Pilates is a world-renowned exercise regime that, through low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements, Pilates focuses on focuses on building core strength, improving alignment, increasing flexibility, and supporting an overall healthy lifestyle. It’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and has extremely beneficial long term effects, whether you go for classic floor-work or prefer using specialised Pilates equipment.
While there are many online videos for at-home Pilates workouts, due to of the intensity of this exercise and the strain it can put on certain joints and muscle groups you are quite prone to injury when you do Pilates without the supervision of a certified instructor. The best way to avoid injury is to join a class at a Pilates studio – but how can you find a class that’s right for you? Do you prefer small or large classes? How often do you want to have a class? What style of Pilates suits your needs best? There are many factors to consider when shopping around.
In this article, we’ll break down a few key things that really make or break a Pilates studio, as well as a list of some Canberra’s best studios.
What makes a great Pilates studio?
Whether you’re new to Pilates or an experienced practitioner, sometimes it can be difficult to know what to look for when trying out a new studio. We suggest keeping an eye out for the following traits:
- Experienced, passionate teachers. Pilates is a highly specialised exercise program that takes years of practice and theoretical knowledge to master. Look for a studio that’s run by passionate, experienced teachers.
- Welcoming atmosphere. Pilates is for everybody, not just the super-fit. If you have never tried Pilates before, you definitely want a studio with a welcoming atmosphere that supports students from all walks of life.
- Fair pricing. Opt for Pilates classes that charge a reasonable rate. If you plan on attending more than one or two classes a week, find a studio that offers bulk discounts or weekly rates.
- Convenient location and timetable. If it’s not easy, you probably won’t do it. The best Pilates studio for you is one that’s in close proximity to home or work and hosts classes at a time that suits your busy schedule.
- Exercise options. Pilates isn’t just about stretches on a mat on the floor – there are Pilates exercises that require machinery, and you might find that this style works better for you. You don’t want to be limited by the Pilate’s equipment, so keep an eye out for well-equipped studios.
The best Pilates studios in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Now is the time to introduce which Pilates studios came out on top.
With over 30 years of experience, Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates provides the highest standard of care in a safe, friendly and professional environment. Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates recgonises the unique long term benefits of clinical Pilates not only for building up strength and physical awareness, but for injury prevention and rehabilitation as well.
Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates is especially dedicated to providing their clients with the best available care, tailored to their specific physical needs and capabilities. All of the Pilates instructors at Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates are qualified with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, and the practice requires one-on-one assessment before you start your classes. This is so that their highly-trained staff can properly assess your personal needs, and help to familiarise you with Pilates before you enroll in your first class, whether that’s in a small group lessons or individual lessons.
As Andrea Hotchkiss writes on RiotACT, “Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates has wonderful, professional staff led by Grant Sutherland. They have in-depth knowledge about each person and are therefore able to assist everyone no matter age, flexibility or past/current injuries.”
Back in Strength has been holding Pilates classes in their large, fully equipped studio for more than 10 years. After a thorough assessment, personalised programs address issues and goals, getting clients pain free and reaching their goals.
The range of Pilates classes include reformer classes, pre- and post-natal exercise, comprehensive balance circuit, and supervised sessions.
Qualified and caring instructors provide innovative solutions to client needs, developing awareness of and recruiting core muscles and progressing to advanced exercises. The result is a strong and stable body. Instructors regularly review and assess client progress.
Back in Strength also provides physiotherapy and other rehabilitation services.
More than 60 classes are offered at Back in Strength each week, Monday to Saturday. Free parking available. Some classes can be claimed on private health or through certain health third-party payers.
Carrie Paine wrote on RiotACT, “Back in Strength at Deakin is fantastic! They have a huge Pilates studio with awesome equipment and the very best staff who give expert advice and tailored exercises, and really listen to their clients. It’s a safe and supportive environment for the young and not-so-young, fitness fanatics and casual exercise enthusiasts, as well as anyone just wanting to gain strength and flexibility.”
The passionate team behind Embrace Pilates and Fitness strive to create a personal fitness business that welcomes the community and fosters a sense of belonging. They believe that Pilates is for everyone and focus on progress rather than perfection. By offering a supportive environment, their experienced teaching staff help you find movement that feels right for you and serves your personal needs.
As Andrew wrote on Google, “Great classes fantastic instructors real family feel and great location. Been a member for the past two years and I am the healthiest I have been for many years.”
If you are working to overcome aches, pains, and injuries, the Pilates studio at clinic 88 could be your best choice. The dedicated team is fully equipped to promote optimal pain-free movement so you can regain mobility and improve fitness while promoting emotional wellbeing.
As Brooke Rowlands wrote on Google, “I have been attending Clinic 88 for more than 15yrs for regular maintenance, injury management and then adding in pilates – I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Highly recommended!”
The focus at Pilates with Dan is to offer valued customers a truly personalised training experience. By championing controlled exercise and mindful movement, their friendly teachers will help you build strength, improve health, and enhance overall wellbeing. With decades of experience in the industry, owner Dan is ready to help you become the best version of yourself.
Nick Parry wrote a glowing review on Google saying, “Excellent studio. Relaxed atmosphere, individual and focused programs to target your problem areas or goals.”
If you’re looking for another way to improve your physical health, check out our articles the best yoga studios in Canberra and the best physiotherapists in Canberra for helpful guides to the best services in town.
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