Mat Pilates is an energizing practice that focuses on toning, stretching and elongating the muscles. It shares many common threads with yoga, including a focus on alignment, mind/body connection, and specific breathing techniques. Named after creator, Joseph Pilates, this system of low-impact resistance training is designed to improve core strength, muscular endurance, and posture. It was originally called "Contrology."
Pilates Fusion incorporates exercises from different workout styles—including barre, yoga, strength training, cardio, and dance—to give a modern twist to Mat Pilates. Similar to Mat Pilates, this style has a deep focus on the core and emphasizes moves that will tone, stretch, and elongate muscles.