Dec 8, 2022 - News

Trendy reformer pilates are taking over the fitness scene. Here are 8 places to take a class in Charlotte

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Core 704 in South End. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Reformer pilates is described as a low impact, full body exercise that builds a strong core and tones muscles through a machine called a reformer; I just call it the hardest dang workout I’ve done in a long time.

Why it matters:  Everyone from TikTok’s Fit-fluencers to The Today Show is singing the praises of reformer pilates.

Know before you go: If you’ve been curious to see what this popular workout is all about, we’ve rounded up 8 studios where you can take a class here in Charlotte.

BK PILATES

In Charlotte since 2020, BK Pilates offers group classes and private training at their studios in South End and SouthPark.

New member specials: Try an intro private class for $75.

Pricing: A drop-in class is $30 and memberships range from $79-$299 a month.

Address: South End studio: 1520 S. Blvd #120; SouthPark studio: 4810 Ashley Park Lane Suite D

CLUB PILATES

Founded in San Diego in 2007, Club Pilates has multiple locations across Charlotte and offers reformer classes 7 days a week, from 6am to 8pm. Choose from seven class options,  such as CP Reformer Flow, CP Cardio Sculpt and CP Center and Balance.

New member specials: Take your first class for free. 

Pricing: Membership-based studio with options from 4 classes a month to unlimited. Pricing is disclosed during intro class.

Address: Club Pilates in Dilworth (1247 E. Blvd #250) and South Providence (10822 Providence Road #800), plus other Charlotte-area studios including Matthews, Mooresville and Huntersviile.

CORE 704

If you’re looking for non-traditional reformer pilates, check out Core 704’s CoreFORMER class. It’s a high intensity, low impact take on reformers, burning anywhere from 300 to 600 calories in one session — and it feels like a club, with neon lights and EDM pumping throughout the class.

My thought bubble: I exercise 5 days a week and was still no match for the  CoreFORMER class — it left me sore for days. A good sore, though; I’d eagerly do it again.

New member specials: Get one week unlimited for $45 or one month for $99.

Pricing: There’s a few ways to pay at Core704, including ClassPass, class packages, and a monthly unlimited membership for $169.

Address: South End studio: 2729 South Blvd; NoDa studio: 2300 N. Davidson St.

SOLIDCORE

With a clubby feel similar to Core704, national pilates chain Solidcore is “a high-intensity, low-impact full-body workout on a pilates-inspired reformer,” according to their website.

Our thought bubble:Solidcore is by far the hardest workout I’ve ever done (and I’ve tried many, many types). I’ve never seen myself as strong or athletic, but Solidcore’s transformed how I perceive myself,” says Axios’ Brianna Crane.

Of note: The SouthPark studio is set to open Dec. 12, 2022.

New member specials: Two weeks unlimited for $69

Pricing: Get four classes for $108 a month, eight for $192, or monthly unlimited for $249. Class packs start at $145 for a bundle of five. A single class is $32, but they have coach-in-training classes that are $15 apiece. 

Address: South End studio: 1932 Hawkins St; SouthPark studio: 4310 Sharon Road 

THE YMCA OF GREATER CHARLOTTE

Members and non-members can take reformer pilates classes at Sara’s YMCA in Ballantyne through the Y’s paid group training program.

New member specials: No deals for newcomers, but the pricing is significantly lower than what you may shell out otherwise.

Pricing: Prices vary depending on membership status and number of classes. For example, a 10-class package is $180 for members and $235 for non-members.

Address: Sara’s YMCA: 15940 Brixham Hill Ave.

CHARLOTTE PILATES

Located in Myers Park, Charlotte Pilates is a boutique studio that specializes in private, semi-private, and small group classes.

New member specials: The studio offers a new client package for $195.

Pricing: Group classes are $30 per class; you can also purchase packages of 5 classes for $150 or 10 classes for $300.

Address: 2711 Randolph Road Ste. 509

IRON BUTTERFLY PILATES

This South End studio offers reformer pilates through both semi-private classes (of up to five people) and private sessions.

New member specials: Get three sessions for $180 through their newbie reformer package.

Pricing: Group classes range from $40 for one class to $550 for 20. Virtual classes begin at $15 per class and go up to $100 for 10 classes. 

Address: 2108 South Blvd #202 (in Atherton Mill)

ABSOLUTE PILATES

In Charlotte for more than twenty years, ABsolute Pilates offers private, semi private and small group classes at their SouthPark studio.

New member specials: Take 3 private intro sessions for $220.

Pricing: Private sessions start at $85 per class; group sessions start at $45 per class. Packages for both private and group sessions are available.

Address: 6707 Fairview Road A

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