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So, what is Pilates Mat? Well, Pilates Mat is really where Pilates began. Joseph Pilates
started his routine on the mat and then what grew out of that was the apparatus that he
invented in order to strengthen a person's musculature in order to achieve and perform
the exercises properly using core strength rather than just flailing their body about
in haphazard, nonsensical ways. He developed a system that started lying down on the back,
on the mat supine, completely supported by gravity. Because it's the easiest thing for
your body. He was really an innovator with the mat at the time, and still is today because
he's all about efficiency in the work out rather than doing 50,000 reps of everything
and burning your body. He starts you where you need to begin to find where you are at
with your musculature. Then progresses you from lying down, through seated, then to standing.
So, you can take all that work out into the world with you. So, that's really the Pilates
Mat. It's the heart of Pilates. It's both the entry point of Pilates because that's
where it began, but it's also the goal. After you've learned all this apparatus work, then
hopefully you take what you felt through the springs and the straps and you bring it to
your mat work. And it's more accessible to people, both financially and just with time.
You could get Pilates Mat videos and do it at home. You can do it on vacation. You can
do it when you're traveling. It's not hard to, you can even put a towel down on the floor
and use that as your mat if you're away and you don't have one with you. Cost-wise, the
classes have more people in it, so it's a great way to try Pilates to see if you like
it and to see if you want to commit to possibly working on the apparatus. Pilates Mat class
is a really great place to start because that's where Joe started.