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Mat and Reformer Pilates are beneficial for building strength in your core and small muscle groups. Both modalities train you to initiate from your core — otherwise known as your center or your ‘powerhouse.’ You can do the same series of exercises for Mat and reformer Pilates, to help workidifferent muscularity. Mat uses your own body weight for exercises, while the reformer adds resistance using spring tension.

If you walk into any Pilates class at any gym or health club, more likely than not the class will be dominated by women. While this trend has existed ever since Pilates started to become a popular exercise, men are quickly catching on to it’s benefits – including some of the world’s top athletes like LeBron James, Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant. It’s not just a couple of high-profile players, but entire professional sports teams from the NFL, NHL and the NBA are also getting in on the action.

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