What is Pilates?

Pilates is a safe and effective total body exercise that everyone can benefit from whether you are a complete beginner or super-fit.

Originally developed almost one hundred years ago by Joseph Pilates to rehabilitate injured soldiers, it has since been updated with modern knowledge about how the body works.

Unlike exercise done at gyms, when you do Pilates you will perform movements that are low-impact to benefit flexibility, muscular strength and endurance. You'll be shown how to do the exercises with an emphasis on precision, balanced posture, core strength and controlled movements.

When you perform a regular Pilates routine your instructor will focus on the deep stabilising muscles of the torso, hips, and shoulder girdle and help you develop long, lean, functionally strong muscles without adding bulk.

This can improve your flexibility, strength and mobility, restoring balance to your body. Your deep muscles help change and improve your posture and enable you to move with ease and feel more energetic.

Simply put, Pilates is resistance training in which you use springs and body weight exercises to develop a strong core and condition the whole body. It can also be helpful if you train for sports or in physical rehabilitation.

From our experience with thousands of Options Pilates Studio clients we can confirm the commonly quoted claim by Joseph Pilates, founder and creator of the Pilates Method when he said: “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference and in 30 sessions you will have a new body”.

As your postural muscles get stronger your whole body will be less tired throughout the day, with fewer aches and pains and better energy for daily life.

You can apply the principles of Pilates in your everyday life, from sitting at the desk in the office, to better posture while running or cycling, or even reducing your risk of injury in the gym with better balanced muscles.

Why Pilates Is Right For You:

Your flexibility will improve with Pilates

Like most people you are may be either a bit stiff or hyper-flexible. Either way you will benefit by gaining strength and control of the stabilisting muscles around your joints making you more flexible, but with control.

Your neck and back pain will reduce with Pilates

When your core gets stronger with Pilates your back gets stronger. Pilates helps relieve back pain and keep it away. By stabilising your core’s lumbar-pelvic (lower-back) region, Pilates alleviates stress on the area and increase lower-back mobility.

You will develop your core strength and posture with Pilates

When your core is strong, the weight of your body is properly supported. This means the neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of your tight muscles and joints are freed up to do their jobs. With Pilates you will ingrain a new habit of correct postural support with your muscles.

Pilates is suitable for you no matter what your age or fitness level

Whether you are a senior just starting to exercise, an athlete who needs strength training or anywhere in-between, foundations of Pilates can apply to you. There are thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilates can be tailored to your individual needs.

Your mind and body connection will get stronger with Pilates

With Pilates classes you will practice each movement with awareness. This builds great habits and increases your overall awareness, both of what you're doing right and when you are doing something wrong. You will learn the Pilates principles of centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow – key concepts we use to integrate the body and the mind.

You'll build strength without bulk with Pilates

In Pilates, we’re not looking to build muscles just for show. You will build strong lean muscles that work in-tune with your whole body enabling efficient and graceful movement. We call it long, lean muscles, but really it means healthy, balanced efficient muscles.

Your sports performance will improve

Along with a better mind-body connection, you'll experience improved balance of the different muscles in your body. This is especially important if you practice sports because of imbalances created by repetitive movements like running, cycling, tennis or golfing. Pilates will balance your body, develop muscular symmetry and align your posture, reducing the likelihood of injury.

Pilates is especially great if you're pregnant

Pilates is probably the best exercise for pregnant women and new moms. When you exercise your core & pelvic muscles regularly, it helps alleviate lower back and pelvic pain. Many even experience shorter labor. Pilates before, during and after pregnancy also speeds up the process of getting your body back in shape after childbirth.

Why Options Pilates Studio Is Your Best Choice


At Options Pilates Studio your well-being is our purpose.

Whatever your reasons for coming to us are, your instructor will work with you using a holistic approach to whole body wellness will help you improve your wellbeing. Whether you suffer from chronic back pain, tightness in your neck and shoulders, old injuries, or whether you have recently given birth or simply want to get back into exercise and don’t know where to start, our instructors know exactly what to do and how to get you the results you want and need.

The difference at Options Pilates is personal. Personal service, personal care and personal attention to detail. Our dedicated team of highly-qualified instructors is here to guide and support you as you develop your new upgraded body. Walk in or contact us using the form below and we’ll work out a plan to help you become your best self in the most sensible way possible.

