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The Best Pilates in Toronto

Posted by Lori Harito / March 5, 2015

pilates in torontoThe best pilates studios in Toronto offer the foundation of pilates: strength, length and core. And there are plenty of studio choices in Toronto, all with their own unique way of teaching. Initially, pilates - which was named after founder Joseph Pilates - was invented for rehabilitation and physical therapy. Now, studios have evolved their teaching styles as they continue to learn more about the intricacies of the body's biomechanics.

Here are best pilates studios in Toronto.

See also: The best yoga studios in Toronto

MISFIT Studio

MISFIT Studio

MISFIT studio is located inside a church on West Queen West. Walking up through several flights of stairs, you'll find MISFIT tucked away in a corner. The studio is divided into two rooms, and there's something very holistic about practicing yoga and pilates in a church with light shining in from the arched windows. More »

Body Harmonics

Body Harmonics

Body Harmonics is one of the larger studios in Toronto with two locations (at Dupont/Christie and Forest Hill.) It offers 120 classes across both studios seven days a week. Body Harmonics has developed its own certification and training manuals, and an integrated health clinic with nutritionists, chiropractors and naturopaths. More »

The Loft

The Loft

The Loft is a Pilates fixture in Toronto. The studio is not about attaining the burn and the sweat, but teaching you the importance of the Pilates trifecta - articulation, imprint and breath in order to create a deep support for your body. The Loft is exactly that - an open space overlooking the Junction with lots of natural bright light. More »

STOTT

STOTT

STOTT is synonymous with Pilates. Located at Yonge and Eglinton, it's one of the largest and busiest studios in Toronto and has been a mainstay for over 25 years. It has over 100 licensed training centres worldwide with training and certification programs ideal for rehab and post-rehab clients as well as anyone who is looking to get into the pilates world. More »

Imprint

Imprint

Imprint is a small, independent and private boutique studio which focuses on private and semi-private classes. It has an upstairs and downstairs studio. The group pilates and yoga classes are held upstairs, while downstairs holds the playground of pilates equipment for private and semi-private sessions, as well as health-care services. More »

Eden Pilates

Eden Pilates

In Rosedale, Eden Pilates specializes in private sessions, with eight certified instructors. There's one private room with a reformer, and another spacious area for reformer and mat work. Eden Pilates also hosts workshops like sugar belly busters, The Melt Method and post-natal recovery. More »

Core Studio

Core Studio

Near Queen and Spadina, Core Studio is separated into three rooms for private sessions, reformer classes, and a large space for workouts such as TRX Pilates. The instructors are diligent at paying attention to individuals even in group classes. More »

Mindful Movement

Mindful Movement

Mindful Movement is a beautiful studio located in Yorkville. The small studio is tucked away between two hair salons and also offers yoga classes, mat and reformer group classes or in private sessions. More »

Studio Lagree

Studio Lagree

Studio Lagree goes beyond traditional Pilates with intense full body conditioning. The workouts are centred around the Lagree Fitness Method invented by Sebastien Lagree, and the super jacked-up reformer, the Megaformer. More »

Discussion

19 Comments

LA / March 5, 2015 at 07:32 pm
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I love Sphinx Pilates on College near Dovercourt. It's very small. I was working with an instructor doing private classes. Each teacher is so knowledgable and really takes their time with you. I probably sound like I'm advertising for them right now, but I honestly just really love them and highly recommend!
Judith / March 6, 2015 at 09:10 am
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you missed gopilates.ca. Awesome space. Awesome trainer. STOTT PILATES trained so I know she's taking advantage of modern medical science. Some of Old Joe's moves turns out are bad for us. If you're down Leslieville way, definitely consider dropping into gopilates.ca
kelly / March 6, 2015 at 09:37 am
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any suggestions for pilates in east end? beaches/leslieville/danforth area?
vanessa / March 6, 2015 at 09:41 am
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hi, any recommendations for places in markham or scarborough?
Mark / March 6, 2015 at 11:20 am
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Any list of the best Pilates that doesn't include Sagrario Pilates at Church and Wellesley is complete!
jane / March 6, 2015 at 12:15 pm
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Lagree is NOT Pilates. The machine was based on a Pilates reformer, but it's more like boot camp meets a remote version of Pilates. Lili Viola Pilates is the only Classic Pilates studio in TO and she is wonderful.
Laurie / March 6, 2015 at 12:57 pm
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ummm... sorry but Lagree is NOT Pilates -- it is a fitness hybrid that has NOTHING to do with Pilates except that he stole and bastardized the original Reformer that Joseph H. Pilates designed.
Beach Pilates is an amazing studio -- East end of the city in the Beach on Queen Street East at Glen Manor.
Kaleb / March 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm
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CoreWorks at Dundas and Logan is great for those looking for a Leslieville/Riverdale spot.
Laura replying to a comment from kelly / March 6, 2015 at 01:02 pm
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Hey Kelly

