Brides-to-be, if you’re looking to whip yourself into wedding dress shape (without resorting to a tired old cardio routine) in Singapore, check yourself into a pilates class for a low-impact and calorie-sizzling fun workout. Yoga’s powerhouse cousin offers a smorgasbord of benefits – including total body conditioning and strengthening. Read on for our list of top pilates studios for you to whittle that waistline and sculpt sexy curves for your big day…
One of Singapore’s largest machine-based studios, Sky Pilates keeps classes small to ensure personalised feedback and maximum focus on your personal needs. Aside from the usual matwork and reformer classes, the studio also offers TRX suspension training with pilates to challenge your core and endurance (while blitzing that stubborn fat). The clincher? It overlooks the treetops along Orchard to put your wedding woes at ease.
Sky Pilates, #09-01 Forum (Office Tower), 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884, p. 6100 7597.
Lauded as the first (and only) pilates studio that offers classes to suit specific lifestyle needs, Pilates Fitness offers fast-paced classes if matwork sessions are too slow-paced for you. Jump into weight loss classes like the HIIT Pilates series and Cardio Jumpboard, a high-intensity, calorie-zapping class which also targets core stability and muscle coordination.
Pilates Fitness, 434 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 098854.
You can breathe easy here; this is a pilates studio that pays heed to your body’s needs. Brides-to-be looking to work out at their own pace can sign up for Private Pilates or, if you’re up for a challenge, try the Reformer and Tower Group, which will test your strength, mobility and balance. The Zenga class (the only of its kind here) balances exercises on the mat and reformer for a more fluid and balanced body.
Breathe Pilates,#13-02,1 Marine Parade Central, Singapore 449408.
At Core Fitness, the pilates classes will shape and strengthen your core muscles (hello honeymoon bod!) in no time. Classes are also kept intimate (a ratio of 1:6) to ensure you’re given personalised training. If you’ve sustained injuries from previous gym routines, the physio-pilates sessions ($1,350 for 10 classes) will kick off with a consultation with a therapist so classes can be modified to suit your needs. P.S.: The studio also offers nutrition coaching to help you get in the best shape of your life.
Core Fitness, Forum The Shopping Mall (Office Tower), #05-04, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884.
When you step into the urban escape of COMO Shambhala, you’ll find yourself leaving your wedding stress at the door. What sets it apart from other studios is its belief in the synergy of mind, body and spirit in each of its wellness classes. Single drop-in classes are $40 – perfect if you’d like to try different studios – while unlimited monthly rates are $300.
COMO Shambhala, Delfi Orchard, #06-01/02, 402 Orchard Road, Singapore 238876, p. 6304 3552.
The Pilates Flow
Forget about fancy-shmancy equipment and get down to the classics with The Pilates Flow. There are no new-age pilates methods here – the trainers live and breathe the original teachings of Joseph Pilates himself. 10-session individual classes are $120 each while group ones are $30.
The Pilates Flow, #02-06, 2nd Avenue Junction, 733 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269748, p. 6469 4126.
With two outlets in Orchard and Raffles Place, you can easily squeeze in lunchtime rejuvenation in between work and bridal appointments. Open and well-lit, the state-of-the-art studios are also equipped with private pilates areas and physiotherapy rooms to aid you in the recovery of previous injuries.
Focus Pilates, RB Capital Building (Royal Brothers), #08-00, 22 Malacca Street, Singapore 048980, p. 6235 3938.
Set within a minimalistic studio, Upside Motion offers a range of pilates workouts – a whopping eleven of them – to help you build strength and stability. Pick one to achieve that now-attainable body goal – Circuit Pilates is great for cardio endurance while Cardio Tramp Pilates provides minimal joint impact. Grooms, don’t scoff at what you may think is a girly workout – the classes for men are intensive full-body sequences and help to enhance agility.
Upside Motion, 36 Armenian Street, #02-03, p. 6636 6859.
Got your eyes on that unforgiving mermaid dress? Target the flab in Pilates Bodyworks’ cardio and sculpting workout, which will pave the way for a slim and slender bod. The studio also runs evening classes if you’re hoping to squeeze in a little me-time after work.
Pilates Bodyworks, 1 Finlayson Green, Singapore 049246, p. 6538 8922.
Tall, lush vegetation is the view that greets you at this airy studio thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Located in green spaces around Singapore like Bishan Park and Dempsey, PowerMoves’s studios offer serene ambience and matwork or reformer sessions to suit your individual body needs and goals.
PowerMoves Pilates, 6 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249683, p. 6472 2221.
Donna O Shea Fitness
We get it – squeezing in a workout regime in between all that wedding prep can be tedious. But what if you could work out from the comfort of your own living room? Personal trainer and mat pilates instructor Donna O’ Shea is a godsend especially if you’re too swamped to leave the house. Take note: travel charges apply if you live outside of certain vicinities.
Donna O’Shea Fitness, p. 9231 1528, e. firstname.lastname@example.org.