A few years ago, Pilates exercise had a boost in popularity but what may have started as a trendy way to workout has quickly become a way of life for many.
There are countless interpretations of Pilates that range from yogalates to booty-blitzing barre classes, but when it comes to perfecting your technique, nothing beats classic reformer and mat Pilates classes.
For those who aren’t quite sure what the fuss is all about, Pilates is essentially a controlled form of exercise that isolates muscles to lengthen and strengthen the body.
Reformer Pilates is performed using a spring-based resistance apparatus whereas Mat Pilates is performed on the floor using an exercise mat. Although they are slightly different forms of the exercise, both variations are used to build core strength with resistance.
Brisbane is brimming with studios and gyms that claim to offer results-driven classes of every kind of Pilates variation, but if you’re thinking of trying Pilates for the first time, looking to get back into it or want to perfect your form, we’ve rounded up 11 of Brisbane’s Best Pilates Studios to help you find the right place for you.
PREMIUM PILATES & FITNESS | CAMP HILL
With High-Intensity Interval Workouts, Matwork, Barre, Stretch group classes, and 45 Reformer Pilates classes held every week at Premium Pilates & Fitness, you can guarantee there will be a session to suit any and all fitness levels. Owners Emily & Chris have taught Pilates full-time for over 7 years and have instructed thousands of clients between them. The pair understands that no two clients are the same and offer many options to assist clients in achieving their health and fitness goals. With certified instructors facilitating everything from 4-Week Challenges, Pre and Post-Natal classes and Jumpboard Reformer classes to Mums & Bub’s Reformer and Barre classes and Personal Training, you can trust that each client will receive personalised attention in every class. The team at Premium Pilates & Fitness also know that investing in your health and fitness shouldn’t mean spending half of your wage on classes. They provide many cost-effective options including monthly memberships that allow clients to attend their whole range of classes as well as several packages for both Reformer and Floor classes and Introductory packages. The studio is also equipped with a car park, change-room and shower facilities, making it super easy for all to attend a class pre or post work.
PILATES UNLIMITED | Kedron, Aspley & Geebung
With 18 years of operation to its name, Pilates Unlimited has become somewhat of an institution when it comes to helping people strengthen their core. At Pilates Unlimited you’ll find ex-professional dancer and STOTT Pilates trainer instructor, Katrina Carey facilitating a number of different styles of classes. Whether you’re a Pilates beginner or a seasoned expert, Pilates Unlimited offers group mat classes, group barre classes and private or semi-private equipment sessions. Group classes follow a continuous floor routine of movement and flow, incorporating the mind, the body and the breath where the private classes are for those looking to learn proper form or improve their technique. As well as their classes, Pilates Unlimited is known for their Bali Pilates Retreats. The Retreats are packaged with 7-nights of accommodation including breakfast every morning along with daily Pilates and stretching sessions. To increase your relaxation to happiness ratio, the team will also coordinate beach walks, spa treatments, cooking classes, sunset dinners, cocktails and shopping as well as lots of free time for exploring. With ‘me time’ like this on offer, you’d be selfish to deny yourself!
CORE PILATES | SPRING HILL
In a light-filled room in Spring Hill, the passionate team at Core Pilates come together to offer personalised Pilates programs to their clients. With a firm belief that one size does not fit all and that each client has individual goals and needs, Core Pilates offers a range of different classes that each promise to provide specialised attention to ensure the correct Pilates technique and that you get the best out of each session. Studio owner, Lisa Jackson has over 14 years of teaching experience, which means the highly qualified team at Core Pilates continue to receive expert education and mentorship even after completing their qualification studies. From matwork classes to trio studio sessions and private or duet sessions, Core Pilates accommodate to clients at every level and always challenge the body appropriately. Core Pilates offer an introductory offer of 5 sessions for $260 to give each new member the opportunity to start their Pilates journey off on the right foot.
