Whether you’re a total beginner or a Pilates pro, here are the best studios in Hong Kong offering traditional mat Pilates classes, resistance-based reformer machine sessions, the Garuda method and more.
Often thought of in conjunction with yoga (an ancient holistic discipline), Pilates is a more modern and thoroughly physical system. Devised by German physical trainer Joseph Pilates, this mind-body exercise improves strength, flexibility, and posture, emphasising your core. It’s practised worldwide including, of course, in Hong Kong. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best studios offering Pilates, with everything from more traditional mat-based classes to sessions using resistance-based reformer machines and more.
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. It’s a good idea to check with each studio and classes provider to see if there are any protocols before booking any sessions and to ensure you’re aware of any restrictions they’ve put in place.
Our Favourite Pilates Studios And Classes In Hong Kong
SELF Fitness Studio — Garuda-method studio offering Pilates and more
Standing for “Strength, Endurance, Lifestyle, Fitness”, SELF Fitness Studio utilising the Garuda method: a cardiovascular workout rooted in yoga, Pilates and dance that also focuses on mental rest and relaxation. The only studio of its kind in Hong Kong, SELF combines reformer Pilates with trapeze and chair to work your whole body with precision. Gain core strength and flexibility, improve alignment, posture and muscle tone, and correct conscious movement patterns. You can attend a small group class, a bespoke private session or even train to become a teacher.
Sassy Tip: New clients can sign up for two mat-based classes for only $450.
Get 10% off your first TRIO session or floor-based group class by using the code SASSY when booking. Valid until Tuesday, 28 February, 2023.
DEFIN8 Fitness — Expansive hybrid studio specialising in both Pilates and fitness
Award-winning studio DEFIN8 Fitness specialises in both Pilates and fitness. With a mission to help you move with purpose, this expansive hybrid studio was founded in 2016 by power couple trainers Trixie and Leo Velez and offers state-of-the-art facilities and the city’s first-ever infrared Pilates facility. Choose from 130 weekly group classes and personal training sessions, all running at its 4,300 sq. ft. Central location. Reformer-based Reform8, cardio-based Fatburn, suspension training, barre, Zumba and more are on offer — guaranteeing you find something that fits your needs and fitness level.
First-timers can get 20% off their first drop-in class by using the code SASSYxDEFIN8 when booking. Valid until Monday, 31 July, 2023.
Anhao Wellness — Mat and reformer Pilates, yoga and personal training
Founded in 2012 by former French National Gymnast, certified personal trainer, and Pilates instructor Estelle Neve, boutique fitness studio Anhao Wellness provides a great selection of mat and reformer Pilates classes as well as yoga classes and personal training. The team of trained professionals specialise in working with athletes, women, people recovering from injury and, of course, those who love Pilates.
Anhao Wellness (Central), 1/F & 4/F, Sunny Sky Center, 5 Ladder Street, Mid Levels, Central, Hong Kong
Flex Studio — Classical Pilates and a Pilates-specialised approach
A Hong Kong favourite, Flex Studio takes a Pilates-specialised approach and offers what it touts as the city’s only Classical Pilates and Xtend Barre licensed studio. With small class sizes and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, this boutique studio is best suited for those looking to get the most out of their Pilates lessons, focusing on both physical and mental wellness.
Flex Studio (Island South), Shops 2205 & 2209, 22/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2813 2212
In-Motion — Mat and reformer Pilates classes and physio rehab Pilates
Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, In-Motion is fully-equipped with Pilates reformer machines and plenty of space for mat exercises. The studio offers mat and reformer Pilates as well as fitball, physio rehab and more! Pick the method that suits your fitness and comfort level best and train in safe hands. There are classes throughout the week, so check the schedule for more details.
Iso Fit — Group and private mat and reformer Pilates classes
Iso Fit has some of the best reformer pilates machines in Hong Kong and the instructor will tailor exercises to suit your health needs. With a range of sessions, prices vary, so check out the schedule for more details.
Options Pilates — Private and group mat and reformer Pilates classes
Conveniently located in Central, boutique studio Options Pilates runs Pilates classes from morning to evening — giving you plenty of options (see what we did there!) to help you on your fitness journey. Choose a private (one on one, duet, trio, quad) session or a group mat and reformer Pilates class, all led by a dedicated team of highly qualified instructors! Classes are kept small so you get the attention you deserve and keep moving in all the right ways.
Pilates Edge Studio — Women-focused boutique Pilates studio
This boutique studio is dedicated to women’s health and fitness. Focusing on the practice of Pilates techniques, Pilates Edge Studio promises to help you create a toned, lean body without bulking (should that be your desire result!), with exercises specifically targeting the abdominal muscles, hips and glutes.
Pilates Edge Studio, Unit 1, 12/F, Wing Lee Industrial Building, 54-58 Tong Mi Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, (Entrance to the building is located in the alleyway between Wellcome Supermarket and PandaMart), WhatsApp: 6791 1756, www.pilatesedge.hk
VIM Pilates Studio — Fully-certified STOTT PILATES® Pilates centre
Founded in 2006 by personal trainers, VIM Pilates Studio is the only Hong Kong-licensed training centre with a fully-certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. This special Stott Pilates method is employed by the whole team and focuses on spinal rehabilitation, fascial integration, muscle conditioning and athletic performance enhancement.
Editor’s Note: A version of “The Best Pilates Studios And Classes In Hong Kong” was originally published in March, 2019 on our sister site Sassy Mama Hong Kong by Nikita Mishra and was revised and updated for Sassy Hong Kong in August, 2022 by Sakina Abidi.
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Main image courtesy of Flex Studio via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of SELF Fitness Studio, image 2 courtesy of DEFIN8 Fitness, image 3 courtesy of Anhao Wellness, image 4 courtesy of Flex Studio via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of MART PRODUCTION via Pexels, image 6 courtesy of Iso Fit via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of Options Pilates via Facebook, image 8 courtesy of Pilates Edge Studio via Facebook, image 9 courtesy of VIM Pilates Studio via Facebook.