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Pilates Mat vs Reformer

Friday, July 30, 2010

Pilates is usually performed on a mat, sometimes called “mat work.” It’s convenient, inexpensive, and requires minimal space, so home exercisers should take advantage of the plethora of Pilates books and DVDs that are on the market. Several inexpensive accessories, such as balls, bands, rings and rollers, can help you advance your practice and get stronger and more sculpted from head to toe.

A Reformer is a resistance-based piece of equipment with a moving carriage that slides along a wooden or metal frame. Springs and ropes provide assistance and resistance and can be adjusted for your height and experience level. Exercises are performed lying down, sitting, kneeling or standing.

Working on the Reformer by yourself could be dangerous if you do not have the proper instruction, You’ll always have someone handy to help you with form and questions at Answer Is Fitness. However, if you want to do Pilates at home—mat or Reformer—it’s always good to take several classes with a certified instructor beforehand to familiarize yourself with the moves and the technique, which is very form specific.



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