Where to Try Reformer Pilates in and Around Philadelphia

The ultimate guide to Philly-area studios offering group and private reformer Pilates classes.

Where to take a reformer Pilates class throughout the Philadelphia region / Photograph of Thrive Pilates & Yoga by Stuart Goldenberg

Pilates can involve various equipment, and one we (and so many others!) love is the reformer. The machine — which features a sliding carriage, multiple springs to increase resistance, ropes/cords, pulleys, and sometimes a jump board — provides a low-impact, yet intense full-body workout. Not only does the reformer fire up all your muscle groups, but it can improve core stabilization, overall posture and strength, balance, flexibility, and more.

If you’re looking for a slow burn that’ll tone your muscles like no other, check out these Philly-area studios offering private, semi-private and small-group reformer Pilates classes.

Reformer Studios in Philadelphia

1639 North Hancock Street, #406, Kensington

This Kensington-based boutique offers private, fully customized Pilates sessions by appointment only. There’s a variety of equipment, including a reformer.

The Balance Room
501 Fitzwater Street, Queen Village

Opened early 2021 by local Pilates instructor Mari Rubin, The Balance Room runs small-group (re: max of five clients) reformer classes — from foundational to “I’m not 25, And Neither Are My Joints.” You can also enjoy mat-based and TRX workouts, plus private and duet sessions.

Brewerytown Pilates
1501 North 31st Street, Brewerytown

In addition to mat-based workouts on Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings, Brewerytown Pilates offers 55-minute one-on-one sessions that’ll get you moving on the reformer/Tower combo and with other equipment.

CenterSpace Pilates
1420 Walnut Street, suite 1420, Rittenhouse

CenterSpace only offers private and duet sessions, meaning you’ll get ultimate individualized attention. The reformer is the primary machine used, with props occasionally mixed in.

Core Love Culture Studio and Swift Culture Studio
2064 East Lehigh Avenue, Kensington and 3501 Janney Street, Port Richmond

These sister studios offer small-group, private, and semi-private Pilates classes — both apparatus-based that make use of the reformer and mat-based. Sessions incorporating various equipment focus on mobility, core strength, recovery, and more.

Equilibrium Pilates
818 South 8th Street, Queen Village

Now in its 20th year, Equilibrium Pilates continues to offer private and semi-private lessons, beginners’ workshops, and small-group mat classes at its Queen Village studio. The private and semi-private sessions frequently make use of the reformer.

Evolving Bodies Pilates Studio
1331 South 2nd Street, Pennsport

Here, it’s all about you: Evolving Bodies Pilates Studio only offers private sessions, allowing owner and trainer Lisa Gadsby to cater specifically to each client’s level and needs.

Fitler Club
24 South 24th Street, Center City

Okay, so you have to be a member in order to work out at Fitler Club. Once you do, though, you’ll be able to sign up for a number of fitness classes, including reformer Pilates taught by seasoned instructors.

Flow and Glow Pilates & Fitness
870 North 28th Street, #119, Fairmount

At this private Pilates studio in Fairmount, clients can enjoy one-on-one lessons with owner and trainer Kristin Gahwiler. (She has also worked as an exercise physiologist, so she knows the body’s mechanics super well!) The studio has one reformer, plus other apparatuses like the Cadillac and Wunda chair.

Inspired Movement
4100 Main Street, #302, Manayunk

In Manayunk, check out Inspired Movement, a boutique studio that focuses solely on private and duet Pilates workouts. No matter if you go solo or with a friend, expect a 50-minute personalized workout utilizing equipment such as the reformer.

Movement Source Pilates Studio
1609 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk

Though not required, those new to Pilates are encouraged to make use of Movement Source’s one-on-one intro session so you can ease your way into the modality. After, sign up for more privates, or opt for a duet session or a small-group class — Mixed Equipment incorporates the reformer.

A small-group reformer class at Retro Pilates in Fishtown / Photograph courtesy of Retro Pilates

Retro Pilates
2423 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown

A 2022 Best of Philly winner, Retro Pilates in Fishtown gets your muscles moving and stronger on Allegro 2 reformers — to the sounds of rock, folk and blues music. Reformer classes — which range from introductory to sessions dedicated solely to the lower body and the upper body — are six people or fewer.