You can schedule private sessions, either 1-on-1 with your instructor or together with a friend or you can join scheduled group Pilates classes, chosing from Mat Pilates, Reformer Pilates, and Jungle Sports Fitness classes.
We keep our classes small so you will get the attention you want or need, and we keep you moving in all the right ways. Your body will learn the Pilates movements and you will feel confident while improving your body, supporting your wellness, strength and fitness goals.


Renowned for being the largest and most productive Pilates education centre in Asia for more than a decade, we are able to train our own instructors to be among the best globally because we have the best group of educators in Asia. Options Pilates in Singapore is the official training center for Pilates Academy International, offering world class Pilates instructor courses and continuing Pilates education all year round.

Our instructors are passionate, dedicated, deeply committed, and forever students themselves. Whether you are new to Pilates or experienced, personal attention in an educational, passionate environment makes Options Pilates the perfect place to focus and deepen your Pilates practice.

The Pilates Services We Offer:

1-on-1 Private Pilates

You'll get the most benefit of Pilates when you take private sessions, as you will have the instructor's undivided attention. The choices of apparatus, movements and difficulty level are all tailored to your individual needs and goals.

A private session is the most effective way to learn, practice and perfect the Pilates movements and sequences that are ideal for your personal physical ability.

Pilates Group Classes

You can join group classes if you want to do Pilates and don't have various or specific injuries. Choose from mat Pilates and reformer Pilates classes as well as Jungle Sports suspension classes. To make your classes more fun we use a lot of props like flex bands, weights, balls, Bosu balls, and foam rollers. We always make the classes fun, challenging, and different! Our classes are small so the instructors give attention and corrections to every single student.

Pilates Instructor Certification

Since 2007 Options Pilates has certified hundreds of Pilates instructors throughout Singapore and Asia including studio owns and master trainers.

We offer the full range of Pilates Academy International courses and certification from internationally recognised Pilates on Fifth in New York. We also regularly run courses related to Pilates for instructors to stay up to date with the latest developments in the industry.

Martine PP, Google Review

I've been attending classes at Options for almost a year now. The instructors are all very experienced and nice, the studio is clean and bright with state of the art equipment. There are a variety of classes to choose from so you can never get bored! I recently did my mat and reformer pilates certification at Options and could not be happier with my decision. The course was very well planned and executed, with plenty of individual assistance from my instructor. Highly recommend it!!

Prisca E, Google Review

I've been with Options Studio HK for 2+ years and I have learned so much from all the dedicated & qualified instructors. Pilates not only improves my posture, it helps me gain flexibility & strength. What I like most about Options Studio HK is that it provides a wide range of classes daily and they review all the classes periodically & come up with new classes. Therefore, even though I attend 4 classes a week, I never get bored. There is always something new to learn. Besides the classic mat & reformer Pilates classes, they have core suspend classes & yoga on reformer classes that not many studios out there offer. It is truly a all rounder Pilates studios with friendly & professional instructors

Rennie Wong, Google Review

  • - professional and attentive teachers with clear instructions
  • - small class size
  • - lots of different group classes to choose from e.g. reformer, mat, core suspend, cardio tramp
  • - friendly boutique studio situated in heart of Central
  • - highly recommended!

Richard Clarke, Google Review

I joined Options in October and highly recommend it. I am in mid 40's, regularly train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and work in an office. So, in short, my posture and flexibility are terrible. Regular Pilates training has significantly improved my posture, flexibility and general sense of wellbeing. The studio is well located, stylish and the instructors are very knowledgable.

Judith A, Google Review

I regularly attend group classes at Options Studio Hong Kong and really like the experienced and friendly instructors there. They offer lots of pilates mat and reformer based classes daily and the studio is located in a great central location.

Yeny O, Google Review

I've taken private lessons as well as group classes here, they offer range of pilates classes catered to individual needs. Before doing pilates, I had back aches and bad posture, now my core has strengthened and my posture is much better. The instructors really know what they are doing, they program classes aiming to solve issues without causing too much strain to your body. Highly recommended if you're looking for pilates in HK. They moved to a location closer to MTR station and slightly bigger.