Pilates might sound like just another fitness fad, but it actually has quite the legacy and a growing following. Pilates is widely available at local gyms, health clubs, community centers and even at home, thanks to the Internet, podcasts and DVDs. But anyone who knows a good workout routine knows it takes motivation to actually use those resources. Schedule an appointment with any of these local Pilates providers to guarantee your fitness doesn’t fall to the wayside.
Price: Group Reformer Pilates classes start at $33 per session/options available
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Though it might sound more like a hot D.C. nightspot, Mint Downtown provides a full-circle wellness opportunity that includes Pilates and yoga classes, relaxing spa treatments, nutrition services, acupuncture and holistic spa therapies such as hot stone massage, facials and foot treatments. Pilates classes that start as early as 7 a.m. mean you’ll have to scratch “don’t have time” off of your excuses list. Other studio amenities include studio-level cycling, cardio and other fitness classes, men’s and women’s steam facilities, complimentary coffee services, minty water stations and organic shower products.
Price: Single Pilates group mat classes start at $24/options available
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Fri and Sun no group classes scheduled
If you would rather practice Pilates in a much smaller setting, head to Georgetown Pilates. Right in the heart of Georgetown, in between M and N Streets, the quaint studio focuses on smaller class sizes as well as private one-on-one Pilates training. Train with the studio’s highly skilled Pilates instructors, including studio owners Heather Perry and Alma Ramos who received their training from direct disciples of Joseph Pilates. In addition to Pilates mat sessions, Georgetown Pilates offers Pilates apparatus sessions, Sri yoga group classes, muscle activation techniques treatments, acupuncture and massage therapy. Those new to Pilates are encouraged to try the introductory Pilates package, which includes three private Pilates apparatus sessions and three group Pilates mat classes.
Excel Movement Studios
Price: Mat classes start at $90 for a six-week course/options available
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sat – 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; closed Sun
The Excel Movement Studios of Washington, D.C. provides more than 5,000 square feet of space full of Pilates equipment including Reformers, chairs and barrels, as well as a raised dance floor for mat classes. The studio provides Pilates classes for all levels of fitness and single, duo and smaller group options for every athlete. Regular group mat classes are limited to 15 people. Excel Movement Studios also provides special classes, such as the Pilates reformer for the visual learner workshop during which participants can see exactly what they’re getting into before signing up for a class.
Price: $20 single Pilates group mat classes/$40 single machine classes/options available
Hours: Mon –7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tues to Fri – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sun – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Swing by Quantum Pilates any day of the week and you’ll find a variety of Pilates mat and machine classes to choose from. Whether you’re just a beginner or a pro, Quantum Pilates offers a wide selection of certified instructors who cater their Pilates program to meet your physical fitness needs and capabilities. Previous clients claim to feel better and stronger after just one session, while others go on to say they’ve experienced less aches and pains, better posture and improved strength within 10 to 20 sessions. Quantum Pilates also offers Pilates-based physical therapy, TRX suspension training classes, private instruction and massage therapy.
Price: Group Pilates mat classes start at $20/options available
Hours: Classes start at 7 a.m.
For a fun and challenging Pilates class, pay a visit to Fuel Pilates, a cozy studio near the heart of Georgetown. Fuel Pilates offers introductory and standard Pilates as well as group reformer classes. The studio also offers Xtend Barre classes, which combine classic Pilates moves with the skills of ballet. The classes are designed to proportionately sculpt bodies by challenging each part equally. In the end, this leads to a long and lean physique without bulky muscles. Previous clients positively hail the benefits and results of both Fuel Pilates and Xtend Barre classes.
Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.