What is the difference between Reformer Combo Pilates, Studio Pilates and Mat Pilates classes - and which one is right for me?
So glad you asked!
There's a massive range of Pilates classes available now, and it's fabulous to know there's a class for everyone these days! Sometimes, trying to figure out the difference can be daunting so here's my quick guide to what's on offer at Mountain Pilates to help you out!
All our Pilates classes, integrate breath, flow, alignment, control, spine articulation and whole-body movement into the class. These Pilates principles and details are what sets Pilates apart from other types of movement and fitness classes.
Reformer Combo Classes
This is a group Pilates class combining the reformer, small equipment and mat. It's an excellent blend of group reformer and mat class - you get to experience the support and challenge the reformer offers without missing out on your favourite mat and small equipment exercises!
At Mountain Pilates, these classes are capped at a maximum of 6 participants, giving you the group class experience while ensuring you don't get lost in the crowd!
Studio Pilates (Private and Semi-Private)
Studio Pilates classes can be taken in a private or semi-private (maximum of 3 participants) setting. Studio Pilates classes use the Pilates equipment (reformer, trapeze table and wunda chair), and are tailored to your individual needs and goals.
With the unique design of the Pilates equipment and a qualified instructor you will receive a whole body movement experience that both supports and challenges you. Each person has an individual program which is done under the support and guidance of their instructor.
Perfect for anyone with an injury or with specific movement needs and goals. All participants start with several private sessions which gives us the opportunity to discuss your goals and design and deliver an individual program while also ensuring you are comfortable and safe using the Pilates equipment.
Mat Pilates is a group Pilates class (surprisingly, on the mat!) of up to 8 people. The exercises are done lying, sitting, kneeling and standing as we flow and progress through class. We often use props such as bands, rollers and balls to add support and challenge. Many of the exercises can be modified to accommodate the individual, but these classes are generally better for those of you without injury. A weekly Mat class is excellent for those wanting to maintain their general strength, mobility and balance in a larger group environment.
Online Pilates – Pilates Anywhere, Anytime
Joining an online Pilates class gives you the flexibility to do a class wherever and whenever you wish. Online Pilates is perfect when you can’t get into the studio, would like to add a second (or third) class to your week, or simply just don’t live nearby!
I have a massive range of classes in the Mountain Pilates Online Library (over 50) which vary in length and challenge. Some are themed around cycling, skiing or hiking and many are post-natal and osteoporosis friendly.
There are several free classes you can join, or you can purchase a single class, class bundle or become a member and do any class you wish!