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The Cost Of Practicing Pilates

By Ava, published on 30/08/2018 Blog > Health and Fitness > Yoga > How Much Do Pilates Classes Cost?

The benefits of Pilates are vast and include having a strong core and flat abs, increasing your range of motion and flexibility, more energy, supporting improved posture and body awareness, engaging breathing techniques and even reduce stress, increasing stamina, improving concentration and becoming more mindful. Pilates class is for whole body health, and you will begin to feel this effect after a few sessions.

Even reading that list of benefits, has me wanting to go out right now, to book myself into a class of yoga or Pilates, but then I have to wonder where the Pilates classes near me are? And how much do they cost? To enlighten yourself, you could try searching the net for ‘yoga classes near me‘. However, if ‘yoga classes near me‘ is not what you are looking for exactly, then why not try changing your search term from ‘yoga classes near me‘ to ‘pilates classes near me’ or ‘classes in birmingham’, for example.

Thankfully today we are going to delve into the prices of becoming a Pilates practitioner.

What Pilates Equipment Do I Need To Learn Pilates?

One of the most significant benefits of practising Pilates is the flexibility of the method. Pilates can be practised by everyone and can be done almost anywhere. The same can be said of the equipment, you can use anything from just a mat to the Pilates Reformer machine, the choice really is yours. The great thing is that it doesn’t matter if you practise with minimal equipment or fancy equipment you still get the same results.

Be sure to drink enough before during and after you pilates class. Drink a large bottle of water to stay hydrated. Photo Source: Unsplash

The Minimum Equipment Needed

  1. A good quality Yoga or Pilates mat.
  2. Enough space around you so that you don’t bump into things while in motion.
  3. Comfortable fitness wear that is breathable and does not restrict your movements.
  4. A large bottle of water to stay hydrated.
  5. The most important thing of all will be you, ready and open-minded starting.

While you can attend different types of Pilates classes some which will require equipment and some which will not. It is unlikely that you would need to provide any more than the above when attending classes as larger equipment is usually provided by the studio or gym. Often you can even get a mat provided, but it is still wise to invest in your own basic equipment.

So Let’s Break Down The Cost So Far.

  • Yoga Mat – Good Quality mats start at – £15
    • A good mat is defined as a non-slip, mat of at least 6mm thick
  • Space around you – Free
  • Fitness Wear – New fitness wear can cost upwards of – £20
    • It’s worth investing in as you will get a lot of use out of it.
    • If you need to save money visit your local Primark or charity shop
  • Bottle of water – Free from the tap or £1 from the supermarket
    • Get yourself a reusable bottle that you can refill cheaply
  • You present with an open mind – Free

Investment To Get Started = around £36

Different Styles of Pilates

Since being invented by Joseph Pilates 100 years ago, many styles of Pilates have been developed and are practised today. The most well-known style is classical Pilates practised in the studio with a mat. But other kinds of Pilates are also gaining popularity.

As with all things, it is up to the individual Pilates studios and Pilates instructors to decide what prices to charge. To find the price that is most suitable for you, you will need to shop around a bit, but we will give a rough idea of what you can expect to get you started.

  1. Classical and contemporary Pilates is the style of Pilates that is most well known and most regularly seen in Gym and studios.  This is the style of pilates that beginners would try first.These classes focus on building up core strength (also called the powerhouse), connecting the mind and body, proper breathing and body awareness. Classical and contemporary Pilates differ only in that contemporary Pilates has continued to develop new postures to suit practitioners. Classical and contemporary Pilates give emphasis to holistic wellness and use resistance movements to improve the body. Classical and contemporary Pilates costs from roughly £15-£20 per session and less if you already have a gym membership and attend Pilates at the gym.
  2. Clinical Pilates is a fusion of physiotherapy and Pilates, it focuses on rehabilitation and the healing of injuries. Created by physiotherapists who were inspired by Pilates and the effects achievable with regular practise. This kind of Pilates is not Pilates in its traditional form, and although it is called clinical Pilates, the terms are used loosely. This Physiotherapy Pilates blend costs in the range of £55 for 30 minutes
  3. Stott Pilates is a branded type of contemporary Pilates with the main difference being the focus on spine alignment. Although the alignment of the body is the main focus, Stott Pilates is based on and very similar to classical Pilates. Stott Pilates costs in the range of £20 per session
  4. Polestar Pilates method is focused on balanced personalisation which allows each practitioner to have a different way to practice Pilates based on their fitness goals, fitness levels and body type. Polestar also focuses on rehabilitation and taking control of your body to move towards a healthy and strong Polestar Pilates has a scientific mission and is built upon the foundation of classical Pilates. Polestar Pilates costs in the range of £20 per session
  5. Reformer Pilates is the type of Pilates that is done using the Reformer Machine. This machine was invented by the same man who invented Pilates 100 years ago. This method of Pilates is entirely done with a machine, the machines are provided by the studio and are great for working out in a gentle but effective way without causing injuries. Group reformer Pilates costs from £45 per session

