Konnect Pilates is your go-to place for expert Pilates training. Our skilled instructors guide you through different movements to help you strengthen different areas of your body. We offer both group reformer classes and group mat classes as well as private Pilates classes if you are uncomfortable starting in a group. Schedule a consultation with one of our Pilates instructors today and we will assess the best option based on your needs. We look forward to working with you!

Whether you are a seasoned Pilates connoisseur, or you’re jumping on the Pilates bandwagon, it’s important to understand the differences between the different types of Pilates training in order to start at the right level for your skill set. In today’s blog, we will give you an overview of reformer and mat Pilates so you will be better informed on what type of Pilates training will benefit your background.

Mat Training

Mat Pilates training is essentially the foundation of Pilates. Most beginners will start with mat classes in order to build strength, flexibility, and posture. By building a foundation with mat Pilates, you teach your body how to control your muscles. While mat training may not have the same appeal as Pilates reformer classes, many start to see results and improvements within a few months.
It’s normal for the classes to start to feel easier after a few weeks; this means that your muscles are getting stronger. However, if you aren’t feeling challenged enough, try adding some resistance bands, or even see if there is a more advanced mat class. You could also talk to your Pilates instructor and see if you’re ready to try the reformer class.

Pilates Reformer Training

The main difference between beginner mat classes and the reformer classes is the resistance. A reformer machine may seem daunting, especially since it resembles a torture device. The reformer is made up of pulleys, springs, straps, cables, and bars. Each part can be adjusted for more or less resistance and allows for more modifications than mat Pilates. By adding weight and resistance to your Pilates routine, you may start to see a change in your body sooner than with the mat training classes. Your muscles will become more toned and you will feel stronger in your core, lower back, and buttocks.
When first starting out on the reformer, it’s a good idea to schedule private sessions with a Pilates instructor in order to ensure you know how to use the machine properly. Konnect Pilates offers private sessions with our skilled Pilates instructors who are more than happy to assist you. They will guide you through mat training or the reformer depending on your specific needs. With our private classes you will have the convenience of working one-on-one with a Pilates instructor without the pressure of a large group. Schedule your consultation with one of our instructors or sign up for one of our classes today!

Which is Better?

With reformer Pilates, you may see muscle tone and feel stronger in a shorter time than with mat Pilates, but the truth is that neither is better than the other. Mat training provides a foundation for learning to control your muscles while reformer classes add resistance to improve strength. However, most Pilates connoisseurs will agree that a combination of the two will give you well-rounded strength and agility. If you are interested in fine-tuning your Pilates training, contact Konnect Pilates to schedule a consultation with one of our instructors. We will work with you one-on-one to assess your skills and decide the best plan for you. Contact us today! We look forward to seeing you.