About Mat Pilates ATX
Why Take Mat Pilates Classes
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Pilates mat classes are an affordable and accessible way to get stronger and feel better. When we feel better, we move better – and more often.
Learning and practicing Pilates bodyweight exercises creates skills for living. Learn Pilates and you are empowered to exercise and feel better anytime, anywhere for the rest of your life.
Curious about the Pilates reformer and other equipment? Learn about our Private Pilates Studio and Semi-Private Reformer Duets.
How often should I do Pilates
We recommend at least one 55-minute Pilates session per week as part of an overall fitness routine that aims for 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise including strength /resistance training. Pilates exercises complement other workouts and athletic training and conditioning by challenging and improving balance, body awareness (proprioception and interoception), coordination, and mobility; and promoting control, focus and stamina.
How often can you do Pilates? Every day in some way, if you like.
Mat Pilates ATX offers two open-level mat Pilates group classes each week on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 a.m. CT
Who Can Take Mat Pilates Classes
Classes are open to students ages 13 and older. All classes are taught on on the floor, on top of foam Pilates sticky mats, at least ⅝” thick. Students bring their own mats. We do not recommend thin yoga mats for Pilates.
For students who may not be able to get up and down off the floor routinely, you can learn and practice most exercises while standing or seated on a chair. You also may use a large foam sitting box, which we can provide upon request.
If you are recovering from an injury and/or surgery, please consult your doctor or physical therapist before beginning a new exercise program. Feel free to set up a short consultation with us.
Pilates is an effective way to exercise during pregnancy when students learn and practice modifications as their body changes.
If you are pregnant and have experience with mat Pilates: please contact us for a short consultation before signing up for class.
If you are pregnant and have no experience with Pilates: our group mat classes are not modified for women who are pregnant and new to Pilates. We recommend private or semi-private Pilates sessions available by appointment.
Why We Teach Open Level Mat Pilates Classes
Mat Pilates ATX offers open-level classes that teach Pilates exercises with progressions and variations so that classes are accessible to different levels of experience and ability. Every class is appropriate for new students and experienced Pilates enthusiasts alike. Bring your curiosity and willingness to feel empowered and make choices. Together we are a community of movers working together in all sizes, shapes and abilities. You learn what is best for your body with practice.
Mat Pilates ATX classes are well suited for students who enjoy learning and increasing their body awareness and discovering connections and habits in their bodies. Our mat classes teach Pilates exercises in familiar but not rigid order. By learning and repeating exercises over time, students feel their personal progress and begin applying Pilates fundamentals, such as connecting their breath to their movements. Every exercise builds strength, mobility and body awareness. Over time, students move faster, learn to challenge themselves, and explore more benefits of strength, balance and stability, focus, and control.
Our approach to class is “theme and variations.” Each month we explore Pilates exercises with something new – weights, bands, balls, circles, foam rollers, and more – so that we learn to create and use strength and balance in different ways.
Our group classes encourage self-compassion and patience and foster a positive attitude about exercise. When exercising in an open level class, we are encouraged to put the focus on ourselves and what we can control: our effort, attention, and even our compassionate self-talk.