Minimum Investment For Your First Class Based On Style = £15

New fitness wear can cost upwards of - £20 Larger equipment like the reformer machine is provided by the studio or gym. Photo Source: Pixabay

Different Mediums To Learn Pilates

  1. In The Studio Or Gym

If you choose to attend a Pilates class in person, it is likely that you will visit a gym or Pilates studio. There are many styles of Pilates available, from simple classes with a yoga mat to classes which use the reformer machine. Many gym packages come with a full class schedule and unlimited access to classes, and it is likely that Pilates will be one of those classes on the schedule. This means that if you have a gym membership or are interested in buying day passes. You will already have access to a Pilates class without having to pay extra.

  • Costs from £10 for a day pass in the Gym
  1. Pilates Retreats Or Workshops

If you are looking for an intensive experience, a Pilates retreat is perfect for you. Held all over the world in the more beautiful locations Pilates retreats are a daily immersion into connecting your body and mind. You will be introduced to all Pilates principles which guide your practise, and you will get to live the holistic approach for the duration of your trip.

  • Costs in the range of £2,240, for 7 days
  1. Pilates Workout DVD

As long as you have a DVD player and some space to practice at home, a Pilates DVD can be a cost-effective and private way to practise Pilates.

You basically follow a Pilates Instructor to complete your workout; you will work the whole body. Pilates for beginners can be well suited to this style of learning, as it gives you the opportunity to see what a Pilates class is like and decide if you would like to attend a live class.

  • Costs in the range of £9.95 per DVD
  1. Private training with Pilates online live streaming class

If you would like to connect with Pilates instructors all over the world. Live streaming can be a great way to practise. Many Pilates teachers offer online classes which are suitable for people who prefer a more private approach. 1 on 1 classes are not only an amazing way to have an assessment from head to toe about where you are with your goals. But you will also have someone who is partnering with you, to help you to achieve your goals.

You could want to be stronger, develop your core muscles, have good posture, regardless of what Pilates benefits you are after. With a private instructor, you will be able to deepen your practise and be on the right track to getting there. Many Pilates teachers offer face to face or online classes so you can even attend classes if you are traveling out of town or if you prefer to work with someone who is accessible in your immediate vicinity.

  • Costs in the range of £35
  1. Pre-recorded Pilates fitness online classes

If you are like most people, then you like the word ‘Free’, if so then this way of practising could be exciting for you. There are 100’s of websites online which offer 100% free workouts. Of course the most popular is YouTube. The videos are of fantastic quality, and the hosts are dedicated to communicating clearly for beginners and more advanced students. Of course with this exercise program, you can practice whenever you want to.

All you have to do is find a video, press play and follow along. The only downside is that you need to have the motivation, to practise. This is especially true for beginners who may not have experienced the amazing benefits of Pilates exercises.

Costs are from Free

Minimum Investment for your first class by location = Free

My first yoga Manchester class was free!

Pilates can work at increasing your range of motion and flexibility. Pilates is for whole body health, and you will begin to feel this effect after a few classes. Photo Source: Unsplash

So how much will your next Pilates class cost? That depends on how and where you want to practise. But the cost is very promising with free being the starting price for many of the classes available. Whatever you decide don’t let too much time pass in deciding. A whole host of Pilates benefits are waiting for you to incorporate them into your life.


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