Interested in sculpting, toning, tightening as well as developing great core stability and honing your balancing skills? Well Pilates is a great place to start! And here's a lesser known fact, it's also great for those pelvic floor muscles which when toned (according to the experts) leads to better sex and orgasms. And you wonder why when you see a photo of a Pilates class they're all grinning from ear to ear. Now you know what Pilates can do for you, we bet you're literally dying to join a class. Here are our top picks of where to sign up.
Balance Moves, the home of Pilates and Barre Attack is located in one of Sydney’s most iconic locations, Bondi Beach. Established in 2001, studio director Renee Scott danced with the Hamburg Ballet prior to studying Pilates in New York. The hours are designed to cater to all fitness enthusiasts with the first class of the day start at 5.45am during the week—plenty of time for a Pilates session, and your morning beauty routine before work. (6.30am on a Saturday and 7.30am on a Sunday).
Group fitness classes are kept small to allow for your instructor to keep a closer eye on you, but if you have specific needs—Pilates is rehabilitation for specific injuries—there is one-on-one private tuition available. Prices are at the slightly higher end of the scale at $28 a class (the more you buy the cheaper it gets). What we really love about Balance Moves is the ability to purchase online classes you can do at home. It’s amazing what you can do with technology these days.
Location: 72A Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Pilates not challenging enough for you? This is like Pilates on crack. Each class is intense and is a whole-body workout that incorporates everything you need to tone, tighten and sculpt your body into looking hot AF. These workouts are not for the faint-hearted. Everything is next level.
Megaformer is a 50-minute workout on a reimagined version of the Pilates Reformer. Megahiit is an intermediate level class of 25 minutes of intense cardio followed by 25 minutes of Megaformer. New clients have an introductory offer available $40 for four classes, but if you love it, then the best value deal is 6 months—unlimited classes for $249. Plus, they have a great rewards program every time you work out and referring friends.
Location: Surry Hills, Paddington, and Mosman
The Fitness Playground
Urban grunge meets inner New York loft apartment style décor to make this gym a fitness playground for those serious about shaping up. It’s a bit like a Cheers bar for the regulars, a place you go where everybody knows your name. Marrickville, Surry Hills and Newtown all feature dedicated MindBody studios where Pilates classes take place. Class numbers are restricted so you get that one-on-one guidance you need from an instructor.
Locations: Marrickville, Surry Hills, and Newtown
Don't exercise any longer than you absolutely have too. KX offers fast-paced, high intensity, body-toning workouts in just 50 minutes—over and done with. The classes combine traditional reformer Pilates with cardio and endurance training. Advanced classes use complex moves that takes you to the edge, and there's even workouts for pre and post-natal ladies. Check out KX's great introductory offer $50 for five classes. Note that specialised classes are only available at certain venues and sessions are not transferable between studios are other people, so do your homework before signing up.
Locations: Surry Hills, Double Bay, Bondi Junction and Marrickville
A 130 whopping Pilates Reformer classes each week and with the first classes of the day kicking off at 6.15am. Their website is easy to navigate and lets you see if the classes have vacancies with a 'notify me' option should there be a cancellation. There is also a great teacher training available at selected venues for those of you who want to take your Yoga skills to the next level. Bring a smile, a sense of humour and get ready to sculpt, tone and tighten. Memberships entitle you to work out at all locations and times that fits your schedule. 10 class passes are $280, that’s only $28 a class. Buy an annual member ship and your class pass drops down to $15.71.
Locations: Surry Hills Potts Point, Bondi Beach, Redfern.