Pilates Mats

Pilates is an excellent exercise that focuses on strengthening and toning the muscles, but it wouldnt be very appealing if you had to stretch out on a cold, hard floor. This is why practitioners choose to work on either special Pilates machines - namely the Reformer, Cadillac and Wunda chair - or they simply perform Pilates poses on a thick mat.

Mat exercises are typically taught in a Pilates class. The exercises increase your flexibility and re-shape your core effectively. Even though Pilates poses are limited on a mat compared to on a reformer, more and more people choose a mat because its more affordable, compact, mobile and less intrusive than storing a bulky machine in your living room.

Pilates mats are designed for doing Pilates poses comfortably. Similar to yoga mats, Pilates mats are made with thick foam (3/8-inch commonly) and provide comfort for practitioners while they do mat work on the floor. The cushioning and the firmness of the mat offer a stable platform for supporting the entire body - particularly the feet - which are left bare.

A good quality Pilates mat will have a textured non-slip surface and anti-skid grip on the bottom to prevent injuries. Its beveled edges offer further protection and stability. In order to create a thicker and softer feeling for users, some Pilates mats have sealed air pockets in addition to foam. Pilates mats are easy to clean, starting at just $25 online.

Nearly all Pilates mats have attached Velcro straps that allow you to roll them up, store and transport them anywhere with ease. Mats are usually about 72-inches in length and 24-inches in width. Some manufactures tend to put a lot of personality in their mats. As a result, every color and print you can imagine is available.
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