Mat or Equipment... Which is better?

Have you ever wondered what is better- Mat Pilates or Equipment Pilates?  Or maybe you are curious about what the difference is between mat work and equipment work.  Keep reading and hopefully we’ll answer your questions!

First of all it’s important to realize that Pilates is a method of exercise and there are lots of different ways you can practice Pilates. The effectiveness of the Pilates work doesn’t necessarily come from having a particular piece of equipment to use, but really comes from HOW you do it. That being said, Pilates equipment was to designed to help you learn the method more efficiently and to allow your body lots of different variations to perform different movements.

What is Mat Pilates?

When we talk about Mat Pilates, we are talking about using the Pilates method to do exercises using only your own body as resistance. Sometimes mat work incorporates small props such as a small ball, a theraband or the Pilates Magic Circle (a small ring that provides flexible resistance). Joseph Pilates created a sequence of exercises that is often called the traditional Pilates Mat sequence. Since the method is highly adaptable to any body, there are lots of different variations of these exercises that can be incorporated into any workout. The mat work is especially nice when you are traveling or just don’t have access to any equipment.

What is  Pilates Equipment?

Joseph Pilates designed spring based equipment to support and advance the body while practicing the Pilates method of exercising. The movements that are done during mat work and while using the equipment are very similar. The springs of the equipment are often referred to as extra muscles, or an extension of the body.  They allow the body to experience a movement that they maybe could not do otherwise. They help teach the body how to move properly so that it can repeat that movement in other situations.

So… What should you do?

We encourage you to try both!

What are the benefits of doing both?

Variety creates optimal results!

Is Mat or Equipment better? 

Both Mat and Equipment Pilates are great for your body and equally effective.   If you have the opportunity we suggest using a variety of both mat work and equipment work to help you strengthen, balance and align your body to receive optimal results!

Carron's Pilates Journey

Tell us about yourself / your family.  

I was born in South Africa and moved to CA after high school. I attended USC and earned a degree in economics. I’ve always been into fitness, but once I fell in love with Pilates I took the opportunity to open a studio in 2019. 

Describe yourself in 5 words.   

Empathetic 

Integrity 

Honestly

Patient 

Tell us about your first Pilates experience.    When/Why did you start practicing Pilates?  

I had heard about this exercise called Pilates when I was in my mid twenties. I knew nothing about it, other than the fact that it wasn’t done in the gym. At the time I was a personal trainer and any excuse to get out of the gym scene was welcomed. I found a studio online and signed up for some private sessions. From the first session I was in love with the movement and knew it was great for my body. I loved the fact that I could make the connection between muscle movement and my brain. Intrinsically it all made sense to me. I progressed to group classes which I found to be an awesome challenge. 

Favorite food / or favorite restaurant

I love French Fries. Italian food and Indian food. 

If money were no object, what would you do all day?  

I would take care of my family and schedule lots of facials! 

Why did you become a Pilates teacher?   

I love the mind body connection of Pilates. I’m fascinated by anatomy, the movement in Pilates really allows me to connect exercises to muscles used. I also love the fact that Pilates is all about functional movement (well at least the way I teach it!) 

Describe why you love Pilates in three words.    

Mind-Body connection 

Would you rather hike or bike?  

I’m not a fan of being out in the sun. So what ever keeps me shaded I’m happy with! 

If you could live anywhere in the world -- where would you want to live?  

Any place where my family is around 

What are your favorite ways to incorporate movement into your life in addition to Pilates?    

With a 1 year old in my life, I never stop moving. But any opportunity I have to take a class out of the studio is great. 

Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?  

Definitely my husband. He was a Boy Scout,  and I’m hopeless in the out doors. 

If you won an amazing prize, and the choice was either take an incredible vacation or get the dollar value in cash -- which would you pick?

Dollar value and then use it for an amazing vacation! 

Do you have a guilty pleasure?    Something that is generally looked upon as wrong -- but you keep doing it?

French Fries. 

Do you have a pet peeve?

Chewing loudly. Oh man. 

If you had to change your first name -- what would you change it to? 

I love my name, it’s unique! 

Do you collect anything / what / and why?  

No, I’m a perpetual “thrower outer” I need to get rid of stuff to keep everything neat and tidy.