The story behind The Lindywell Pilates Powerhouse Mat
I’m so excited to announce that our official Lindywell Pilates Powerhouse Mat is here!
After more than a decade of teaching Pilates and struggling to find a mat that checked all the boxes I was looking for, and hearing from YOU about your struggle too, I took matters into my own hands and set out to create the best Pilates mat for every exercise and every body.
While my criteria was simple, it turns out it’s not easy to create a mat that is not only high-quality, but also sustainable, eco-friendly and free of toxins like PVC, phthalates, and chloride.
You’ve been hearing me say this for years, but there is a big difference between Pilates mats and yoga mats, and for good reason. Pilates mats need to be thicker in order to provide adequate cushion for your spine and joints during rolling exercises (ie: Rolling Like a Ball, Open Leg Rocker, the Roll Over) and for your bony landmarks during exercises like Side Leg Lifts (think hip bones) or Swimming (think pubic bone). Whereas in yoga, it’s important to be as connected to the earth as much as possible, therefore yoga mats are very thin with very little padding.
Many of you have been asking me for mat recommendations for years and I’ve never fully found the perfect mat to recommend. So, with the help of my amazing team here at Lindywell we created the best Pilates mat on the market for you.
My top 5 criteria for a premium, high-quality Pilates mat:
- Non-toxic and eco-friendly
- Supportive enough for rolling exercises, yet stable enough for balancing exercise
- Easy to clean
- Beautiful and something you WANT to keep rolled up in the corner of your room
- Lightweight and easy to carry
This was no easy feat my friends. I can see why companies cut corners. We had to work HARD to find a partner that would work with us to create a mat that meets all of these criteria, especially since certain materials are hard to come by right now.
We sorted through sample after sample and referenced multiple consumer reviews, testimonials, case studies and reports to find the best feel and balance of support and stability that we could find.
We went through numerous rounds of revisions to make sure the quality and beauty was up to our standards.
I had you and your needs in mind every step of the way. I now know why there is such variation in the price and quality of mats in the marketplace (and understand what that means behind-the-scenes). In order to produce products that are responsible, high-quality and eco-friendly, the cost to produce and the hurdles to jump are higher. We’ve done our absolute best to make sure that our pricing is competitive to other premium mats on the market and we truly want this to be a product that supports you (pun intended) for years to come. (And Lindywell members – you’ll receive a 20% discount!)
I can’t wait to reveal the mat to you very soon. In the meantime, here’s a quick behind-the-scenes video that gives a peek into the journey of bringing this mat to life.
We are starting with a limited quantity of these mats, so click here to get yours before they sell out!
I can’t wait to see you on your (new) mat very soon!
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