Mat Pilates is a way to stretch and strengthen your body, primarily the muscles of the core, which span from your hips to your shoulders. Joseph Pilates developed this exercise methodology in the early 1900s, and it borrows from disciplines such as dance, yoga and classic calisthenics.
The standard Pilates system uses many different pieces of equipment, such as the reformer. But the mat Pilates series of exercises is performed equipment-free, with the moves adapted to work with just your body and a floor mat for cushioning and support.
Mat Pilates focuses on the core, or the "powerhouse," as Joseph Pilates called it. You've probably heard how essential the core is in maintaining your health and preventing injury. For example, a strong core helps ward off back pain and makes daily chores more doable. A strong core is a must for athletes, from runners to football players, as it increases stamina and power. When your core is strong, it serves as the center of power so your limbs don't have to bear as much of the brunt of movement. Mat pilates may also help people who already suffer from an aching back. Pilates was as effective, if not more so, in reducing pain and improving function in people with back pain.
At GoFigureFitness we have combined yoga and pilates in such a way that we help prepare you for the Pilates class which happens once a week, but we work on correct posture throughout the week in our yoga classes.