The Pilates Advantage

Pilates Mat or Equipment?

PILATES MAT OR EQUIPMENT?

Pilates equipment is designed to condition the entire body, using positions and movements that simulate functional activities and thereby correct body alignment and balance. An extensive repertoire of exercises, from fundamental to advanced level, can be done on each piece of apparatus. Using springs, pulleys and gravity, the equipment challenges the musculature in diverse ways, with particular focus on deep muscles. There are 4 major pieces of equipment that typically make up a “studio” – the Reformer, the Cadillac/Trapeze Table, the Chair and the Ladder Barrel.

Pilates Equipment Apparatus Photos

Pilates Mat

The classic Pilates mat takes your body through all planes of motion and addresses every joint. The system uses both compound and simple movements and repetition to accomplish full-body training. Even the transitions are smooth and seamless, meaning that the intention of the original work was never meant to give you a break. The entire routine functions like a dance or martial arts routine that doesn’t stop until it’s over. It’s fluid and efficient and sweaty, too.

Small, portable equipment pieces include magic circles, weights, and resistance bands. Joseph Pilates used the magic circle and weights. Resistance bands came later and are sometimes substituted for the heavy metal springs commonly used in a fully equipped Pilates studio. These smaller equipment pieces are ideal for practicing Pilates at home.

The Pilates Method is based on a full, integrated system of equipment – the mat exercises are part of the technique. Though one will find tremendous variation in the way Pilates exercises are presented today, there is an original traditional order to the Pilates mat exercises as developed by Joseph Pilates. After a fundamental warm-up, the exercises in the traditional program create a challenging workout, especially for the abdominal muscles. Each exercise can be modified to assist those who are beginning to develop their strength. Pilates Mat is not recommended in a group setting or online for individuals with osteoporosis or physical limitations.

Pilates Equipment (Apparatus)

Every exercise system has its own culture. Using the same language and following traditional practices helps people band together as a community. Pilates is no exception, and terms for Pilates equipment are a big part of the culture. Joseph Pilates, the inventor of Pilates, called Pilates equipment simply “the apparatus.”

Larger pieces of equipment include the Pilates Reformer, Pilates chair, barrels, tower, and Cadillac. The springs on the apparatus provide support and resistance that allow you to enhance your Pilates practice. A complete Pilates studio that delivers one-on-one training incorporates the entire suite of Pilates apparatus.

Your nervous system likes change! Whether you take Pilates Mat alone or a combination of Pilates apparatus and Mat, a mix of workout options is essential to getting the best results.

Pilates is excellent cross-training for athletes as well as the perfect exercise for all ages and physical limitations.

Pilates/Yoga Fusion

Quality Pilates Instructors and Yoga Instructors spend years perfecting their craft. No one can teach everything. If your gym instructor is teaching Pilates and Yoga Fusion classes, you can rest assured they’re not doing either one justice. Pilates is Pilates and Yoga is Yoga — they are two different disciplines and should not be combined.  Oh, and P