Pilates is a method of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s which aims to improve postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Check out these pilates studios and give those strained muscles a much needed workout!
TOP 1 SmartFit Pilates
SmartFit is a boutique Pilates studio specialising in STOTT Pilates® and functional training. Their pilates classes are considered some of the best pilates classes in Singapore and are helmed by highly professional instructors and recommended by clients, rehabilitative doctors and osteopaths. The instructors have their areas of specialization such as functional movement, sport-specific training, exercise for older adults, pre-natal pilates and post-natal pilates. A holistic approach is used to help you achieve your goals, be it building core strength, improving posture, recovering from injuries, rehabilitation or more.
You can join the private sessions that are specifically tailored to you, or small group classes of not more than five people for reformer pilates, mat pilates and TRX. Coupled with state-of-the-art equipment and instructors that speak your language such as English, Mandarin, Bahasa, Korean and Hindi, a professional and personable class awaits.
TOP 2 Breathe Pilates
Breathe Pilates is a premier pilates and Gyrotonics studio that is also a MERRITHEW™ Licensed Training Center. They are known for their quality teaching and Pilates courses that are conducted by an international team of experienced instructors. The instructors undergo continuous training to ensure that they are up to date with the latest methods in mindful movement. You can opt for the private sessions or group Pilates classes. Beginners can start with a few private sessions for movement analysis and customised exercise prescription.
Besides pilates, there are also GYROTONIC® classes and fusion classes such as barre and pilates. With over 100 different types of specialised classes a week across 4 locations, there’s bound to be a class that suits your schedule and fitness needs.
TOP 3 Core Fitness
Core Fitness is the place to go for those who are recovering from musculoskeletal injuries, suffering from pain, or just want to improve their sports performance and general wellbeing. The physiotherapy team has many years of clinical experience in dealing with musculoskeletal injuries and chronic issues, and is well-equipped to offer comprehensive physiotherapy assessments and treatments for a range of conditions. The rehabilitation treatments are coupled with pilates classes to help clients in their recovery process. The movement instructors are certified in Polestar and STOTT Pilates methods as well as Gyrotonic, and are continuously trained to ensure the highest standards in movement teaching. Besides physiotherapy for musculoskeletal injuries, Core Fitness also provides specialized sessions for pre and post-natal pilates, scoliosis management and therapeutic massage for chronic pain management.
TOP 4 The Moving Body
Established in 2009, The Moving Body Group is a pioneer in pilates and Gyrotonic and have won multiple awards. You can look forward to professional instructors that also take a keen interest in helping you in your recovery or fitness journey. The trainers hail from different nationalities and are able to cater to both locals and expats. Newbies who are unsure of what classes suit them best can start by joining the group starter classes such as mat pilates, reformer pilates and Gyrotonic starter. As you progress, you can join the more intensed classes such as Pilates Fat Burner, Pilates on MOTR and B.U.T.T.
There are classes and private sessions that cater to everyone from beginners who just want to become more fit to advanced learners, people who are recovering from injuries, and even people who aspire to become fitness instructors! Instructors-to-be can join The Movement Academy to receive tutelage under experienced educators and world-class master trainers to become a certified fitness professional or upgrade their skills. The Moving Body Group has three locations in River Valley, Bukit Timah and East Coast, with each centre having different sets of equipment and class schedules. They are said to have the widest range of pilates and Gyrotonic equipment in Singapore.
TOP 5 Options Pilates
Options Pilates is a pilates hub where students from beginner to advanced levels come to alleviate their muscle aches, strengthen their muscle groups or simply get fitter. It is also the official training center for Pilates Academy International, with a group of highly qualified educators offering world class pilates instructor courses year round. Options Pilates prides itself on giving personal attention to detail to every student to help them with whatever conditions they have, such as back pain, muscle tightness and musculoskeletal injuries. Go for the private sessions to get the best help, or join the group classes where you can choose from mat pilates, reformer pilates and jungle sports fitness classes. The Core Suspend, Core Barre and Gyrotonic classes are also popular among students. Class sizes are kept small so that the instructor can help every student and ensure that the exercises are done in the right way.
TOP 6 Momentum Lab
Momentum Lab is a boutique, Pilates-based Functional Fitness Studio established in 2013 by a group of dedicated pilates and mobility trainers. They are known for their well-curated group fitness classes, customized personal training programmes and corrective exercises which have helped countless people transform their bodies and recover from injuries. Pilates principles, functional training techniques and evidence-based Stretch & Align Therapy are used to train the muscles and neuromuscular systems to achieve the desired effects. Group classes are categorized into pilates, interval training and core fitness. A range of equipment are used such as the reformer, stability chair, cadillac, inclined glide board and bosu ball.
TOP 7 Pilates BodyTree
Pilates BodyTree aims to increase strength and mobility through its training programmes. Newbies are recommended to go through the Mobility Fitness Assessment (MFA) to determine the root cause of their aches and pains so that a bespoke training programme can be designed. Following the programme, you can then strengthen your muscles and improve your mobility such that the way you move will be dramatically transformed.
There are also group classes that are recommended for individuals without injuries. The seven PBT signature classes are thoughtfully designed to highlight the different benefits of pilates, and they work in tandem to transform your body as a whole.
TOP 8 Upside Motion
Upside Motion offers a range of pilates and barre workouts to build strength, flexibility and help you understand your body. Both pilates mat and reformer classes are available, and the classes are put into categories such as abs and core, roll and release, flex and stretch, dynamic flow and cardio sculpt. The classes are conducted by a team of expert instructors and are designed to build strength, control and flexibility, increase natural fat-burning capacity and train full body resistance.
TOP 9 Focus Movement
Focus Movement is an integrated pilates, physiotherapy and movement studio which not only helps people recover from injuries but also reach their fitness goals and attain an optimum state of health. The various movement classes include reformer pilates and mat pilates with different focuses such as back care, strength and conditioning, stretch and release, and pre-natal. Both small group classes and private classes are available. Focus Movement also offers a 60-minute Initial Physiotherapy Assessments to ensure that the client’s bodily needs are accurately assessed so that the suitable treatment or exercise programme is given right from the start. As the proud host and appointed training centre for the internationally-recognised Polestar Pilates Instructor Education Courses, you can be sure of the quality of the instructors and programmes here.
TOP 10 Central Pilates
Central Pilates was founded by husband and wife team Zhang Jun and Kellie Van der Ploeg Zhang who are both former classical ballet dancers turned pilates professionals. Since 2008, they have helped many individuals learn how to attend to the needs of their bodies and help them improve their quality of life via pilates. the instructors are Polestar-certified and the studio is equipped with the latest Balanced Body Pilates exercise equipment. The range of classes offered include private classes, group reformer, mat classes and dance conditioning, a specialty of Central Pilates where pilates is combined with ballet and floor barre. Dance Conditioning classes are taught by professional dancers and are designed to increase strength, flexibility and body awareness for stronger technique and injury prevention.
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