Yoga's powerhouse cousin offers heaps of benefits like weight loss, injury recovery and improved flexibility. Get long and lean muscles in no time at these top pilates studios in Singapore
So you want to stick to your fitness goals, but, ugh, you’re tired of the same ol’ cardio routine at the gym. We feel you! Take a break from that weathered treadmill and try a low-impact and calorie-sizzling workout instead. Like yoga, pilates offers a myriad of benefits, including total body conditioning and strength-building. Keen? Then keep reading for our list of the best pilates studios in Singapore.
At Core Fitness, you’ll find rehabilitation treatments coupled with pilates classes to help you recover from musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. The physio-pilates classes ($1,350 for 10 classes) will first kick off with a consultation so your therapist can best understand your needs. The pilates classes are also kept intimate (a ratio of 1:6) to ensure you’re given the utmost attention.
Core Fitness, #05-04 Forum The Shopping Mall (Office Tower), 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884.
Step into the urban escape of COMO Shambhala and find a sense of tranquility. What sets it apart from other studios is its belief in the synergy of mind, body and spirit in each of its wellness classes. Single drop-in classes are $40 – perfect if you’re always on the go and can’t commit – while unlimited monthly rates are $330.
COMO Shambhala,#06-01/02 Delfi Orchard, 402 Orchard Road, Singapore 238876, p. 6304 3552.
Held within minimalistic studios, Upside Motion offers a range of pilates workouts to help you build strength and stability. Pick one to achieve that now-attainable body goal. Mat classes come in a range, including Abs and Core for a strong, flat tummy and Flex & Stretch to boost your fat-burning capacity and muscular endurance. As for reformer classes, the magic machine aids recovering from sports injuries and offers targeted resistance for strength training.
Upside Motion, Locations in Orchard Shopping Centre and 36 Armenian Street.
Options Pilates Studio
As with most pilates workouts, you can always expect to feel the difference in your body with just a few sessions, whether it’s in your energy levels, ease of pain in your lower back or improved posture. But Options Pilates Studio’s Core Suspend classes offer almost instant effects. Using a sling suspension with pilates principles, you’ll maximise the use of your important muscles – you’ll leave feeling lighter and looser, and muscle tightness will begin to be alleviated.
Options Pilates Studio, 360 Orchard Rd, 08-08 International Building, 238869.
While the usual mat and reformer classes are found here, Breathe Pilates takes it up a notch with its fusion classes. Cases in point? The HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes fuses the quick and intense, fat-burning techniques with core-based workouts, while barre classes incorporate pilates methods. Or try something new – the Zen-Ga (the only of its kind here) balances exercises on the mat and reformer for a more fluid and balanced body.
Breathe Pilates, Multiple locations including Novena Medical Centre, Parkway Centre and Aramsa – The Garden Spa.
One of Singapore’s largest machine-based studios, Sky Pilates keeps classes small to ensure personalised feedback and focus on your personal needs. Aside from the usual matwork and reformer classes, the studio also offers TRX suspension training with pilates to challenge your core and endurance (while blitzing the fat). The clincher? It overlooks the treetops along Orchard to put your mind at ease.
Sky Pilates, #09-01 Forum (Office Tower), 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884, p. 6100 7597.
With two outlets in Orchard and Raffles Place, you can easily squeeze in a dose of mid-day rejuvenation with the studios’ lunchtime slots. Open and well-lit, the state-of-the-art studios are equipped with private pilates areas and physiotherapy rooms to aid you in the recovery of your injuries.
Focus Pilates, #08-00 RB Capital Building (Royal Brothers), 22 Malacca Street, Singapore 048980, p. 6235 3938.
Tall, lush vegetation is the kind of view you get from this calming, bright and airy studio – also one of the best-kept secrets of the fitness fraternity. Located in green spaces around Singapore like Bishan Park and Dempsey, PowerMoves’s studios offer a serene ambience and reformer sessions to suit your individual body needs and goals.
PowerMoves Pilates, Locations in Dempsey and Bishan Park.
Pilatique Pilates Studio
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Gemmill Lane is Pilatique, an intimate pilates studio which advocates Smartcercise. Based on STOTT Pilates, the contemporary approach to the age-old regime involves your trainer keeping your mind active by explaining each movement, activating the connection between mind and body. The result? A better athletic performance and improved alertness.
Pilatique Pilates Studio, 8 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069250, p. 6221 3630.
Lauded as the first (and only) pilates studio that offers classes to suit specific lifestyle needs, Pilates Fitness offers weight-loss classes like the HIIT Pilates series, recuperation-specific sessions such as the Body Aches class, and even a couple pre-natal class (the first of its kind here) to allow parents-to-be to sweat it out together.
Pilates Fitness, Multiple locations in River Valley, Telok Blangah and Serangoon Garden.
The Moving Body
At The Moving Body, pilates classes cater to everyone from athletes to everyday folk; movements and intensity can be adapted to cater to different body types or levels of fitness and flexibility. Group classes are kept small and intimate, with a maximum of six students each. For newbies, kick off your introduction with the Starter Group Class before working your way up through mat pilates and reformer classes. And if you’re at an advanced level? Sign up for power packed sessions of Pilates Fat Burner, MOTR Reformer and B.U.T.T.
The Moving Body, Locations in Bukit Timah, East Coast and River Valley.
The Pilates Flow
Get down to the classics with The Pilates Flow. There’re no new-age pilates methods here – the trainers live and breathe the original teachings of Joseph Pilates himself. 10-session individual classes are $140 each, while group ones are $35.
The Pilates Flow, #02-06, 2nd Avenue Junction, 733 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269748, p. 6469 4126.
Joseph Pilates once said that physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Pilates Plus champions these famous words; these guys believe in empowering clients through fitness to achieve vigour and freedom of movement. Believe in strength in numbers? Group sessions are incredibly affordable, with 12- and 30-session packages averaging between $26 and $29 per class.
Pilates Plus, #03-01, 35 Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 089000, p. 6221 1845.
Here’s one for desk-bound executives. The bulk of Pilates Bodytree’s clientele are working professionals who need physical and mental relief. Singapore’s first Mobility Fitness training studio focuses not only on physical fitness, but joint health to make sure you’ve got enough flexibility and strength to perform pilates movements well. We recommend starting with customised sessions of pilates personal training, where you’ll learn a five-step approach to achieve Mobility Fitness, as well as your physical imbalances and bad habits which may have been causing you aches and pain.
Donna O Shea Fitness
We get it – exercise after work or on a weekend can be quite a bummer. But how about working out in the comfort of your own living room? Personal trainer and mat pilates instructor, Donna O’ Shea, is a godsend, especially if you’re pregnant, too tired to leave the house, or if you just can’t leave the kids. Take note though – travel charges do apply if you live outside of certain vicinities.
Donna O’Shea Fitness, p. 9231 1528, e. firstname.lastname@example.org.