Sometimes, you’re just not up for a lap on the treadmill in a large, crowded gym. Or perhaps gyms aren’t your thing at all. No problem, as the Mother City has loads of other cool activities you can do to help you stay in shape. One of our favourites? Pilates. We’ve found some of the city’s most intimate pilates studios, that only accommodate between eight and 12 students per class, so you can get fit in a relaxed setting.
Ladies, this one’s for you. As a women-only facility, Studio2Pilates gives you the chance to work out in a secure and nurturing environment, where you’re encouraged to take lessons with the same group of gals with whom you’ll form strong bonds and support each other through challenges. By offering barre and stretching classes in addition to pilates, this studio combines the three core components of physical fitness – cardiovascular capacity, strength and flexibility – so you can follow an all-encompassing exercise regime.
When Mondays to Thursdays 6:30 am – 8 pm; Fridays 6:30 am – 6 pm; Saturdays 8:00 am – 13:00
Where 1 Mildene Road, Claremont
Cost According to site
Contact+27 82 294 2870, [email protected], pilatescape.co.za
2 Pureform Pilates
Affiliated to TriFocus Fitness Academy, Pureform hosts group, semi-private and private classes. In a semi-private class, held for two people (so grab your best mate), you can also make use of equipment such as the Reformer, Chair and Cadillac. Private classes are one-on-one so you’ll use these machines whilst having the instructor’s undivided attention. If you’ve got a bun in the oven, you’ll be glad to know that specialised pregnancy classes are available too.
When According to schedule
Where Suite 302, 3rd floor, Manhattan Place, 130 Bree Street, CBD
Cost According to site
Contact +27 82 421 7076, [email protected], pureformpilates.co.za
3 Mint Pilates Wellness Studio
At Mint Pilates Wellness Studio, the aim of the game is to equip your body to move mindfully. All classes that are performed on mats focus on the key concepts of pilates – alignment, breathing and centring, and coordination. In the Reformer classes, you can choose to do either tough or restorative exercise, while the studio’s Mint-Fit initiative concentrates on low-impact yet high-intensity moves, which maximise your cardio output and minimise pressure on your joints.
4 Somersault Studio
Never done pilates before but want to give it go? Book yourself a spot at one of Somersault Studio’s beginner classes where they’ll show you the ropes before you move on to more advanced classes. Apart from pilates, you’ll have the opportunity to explore additional workouts including High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and barre. Their Barre Concept ® lessons involve a low-impact style of exercise that fuses the meticulousness of pilates with ballet movements, the alignment of yoga and the endurance advantages of sports conditioning.
5 Living Life Pilates
To indulge in a phenomenal ocean vista as you exercise, make your way to Living Life Pilates on the top floor of Theatre on the Bay. Their studio boasts a complete set of pilates apparatus and offers lessons specifically catering to the needs of men too. If you’ve been an avid fan of pilates and would like to try your hand at teaching, sign up for their courses compiled by Body Arts and Science International (BASI ®), a world-renowned pilates training institution.
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