Whether you are considering signing up for a Pilates class for the first time or you are looking to try out a different Pilates studio for a change of pace, finding a new studio can prove to be overwhelming. As you begin to check out different venues, you’ll see variances in teaching styles, equipment, and rates from place to place. While there are many Pilates studios, each catering to a specific clientele, there are the 3 common types:

Clinical Pilates Studios

This kind of studio specializes in post rehab for people with joint or spinal issues. The environment is more clinical than the other 2 studios described below.

Sessions are likely to be one-on-one sessions as the individual needs of these clients are unique and specific to their joint or spinal issues. This kind of studio may be linked to a hospital, rehab center, or a medical professional.

It’s common for a Clinical Pilates Studio to be owned or led by a Physical Therapist, who oversees assistants who take clients through the sessions. Their training may be more along the lines of post-rehab rather than Pilates or fitness instruction.


Traditional Pilates Studio: aka…Classical & Contemporary Pilates

The term “Classical Pilates” basically means “as close to what Joe Pilates taught as possible.

Anything that came after Joe Pilates is considered “Contemporary.”

Classical and Contemporary studios feature the most commonly used equipment that Joe Pilates created: Reformers, Towers, Cadillacs, Ladder Barrels, Chairs, and other small pieces like balls and magic circles.

The instructors are highly trained, which literally takes years if it’s a reputable training organization like Polestar, Stott, Balanced Body, just to name a few.

Classical and Contemporary Studios often require new students to start with private sessions to learn the fundamentals of the method…generally 3 sessions prior to joining a level 1 class if you are looking to join classes instead of continuing with private sessions.

Classical Instructors are very respectful of the work of Joe Pilates and stick to his original series of exercises, in a specific order that they do not stray from.

Contemporary Instructors have created new exercises and variations of Joe’s work to suit their clients’ needs and keep the workouts fun, creative and always evolving.

Group Fitness Pilates Studios

This type of studio is very popular for a reason – they are high energy, music-driven, heart-pumping, full body workouts. They are more fitness-oriented than traditional Pilates. People join this kind of studio for the sweat, shake and calorie-burn effect. And the results they get in muscle definition and flexibility.

Sometimes these kinds of studios feature reformer-only classes. The training of the instructors is usually far less intensive as they are teaching on just one piece of equipment. Like playing a musical instrument, these instructors learn to teach reformer classes and fine tune that skill every time they teach or practice on their own.

Some group studios have a wide variety of equipment, as in the case of Core10 Pilates in Omaha, Nebraska. They have 12 reformers with attached towers, 12 chairs, 12 barrels (that fit onto the reformers to be used together). Instructors are highly trained in multiple areas beyond the fully comprehensive Pilates training on all equipment. Core10 trainers are also certified Personal Trainers, Group Exercise Instructors, and even Physical Therapists.

Group Fitness Studios have a lot of extra “toys” in play as well:  balls, magic circles, TRX, weighted bars (4-12 lbs) and dumbbells. Classes range from 8-30 and are great for getting strong, fit and flexible. They are also more affordable than the other types of studios.

The quality of instructors in this type of studio can vary greatly from one Group Fitness Pilates Studio to the next. Some instructors go through just a weekend of training.

Others have partial or full training in Pilates, as well as backgrounds in personal training, group exercise, and even CrossFit. They often bring their own personal experience and background of training to the reformer, making it a whole new level of expertise and energy in a Pilates Studio.

The variety of instruction can make the experience fun, effective and more along the lines of a workout than a mind-body connection.

People who prefer a more athletic experience in their workouts will be drawn to these kinds of studios, while others will venture into the other types of Pilates studios.

There’s a place for everyone, and it’s not hard to narrow down the right studio for you.

These are the steps to take to find your new Pilates Studio:

  1. Decide which type of studio you’re more drawn to and Google “Pilates Studios” in your area.
  2. Visit their website and you’ll be able to tell what kind of studio they are. If not, call them and ask specifically.
  3. Get the intro offer from the studios you want to try and get started!

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If you are searching for the best Group Fitness Pilates Studio in Omaha, look no further than CORE10 Pilates! We’re open 7 days a week, with 50+ classes to choose from. Our intro offer is 3 classes for $49. Check it out HERE