Don’t forget to bring along your own pair of grip socks

Not to be confused with yoga, pilates focuses on offering flexibility, strength and endurance training, which also helps with postural alignment and muscle balance. Most commonly, there are both pilates mat and reformer workouts, where exercises are either done on a padded mat which boasts compact foam, or on a reformer machine. So to stay trim while toning your body, just head to the following five studios. And don’t forget to bring along your own pair of grip socks, or you may be required to purchase a pair before entering the class.
 

Absolute You
 

It may be most well-known for its spin programmes, but Absolute You’s pilates reformer classes do not play second fiddle to the gym’s cycling sessions. Targeting various muscle groups in each class, the fitness studio also makes sure all attendees are familiar with the routines by prepping newcomers as well as beginners in a mandatory 30min, pre-class training.
 

Breathe Pilates
 

Specialising in small group pilates classes and even rehabilitative fitness programmes, Breathe Pilates doesn’t just fulfill the bare minimum. The studio also ensures that all participants workout correctly, comfortably and safely; introducing a series of classes such as the Fat Blast that mixes ballet-inspired movements with traditional cardio ones on the reformer machine, as well as the more gentle Stretch, which feature core-strengthening exercises to reduce body aches and increase flexibility.
 

Core Collective
 

Keeping exercises low-impact while still allowing muscle strengthening is Core Collective by Aurum, with both mat and reformer type classes. All their instructors are well-versed in fitness and will be able to provide proper and constructive advice regarding techniques, so you’ll always be in good hands. If you’re also looking to try your hand at wellness programmes such as red light therapy and creative arts therapy, you’ll be able to find them here.
 

Pilates Fitness 
 

The first pilates studio in Singapore to offer goal-oriented, lifestyle pilates sessions, Pilates Fitness strives to design classes that’ll solve wellness problems successfully. So expect to be engaged in lessons such as Body Aches Pilates, Couple Prenatal and even Weight Loss Pilates that’ll effectively soothe, tone and shape your body—as desired. Book a trial class here, or purchase various packages at promotional rates here.  
 

The Pilates Place
 

A fully-equipped pilates gym at North Canal Road, The Pilates Place offers both mat and reformer workout sessions too. With no more than six to a class, rest assured you will receive proper care and attention from instructors for a conducive and productive workout.
 

Pilates Plus 
 

To be properly trained in the fitness of pilates, head down to Cecil Street’s Pilates Plus for lessons by professional practitioners motivated in assisting patrons in recuperating while building strength. With both private and group sessions available, feel free to register for the Reformer Strength that targets muscle toning on the reformer machine or Pilates Mat which ensures full-body engagement. Alternatively, you may also check out their virtual classes if exercising from home is what you prefer.
 

Upside Motion
 

With three different locations across town including one at Shenton Way’s Downtown Gallery, Upside Motion definitely caters to the young, corporate crowd. Head to their pilates mat and reformer classes to tone up; but book them as soon as you can as slots are always snapped up fast.