Crash Course: Reformation Fitness is a brand-spankin-new Pilates studio located near the Convention Center in the former Shakti Yoga space. It’s bright, beautiful, and has the lux feel of a high-end boutique studio. It has all the Pilates class bells and whistles one could hope for, including chair, reformer, jumpboard, and mat options. The studio offers both group and private instruction. For more information, check out the Reformation Fitness website.[line] [left]where: 1302 9th Street NW
perks: small class size
sweat score: 3 out of 10 [/left][right]wear: recommend spandex bottoms
cost: drop in rate is $40*[/right] [line]
Despite what it looks like, this is not a torture device. It’s a Pilates reformer – essentially a moveable mat with pulleys and springs to provide resistance. Classes at Reformation Fitness use this tool to build and tone muscles, work on flexibility, and challenge coordination. The studio opened just a few weeks ago, and I was so excited to get a first look at the beautifully renovated space. Want a tour? Of course you do!
The main studio area is bright, cheery, and clean with five reformer machines, five chair devices, mirrored walls, and a few other fun props. Leave your shoes on the rack by the door, please!
There is one bathroom, and it is darling. It has tiny little potted plants, a scent diffuser, and was totally spotless. A plus.
The private changing room has a full length mirror, fresh flowers, a leather bench, and plenty of space to move around in. I think that’s an old-fashioned Pilates machine in the corner serving as decoration, cool right?
The class itself was wonderful. I had never taken a Pilates class on the reformer – mostly because the cost is prohibitive and I’d rather spend that $40 on a few other things. But the entire system – the pulleys, springs, jump board, box, etc. – was designed in a way to make even the most micro movement challenging. I didn’t sweat as I would in a boot camp or even a yoga class, but I could feel the burn in my core, arms, and legs as we worked through the moves.
To be honest, the thing that impressed me most was the level of detail and care Michael put into each and every moment of the class. Everything was tailored to make my workout completely unique to my needs and abilities. He constantly adjusted the tension, checked my form, suggested alternatives, and offered encouragement. Despite the four other people in the room, I felt like it was a private class. It was totally indulgent and I loved every minute of it.
The other thing that really struck me: despite the high-end feel of this studio, the atmosphere of the class itself is not pretentious or stuffy. Michael was extremely down to earth – wearing soccer shorts and a plain t-shirt – and was friendly and approachable. The other students were great too, and we all banded together during some of the more challenging sets. Even though this was my very first time using the reformer, I never once felt out of place, judged, or uncomfortable.
Things I liked:
– beautiful studio with attention to detail
– small class size and a private-instruction feel
– passionate and knowledgable instructor
– it’s around the corner from Xtend Barre…double-header crash, coming right up!
Things I didn’t like:
– the price would keep me from coming regularly
– I prefer workouts that leave me in a pool of sweat; this just isn’t that kind of class
Reformation Fitness is offering a grand opening special that really is a steal of a deal. New students can purchase two classes for $20.13 by 28 February. If you’ve been before, you can get still get 20% off class packs with the code GRAND. Click here for the schedule if you’re interested in giving it a go.
Pilates reformer: enough of a workout to get results?[line]
*Thank you to Reformation Fitness for waiving my drop in fee. This review is not an endorsement, and all opinions are my own.