Pilates is no easy feat—there’s a reason why it’s the workout of choice for Victoria’s Secret models. Anyone who’s ever taken a class will know it looks a heck of a lot easier than it is. They’ll also know that your piriformis muscle (you know, that tiny one in your butt) is a little weak bastard. But hey, if my butt can look as good as Heidi Klum, I will work that little bastard of a muscle until it feels like I am going to vom.
Being the fitness-loving city we are, Perth is home to some of the best Pilates studios offering up everything from mat and reformer classes, to hot Pilates, Xtend Barre and Power Plate.
Here’s where to find some of the best Pilates studios in Perth.
Located in the heart of the CBD, Heartbeat High is where all the cool kids are doing Pilates, partly because of their ‘gram-worthy neon sign and all-round gorgeous studio, but mostly because the Pilates instructors are 100% awesome. Their reformer 101 class is perfect for anyone new to Pilates, but once you’ve found your groove, you’ll want to jump into their Club H class for the pros or their 30 minute Sweat in the City class for a lunchtime pick me up.
This stunning multi-use space in Highgate is home to a Pilates studio, cute cafe, and retail boutique, so you can pop in for a class and walk out with fresh activewear and a good cup of coffee, which lets face it, is pretty damn ideal. In the Rig Pilates’ studio there are plenty of group sessions for all skill levels from classic matt Pilates to more advanced equipment based classes. Either way, their highly skilled instructors will leave you burning in all the right places. You can also opt for a private session if you really want to nail your pilates technique.
As soon as you step into this light-filled, polished North Perth studio, you’ll instantly feel relaxed. But there’s more to Flow Space than it’s beautiful interior—it’s home to some of the best Pilates classes going round, not to mention it’s also the largest reformer Pilates studio in all of Perth.
You may be horizontal for most of the class, but the fast paced 50-minute workout at KX Pilates will get you sweating. A morning class will leave you with that satisfying endorphin rush for the rest of the day (even if your whole body feels like jelly). They offer classes for different levels as well as one-on-one personal training.
With over 18 locations around Perth (and counting), there’s sure to be a Best Body studio close to you. Each of these top-notch Pilates studios are decked out with 10 to 16 high-quality reformer machines, and classes run from early morning to late evening—making it super easy to fit into even the busiest of schedules!
The Movement Society
If you stumble across this studio on Instagram, you’ll quickly be sucked in by the endless snaps and videos of the instructors looking flexi and beautiful in coordinated pastel hued activewear. But beyond that aesthetically pleasing exterior, their playful range of classes are the perfect introduction to the ass-lifting, body-sculpting world of pilates. They even offer a “Quicky” 30-minute session if you really just want to get in and out as quick as possible. But be warned, just because it’s short, doesn’t mean it’s easy!
If you’re a total newbie to the world of Pilates or have been out of action for a few years, Revolution Pilates in Mount Hawthorn have you covered with their six-week beginner Pilates mat course. From there you’ll be able to stretch up to the group classes or Spring It springboard classes, giving you a strong bod in no time at all!
An all-encompassing health and wellness destination, Bodyworks Subiaco offers everything from Pilates and rehabilitation classes to physiotherapy and remedial massage in a super modern environment. Their instructors are super clued in on everything to do with STOTT Pilates (a new form of Pilates) and will have your body in good working order in no time at all. Bodyworks offers Pilates matwork, reformer, rehabilitation and CORE functional fitness classes, and the best bit, the team here are super welcoming and all-round lovely people, so you're sure to make some new friends while you’re at it.
If you’re after washboard abs, Pure Moves in Cottesloe are your guys. With Pilates mat and reformer classes on offer (as well as Xtend Barre, Power Plate, TRX and yoga), Pure Moves classes are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. If you’re looking for a little one-on-one guidance, they also offer private Pilates classes which target problem areas or aid in injury management and recovery.
Pilates Centre WA
Conveniently located on the coolest little street in East Fremantle (George Street), the Pilates Centre WA offers up reformer classes led by some of the best instructors around town. The studio’s 60-year-old owner Trudy is a testament to the benefits of Pilates, with her strong bod becoming the envy and the inspiration for all of her students. She offers up a pretty sweet unlimited monthly membership package which allows you to attend one class every day the studio is open. You’ll need to book in for this one and be sure to schedule sessions around your George Street brunch hangs—it’s all about balance, right?
SUBIACO AND HIGHGATE
I don’t want to scare you away but this is one intense workout. Push through 45 minutes of full body conditioning and reap the rewards (hello abs). A French bodybuilder created the megaformer machine (a tougher version of the regular reformer machines) but sadly dreaming of a muscled French man does not make the workout any easier. Their Highgate studio also offers Megaride—combining bikes, megaformer and music. All their classes are seriously addictive.
Fire Shaper Studio
In the cooler months getting onto the Pilates mat can sometimes be a bit of a struggle, which is why we love Fire Shaper Studio in East Perth. This hot little studio offers up Pilates based classes in a room heated between 26 and 32 degrees. You’ll be able to stretch just that little bit further, all the while feeling like it’s the middle of summer, even when it’s not.
The Mind Body Heart Store
One of the most beautiful fitness studios in Perth, The Mind Body Heart Store offers up some of Perth’s best Pilates classes. They’ve got everything from fitball, magic circle and foam arc classes to foam roller, toning ball and resistance band classes—you’ll be toning up muscles you didn’t know existed before you know it.
Pilates Fitness Institute
Myaree and Burswood
With some of Perth’s best introductory Pilates packages, the Pilates Fitness Institute is great if you’re feeling a little strapped for cash but still want to get in shape. These guys also offer some killer reformer classes, barre classes, remedial therapies and Pilates teacher training courses.
The Pilates Co
For some coastal core conditioning, your best bet is to book into a session at The Pilates Co in North Beach. Home to ten cutting edge reformer machines, this gorgeous studio’s classes are led by some incredibly talented instructors who can take you from newbie to Pilates pro in no time. An added bonus? There are heaps of classes to choose from every day, so you can get your body-burning fix pretty much whenever you’d like.
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