Most of the exercises at EricoPilates are done on the Pilates equipment. Mat work is primarily done on the floor lying on the back, side or stomach, using gravity to strengthen the trunk and core abdominals.

In contrast, the apparatus use resistance generated through springs and incorporate a more complex repertoire of leg and arm work. The common benefits of both mat and apparatus work are stability, strength and flexibility.

When doing Pilates on a mat or a Reformer, the amount of resistance and tension can often vary, but with a reformer it can be regulated.

The Reformer’s many attachments increase the range of modifications that can be made to the exercises, and allow additional exercises beyond what can be done on a mat. Where Pilates on a mat falls short, the use of a Reformer allows people with limited range of movement or injuries to safely do modified exercises.

The resistance created by the pulley and spring system can provide a more challenging strength and endurance workout than mat classes. It may also produce visible results sooner — arm, leg, and abdominal muscles can look firmer and defined within a dozen or so regular sessions.