Roundup: Local Pilates Studios
Work muscles you didn’t even know you have at one of these Boston-based Pilates studios.
Once we found out that Andy Murray practices Pilates, we were hooked on the challenging workout. Pilates works your muscles in a low-impact way and it stresses power, control, and flexibility. It’s a great compliment to other types of workouts, like yoga and cycling, and it also prepares you well for other athletic activities like tennis and golf. Want to give it a try? Head to one of these local Pilates studios.
Pilates Back Bay
This boutique studio offers private and small group lessons that center around customized programs for each individual. Two of their most popular options are duet or trio classes, which allow you to workout with a friend or two while still getting personalized attention. Most private lesson classes offer workouts on Pilates equipment, while Pilates mat classes teach alignment and technique. Mat classes are limited to eight participants, and pre and post-natal classes and Pilates for golfers classes are also offered throughout the year.
$90 for a private lesson, $60 for a duet lesson, $50 for a trio lesson, $25 for a small group mat class; 876 Boylston Street, 3rd Floor; 617-266-8080; visit pilatesbb.com for more information.
Located in South Boston, this studio teaches you to perform sets of exercises that strengthen your postural muscles as well as building core power and strength. You’ll use Pilates equipment as well as performing exercises on the mat during classes, and you can choose from three classes daily.
$11 for an intro class, other rates vary; 840 Summer Street, Floor 2; 617-686-1395; visit c2pilates.com for more information.
Located in the Coolidge Corner neighborhood of Brookline, this studio is all about whipping you into shape with challenging Pilates moves on Pilates equipment and on the mat. Lisa Johnson, the studio’s owner, has her own series of Pilates DVDs, and the instructors will cater any workout, whether private or in a small class, to your personal needs.
$99 for an introductory package; 1318 Beacon Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline; 617-566-0599; visit modernpilatesboston.com for more information.
Boston Body Pilates
These Pilates studios are located in five locations around the Boston area. Boston Body Pilates is also the largest Pilates Teacher Training Center in New England, and they lead Pilates retreats fairly frequently. At these studios, you can take Pilates equipment classes, Pilates mat classes, and even a smattering of Barre classes, all at varying levels of difficulty. You’re required to take a private introductory class before taking a Pilates equipment class.
$10 for your first Pilates Mat class, $75 for a private intro class; Boston location at 8 Newbury Street, Floor 2; 617-262-333; visit bostonbody.com for more information.
Located in Jamaica Plain, this studio offers classes that teach a classical method of Pilates that involves using Pilates equipment. You can take private 55-minute sessions, duet sessions with a friend, trio sessions, group apparatus classes, or open level mat classes.
$75 per private session, $50 per duet session, $40 per trio session, $20 per mat class, $150 for five apparatus classes; 160 Green Street, Jamaica Plain; 617-524-0118; visit bostonpilatesstudio.com for more information.
Pure Pilates Studio
At this Commonwealth Avenue studio you can take classes or participate in workshops. Outdoor yoga sessions and barre classes are also offered throughout the year. In the studio’s Pilates classes, you’ll work to “strengthen the core of your workout” by using Pilates equipment and mat-based exercises. The studio also just started a 30 day Pure Pilates challenge, during which you take four or five Pilates classes each week for a month.
$35 for four classes for non-members, $25 for four classes for members; 1079 Commonwealth Avenue; 617-228-5388; visit purepilatesboston.com for more information.