Mat Pilates is a series of exercises from within the Pilates method designed specifically to be performed on a mat.
The benefit of Pilates matwork is that it can be done
anywhere, and it goes beyond core strength and flexibility: regularly practicing this total-body workout can ease back pain, improve bone density and boost heart rate. However, what many people do not realize is that Pilates matwork is often harder than the work on the machines and initial tightness and muscle imbalance can make it challenging to access your core muscles during a Pilates mat workout.
The goal of a mat Pilates class is to strengthen the body’s “powerhouse,” a Pilates term that refers to your abdominals, lower back muscles, pelvic floor, hips and glutes. Through a series of floor exercises using resistance bands and rings, the workout helps build, sculpt and tone these muscles, giving your body a long, lean look. Pilates can aid in flexibility and improving posture, as stretching your body is a vital part of class. While low-impact, Pilates burns fat during and after class, as your muscles continue to shed calories long after class ends.
We recommend Mat Pilates to clients looking to change their regular weightlifting and cardio fitness routine, who require an improved flexibility in the back, hamstrings, and upper body, as well as improved dynamic balance and muscle endurance.