Pilates Studio Berlin
CHALLENGE YOUR CORE BY DOING PILATES EVERY WHICH WAY - REFORMER PILATES ON A CHAIR, ON A BED AND ON A MAT WITH ITALY’S FINEST. THERE’S ALSO YOGA IF YOU WANT TO FLOW...
WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 8am or the Thursday 12.30pm lunchtime class.
WHERE: Pilates Studio, Greifswalder Strasse 14, Prenzlauer Berg, 10405 Berlin.
THE DEAL: Reformer and Mat Pilates taught by incredibly talented former dancer Enrico. The Pilates Romeo to your Juliette if you will; Enrico hails from Italy, Verona and danced as a soloist for an impressive retinue of Ballet institutions including Ballet of the Deutsche Opera House Berlin, Theater Halle and Theater Dresden. Since he left his glam dancing life behind he teaches top-notch Pilates classes on the mat and Reformer at his studio in P’Berg. There’s also a yoga flow class if you want to switch it up.
THE WORKOUT: Reformer 1 with Enrico. Classes are kept small with a personal touch - you’re only ever one of four people in the class. And by god its worth it. Walk into class feeling sluggish and inflexible and leave feeling stretched, svelte and toned. Move between the Reformer Stability Chair and the Reformer Bed for a full-body workout that tests focus as much as core-strength and flexibility. We did all sorts; step-up lunges, side-steps, pikes, crunches, tricep extensions and of course the famous 100s. In his exercise demonstrations Enrico of course makes it look easy - but don’t be fooled. If you’re anything like a normal person, then copying the movement won’t be a smooth ride. Your core will ache, your hip stability will drop and balancing on the chair will be a constant battle. But you’ll stick with it. And that’s mostly down to Enrico and his teaching; striking the perfect balance between keeping the vibe fun and light-hearted but being a stickler on good form and always looking out to correct movements. The morning after we woke up aching all over - a true sign that Enrico had worked his magic.
THE PRICE: Decent. Its for a trial class at €10 for a Mat Pilates class and €15 for the Reformer. After that the usual drop-in rate is €20 and €25 for Mat and Reformer. If you like commitment then you can buy a package which means per class its cheaper. 10 Mat classes are €140 and 10 Reformer are €190.