How to Find Pilates Classes

Pilates classes are so popular now that it's relatively easy to find them. I see Pilates classes available in even the smallest towns. The trick is finding out about them. Even in a big city, it might take a little looking to find just the right class for you. Below are six tips for finding Pilates classes wherever you are:

Ask Around for Pilates Classes

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A referral from someone who knows a studio or teacher is the very best way to get connected to a good class. If you know someone who does Pilates, or overhear someone talking about their instructor or class, ask them about it. If you see them mention it on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, or posting an Instagram photo, follow up with a question.

Find out the name of the place your contact takes classes, but also go further. Since you are getting info from someone who has direct experience, find out who their favorite instructor is and why, what they like and don't like about the place they take class, and where it is. Location is very important. If a class is too difficult to get to, it's not likely you will keep going.

Find Pilates Classes Online

This is an obvious solution. Do a search and see what you come up with. Most Pilates studios have some kind of web presence and that will let you find out a lot about their offerings before you have to follow up in any other way. If you do a Google search, you will probably get a map of your area with the studios pinpointed for you as well.

You can also search on Facebook. Simply type in Pilates in the search bar and it will produce relevant Pilates studios and classes near you.

You may want to use Angie's List or Yelp to get reviews of the local Pilates classes and studios.

Check Local Papers and Magazines

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Your local newspaper and its web site might be a place to keep an eye open for Pilates ads or announcements. But I see more Pilates ads in free papers and magazines -- the alternative papers and the kind of papers and magazines that showcase happenings around town. So, if you are in the market for a Pilates class, glance through a few of your local "rags."

Use the Phone Book or Online Yellow Pages

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The good thing about a phone book is that it will give you the names, numbers and locations of all of the Pilates studios in your area. Also, with all the studio numbers in front of you, you can go right down the list, calling and asking questions. You can learn a lot from how a studio handles phone calls.

Ask at Gyms, Recreation Centers, and YMCAs

Pilates classes show up at all kinds of fitness locations, so don't limit your search to Pilates studios. While it is a great boon to find a studio you like, there are enough qualified instructors teaching at general fitness locals that it is worth checking them out too, especially if they are close or the only resource. Be sure to ask questions and make sure the instructor is certified in Pilates (not just sliding over from some other discipline because of demand).

If you are going to a gym, you might want to read up on Pilates fusion, as those kinds of classes are more common in gym settings.

Use Certified Pilates Instructor Searches

Below are links to some of the websites that offer Pilates instructor searches. You might also check the sites that are listed in my Pilates Teacher Training Programs article, as most of them feature searches for their graduates.

If You Can't Find a Pilates Class

Working with a real, live Pilates instructor is important. But if you can't find a class or your want to supplement your classes, there are lots of ways to learn Pilates.

You will find a tremendous amount of information right here at Pilates.about.com. There are over 100 free Pilates exercise instructions here, as well as Pilates DVD and book reviews. You might also want to read, How to Design Your Own Pilates Workout.

Once you do find a place that offers Pilates classes, read Pilates Classes for Beginners which will tell you more about the types of Pilates classes there are and what to expect.

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