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Are you looking to take your Pilates practice to the next level? Then investing in a high-quality Pilates mat is a must – a lightweight, portable piece of equipment that can make a real difference to your workout experience.
But with so many options out there, how do you know which mat to choose?
In this blog, we'll discuss the differences between Pilates and yoga mats, the advantages of using a Pilates mat, and what to look for when selecting the perfect mat for your practice.
While Pilates and yoga mats may look similar, there are some key differences between the two.
A Pilates exercise mat is generally thicker than a yoga mat to provide extra cushioning and support for your spine and joints during Pilates movements.
A yoga mat, on the other hand, is thinner and designed to provide more grip and connection with the floor, for balance poses that require you to hold a static position.
While a Pilates mat is specifically designed for Pilates exercises, it can still be used for yoga if you prefer a thicker mat or require extra cushioning. We also stock an 8mm Airex mat that’s designed for both yoga and Pilates.
However, thinner yoga mats are not recommended for Pilates, as they may not provide enough cushioning or support for the spine during Pilates exercises.
When selecting a Pilates mat, there are a few things to consider:
Thickness: Our Pilates mats start at 10mm to provide adequate cushioning for your spine and joints.
Material: A good Pilates mat should be made from high-quality materials that are durable and easy to clean.
Size: Choose a mat that’s long enough for your body and wide enough to accommodate your movements.
Positional markings: Some Pilates mats come with body position markings, which can be useful for ensuring proper alignment and form during exercises. Our Physical Performance Pilates Mat, for example, features a central postural guide and horizontal alignment markings for the hands and feet.
At Physical, we offer a range of Pilates mats to suit every need and budget.
Our popular Airex Pilates Mat and Stott Pilates Mat are both designed to provide optimal cushioning and support during your workout, ensuring maximum comfort and safety. Both are made from high-quality materials that are durable and easy to clean, and are available in a range of colours.
Meanwhile, as mentioned previously, our own signature mat is the Physical Performance Pilates Mat – a premium quality yet affordable option.
Whichever brand you choose, investing in a high-quality Pilates mat is essential for any Pilates practitioner.
With the right mat, the added comfort, safety and support allows you to take your practice to the next level. Shop our range of Pilates exercise mats today and experience the benefits for yourself!