Anyone else noticed that reformer Pilates studios are popping up about the place more frequently than babies in your Facebook feed recently? Don’t get me wrong, I L O V E reformer, but it can be hard to know which studios are the real deal, and which you’d be better off steering clear of. Well never fear, today I bring you three Reformer Pilates studios in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney that you need to try.
VIVE ACTIVE // Double Bay
If you’ve ever thought that Pilates was too low-energy for you, this is the studio to get into. VIVE ACTIVE has just opened in Double Bay (they have another studio in Brookvale for you Northern Beaches peeps) and their classes are filling up so fast I couldn’t get in last weekend! Think high energy Pilates with epic beats, seriously passionate trainers, and choreography that’s designed to get you the results you crave. Oh and I almost forgot the mirrored ceilings, which may sound a little rent-by-the-hour motel, but are actually ahh-mazing and very helpful for helping with form throughout the class. A beautifully designed studio and gorgeous, well-stocked change rooms are a given for the area.
What else? VIVE ACTIVE run VIVE After Dark, a free monthly wellness seminar that focuses on topics like meditation, nutrition and gut health.
Fluidform // Waterloo and Clovelly
I like to think of Fluidform as Pilates the way Joseph Pilates intended it to be. I started at the Waterloo studio when i found out I was pregnant with Alfie, and I don’t think I’ve ever had an instructor who understands the human body like Fluidform founder Kirstin King. They run group classes, but (in my opinion) the real value is in their ‘studio equipment classes’; small group sessions (maximum of four in Waterloo and three in Clovelly) that are more intimate, allowing the instructor to individualise your session for you. At Fluidform, movements are energetic and effective, but always controlled. Think full body strengthening and conditioning, helping your muscles to grow longer and leaner.
What else? Fluidform at Home is an online program that includes access to a workout library with new workouts added each month, monthly live chat with Kirsten, monthly live stream from an in-studio class and more.
One Hot Yoga // Potts Point
My love for reformer Pilates first surfaced at One Hot Yoga, about two years ago. Sure I’d dabbled before, but this was that early days of romance, can’t-get-enough-of-you, miss-you-when-you’re-gone kind of love. If you’re looking for lots of class options, experienced instructors and a beautiful studio, then this is the place for you. Class sizes are on the large side which can make it more difficult to keep on top of form, but the instructors are all friendly, so don’t be afraid to put up your hand to ask for help! And If you want something a little more personalised, they’ve recently introduced ‘studio Pilates sessions’ (which look similar to Fluidform’s offering) but I’ve never tried them so can’t comment on what they’re like!
What else? Well yoga, duh. One Hot Yoga offers a ‘One Hot Everything’ membership that gives you access to all reformer and mat Pilates group classes, plus all yoga classes.