Pool-lates is just what is sounds like: pilates exercises done in the pool! When performing pilates based exercises in the water, the body must learn to handle additional instability and resistance, thus targeting and challenging muscles in new ways. It is a fun change of pace, a great way to beat the Florida heat and a wonderful way to continually challenge your body and mind. While appropriate for everyone, poolates may be especially appealing to pre-natal and rehab clients.
Mat Pilates is done on the floor with a mat that is about twice as thick as a traditional yoga mat. The thicker mat helps cushion your joints. Unlike pilates done on a apparatus such as a reformer, stability chair or cadillac, Mat Pilates challenges the client to use her or his own strength to hold poses and execute exercises. Mat pilates also allows the client to incorporate a large variety of props such as the stability ball, foam roller, fitness circle and weighted balls (just to name a few) to continually challenge the body and mind.
The reformer is a machine in pilates based training. The reformer is constructed of springs, ropes, loops for the hands and feet and a gliding carriage. Additional props may also be used such as a trampoline for cardio work, a box placed on top of the reformer carriage, a fitness circle, etc. These props add variety and challenge for the body mind.