The matwork portion of Pilates looks to the outsider a lot like yoga, although it is completely different. (Even the Pilates mat is different – thicker, for cushioning the spine, compared to the yoga mat, which is thin and sticky for feeling the ground in standing poses.)
However, Pilates matwork is still you and a mat. So, you can picture yoga as you are reading these reasons why matwork is overrated.
1.) Matwork is limited to the body weight and gravity. There is less room for customization as compared to equipment-based Pilates.
2.) Matwork is typically found in large groups. Since Pilates is very sensitive to small adjustments, and there may only be a small window between doing an exercise correctly, doing it incorrectly with no benefit, and doing it incorrectly in a way that could harm you, it is important to learn the foundation of Pilates under the watchful eye of a studio-quality certified instructor.
3.) Many people are first introduced to Pilates in a gym’s group fitness program. The certification of the instructor is often an unknown factor. Not all certifications are created equal. Group fitness instructors are often certified in Pilates, but there are a huge range of program depths and qualities, and the group fitness instructors who did not specialize in Pilates often took a small weekend-type certification that does not include all of the principles which make Pilates safe – and unique. This can be a risk as well, and you will usually find better quality instruction at a Pilates-specific studio, where the instructors have specialized only in Pilates and learned the complete program. (There are some exceptions; sometimes, quality certified instructors who teach at Pilates studios will also be found at large gyms and country clubs. Typical studio-quality contemporary certifications include: STOTT, Balanced Body, Polestar, and others.)
1.) Targets the core
2.) Use of creative props
3.) Portable for travel