuccessful at mat work by adding resistance to modify for them as they increase their core strength. In conclusion, the equipment is awesome because it can modify workouts or make them more challenging, depending on the person and their goals.”
If you are trying to decide between rolling out the mat or making an appointment for a session using the equipment, you can feel at ease knowing that Pilates on the mat and the equipment provide amazing benefits. Ultimately the decision should be based on your goals, schedule and fitness level. If you are not sure, call the Personal Best Pilates Studio at 913.345.8787 and one of our team of elite Certified Pilates Instructors will help design a program to meet your needs.