Yoga's powerhouse cousin offers heaps of benefits like core strength, injury recovery and improved flexibility. Get long and lean muscles at these top pilates studios
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-burning workout instead. Like yoga, pilates offers a myriad of benefits, including total body conditioning and strength-building but without the complex postures and meditation (and with more focus on back and core stabilisation). Keen? Then keep reading for our list of the best pilates studios in Singapore.
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 City Hall, Orchard, and Shenton.
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. Variety is king here, with class types featuring matwork, different levels with the reformer, core reform and suspend, which incorporates two separately anchored suspension ropes.
COMO Shambhala,#06-01/02 Delfi Orchard, 402 Orchard Road, Singapore 238876, p. 6304 3552.
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, Locations in Oxley, Orchard and Bukit Timah.
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, Two locations in 302 Orchard Road and 22 Malacca Street.
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, Camden Medical Centre and 6 Raffles Quay.
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.
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.
Hidden in a tranquil spot in Alexandra’s greenery is newly opened Jal Yoga: that offers much more than its name suggests. Mat pilates is offered here too for everyone from beginners to advanced practitioners. These focus on mindful movements and precision to improve your balance, posture and flexibility.
Jai Yoga, 991 Alexandra Road, #01-03A, Singapore 119964
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. Its Dempsey studio offers a serene ambience, while its newer locale in Novena Hub comes equipped with the latest equipment. Both offer reformer sessions to suit your individual body needs and goals.
PowerMoves Pilates, Locations in Dempsey and Novena Hub.
Momentum Lab founder Lynn’s life took a major turn when she began suffering from knee pains, even from the simple act of walking down the stairs. Like many others, pilates was the answer to recovering from her injury and she hasn’t looked back since. At Momentum Lab, you’re training not just your muscles, but your entire neuromuscular interaction to better improve your body’s mobility. Pilates classes here include circuit workouts with the reformer, stabiloty chair and cadillac, the use of equipment like the inclined glide board and bosu ball, as well as classic mat work.
Momentum Lab, 805 Bukit Timah Road, #01-06, Sixth Avenue Centre, Singapore 27
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.
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.
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, Locations in River Valley, Telok Blangah and Serangoon Garden.
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 $120 each, while group ones are $30.
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 $28 and $30 per class.
Pilates Plus, 141 Cecil Street #02-03, Tung Ann Association Building, Singapore 069541
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.
Pilates Bodytree, Locations in Telok Ayer, Marine Parade and NTU@One-North
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, e. email@example.com.
Pure Fitness isn’t the first place you’d think of when it comes to pilates, but the mega gym naturally doesn’t fail on that front either. Head to the spanking new 28,000 square foot location at Ngee Ann City for a fitness destination unlike any other in Singapore. The reformer pilates offered here prioritises building strength without the bulk, and improving flexibility and agility to prevent future injuries. Once done with your workout, chill out with a steam or sauna in the luxurious changing rooms or relax in the lounge over healthy bites and superfood smoothies.
Pure Fitness, Ngee Ann City, Level 8, Ngee Ann City Podium Block, 391.
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