Club Pilates was started in San Diego by Alison Beardsley in 2007. As you may remember, it wasn’t a great time for us financially as a country and Allison decided she wanted to offer a normally high-cost fitness class, reformer Pilates, at a lower cost to the masses. It worked and by 2015 Beardsley had 30 different Club Pilates locations across the nation. In 2016, LA Boxing franchise founder Anthony Gesilerpurchased the company and it exploded. Today, Club Pilates has 592 active studios and 650 slated to be opened by the end of 2019. There is one in almost every state, 15 in Ohio, and 3 in the Greater Cincinnati area.
We checked out The Club Pilates in Ft. Wright, right next door to Pure Barre Ft. Wright one of our OG favorites. Club Pilates has four levels of classes: foundation, progression, evolution, and mastery. Everyone starts with a foundation class which is, “ideal for beginners and those who want a safe and effective class experience to build a solid Pilates foundation.” That’s what we took. Note, even if you’re an experienced Pilates student the studio still requires you to take a foundation class first (it’s free) to get accustomed to the studio. Although, just because the class is designed as introductionto the studio it really is beneficial for all levels of student.
In our foundation classwe mostly used the reformer, but we also used a few like bands and TRX props. The class is great if you’re looking for an intro to Pilates, if you want to isolate various leg and stomach muscles, and if you’re looking for an goodworkout without a massive amount of sweat.
After the foundation class you can hang out in those for a while, or you can advance to the progression level. All of the classes are clearly labeled on the schedule. The progression classes include a Reformer Flow, Cardio Sculpt, Center + Balance, Restore, and Suspend. Evolution and Mastery level students can take the CP F.I.T. class which is a reformer meetshigh-intensity Bootcamp class. The studio offers seven formats total, and you can read the full descriptions here.
We like Club Pilates for:
The variety of classes offered.
The dedication to proper form. We love any studio that has individuals take an introduction class first. It helps set you up for success.
The pricing, which is definitely less than other reformer studios.
The highly educated staff. There is a rigorous training process for teachers that includes over 500 hours of training.
The option for a low-impact, low-sweat but still a killer workout.
Go take your first free class and let us know what you think!