Spark and Vitality
175 Yorktown Plaza, Elkins Park

Based in Elkins Park, Spark and Vitality makes use of the reformer machine — plus other Pilates equipment and exercises — to help all clients achieve their unique movement goals. The studio offers personal and small-group training, dedicated reformer classes, and programs for folks coming out of physical therapy, living with cancer, or seeking sport-related support.

Star Pilates
2043 Locust Street, Rittenhouse

Looking for some one-on-one time? Star Pilates strictly offers private sessions. This studio only uses Gratz Pilates equipment, including the reformer.

Thrive Pilates & Yoga
2016 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse

Though Thrive has been around for over a decade, the Rittenhouse fitness boutique launched small-group reformer classes in late 2021. The schedule features seven-person-max classes designed for varying levels — from true beginners to reformer pros. Bonus: There’s a slew of other Pilates and yoga workouts, plus private training.

Catch a small-group reformer Pilates class at Thrive Pilates & Yoga in Rittenhouse. / Photograph by Stuart Goldenberg

Vitality Studio
7926 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill

This Chestnut Hill studio focuses on the Gyrotonic Method for most classes, but also offers 60-minute Pilates reformer workouts most days throughout the week.

Reformer Studios in the Suburbs

Body Precision Pilates Studio
28 Garrett Avenue, Bryn Mawr

Since 1995, Body Precision has been helping people get strong through Pilates. The studio offers various levels of reformer classes daily, and each session is capped at seven clients.

Core + More
1075 Colwell Lane, Conshohocken

As you can guess from the studio’s name, classes at Core + More focus on core conditioning as a foundation, with strength, stretch, and stability as the main goals. Group classes utilizing the reformer machine run 50-55 minutes, and every new client gets a complimentary 20-minute reformer session to start.

Ellie Herman Pilates
109 North Essex Avenue, Narberth

Many Philly-area Pilates instructors have done their teacher trainings with Ellie Herman, who has taught the modality since 1991. At her namesake studio in Narberth, book a number of group classes — like mixed-level reformer, a springboard/barre hybrid, or a full-body conditioning class — or private sessions.

Gemma’s Pilates and Movement Training
301 County Line Road, Ardmore

Gemma’s Pilates and Movement Training offers private and semi-private sessions by appointment. With owner Gemma Pagliei, expect to move through equipment like the mat, reformer, Cadillac, chair, and ladder in 55 minutes.

IM=X Pilates and Fitness
1524 DeKalb Pike, suite 3, Blue Bell

This boutique Pilates brand has an outpost in Blue Bell, where you can try its signature workouts on Xercizer, IM=X’s patented reformer machine. IM=X also offers private sessions if you want one-on-one attention.

LSF Pilates
243 Conestoga Road, Wayne

LSF Pilates stands for “Lengthen, Strengthen, Flow,” so that you work on increasing elasticity and mobility. The majority of every group class is done on the reformer, and the studio also offers private training and on-site physical therapy.

Main Line Pilates
21 Plank Avenue, Paoli

Operating out of Purenergy Studio in Paoli, Main Line Pilates — led by instructor Gina Nostrant — offers reformer classes, mat-based workouts, and sessions combining both. You can also opt for one-on-one or semi-private lessons.

Pilates and More
110 Gallagher Road, Wayne

At Pilates and More, all group classes have no more than seven people and rotate through various equipment, including reformers. Bonus: There’s private, semi-private, and stretching sessions, plus acupuncture.

The Pilates Connexion
15 South Chester Road, Swarthmore

This Swarthmore studio is outfitted with reformers and other equipment, like the Pilates pole, chair, and mat. You can also take TRX and cardio sculpt classes here to enhance your workout regimen.

A client using the reformer machine at Stride Spin and Fitness. / Photograph courtesy of Stride Spin and Fitness

Stride Spin and Fitness
420 Schuylkill Road, #600, Phoenixville

In addition to rhythmic spin, barre, TRX, hot yoga, boxing, and HIIT group classes, Stride in Phoenixville offers reformer- and mat-based Pilates. The reformer workouts are 50 minutes and suitable for all fitness levels.

