Pilates is a world-renowned exercise regime that focuses on building core strength, improving alignment, increasing flexibility, and supporting an overall healthy lifestyle. It suits all ages and fitness levels. It can also have beneficial long-term effects, whether through classic floor work or use of specialised Pilates equipment.
The best way to avoid injury is to join a Pilates studio. That way a certified instructor will ensure you don’t injure yourself or strain joints and muscles. A certified Pilates instructor will also help in other ways. They’ll help you find the right class for you. That might be a small or large class. They’ll also help you determine how many classes are best for you.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a Pilates Studio and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great Pilates studio?
Choosing the right Pilates studio can make sure you’re in the best place for what you want to achieve, whether you’re new to Pilates or a veteran.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a Pilates studio.
- Experienced, passionate instructors. Pilates is a specialised exercise program that takes years of practice and theoretical knowledge to master. Look for a studio that’s run by passionate and experienced teachers.
- Variety of classes. Pilates is so much more than stretching on a mat. Look for a studio with a range of quality equipment and a variety of classes to suit all fitness levels and interests. Some studios even offer classes only for men or for pregnant women.
- Convenient location and timetable. If your studio isn’t convenient or if classes aren’t held at times that work for you, chances are you won’t get to your Pilates classes. You might therefore want to choose a studio that’s close to your home or work. Also consider if classes fit into your busy schedule.
- Fair pricing. Check out prices and choose a Pilates studio that charges a fair price for quality services and equipment. Depending on how often you’ll head to the studio, you might want to check for bulk discounts or weekly or other special rates.
- Welcoming atmosphere. Pilates is for everybody, not just the super-fit. If you’ve never tried Pilates, you’ll want a studio that’s friendly, welcoming, supportive and motivating.
The best Pilates studios in Canberra
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With over 30 years’ experience, Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates provides the highest standard of care in a safe, friendly and professional environment. Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates recognises the unique long-term benefits of clinical Pilates for building strength and physical awareness, as well as for injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates is dedicated to providing clients with the best available care, tailored to specific physical needs and capabilities.
All Pilates instructors at Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates are qualified with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. The practice requires a one-on-one assessment before you start your classes. This is so highly-trained staff can properly assess personal needs and familiarise clients with Pilates before they start. Small group and individual lessons are available.
Andrea Hotchkiss wrote 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 or current injuries.”
Back in Strength has been holding Pilates classes in its large, fully equipped studio for more than 10 years. After a thorough assessment, personalised programs address issues and get clients pain free and reaching their goals.
The range of classes include reformer classes, pre and post-natal exercise, comprehensive balance circuit, and supervised sessions.
Qualified 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.
More than 60 classes are offered at Back in Strength each week, Monday to Saturday. 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! 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.”
High-energy, personalised attention and a fun environment. That’s Lucas Studios’ promise. Lucas Studios is boutique and focuses on small group classes designed to improve health and wellbeing. Classes include Reformer Pilates, Mat Pilates, Pilates Circuit, Yoga, Barre, Boxing and Gym Circuit. Lucas Studios welcomes individuals of all fitness levels.
On Google, Emily McFawn wrote, “I love Lucas Studios. I’ve been going there for close to 2 years … the classes on offer are diverse and engaging …”
Core Essentials Pilates is about strengthening, toning and improving balance in an enjoyable and professional environment. The studio focuses on wellbeing through intelligent movement and exercise. Classes include Springboard, Mat, Reformer, Semi, Duo, Circuit and Private. Men’s classes are available.
Karen Dascarolis wrote on Google, “I’ve been to a lot of Pilates studios and this one suits me best. Instructors, location, facilities, classes and cleanliness are all top notch … the friendly professional feel brings me back every time.”
Elysium Studio Pilates supports clients to look and feel great in a safe, effective way. That includes improving mental and physical wellbeing. Classes are designed around everyone’s likes and fitness levels, including Matwork, Reformer, Circuits and Semi-Private. Pregnancy Pilates classes are also available.
On Google, Fiona Joiner wrote, “I was worried I would be too unfit or uncoordinated but Elyse tailors exercises … I’ve already lost a bit of weight and am toning up. My lower back pain is improving too.”
The passionate team behind Embrace Pilates and Fitness strives to create a personal fitness environment that welcomes the community and fosters a sense of belonging. The team believes Pilates should focus on progress rather than perfection. With a supportive environment, experienced teaching staff help clients find the right movements.
Michelle Van Epps wrote on Google, “Embrace Pilates and Fitness is a real gem in the Pilates industry in Canberra … incredibly knowledgeable and patient instructors who make you feel welcome and looked after.”
The Pilates Studio at Clinic 88 helps clients overcome aches, pains and injuries. The dedicated team is equipped to promote optimal pain-free movement, so clients regain mobility and improve fitness while improving emotional wellbeing.
As Brooke Rowlands wrote on Google, “I’ve been attending Clinic 88 for more than 15 years for regular maintenance and injury management. I then added Pilates. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Highly recommend!”
The focus at Pilates with Dan is to offer clients a truly personalised training experience. By championing controlled exercise and mindful movement, friendly teachers help clients build strength, improve health, and enhance overall wellbeing. With decades of experience in the industry, owner Dan is ready to help clients become the best version of themselves.
Nick Parry wrote on Google, “Excellent studio. Relaxed atmosphere, individual and focused programs to target your problem areas or goals.”
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