Come to Beach Pilates - We have Mat Pilates (up to 12 people), Reformer group classes (of 4 so very semi private), Tower classes (SpringTone®), bootybarre®, TRX, Spin, and a Far Infrared Sauna for Sauna Spin classes or to Add On to your previous class to prevent muscle soreness and reduce lactic acid build up. 2305 Queen Street East - Unit 5 (actually, Units 4, 5, 6 and 10).
I'm the owner, Laura Lynn, and we have a $20 Weekly Unlimited membership for New members. Come on down and mention that I invited you and I'll add a Reformer or SpringTone class as a complimentary class.
See you soon!
Briar replying to a comment from kelly / March 6, 2015 at 02:21 pm
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Kelly,

Fly Girl Fitness at Woodbine and Danforth also has Pailtes mat classes and private Reformer classes if you are looking for an east end studio.

I am the owner, Briar and we do monthly classes in Pilates, Yoga, and Group Training. Would love to have you come by for a visit and see what you think.
Friar Tuck / March 6, 2015 at 10:36 pm
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I know nothing about Pilate's! Looks interesting. Thanks for the guide.
Sebastien lagree / March 7, 2015 at 12:41 am
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thank you Jane and Laurie for the correction. You're right: Lagree is def not Pilates and Studio Lagree is the only studio on this list that will actually change your body.
kelly replying to a comment from Laura / March 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm
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Thanks Laura! I'm moving to the area in April and will definitely give Beach Pilates a try, thank you.
kelly replying to a comment from Briar / March 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm
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Thank you!
Alishah Merchant / March 10, 2015 at 01:43 am
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I work at Rebalance Sports Medicine and we specialize in offering Pilates to all those that are recovering from injuries. Our Pilates is rehab focussed and our instructors are amazing at making modifications and helping you resolve any muscle imbalances that might be causing your pain while at the same time helping you become stronger and more resilient to future injuries. Our Pilates instructors are really knowledgable and work directly with the physiotherapists to provide the best programming for our clients. Check us out!
Moss / March 10, 2015 at 06:56 pm
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I go to a personal trainer for Pilates (Ugly Duckling Pilates) and love it. I would be worried about going to a big group class since there is no way I would be able to get he same individualized attention.
Karin / March 16, 2015 at 03:38 am
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I hear great things about the new place on yonge/bloor, Articulte Bodies. I believe the owner is a former ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada!
Pilates North / June 18, 2015 at 08:37 pm
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For those looking for a Pilates Studio just north of the city check out Pilates North. 15 years in business. pilatesnorth.com Over 65 classes a week :).
TK / June 26, 2015 at 03:24 pm
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I highly recommend going to see Kelly at Core Body Science http://www.corebodyscience.com in Leaside, Toronto. I've been going to the studio for just under a year but I have seen massive results from it. Last year I was diagnosed with a pinched nerve in my neck C4/C5 which caused weakness and numbness to my hands and legs. I lost my sense of balance and strength in my grip as well. I tried going to yoga for a few months but didn't feel that it was helping me correct my posture or build true strength.

After my initial visit with Kelly and letting her know my health issues, she worked with me and I got into a routine of visiting the studio on a weekly basis. Fast forward 7 Months later, I have zero numbness, my strength & balance back, as well as a new found respect for Pilates. I'll be honest, I had no idea what Pilates was, nor did I know that it involved a machine called the reformer (which I now respect) hahaha.

Core Body Science is a small studio, but well worth the visit because of the attention you will get from the instructors there.

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