Starting on January 6, we’ll be adding a new mat class to our schedule at Core: Sundays at 9 a.m. Olivia will be teaching, and it’ll be a great chance for those of you who can’t make our weekday mat classes (Tuesdays at 9 a.m. with Holly and Thursdays at 9 a.m. with Petra) to give another form of Pilates a try.
We know: You don’t think mat is quite as fun as reformer. Plus, it’s harder—without the reformer’s support, you’re on your own, reliant on nothing but your muscles for 50 minutes of mat work. But if want to progress your Pilates practice, a class a week on the mat will lead to improvement across every apparatus. Here are some of the greatest benefits of mat class:
You’ll improve your core strength. This goes back to that concept of Control. Between your carriage foot straps, handles, shoulder blocks and footbar, the reformer supports you more than you realize, and without its help, mat class can often feel like it’s just you and your deep core muscles against the world.