5 Tips to Choose a Pilates Studio

choosing a pilates studio Jan 10, 2024

You’ve decided to start Pilates classes, but how do you know which studio to choose? Or maybe you’re a long-time Pilates veteran, but you’re moving to a different area and need to find a new studio. What should you look for?

It’s so important to find a studio that feels like home — that’s what will help you stay consistent about going to classes (and enjoying them). Here are some of the most important things to consider when choosing a Pilates studio.

Consideration #1: Expert Instructors

One of the most crucial things to look for when choosing a Pilates studio is highly trained, certified instructors. A reliable studio should make it easy to see the certifications and credentials of their instructors. If that information isn’t easily accessible or provided when you ask, it’s probably best to look elsewhere.

You might also want to look for instructors with more than just Pilates credentials. For example, at Pilates in the Grove, many of our instructors are also licensed physical therapists. Working with a highly educated instructor allows you to benefit from their specialized knowledge of body mechanics and movement, so you can enjoy a more comprehensive Pilates practice.

Consideration #2: Class Variety and Availability

It’s important to find a Pilates studio that offers a wide range of classes. A studio with beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes gives you the opportunity to grow your Pilates practice and continually find new challenges as you advance. 

And it’s easier to find classes that fit your schedule if you choose a studio with short and long classes at various times of the day. Finally, don’t forget to ask about availability. If classes fill up quickly, find out how you can secure your spot or if there are walk-in options.

Choosing a Pilates class

How do you know which Pilates class to choose? It all comes down to your goals, experience, and exercise preference. 

For example, mat Pilates feels very accessible and doesn’t require any special equipment. But there are also reformer Pilates classes for beginners! So if you want to learn how to use these machines, make sure the studio you choose has a reformer class for your level of experience.

Here are some other things to consider when choosing a class:

  • Time commitment
  • Experience level
  • Type of instruction (gentle, energetic, etc.)
  • Size (small group, semi-private, 1:1, etc.)

If you aren’t sure which class to choose, a good studio should be able to recommend one.

Consideration #3: Teaching Style and Studio Environment

Once you’ve narrowed down your list to studios that have certified instructors and the types of classes you want, it’s time to evaluate the feel of the studio and the classes themselves. It might sound a little silly, but it’s important to choose a studio with the right “vibes.”

If you like exercise classes with loud music, bright lights, and “hardcore” instructors, look for a Pilates studio that brings that level of energy. Likewise, if you prefer gentle instruction in a calming, spa-like environment, choose a studio that delivers the feeling you’re looking for.

Motivation can be a significant factor in your exercise routine. And if you choose a studio that just doesn’t feel like a good fit, you probably won’t be very consistent — even if that studio has excellent instructors and classes that fit your needs. 

In short, the studio environment matters a lot. So choose a place where you feel welcome, comfortable, and cared for.

Consideration #4: Location

It’s just as true in Pilates as it is in real estate — location matters! If you find a beautiful studio with fantastic classes that’s an hour away from home (or work), you probably won’t attend classes as often as you’d like. So think realistically about how far you’re willing to commute on a regular basis, and choose a Pilates studio that’s within that range.

If you live in a remote location or you can’t find a nearby studio that fits your needs, you might want to consider online Pilates classes. Evaluate online offerings the same way you’d consider in-person classes — looking for qualified instructors and a variety of class types and levels.

Consideration #5: Additional Services

Finally, it’s nice to have a studio that offers more than just Pilates classes. Health and wellness involves more than just exercise — recovery, nutrition, and physical therapy are just some of the other aspects that can contribute to your overall well-being.

If you choose a home studio that offers additional services, it’s easier to manage all those aspects of your health. For example, you could work with a physical therapist to address chronic pain or recover from an injury. 

If your studio also offers recovery and self-care services, you can book one in conjunction with your Pilates class. This level of convenience makes it easier to manage your overall wellness.

You’re Welcome at Pilates in the Grove

At Pilates in the Grove, we work hard to create a peaceful, welcoming environment for all our students. For us, that means little touches, like being greeted by name and being able to book your classes online. It means offering a range of options, including 1:1 and small-group Pilates classes along with physical therapy and rejuvenation services. And if you can’t make it here in person, we’ve got a full library of online classes with new classes added each week!

We’re all about helping you feel strong, welcome, and confident in your exercise. Browse through our available services, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.