Bend it to the left, squeeze it to the right...it is time to embrace the power of Pilates. Meant to build long lean muscle and improve strength in the lower back, abs as well as overall flexibility, Pilates has been touted as being the most effective exercise in tightening hard to reach obliques in your tummy area (yes, please!). Little Steps gives you the scoop on the top stretchy places to work your core...go on now, move it!
Southside favorite, Flex, has a plethora of different classes to choose from including FlexKids, FlexTeens, and pre-natal Pilates. Choose from a private class or go group style all meant to strengthen your lower back, tone the pelvic floor and improve your posture. Good news Centralites...Flexpress by Flex opened their new location in Central this month offering PIlates and Xtend Barre classes to city folks!
Flex, 1/F, Regency Centre (Phase II), 43 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, +852 2813 2212, www.flexhk.com.
Flexpress, 8/F, Lansing House, 41-47 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong (entrance on Li Yuen Street East)
Bend it, rock it, shape it up! Located in Central, PIlates Place offers individual, semi-private, and group sessions. Led by one of HK's cult followed instructors, Jerry, Pilates Place offers flexible scheduling, an amazing studio complete with all the latest Pilates gadgets and gizmos, an ideal location on Wyndham, and affordable options to keep you mama looking good pre and post babies.
Pilates Place, 9/F, Parekh House, 63 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2868 4628, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pilatesplace.com.hk. Be sure to mention Little Steps for exclusive offerings and discounts.
After an assessment to see what your needs and fitness goals are, the Iso Fit team will recommend certain class types and exercises that’ll help you succeed. They have Pilates and Gyrotonic classes that are tailored to special activities including exercises for golfers, sports conditioning, office workers, pre-natal and post-natal. There are also general Pilates and Gyrotonic classes for groups and private individuals.
Iso Fit, 8/F, 802-805, Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Hong Kong, +852 2869 8630, www.isofit.com.hk.
This dedicated Pilates and Gyrotonic studio has classes where there’s always one instructor to no more than six students. If you’re just starting out, consider signing up for their Introduction Series, which offers a two-week beginner orientation to the basic Pilates poses and exercises. If you’re already a seasoned pro looking to become an instructor, One Pilates also offers teacher’s training classes.
One Pilates Studio, 12/F, Shiu Fong Hong Building, 239-241 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2147 3318, www.onepilatesstudio.com.
PhysioMotion specializes in pre and post-natal Pilates with ultrasound imaging to fast forward you back into shape and, most importantly, into your skinny jeans. A favorite for pregnancies, post-natal recovery, and sports injury, this team will sort you and your strength back into shape!
PhysioMotion, Room 401, 4/F Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 8168, www.physiomotion.com.hk.
You’ll have to pay a hefty member’s fee to be a part of this exclusive club, but once a member you’ll be able to enjoy all the perks from its tennis and squash courts, bowling alleys to its spa and children’s play area. As part of the fitness facilities, which includes an aerobics studio, they offer Pilates classes among other group classes.
Ladies’ Recreational Club, 10 Old Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, +852 3199 3500, www.lrc.com.hk.
This clinic has five spacious treatment rooms that offer a range of services from traditional physio to deep tissue massage and treatments that target specific sports injuries such as golf, tennis, skiing and bicycling. Physiocentral also offers clinical Pilates classes specifically custom-made to your ailment. They also have physiotherapists that work specifically with pre-natal and ante-natal women.
Physiocentral, Unit 2104, 21/F, Universal Trade Centre, 3-5A Arbuthnot Road, Hong Kong, +852 2801 4801, www.physio-central.com.
This physiotherapist clinic in the heart of Central offers one-to-one Pilates as a method for people to recover from muscular pain and injury. After the initial one-hour assessment, the physician will tailor-make a workout regime specifically for you using a combination of the clinics equipment including the reformer, trapeze table and Wunda Chair.
Posture Plus, 9/F, 10 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2167 8801, www.posture-plus.com.
Owners Eric and Vicheal were once personal trainers until they discovered Stott Pilates whist abroad. After an intensive training to become qualified instructors, they opened VIM Pilates studio in 2006 and are the only studio to offer classes and instructor’s training. They have both private, pair and group Pilates classes, where you can choose between mat work and Pilates reformer.
VIM Pilates,19/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2572 2683, www.vim-pilates.com.
You’ll have to be a member of this 30,000 sq. ft. gym to participate in all that it has to offer. Apart from the fully-equipped gym and olympic sized pool, they also have regular Pilates class several times a week. The schedule changes on a weekly basis, so check online before you head over.
Seasons Fitness, 3/F, Citibank Tower, Citibank Plaza, 3 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2878 6288; G/F, One Kowloon, 1 Wing Yuen St., Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2995 3009, www.seasonsfitness.com.
This super convenient gym for Sai Kung dwellers has all sorts of private and group fitness classes from circuit training and daily Pilates classes, as well as pre-natal and children’s fitness courses. The best part about the gym is that you don’t have to be bound by a pesky one-year membership but rather, have the choice of a package of pay-as-you-go deal.
The Studio Sai Kung, 1/F, 28 Man Min Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2791 9705, www.thestudiosaikung.com.
H-Kore has just opened it's doors here in Hong Kong, officially making it possible for that body transformation you've always dreamt about. Think Pilates Reformer (properly named the Megaformer) + 2 hour hike + muscle toning combined in one 45-minute session, each exercise is about 1-2 minutes long, leaving absolutely no time for boredom.