If there's anything we love, here at The Urban List, it's a multi tasker. And Pilates is nothing if not the ultimate multi tasker. Combining strength, flexibility, and conditioning training to form the ideal all-in-one routine, this is one workout that will have you in tip top shape in no time.
And if you had any doubt about its effectiveness, just check out the celeb devotees who are constantly singing its praises – Gwyneth Paltrow, Jen Aniston, Cameron Diaz… these gals are certainly good adverts for making Pilates a part of your exercise routine.
So, in the interest of getting our core rock solid, we've rounded up the best Pilates studios in Sydney, so you can jump on the bandwagon and start seeing those famous results.
Here are our picks for Sydney's best pilates studios:
Pilates Physique's Sydney studio caters to all levels of experience. If you're starting out, Pilates Physique offers a free trial to first-time clients—an excellent way to get a feel for the workout and studio. Boasting a wide variety of classes, including Matwork, Power Plate, and Cardio, Pilates Physique is an industry leader holding Australia's first Tower Cadillac group classes. For those of you in the know, Tower Cadillac has been voted one of the top ten workouts in NYC. For the rest of us, Tower Cadillac offers an extra challenge to the Pilates workout focusing specifically on strength, tone and resilience. Try it!
Everyone who’s tried Pilates knows the love/hate relationship with those burning muscles that eventually lead to a ridiculously tight behind. After huge success in Melbourne, KX Pilates set up shop in Sydney and have been busting our buns ever since. Seasoned Pilates lovers will feel right at home under the guise of their expertly-trained instructors, while newbies should expect a supportive and fun environment. If you want to try your hand, make sure you take up KX Pilates’ introductory offer of 5 classes for $50.
Who hasn't longed for the lean, toned body of a ballet dancer? Well, Barre Body offers classes that combine the strength and conditioning of a yoga and Pilates workout, with the flexibility and balance of a ballet class. It is a dynamic mix, which tones the whole body and will whip you into shape in no time! You can try Barre Moves, incorporating yoga and ballet principles and is great for burning fat and toning; or Barre Tone, a core-focused class incorporating Pilates and barre work with the use of hand weights. Finally, the signature Barre Body class is perfect for reshaping and toning, utilising hand weights, mat work and the barre.
BodyMindLife is not only an inner-city haven, but one of the best Pilates studios in Sydney. Serenely beautiful, with high ceilings and an all-round relaxing atmosphere, a workout here is guaranteed to leave you feeling empowered and refreshed. The studio is known for its state-of-the-art 'Reformer' resistance-based apparatus, which sounds scarier than it is—trust us!
Elixir Health Club
CBD & Bondi Junction
Elixir is renowned for its Group Reformer Pilates class, which works on the original 'Reformer' machines to add resistance and build strength. The excellent Elixir Health Club instructors enlist a holistic approach towards your Pilates development—this is the perfect Sydney Pilates studio for those wanting to challenge and improve their body, mind, and overall wellbeing.
Authentic Pilates Studio
Authenticity is literally the name of the game at this Sydney Pilates studio. The staff at Authentic Pilates focus on providing a safe workout environment and ensure beginners start the program with a solid knowledge of Pilates. The group classes are appropriate for the seasoned Pilates devotees; additionally, instructor courses are available for those wanting to teach.
Broadway, Hunters Hill & Pymble
Another spot vying for the title of the best Pilates studio in Sydney, is Pilates International.There is a range of classes on offer, to suit every level, as well as a special pregnancy Pilates course for the mums-to-be. To ensure quality care and guidance, all classes are limited in size to help you achieve your fitness and wellbeing goals faster.
Located just north of The Bridge, Soul Fitness is a health club sporting three types of Pilates (because options). First is mat Pilates, which focuses on strength, the second is Pilates interval training involving low to high intensity exercises (as extreme as it sounds) and the third is piloxing—a mash up of boxing and Pilates. We know what you’re thinking and yes, this is possible the most fun Pilates studio in Sydney.
Fluidform Pilates in Waterloo is another spot for an intimate Pilates sesh so you can sweat it out in privacy. For a more specialised workout, these guys offer equipment Pilates designed to increase strength and flexibility (hello amazing butt, it’s lovely to finally meet you).
One Hot Yoga & Pilates
One Hot Yoga offers memberships for a combination of Pilates AND yoga classes, so you can have the best of both worlds. Located in Potts Point, One Hot Yoga has many different Pilates class types with flexible starting times, which is why we consider it as one of Sydney’s go-to Pilates spots. They even offer a 2-week trial period for $50 for unlimited hot yoga and mat Pilates, plus 6 free reformer classes. Sign us up!
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Image credit: KX Pilates