Lean, long and strong: Vancouver Pilates studios

Pilates is a unique workout program designed to help clients of all ages and abilities increase their flexibility, core strength and overall muscle definition through a series of precise and controlled body-weight movements. These Vancouver fitness studios offer private and group Pilates classes that’ll help you achieve a leaner, longer and stronger body.

Line 5 Studio

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1 Pender St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3

Located inside the Chinese Freemasons Building in Chinatown, this airy, light-filled studio is as aesthetically pleasing as it is effective. Instructors guide students through a series of challenging and dynamic movements either on a mat or using equipment to target deep core muscles while focusing on controlled breathing patterns to help align your mind and body. Classes at Line 5 are limited to just four participants in order to give instructors the opportunity to work closely with students and provide adjustments and modifications when necessary. Sessions are also available on a semi-private or private basis if you’d prefer one-on-one attention.

Boditree Pilates & Healing

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210-2006 10th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 2B3

Do the words Ped-o-Pul, Baby Arc, Wunda Chair and Spine Barrel mean nothing to you? Not to worry, the experts at this Kitsilano studio are here to help you become immersed in the world of Pilates. New clients begin with four private sessions during which instructors analyze their range of motion, flexibility and potential mobility issues. From there, students are given a custom program to work on in private training sessions or group classes. Clients can also take advantage of the on-site infrared sauna or book a g5 Percussive massage, which stimulates lymphatic tissue for post-workout relief and injury recovery.

Form Body Lab

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305-1008 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2X1

This multidisciplinary Yaletown studio takes a holistic approach to fitness; offering yoga, Pilates, massage therapy and physiotherapy all from one convenient location. Technique-focused Pilates classes are available in three formats: mat, apparatus or clinical sessions directed by physiotherapists. The fully equipped space is home to 10 pieces of state-of-the-art Pilates equipment, including Peak Pilates chairs, a Balanced Body Cadillac machine, a Balanced Body Big Barrel and four Balanced Body Allegro 2 Reformers. Form Body Lab is also the only studio in the city to offer unlimited memberships for Reformer classes so you can get all the sculpting sessions you want.

Kondi Studio

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100-1462 8th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H 1E1

Kondi Fitness founder Lacy Kondi has combined traditional Pilates and strength training with Callanetics to create a unique approach to fitness that focuses on improving muscle tone and posture. Using light hand weights, resistance bands and a variety of other exercise props, instructors lead participants through a series of arm, leg and abdominal exercises that emphasize small and controlled pulses that’ll lengthen, tighten and strengthen muscles – trust us, you’ll feel the burn! Participants can opt for a classic Kondi Cals class or combine the signature exercise style with other training methods such as TRX and high intensity interval sprints.

Vancouver Pilates Centre

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719 16th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1S8

This longstanding studio in Fairview Slopes was one of the first in the city to bring Pilates to the mainstream. Clients perform precise sequential movements to help increase stability and mobility throughout the body and improve strength, flexibility, alignment and overall balance, control and coordination. VPC offers individual private mat training and equipment-based conditioning as well as small group classes that guide clients through traditional bodyweight work on the mat as well as dynamic seated and standing exercises using the Pilates Wunda Chair. Newbies can book a $60 Discover Pilates private lesson to receive an initial consultation.

Gastown Physio & Pilates

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306-560 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3

In keeping with its Gastown setting, this funky studio has a loft-like feel with exposed brick walls and high ceilings. The full-service wellness centre offers a variety of physical therapy services, including Pilates, massage, nutritional coaching and naturopathic medicine. On staff kinesiologists specialize in sport conditioning, injury rehabilitation and exercise therapy and work to develop individualized Pilates-based programs for athletes and everyday patients. Initial assessments and follow-ups are $80 and are eligible for coverage under extended health plans and health spending accounts.

Yyoga Kitsilano

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1915 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7

With more than 10 locations in the Lower Mainland, it’s easy to get your Pilates fix at this ubiquitous yoga and wellness studio. YYoga offers both a classic Pilates class and a Pilates fusion class that combines yoga movements with props and body-weight exercises designed to strengthen core stability and improve your body’s bio-mechanics. Value-added amenities include an infrared sauna, free mat and towel service and organic toiletries in the change room facilities. Memberships are available on a monthly and annual basis and those who don’t want to sign up full-time can purchase multi-class packs.

Pacific Spirit Pilates Inc

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202-2590 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3H1

While this Fairview Slopes studio is welcoming of everyone, the studio specializes in clinical Pilates classes for clients 45 and older. Rehabilitation sessions and fitness classes are designed for Baby Boomers who need to address a variety of physical issues. One-on-one classes and duet classes are intimate and customized while the small group mat classes and group reformer sessions give participants a more cost-effective way to take advantage of resistance-based training on a Pilates Reformer or Cadillac machine. Instructors take a hands-on approach to their teaching, offering adjustments and modifications when needed.

The Movement Studio Pilates & Gyrotonic Inc

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207-2211 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 4S2

Group mat and equipment classes at this Kitsilano see studio instructors leading students through various strength-building movements while using focused breathing to connect with deep abdominal muscles and spinal alignment. The highly trained instructors are attentive and considerate of injuries and will offer modifications for those with physical limitations while still encouraging students to challenge their body to achieve results. Movement Studio also offers specialized classes for dancers and new moms as well as injury-recovery programming and teacher training workshops.

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