Check out any one of those killer beach babes or boys rocking long, lean muscles and perfect posture, and chances are they’re into pilates. Developed by and named after Joseph Pilates, this super focused form of exercise has a wealth of benefits for the body and overall health, including better core strength, flexibility and muscle tone to name a few. Plus, it’s a great workout for people suffering back and shoulder pain, scoliosis or sports injuries and for pregnant and postnatal women. Here are some of the top Bali Pilates studios on the island.
Bali Pilates Studio & Fitness
Fitness is a fine art at Bali Pilates Studio & Fitness where an ever evolving crew of highly qualified instructors are constantly researching new methods of movement to add to their already varied list of classes. From Pilates to yoga, personal training, Xtend Barre and reformer work, there is something for everyone at this comprehensive studio in the heart of Seminyak.
Challenge yourself and get inspired with the Pilates classes here that utilise low-impact exercises, mat work and Pilates equipment to increase strength, stamina and endurance. The Mat Plus class is a perennial favourite, as it includes a mixture of classic Pilates movements and different fitness modalities. No two classes are the same, so you are constantly switching things up with mat work, foam rollers, toning balls and Thera-Bands to tone the muscles and build your power.
Other classes at Bali Pilates Studio & Fitness include Reformer Sculpt and Dynamic Reformer, which include finely tuned and precise exercises done on the Pilates reformer machine to lengthen, strengthen and boost energy levels and metabolism. The Xtend Barre Workout blends Pilates and dance movements on the ballet barre with a fast-paced tempo to sculpt long lean muscles, and the TRX classes are a workout for the entire body, as you use your own weight and resistance to hone in on the lower body, upper body and core.
www.balipilatesstudio.com | 68 Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak, Bali
Sunset Pilates Bali
Established in 2007, Sunset Pilates Bali has long been a happening workout spot for pilates pros and newbies alike. The massive 150 square metre space is is fitted out with all the traditional pilates apparatus like mats, Pilates Reformers, the Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Cadillac and Wunda Chair, plus some extras like resistance bands, pilates rings and foam rollers. in addition, each class is designed so that students get personalised attention on the mats and with the equipment, meaning the workouts are safe and effective for students of all skill levels.
Sunset Pilates students come back time after time for the stellar space and the friendliness and professionalism of the instructors. Nancy has been with the studio since 2007 and Rachel since 2009, so they’ve had plenty of time to develop a great rapport with their students and gauge how best to give each student the individual attention they need. Both Nancy and Rachel are certified in the Classical Pilates Method, and the studio adheres to this method because they believe that it allows students to concentrate more on precision without putting too much stress on the body with too many repetitions.
www.sunsetpilatesbali.com | Jalan Dewi Sri #98 Legian Kelod, Kuta, Bali
Ubud Pilates is a small secluded boutique pilates studio tucked away in quiet Penestanan and run by Swedish-born Asa. Professional and patient, Asa helps people of all ages with full body workouts that trim, tone and improve your overall health and well-being.
Asa has always made exercise an integral part of her life and as such, she holds various fitness certifications, including a Certificate IV in Pilates Mat Work, Certificate III as a Group Fitness Instructor, and a qualification for teaching Indoor Cycling. She has trained all around the world, including the UK, Australia and the Philippines, and she gets rave reviews for her thorough assessments, fun classes and proven results.
The group classes at Ubud Pilates range from complete basics for beginners to advanced classes that push you to excel and progress farther than you ever thought you could. Asa offers various time slots throughout the day to fit in with a wide range of schedules, and each class includes a mix of mat work, weights and props, depending on your needs. She also offers semi-private and private classes for newbies to and students with injuries or problem areas. This way, you get the one-on-one attention you need to develop your practice safely and effectively.
www.ubudpilates.com | Penestanan Kaja, Sayan, Ubud, Bali
Movement Matters Bali
Movement Matters Bali, the first studio in Bali (and one of the only studios in the world) to have three modalities under one roof: Pilates, Gyrotonic and Rolfing. When combined, these three methods work to improve strength, flexibility and posture, and they can even help with pain and stress management, injuries and rehabilitation. Plus, they work the muscles more efficiently to tighten up the body and create long, lean lines.
Founded by experienced senior instructor Sook Fun Chen, Movement Matters Bali is a custom built studio located in the quiet village of Nyuh Kuning in the healing centre of Ubud. As soon as you walk into the studio, you get the sense of light and space, as large windows allow for views out to lush greenery, the soaring alang-alang ceiling lets air flow freely throughout the studio, and long mirrors adorn the walls. The space is also air-conditioned, so you can work that body as hard as you like without having to worry about overheating.
Inside Movement Matters Bali you will also find state-of-the-art imported equipment from both GYROTONIC® and STOTT PILATES, plus a certified Rolfer™. Machines and equipment include standard mats, the Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair, Barrels, Wedge and a Gyrotonic® Pulley Tower. These are some of the best fitness machines in the world, and they help practitioners achieve quicker and more thorough results than you would get from mat work alone or a standard gym workout.
www.movementmatters-bali.com | Jalan Nyuh Bulan, No.5, Banjar Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Bali