Studio17 is the boutique Pilates studio that fuses conditioning, strengthening and flexibility through their line-up of body-enhancing Pilates classes. Using the foundations of Pilates, Studio17’s classes are designed to sculpt, tone and mobilise the body through movements that will help you in your everyday life.
With over 20 years of experience in the business, founders Lysta and Graeme are an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to Pilates and specifically reformer Pilates. Loved by A-listers, celebs and quite literally anybody who has tried it, reformer Pilates uses specialist equipment (the reformer) to recruit several different muscles at the same time thus giving you more of a challenge. Using resistance to improve both muscle tone and mobility at the same time, the reformer really is the ‘does it all’ piece of equipment that gives incredible results, hence why so many are hooked!
Studio17 provides a bespoke approach to reformer Pilates to help each and every client get the most of the session. With only three people per class, the instructors are able to assist with any specific needs. This incredibly targeted workout will get muscles you didn’t even know were there working in the most intricate way possible. It’s not just the movement element of reformer Pilates that makes it so effective, ensuring you integrate the core muscles throughout and follow the breathing pattern is also an essential part. If this is all sounding a bit complicated don’t worry at all, Studio17’s expert specialised will guide you through every step of the way. Pilates is renowned for realigning your posture and the reformer aids this even further by recentring your core. Studio17’s dynamic reformer classes work your whole body from top to bottom, using resistance and lots of repetitions! Throughout the class, you’ll find yourself in all kinds of strange positions, working deep into the body and making full use of the reformer and all its configurations. Whether you’re a reformer junkie or a newbie, Studio17 accommodates to all. The intimate groups allow the instructors to alter exercises according to the individual and notice any corrections that need to be made. Helping you discover new length and space in the body, an hour on the reformer at Studio17 will leave you feeling elongated and free from build-up tension. The ultimate workout to counteract sitting at a desk from 9 to 5, Pilates can benefit your body in an abundance of ways. Recommended by pretty much all physios and health specialists, the reformer is the ‘cure’ to keeping your body in check and avoiding injuries.
Dotted across South West London, Studio17 has three locations, two of which are in Chiswick and the newest in Richmond, which is also home to the Urban Pantry. Serving up healthy grab-and-go salads and sandwiches, smoothies, homemade cakes, artisanal pastries plus a range of tea and coffees, the Urban Pantry is the perfect way to refuel post-workout!
We loved visiting Studio17’s Richmond location to check it out and give the reformer a go ourselves! Firstly, we have to mention the beautiful interior of the studio, filled with aesthetic wall art and contemporary lighting, it is a far cry away from your average commercial studio. Like the style of the sessions, the studio has a homely, friendly atmosphere where clients and trainers form great relationships helping you to get the most out of your workout.
Alongside Studio17’s reformer classes, they also run mat-based Pilates classes which include…
- Dynamic Pilates
- Sculpt & Strength
- Pilates/Barre Fusion
- Super Sculpt
For those not quite ready to return to studio’s just yet, Studio17 are running a series of online workouts via Zoom. Classes include…
- Resistance Band Workout
- Conditioning Class With Weights
- Dynamic Strength
- Deep Stretch & Relaxation