Get healthy and take advantage of the power and benefits of Pilates. Pilates is an exercise method designed to develop a healthy body by increasing flexibility and toning muscle without creating tension or strain on your joints. A bit more physically intense than most forms of yoga, you would be surprised how many Pilates studios are in and around Detroit. Here are some of the best Pilates studios in our area:
Pure Element Pilates
7001 Orchard Lake Rd. Suite 432
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Price: Prices, packages and classes vary
Hours: Daily – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Pure Element features several different classes for all age groups. They also are one of the few studios offering the barre intensity technique, a unique barre exercise, as well as Kinesis, a dynamic fitness machine.
400 East Brown St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
Hours: Daily – 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
BodyPure offers instruction in their signature BodyPure Technique, as well as a variety of
sculpting and cardio classes. Their technique is a full body workout, with emphasis on the thighs, seat and abdomen. They offer new clients a 2nd lesson for free when booking the first class.
S.C.S. Pilates Connection
29040 Harper Ave
Saint Clair Shores, MI 48081
Price: Introductory 3 private sessions, $135. 3 Duet sessions, $105 per person. Package discounts available as well as drop-in rates.
Hours: Daily – 5:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
S.C.S. Pilates Connection offers a variety of Pilates exercises and classes, involving mat, equipment, ball, and barre exercises. The studio’s focus is on core stability, resulting in a balanced and aligned body that looks fit, feels refreshed and moves with ease regardless of fitness level.
22747 Woodward Ave. Suite 206
Ferndale, MI 48220
Price: Private sessions, $55. Semi-Private (2 students per class), $70 ($35 per person). Mat classes (minimum of 3 students, maximum of 5), $15. Discounts available on all sessions when purchased 5 or 10 at a time.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sun – Closed
Restore Pilates stands out from others due to its small size and intimate setting. In fact, the studio only has one instructor, who is also the owner. Her 550 square ft. New York-style studio makes clients feel right at home. Restore prides itself on providing a fun and relaxed environment with no intimidation, and loads of positive reinforcement.
East Street Pilates
408 East St.
Rochester, MI 48307
Price: Private sessions, $57. Semi-Private, $37 per person. Reformer/Jumpboard classes, $36. Group fitness classes, $20. Discounts available on all sessions when purchased 5 or 10 at a time.
Hours: Daily – 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Owned by Cara Krupa, who is a Stott certified Pilates instructor. As Pilates grows more and more popular with new studios popping up everywhere, it is important to make sure that your studio is being ran by a pro. Cara is passionate about Pilates and offers a non-intimidating and relaxed environment, and invites those interested in Pilates to drop in to her Rochester studio to have a look around and get acquainted.
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Tom Santilli is a freelance journalist living in Detroit. He is covering Travel & Outdoors. His work can be found at Examiner.com.