There’s a reason why A-list celebrities and starlets swear by Pilates for toned and lean bodies. See what the fuss is all about on Pilates Day held on the first Saturday of May every year at one of these six studios right here in Miami.
You've got the 100 down, but what about the 200? Yep. That is owner, former NCAA-ranked tennis player, and Pilates extraordinaire Karina Ramirez’s signature move—and if you’re brave enough to take her intermediate reformer class, you’ll feel both the pain and gain. A stickler for form, and with a focus on using your breath as the source of power for your movements, Ramirez and her classes will leave you hurting (in a good way), and with a true understanding for the meaning of obliques. 3404 NW Seventh Ave., Miami, 305-336-9601
To celebrate Pilates Day, House of Movement will offer gratis Pilates sessions from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Committed to its community, this 1920s Brickell house-turned-holistic-haven is also committed to form, which is the most important part of the exercise. Their classes not only incorporate the reformer, Cadillac, and exo chair (as well as a gyrotonic for one-on-one sessions) to target all your muscle groups, but their instructors also make it a point to never repeat the same routine twice. 1900 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-200-5911
More than just a Pilates studio, Pilathon is a hidden rooftop gem offering a full-body fitness solution. You can partake in rooftop yoga, swim in the pool, use their treadmills and weight room, or engage in what you came here for: Pilates. Choose from reformer (with options for props and jumpboard), PilaRyder (40 minutes of reformer Pilates followed by cycling), PilaRow (Pilates followed by indoor or outdoor rowing), Pilates and TRX, or Da Vinci BodyBoard (think mat Pilates but with resistance). What's more, Pilathon is the first and one of two studios in Miami to offer the latter. 2700 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-728-7800
A playground for your core, and home to the unique One Body Evolution method—a 55-minute workout that fuses Pilates, weights, and cardio, developed by owner and former trainer-to-the-stars Jeannine Bergmann—Pilates One is the place to dive headfirst into Pilates if you're new to the practice. They also customize classes for all levels, which are led by their nationally recognized and handpicked instructors. 2640 SW 28th Lane, Miami, 786-545-6889
There’s a reason The Pilates Place Studios celebrated its 10th year anniversary last month. Here, you can expect do accomplish teasers, splits, and moves you didn’t even know existed, thanks to their individualized guidance. They also offer private lessons available in three languages (Spanish, German, and Portuguese). Plus, if you’re thinking about taking your practice to the next level and getting certified, this studio is the main training site that offers the only teacher training program in Miami for the "Beyond The Basics" Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Certificate Program. 1253 Washington Ave. #302, Miami Beach, 305-316-3341
Every class at Pilates Strong Studio feels private, thanks to the personalized attention each student receives from owner Stephanie Amrein. Not only does she offer tips on how to maximize each workout, but she'll also read snippets from health books or trending topics during your leg circles. Pro tip: For those who want a full body workout but are short on time, try Power Plate, which not only improves mobility, strength, and blood circulation, but is also equivalent to completing an hour and a half of weightlifting. 320 Miracle Mile #204, Miami, 305-401-2665