The best Pilates studios in Canberra

Grant Sutherland

Grant Sutherland, co-owner of Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates, one of Canberra’s most recommended Pilates studios in Canberra. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

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.

Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates

Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates

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.”

Unit 1 Playoust Building, 108 Hawker Place
Hawker ACT 2614
Back in Strength

Back in Strength

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.”

1/14 Hannah Place
Deakin ACT 2600

Embrace Pilates and Fitness

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.”

Clinic 88

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!”

Pilates with Dan

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.

For advice on improving your nutritional baseline through food, check out our article on the best dietitians in the Canberra region.

Your experience with Pilates studios in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Thanks to all of those that shared their experience with Pilates studios in the region. If you don’t think we got it right, please share your favourite Pilates classes in Canberra in the comment section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates is a very effective and beneficial workout for all body types. Because of its focus on isolating muscle groups, improving endurance and flexibility, and building a strong core, you will find that Pilates helps you maintain a good posture, use your muscles and joints carefully and safely in your daily life, and generally improve your strength and muscle tone.
How is Pilates different from yoga?
One of the biggest differences between Pilates and yoga is that while yoga is all mat-work and uses almost no equipment, Pilates often uses equipment and tools in its exercises. Another difference is that while yoga is focused more on flexibility, Pilates tends to emphasise strength and conditioning. And finally, Pilates is not fundamentally spiritual like yoga is.
Can I do Pilates with an injury?
If you're recovering from an injury, then Pilates might actually be the perfect form of rehabilitation for you. However, severe and recent injuries might not be able to withstand the intensity of some Pilates exercises. Make sure your instructor knows about your injury ahead of time, and find out what kind of adjustments and options they can offer you during the class.
Is Pilates hard for beginners?
Like all forms of exercise, it's going to be difficult to get used to at first. Pilates exercises are particularly focused on isolating and strengthening muscle groups, and you might find that this is unfamiliar and difficult for you. Fortunately, Pilates can be easily modified to account for all fitness and experience levels. Make sure you join a beginner class, and talk with your instructor to see what allowances they can make for you. And remember not to push yourself too hard, for fear of accidentally injuring yourself.

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64 Responses to The best Pilates studios in Canberra
Senada Bijavica Senada Bijavica 10:30 pm 17 Sep 20

Embrace Pilates Belconnen....Perfectly Professional,Always Pleasant...Thanks for wonderful classes....The best;Catherine,Anu Jordana

Melissa Hobbs Melissa Hobbs 11:31 pm 13 Sep 20

Higher Function in Civic

Katie Lambart Katie Lambart 11:34 pm 12 Sep 20

I recommend back in strength in Deakin. Great physio assessment and plan developed for me. I’m new to Pilates so I do the group classes with the physio present to ensure I have the right technique. They did video consults thru lockdown which helped bridge the gap for a while there

Michelle Holmes Michelle Holmes 10:23 pm 12 Sep 20

Ken Telford, Inform Personal Training is brilliant

Ineka Voigt Ineka Voigt 9:43 pm 12 Sep 20

Back in Strength in Deakin. Brilliant team, awesome facilities and support!

Isobel Hall Isobel Hall 8:28 pm 12 Sep 20

KX Pilates in Braddon!

Carrie Paine Carrie Paine 6:22 pm 12 Sep 20

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.

Hannah Riddell Hannah Riddell 6:11 pm 12 Sep 20

Definitely Back in Strength in Deakin! The studio is in a great location and offers many pilates classes for all ages and abilities. The staff, from the receptionists to the physio’s, are friendly and helpful. I love Back In Strength!

Lex Lane Lex Lane 5:27 pm 12 Sep 20

EMBRACE is the Ultimate! Their Pilates classes and all their instructors are amazing but it’s the the.incredibly welcoming and uplifting environment of Embrace that truly makes it Canberra’s best Pilates studio. I have been going there for years and had times I’ve walked in feeling low and left feeing lighter and reminded there are good people in the world.

Penny Wilson Penny Wilson 4:50 pm 12 Sep 20

Back in Strength in Deakin. The Pilates studio is run by great physios who work out a program for you with your body's needs in mind. It's a good, airy space, with plenty of equipment and small group sessions. The physios are lovely, attentive and skilled, meaning that there's plenty of help and encouragement on those days when you really need motivation! If you want friendly, welcoming, helpful and experienced staff, this is the place.

Ben Wilkinson Ben Wilkinson 3:34 pm 12 Sep 20

Back in strength in Deakin with Anne and the team!! They are all physiotherapists, so know exactly what they are doing . They offer a great variety of classes and create personalised programs so the exercises you do are catered for you specifally. You can also claim on private health which is great.

Holly Matthews Holly Matthews 11:43 am 12 Sep 20

Lucas Studios in Mitchell with out a doubt! Heaps of classes, reformer and mat Pilates as well as circuits, stretch and Yoga. Excellent instructors and a friendly, welcoming environment. I’ve been going for years and it has helped me with core strength, posture and other muscular skeletal issues. It’s just the best! 🙌💪😊

Andrea McInnes Andrea McInnes 11:19 am 12 Sep 20

Strength in symmetry - Ralene is the best

Andrea Hotchkiss Andrea Hotchkiss 9:16 am 12 Sep 20

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.

Wenna Savvy Wenna Savvy 8:32 am 12 Sep 20

We are so lucky here!

I've been going to Embrace Fitness and Pilates in belconnen for years and love their whole energy and balanced approach to classes which are so effective and fun.

I also love classes with Rhiannon at Mrs Pilates out at Tribe 11 in Fyshwick. She's such an excellent teacher and has so much knowledge.

Body Intel in Watson is also great for clinical pilates, i did classes with Raelene for ages and it really helped with my injury recovery.

Sam Hardy Sam Hardy 8:30 am 12 Sep 20

Capital clinic physiotherapy run mat-based pilates classes. Great for rehabilitation or just general well-being!

Jenny Cave Jenny Cave 7:41 am 12 Sep 20

Wellbeing Pilates Studio Bungendore is a great one. Friendly, professional service from passionate teachers. They have classes for everyone and of every level of competence. Lots of equipment as well as being able to adapt quickly to new situations. We are very lucky to have had Cathy, Rachel and Monique here inBungendore! Thanks ladies! 😄Everyone is welcomed

Emma Louise Emma Louise 9:00 pm 11 Sep 20

Pilates with Dan.

Lisa Jones Lisa Jones 8:43 pm 11 Sep 20

Lucas Studios in Mitchell are brilliant!!

Leonie Casey Leonie Casey 8:36 pm 11 Sep 20

Embrace has my vote. Have had nothing but encouragement – even when starting as an absolute gumbie who needed help with all kinds of set up. The answer to my, “ I just can’t do it.” Is always, “You can’t do it – YET” A friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

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