There are two main types of Pilates – mat work Pilates and Reformer Pilates. Both are based upon the premise of controlled movement against some form of resistance. In mat work classes, all you’ll need is yourself and a mat (gravity will provide the resistance). In Reformer Pilates classes, you are based on the reformer bed and use various pieces of spring-based equipment for additional resistance.
Both mat and equipment Pilates, when practised with consistency, will improve your strength, coordination and mobility. There are many health benefits, such as injury prevention and improved recovery and performance for those who are doing sports training or practising yoga.