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Which Pilates Mat?

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Which Pilates Mat?

How to choose the right Pilates Mat for you?

Exercise mats come in many sizes, colours and thicknesses – it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. It’s often thought that Pilates and Yoga Mats are the same thing, but they each have very different needs. Pilates Mats need firm cushioning to make ensure the exercises are comfortable, (At least 12mm thick) whereas Yoga Mats are usually thinner (Usually between 2 & 6mm thick) as the participant needs to feel the floor during the standing poses. Yoga mats usually have a sticky texture to avoid slipping in poses; this is an unlikely for Pilates mat. Even thicker mats are available, but these can be a little too soft for Pilates because they can have a negative affect on your balance

Buying Tips:

  • Look out for a mat with a carry strap or bag – they are a must-have
  • Rolling mats are the most practical for storage and carrying to class – watch out for the weight.
  • Be mindful of dirty floors and feet when choosing the colour of your mat – easy to clean is essential!
  • Look at overall mat size – anything smaller than 183 x 61cm is unlikely to support your whole body.

Extra Thick Pilates Mats 12mm(Approx. 1/2 inch): √ Perfect for Pilates

Extra tick mats are the most ideal choice to perform Pilates Mat training as they are the
most comfortable and provide more support for the spine, knees & wrists. Where possible, choose a mat that is made from NBR Rubber, as some alternative materials are too soft and this can affect your alignment, balance and stability with some of the exercises. (These mats can also be used for Yoga or even be used for Camping) Buy a 12mm Pilates Mat

Medium Thick Mats 6mm – 10mm: Can work for Pilates, however ideally suited to Yoga

These Mats can be used for Pilates, but they are the most ideal choice for Yoga Practice. It’s common to use two of these mats when being used for Pilates Training.
Usually these mats are made from durable foam with a sticky texture. Quite often a 6mm mat can be the initial investment as they are competitively priced. We have three colours to choose from. Buy a 6mm Pilates Mat

Mats below 6mm Thick: NOT suitable for Pilates

These Mats can be used for Pilates, but they are the most ideal choice for Yoga Practice. It’s common to use two of these mats when being used for Pilates Training. Usually these mats are made from durable foam with a sticky texture. Quite often a 6mm mat can be the initial investment as they are competitively priced. We have three colours to choose from.

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