The best Pilates studios in Canberra

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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 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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Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates

Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates

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.”

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 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.”

1/14 Hannah Place
Deakin ACT 2600

Lucas Studios

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

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

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.”

Embrace Pilates and Fitness

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.”

Clinic 88

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!”

Pilates with Dan

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.”

If you’re looking for more articles on improving your physical health, you might like our articles on the best yoga studios in Canberra, the best physiotherapists in Canberra and the the best dietitians Canberra has to offer.

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.

Have you had experience with any of the Pilates studios listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates is an effective and beneficial workout for all body types. It focuses on isolating muscle groups, improving endurance and flexibility, and building a strong core. For these reasons, Pilates helps you maintain a good posture, use your muscles and joints carefully, and exercise safely. It also helps improve your strength and muscle tone.
How is Pilates different from yoga?
One of the biggest differences between Pilates and yoga is equipment. Yoga is all mat-work whereas Pilates also uses equipment. Another difference is that yoga focuses more on flexibility. Pilates also concentrates on strength and conditioning. Finally, Pilates is not fundamentally spiritual like yoga is.
Can I do Pilates with an injury?
This depends on the type and severity of the injury. Pilates can help with some injuries, depending on what the injury is, how bad it is and how recent it is. The important thing is to talk to your doctor or health professional, as well as you Pilates instructor, on what you can safely do.
Is Pilates hard for beginners?
Like all forms of exercise, it's important to start at the right level and progress from there. If you’re just starting out with Pilates, join a beginner class. Also talk to your instructor so they’re aware you’re a beginner. Don’t push yourself too hard. The last thing you want is to injure yourself and not be able to get back to those Pilates classes you love.
How much does it cost to go to Pilates?
Different studios charge different prices so it’s best to head to websites or call studios to discuss what they charge. Many factors are at play, including the size and style of studio, location and how much equipment it has. The number of classes you attend will also affect price. Some studios offer discounts or package rates.

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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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