ANY.BODY PILATES & PHYSIOLOGY | MILTON
With a belief that reformer Pilates is for anybody, the team at any.BODY understands the importance of tailoring exercise to the individual. any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology’s classes feel like you have your very own trainer with small group classes run by an experienced exercise physiologist. After every class, each client will leave feeling like they have been challenged no matter what their abilities or limitations may be. Set in a beautiful Tuscan courtyard in Milton, the any.BODY Studio is in a prime location with plenty of onsite parking and just a 5-minute walk from the train station. The studio offers group classes with a maximum of 6 people as well as mat classes, stretch, foam and trigger classes, booty blitz reformer classes, power hour reformer classes and Pilates assessment and technique reviews. For those looking to improve their functionality and strength in a fun, relaxing and genuine environment, any.BODY offers new members a 5-class trial over 14 days for $45 so you can have the complete any.BODY experience. Health Fund Rebates are also available for group and private sessions.
SOBA | WEST END & NEW FARM
If you’re not certain if Pilates might be right for you but keen to try out the different styles, SoBa is the place for you. The introductory offer at SoBa is 21 days of unlimited classes for $59. SoBa offers a numbers of different classes, including mat pilates, barre, mat and HIIT to name a few. The mat Pilates class follows a sequence of controlled exercises that engage your mind and condition the entire body. The blend of strength and flexibility training improves posture, reduces stress and tones muscles with the weight of your body and resistance, rather than bulking.
STUDIO PILATES | VARIOUS LOCATIONS
With an intimate workout space in many different locations across Queensland, Studio Pilates is a franchise of Reformer Pilates studios that boast a new era of workouts. The fast-paced 40-minute high intensity, low impact workouts are created to strengthen and sculpt the body and have lead Studio Pilates to become a go-to destination for results. Studio Pilates offer a number of challenging options to help their clients achieve their goals and keep their prices competitive.
ARLAIS WELLNESS | SANDGATE
If you’re wanting to explore what form of Pilates suits you best and you live on the north side of Brisbane, Arlais Wellness is a must-try studio. At Arlais, members are able to choose between Reformer Pilates, Jumpboard Pilates, Mat Ball & Pregnancy Reformer Pilates. Arlais offers a variety of Pilates equipment you may not always see at quick-Pilates studios, including the Reformers, Half Trapeeze and Ladder Barrell for either group classes or one-on-one classes. At Arlais the sessions are formulated on the principals of Pilates making them suitable for people of most ages and fitness levels.
PURE HEALTH CLUBS | NEWSTEAD & COORPAROO
Pure Health Clubs is Australia’s largest full-suite of group reformer classes that offer all of the variations including, Tech, Open, Plus, HIIT, Core, Booty Blitz, and Stretch. On top of their Reformer Pilates classes, Pure Health also offer mat Pilates for those that prefer floor core and strength training with fundamental, principal, power and small apparatus classes to work from. You can rest assured you’ll never be on a waiting list at Pure Health Clubs and with undercover onsite parking as a bonus, who could say no to a cheeky lunchtime Pilates class.
KX PILATES | RED HILL & NEWSTEAD
KX Pilates is all about the intensity. With beginner, intermediate, advanced, specialised and private classes on offer, there is really no excuse not to give it a go. The 50-minute classes are designed to increase the intensity to decrease the workout time so why not grab yourself a $50 intro pass for five classes and see if the in-and-out style of KX Pilates is just what you need for a pick me up.
REBALANCE PILATES AND YOGA | MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
Rebalance is all about reducing stress and anxiety, something we are all-too-familiar with. While there are many hot yoga studios around Brisbane, this is one of the few studios in town offering hot Pilates. With both mat and reformer classes, various styles of Pilates are on offer at Rebalance in their Reform, Transform, fast-paced Hot and Hip’r sessions. If you’re into sweating it out, Rebalance is a must try.
VIVA PILATES STUDIO | MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
Viva Pilates comes from duo Genevieve and Olivia who have a shared vision to offer a combination of Mat, Reformer and Apparatus Pilates to inspire total connection of the body, mind and soul. With the hope of physically transforming and reshaping the entire body, Viva Pilates also prides themselves on offering mindful, dynamic classes that focus on precise movement and technique. Their special apparatus class includes not only the Reformer but a Cadillac, Wundchair and Barrels. For those that didn’t follow, these are fancy terms for various Pilates apparatus that will leave you tight and toned. This spot is at the top of our fitness hit list.
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