Many people have this question when they are new to Pilates: “Which is better - mat or reformer Pilates?” Sometimes they will say, "I love reformer” or "I only do mat." So which is better? Let's start by looking at each and what makes them different.
Here’s a quick breakdown for you to decide whether Mat or Reformer Pilates is best for you:
So, which is better?
Joseph Pilates never intended either Mat or Reformer to be practiced alone. His approach was integrative. Combining mat and reformer gives you the best overall program, providing the full benefits that Pilates can offer. So which one? You can’t go wrong whichever you choose. They’re just different – each has unique qualities. Keep in mind that different doesn’t mean one is better. As a certified instructor and a Pilates fan for over 10 years, I love and practice both.
Best Routine for Your Best Body.
Doing both is best. If you do both, you’ll connect to your body faster, better and deeper. So challenge yourself to explore new exercises on the mat, or try a reformer class. You may just find a new way to connect with your mind and body and feel inspired to move more.