CB Guide: World's Best Pilates Studios

  Photo: vogue.com

Photo: vogue.com

We've been there. You've noted hotel, restaurant, and bar recommendations for your upcoming trip, but once you've taken off, you realize it would be nice to fit a workout in. And as pilates is a great all-around workout for toning, calorie-burn, and general wellbeing, we've compiled a list of our favourite global pilates studios to help you find your fitness fix. Starting with NYC...


Karen Lord Pilates Movement 

Why: The sunlit, airy pilates studio in Tribeca offers tough classes, with an emphasis on leanness and lengthening.

Who: Founded by former model and musician Karen Lord.

Where: Tribeca, 137 Duane Street, NY 10013


Why: The New York home of the Megaformer machine, SLT’s fun, low-impact workouts are highly addictive. Sign up for one of their introductory classes to perfect your moves before you step up to the faster paced, full workout.

Who: Founded by Harvard Business School alum and co-founder of Vital Juice, Amanda Freeman.

Where: Midtown, 41 W. 57th Street, 8th Floor, NY 10019
Flatiron, 137 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor, NY 10010
Soho, 132 Crosby Street, 10th Floor, NY 10012
Upper East Side, 201 E. 67th Street, 4th Floor, NY 10065
Upper West Side, 580 Columbus Avenue (at 88th Street), NY 10024



Why: With beautiful interiors, it’s Triyoga’s excellent instructors and community-feel that set it apart from other studios.

Who: Founded by former lawyer and yoga convert Jonathan Sattin.

Camden, Jamestown Road, NW1
Chelsea, King’s Road, SW3 5UZ
Soho, Kingley Street, W1B 5PW
Covent Garden, Dryden Street, WC2E 9NA


Why: Classes at Heartcore’s fun and friendly studios are designed to deliver results, and the custom made CoreFormer machines are the company’s secret weapon.

Who: Founded by trainer Jess Schuring, whose celebrity clients include Victoria Beckham and Kate Hudson.

Kensington, 11a Stratford Road, W8 6RF
Notting Hill, 36 Uxbridge Street, W8 7TN
Hampstead, 50 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1QG
Chelsea, 6 Burnsall Street, SW3 3ST
Fulham, 723 Fulham Road, SW6 5UL
City, c/o Blue Cow Yoga, 7-11 Moorgate, EC2R 6AF
Park Lane, Hilton Park Lane Hotel, W1K 1BE
St John’s Wood, 27a Queen's Terrace, NW8 6EA


Le Klay

Why: Klay has a modern, design-led interior and famed for its extra fast-paced, athletic Pilates Fusion classes.

Who: Founded by the two sons of the owner of Paris’s historic Ken Club.

Where4 rue Saint Sauveur – 75002


Guastalla Pilates

Why: Housed in a historic building furnished by designer Bruno Rainaldi, and with a maximum of four clients to each class, pilates at this elegant studio feel extra exclusive.

Who: Founded by weight-lifting instructor Giancarla Azzolini.

Where: Via della Guastalla, 5 20122


Fitmix Studio

Why: The Mash-Up class is a must if you want to introduce some cardio into your pilates for extra calorie-burn.

Who: Owned by Fitmix trainers Diana Newton and Brian Tuthill.

La Brea, 601 N. La Brea Av, CA90036
Atwater, 3104 Glendale Blvd., CA90039


Anatomy at 1220

Why: After taking one of Amanda’s Killer Core Pilatea classes, you can unwind in the post-party atmosphere of this studio-club.

Who: A collaborative venture by Miami's top fitness professionals.

Where: 1220 20th Street Miami Beach


Pilates Studio Berlin

Why: If you're a purist, you'll love their STOTT PILATES method (a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late German, Joseph Pilates).

Who: Founded by former ballet dancer Enrico Palvarini.

Where: Greifswalder Straße 14 Prenzlauer Berg 10405


Powerhouse KL Pilates Studio

Why: This purpose-built pilates studio, designed by Jacobs-Yaniv Architects, was the concept of Paralympic athlete Keren Leibovitch, who wanted to open her own space to teach the technique that she credits with ending her wheelchair dependence.

Who: Founded by Paralympic gold-medallist Keren Leibovitch.

Where: Kfar Saba

Pilates City

Why: A calming atmosphere and top-notch equipment at a boutique studio, all within one of Tel Aviv's busiest streets.

Where: 233 Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv


Upside Motion

Why: Features an extensive menu of pilates-based classes, including some that especially target the core and glutes.

Who: Founded by Ms Beh Hwee Sze, who left her family business after discovering pilates following a visit to the chiropractor due to back pain.

Orchard, 321 Orchard Road, 238866
City Hall, 36 Armenian Street, 179934