There’s a certain kind of body you get only by either a) winning the genetic lottery or b) becoming a Pilates devotee. You know the type we’re talking about: long, lean, strong, and toned with perfect posture and superhuman levels of flexibility.
Those new to Pilates, as well as those who just dabble in the exercise form, can look to Instagram to progress their practice. Here, trainers are sharing how-to videos, tips, and motivational snaps that are a hell of a lot cheaper than paying $35 to visit your neighborhood studio. In fact, in the gallery ahead we’re highlighting nine of our favorite female Pilates gurus dishing out the #fitspo right now. Keep scrolling!
Heather Andersen might be the woman behind one of downtown Manhattan’s buzziest reformer fitness studios, New York Pilates, but she originally moved to the city to chase a dream of becoming a professional ballerina before falling head over heels for Pilates. Side note: You should also follow her studio’s Instagram for quick Pilates routine videos to try yourself.
The Pilates PT
The Pilates PT (real name: Hollie Grant) is a freakishly fit British instructor slash marathon addict who once ran seven marathons in seven days. Aside from the free workout videos she shares on Instagram, there’s also a full online program that you can buy on her website.
With well over a million Instagram followers, Pilates guru Cassey Ho is the MVP of Instagram influencers in the Pilates space. She offers free videos on Instagram and YouTube and also an activewear line that’s pretty freaking cute.
Stretching after finishing the Booty Pop workout from my new program, #PIIT – Pilates Intense Interval Training 👊 Did you preview the workout yet? It's so fun!! This will be your workout for Monday! Do it 4x through giving you a complete SWEATY 💦 workout that's just under half an hour, or do it twice and follow the Blogilates January Calendar as usual. 👉www.youtube.com/Blogilates (link in bio). Wearing the #POPFLEX Swan Tank in Black, the Pull on my Heart Strings Bra in Passion, and the Booty Pop Shorts in Passion. @blogilatesdesigns
Real Pilates NYC
Alycea Ungaro brought some of the very first mat Pilates classes to Manhattan when she opened a small, private space hidden in a residential building across from the Highline. Word of her body-sculpting classes spread through New York’s fashion and music crowd, and she soon opened studios in Tribeca and Soho.
SMILE! If you haven't yet visited us @therealpilates at 333 Hudson St., you are missing out on all the fun! Join us for a full schedule of classes and private sessions with your favorite #REAL instructors! Photo Credit: Micaela Mamede #realpilatesnyc #THErealpilates #pilatesnyc #pilatesny #pilates #classicalpilates #highchair #pilatesequipment #tribeca #soho #fitness #workout #smile #happy
Aside from being able to do a headstand and the splits (consider us impressed), Lottie Murphy is a Pilates teacher, lifestyle blogger, and health coach. If for no other reason, follow her just for the splits photos. Crazy.
Run by instructors Sylvia Bastianon and Breaker Roberts, this Australian studio is a good one to follow for advice on ways to perfect your technique. Or, failing that, let your mind be boggled by Bastion’s insane strength and form.
Karen Lord Pilates
The supermodel and celebrity crowd flock to Karen Lord Pilates Movement in Tribeca—Lord’s one of New York’s most recognized instructors.
Pilates instructor and blogger Peta Serras shares little fitness tips and plenty of #fitspo that will have you using up all your ClassPass sessions at solely reformer studios this month.
Without fail, a favourite exercise of mine is a rollover. But honestly I love them all! I love Pilates for the fact that it's a beautifully choreographed way of moving that combines strength, flexibility and control all in one exercise. It's the perfect exercise for your mind, a stress relief tool and weight loss aid that chisels your body into a fit little unit! I'm feeling slim today. Hopped on the scales and I'm about 5kg down! I've made a goal to get to a leaner weight and it's happening with ease. I'm so proud of myself!
Celebrity trainer Amy Jordan launched WundaBar in L.A. and NYC, creating what is now one of the buzziest Pilates-hybrid classes in the country. While classes are focused on the Pilates principles and biomechanics, the workout is much more high-energy then your regular reformer class.