Symmetry Pilates Studio
300 East Gay Street, West Chester

West Chester-based Symmetry Pilates Studio hosts small-group (re: four clients max) machine classes Monday through Friday. You can also set up private and semi-private sessions with Symmetry’s certified instructors.

Transform Pilates and Yoga
2325 Heritage Center Drive, suite #405, Furlong

The reformer classes offered at Transform Pilates and Yoga are designed for clients who are already knowledgeable about and comfortable on the machine — so, intermediate and advanced levels. If you’re more of a beginner, opt for a few private or semi-private sessions before jumping into a group class.

TruFit Pilates
235 Bridge Street, Phoenixville

TruFit Pilates in Phoenixville has seven reformers (that are combined with a Tower) for you to move on during classes like Level 1, Advanced, fascia release (combined with the mat), and Board, Bands, + Ball, which utilizes the jumpboard and props. There’s also a variety of other Pilates workouts, plus TRX, weight training, and more.

Witt Pilates
10 Penn Valley Drive, Yardley

This Yardley fitness boutique has designated reformer sessions (“Reformation”), plus a schedule stacked with other class types with Pilates equipment like the chair, tower, mat, and jumpboard. There’s also spin and barre workouts!

Reformer Studios in South Jersey

3131 NJ-38, suite 11B, Mount Laurel

This Mount Laurel studio specializes in Pilates and is outfitted with Gratz/Basil apparatuses (including reformers) that you’ll use during 50-minute group classes and private or semi-private sessions. Pro tip: Hit Framework’s infrared sauna post-Pilates for optimal muscle recovery.

Pilates Core Center
1919 Greentree Road, Cherry Hill

Not only does Pilates Core Center run group, private, and semi-private reformer classes, but the group sessions are designated by level (1-2, 2, and 2 Intermediate) so you can gradually build up to the next stage without feeling intimidated or discouraged.

The Pilates Soul Studio
606 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood

In Collingswood, find the Pilates Soul Studio, which hosts 60-minute, all-level group reformer classes every day of the week. You can also book a private session with director Angela Suter, as well as group and one-on-one TRX workouts.

Vibe Fitness Studio
1028 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood

A 2023 Best of Philly winner, Vibe Fitness Studio has rebounding, resistance training, and mat Pilates-inspired workouts on rotation, sure. But the Collingswood fitness boutique is also home to two reformers for semi-private sessions.

Visionary Movement
160 Essex Avenue, Sewell

This Sewell-based fitness and dance studio offers group and private reformer Pilates so you can build overall strength and improve flexibility. You can also book a range of other modalities, including barre, contemporary dance, meditation, Zumba, yoga and more.

Reformer Studios with Multiple Locations

Solidcore’s megaformer is known as Sweatlana and will work your muscles to failure. / Photograph by Laura Brzyski

Club Pilates
Multiple locations

Club Pilates has over a dozen franchises throughout the region — with more locations coming soon. That means no matter if you live in Rittenhouse, Bensalem, Kennett Square, or South Jersey, you can choose from a number of reformer-based workouts, including beginner-friendly, cardio-focused, a combo with TRX, and more.

June Hines Pilates
Multiple locations

Pilates instructor June Hines opened her first studio in 1997, and currently has boutiques in Jenkintown, Rydal, and Perkasie. At any location, expect a range of offerings, including private and semi-private lessons, group classes utilizing reformer machines and other Gratz apparatuses, and mat-based workouts.

Multiple locations

Solidcore’s workout is different from traditional reformer-based Pilates. Whether at the Rittenhouse, Center City, Northern Liberties, or Bryn Mawr studio, you’ll be doing high-intensity, low-impact, slow and controlled movements on solidcore’s signature machine known as Sweatlana — it has eight springs instead of the usual six for heavier, more varied tension and resistance. The classes are designed to work your muscles to failure, so expect an über tough and sweaty workout as you create the strongest version of yourself. New? Sign up for Beginner50, a slower-paced class with coach-led demos.

This guide has been updated.