Once you make the commitment to your Pilates Mat classes, and you decide to purchase a Mat, choose one that is comfortable and best suits your specific needs. Here we share pros and cons of five different mats, including comfort, price, weight, storage and special considerations.
Very comfortable when performing rolling exercises.
Rolls up for storage easily.
What kind of Mat should I get for Pilates?
Any soft, supportive mat will work for your Pilates practice. The most important thing is to cushion the spine, because much of the Pilates repertoire is performed lying on the back. If your Mat is too thin, you can move it to a carpeted surface or place a bath or beach towel under the mat for extra cushioning.
What is the thickness of a good Pilates Mat?
Around a half-inch is a good thickness. If it's much thicker, you may feel you are sinking into the mat. If it's much thinner (like a yoga mat), you may not be comfortable when performing the rolling exercises on your spine.
Is there a difference between a yoga Mat and a Pilates Mat?Yes. A yoga Mat is designed to keep your feet from slipping in the poses. A Pilates Mat is designed to cushion the spine and other joints. For this reason, a Pilates Mat will be thicker and more supportive than a yoga Mat.
Can you do Pilates on a yoga Mat?
Yes, you can use a yoga Mat for your Pilates workout. You will be more comfortable, however, on a Mat that is designed for Pilates. You can double up your yoga Mat by folding it in half or by placing one yoga mat atop another, or add a towel or blanket beneath the yoga Mat to create additional padding, which will be more comfortable during rolling or supine exercises.
Do you need a Mat to practice Pilates?
Yes, a Mat is recommended for Pilates. Not only will it cushion the spine and joints (particularly important in the rolling exercises), but it also acts as a barrier between you and any dust, sweat, or dirt that may be on the floor of your exercise space.