Mar 14, 2024 - News

Pilates classes are on the rise in San Diego

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We're no longer in the heyday of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and CrossFit. Now, low-impact workouts — and particularly Pilates — are all the rage for American adults, Axios' Carly Mallenbaum reports.

Why it matters: As longevity becomes a primary health focus, more San Diegans are opting for movements that advance their day-to-day routines and better protect them from injury.

By the numbers: Pilates ClassPass bookings in San Diego increased 107% in 2023 over a year earlier, data shared with Axios shows.

Reality check: Pilates is not cheap. Individual classes are around $30 each, while unlimited monthly memberships range from $150 to $250+ locally.

  • Yes, but: The convenience and affordability of ClassPass allows people to try different studios without committing to a membership.

💭 Kate's thought bubble: I'm definitely a contributor to the increase in local Pilates bookings through ClassPass.

  • I haven't tried Pilates Plus but would recommend BodyRok and Elevate Training for Lagree Pilates (don't forget grippy socks), and Salt Pilates for a heated-mat Pilates class without the reformer machine.

What we're watching: "Functional fitness" is the workout buzz phrase of the moment.


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