Inside ProHealth Pilates studio are curious looking pieces of equipment. Joseph Pilates created Pilates apparatus to aid in rehabilitation and improve body conditioning. The apparatus is a great tool, but you can reap the benefits of Pilates with you and a mat. Thinking about trying a Pilates mat class? Here are four reasons why taking a mat class is a great idea.
Pilates Mat Is For Everyone
From the basic beginner to the most advanced athlete, Pilates mat works for everyone. Your teacher provides modifications and challenges within the same class. This ensures everyone gets the most out of their class.
Joseph Pilates worked with wounded soldiers during WWI, rehabilitating after injuries. Physical therapists often use Pilates mat exercises for clients. Moving from physical therapy into a Pilates mat class can be a great transition.
For the advanced student, Pilates mat exercises provide a vigorous, full body workout. Pilates apparatus, like the reformer, chair and cadillac, provide assistance and challenge. The reformer helps align our spine, while creating resistance with springs. This can either help or challenge you depending on the spring weight and exercise.
On the mat, it’s only you. Your core muscles will work deeper, requiring deeper stability for each movement. Moving with intention, you’ll align your body without the help of equipment. Pilates mat exercises may look simple in the beginning. But even the most basic of exercises challenge you when worked correctly.
Low Impact & Safe
Pilates mat work is just you and the mat. Using your own body weight for resistance creates a low impact workout. Another reason why it’s safe and effective at any level, age or condition. There’s some standing Pilates exercises, but most are laying down or seated.
Mat exercises engage your core without putting undue pressure on joints. For this reason, it’s great for anyone with joint issues, arthritis or recovering from an injury. Seated exercises can be done in a chair for those who have difficulty getting up and down from the ground.
Builds Lean Muscle, Flexibility and Bone Mass
Pilates is excellent full body conditioning. Each exercise builds muscle strength and flexibility. Using your body weight for resistance, Pilates mat builds lean muscle and bone mass. Those with osteopenia and osteoporosis benefit from strength training to help bone density. Pilates is a safe and effective way to do that.
Take Your Mat Anywhere
When you know Pilates mat work, you can take it with you anywhere. Traveling for work or fun? Pack a mat. You need very little room to keep your Pilates practice going. A small hotel room or guest room works fine.
Need some fresh air? Take your mat to the park, beach or lake. All you need is a flat surface.
Many people went without a gym or group classes during the pandemic. An at home Pilates mat practice is great for anyone stuck at home for any reason.
Pilates mat is versatile, accessible and fun. Try a Pilates mat class. Check the class schedule at ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates in Peachtree City, GA. ProHealth offers both virtual and in-person classes for all levels.