the pilates Box is wood construction nicely padded and covered in a Naugahyde upholstery cover it is comfortable to the touch the pole is vinyl plastic the box is for execution of advance Pilates routines the pole is for stabilization they can be used together or separately with or without the reformer apparatus I haven't used mine yet as I am still in the beginner classification but look forward to doing advanced routines in a few weeks about a month if you plan on purchasing a pilates reformer I would recommend purchasing this item at the same time so you won't have to wait because advancement to the next level of training comes quickly when the workout is so fun.
This a great mat for me, as a beginner with yoga. I used a towel for past few months and this is much better. The thickness seems perfect; I've used the mat on low carpet, as well as concrete, and it's very comfortable. My yoga is not very strenuous and I don't slip on the mat at all. I've also purchased one for my daughter; she's very pleased. The price was reasonable so I didn't have to purchase from local discount stores. Someday I might want to move up to a natural rubber mat, but, for now, this is more than adequate.
Used these mats at boot camp. Lasted about 6 months before they started to tear apart but be advised I used the 4x a week or up to 2 hours per week so there was a lot of wear and tear.
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