About the Pilates Center

Pilates is one of the best workouts around, and Ballet Austin's Pilates Center is considered one of the best Pilates studios in Austin!

Ballet Austin's professional staff of certified and experienced Pilates instructors are here to help you get the most out of your Pilates experience; whether you are new to Pilates or are a long-time pro!

Located in the heart of downtown Austin in Ballet Austin's Butler Dance Education Center, our Pilates Center encompasses 1,500 sq. ft. and is equipped with 12 state-of-the-art Balanced Body reformers to offer private, duet and group sessions seven days a week. At Ballet Austin, we practice classical-based Pilates as designed by Joseph Pilates almost 100 years ago, preserving the rich tradition of Pilates with a fresh and motivating approach. Our staff instruct with innovation and creativity, and take the classic Pilates exercises that have been proven to work and add variety to make each class a unique and challenging experience. We take your workout seriously, but we also like to have fun!

The Pilates Center at Ballet Austin offers: 

  • One Pilates studio exclusive for private and duet sessions and specialty classes. Private sessions may be scheduled by emailing pilates@balletaustin.org;
  • One studio for Group Pilates Reformer sessions*;
  • Special group reformer classes, beginning workshops, and private packages for those new to Pilates to make it easy to get started.
     
  • Secure, individual lockers for clients’ personal belongings; 
  • An elegant interior design to help clients relax, focus and get the most both mentally and physically from each Pilates workout; and
  • If the Pilates Reformer workout is not for you, or you're just not sure, we also offer Pilates-based mat classes & workshops.

*While both private and group reformer classes are offered, 2-3 private sessions are recommended before booking group reformer classes unless you begin with one of our intro-level group classes.

During private sessions our certified instructors will focus on each individual clients' needs developing individualized workout programs that are safe and challenging for any age and conditioning level.

If you're new to Pilates, find out the many options that make it easy to get started. If you are not new to the Pilates reformer, but are new to Ballet Austin's Pilates Center, we recemmend a first session for us to get to know you. Check out the 30-minute Intro private, or call 512-501-8704 to discuss your options to get started with group classes if you have previous experience.

Ballet Austin's Pilates Center brings healing and strengthening to hundreds of people each year. In the words of Joseph Pilates, "I invented all these machines... it resists your movements in just the right way so those inner muscles really have to work against it. That way you can concentrate on movement. You must always do it slowly and smoothly. Then your whole body is in it." 

Pilates Studio Equipment

Pilates Equipment

Pilates equipment can be grouped into two general categories:

  • Larger pieces of equipment (apparatus) that include the Pilates Reformer, Pilates chairs, barrels, the tower, and the cadillac.
  • Smaller, portable equipment (Pilates props) such as the magic circles, weights, and resistance bands.

The Studio Reformer

There is probably no piece of Pilates equipment more wellknown than the Pilates reformer.  For over 30 years, the world's most respected Pilates instructors have used and recommended the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer.

It is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. 

Cadillac

The Cadillac (also known as the Trapeze Table) is one of the most effective and versatile pieces of exercise equipment ever to be engineered. The Cadillac was originally devised by Joseph Pilates to rehabilitate bedridden patients back when he was working as a hospital orderly. The apparatus has evolved a bit since the makeshift bed spring days, but its inspiration is apparent and it continues to be a bridge between exercise and physical therapy.

Chair

Designed to strengthen muscle groups not easily reached by more traditional techniques and equipment, Chair workouts focus on upper and lower body strength and conditioning, and enhance stability, body control and balance. Designed to strengthen muscle groups not easily reached by more traditional techniques and equipment, Chair workouts focus on upper and lower body strength and conditioning, and enhance stability, body control and balance.

High Barrel

Combines ladder rungs with a barrel surface on which stretching, strengthening and flexibility exercises can be performed.

Wall Tower

Wall Tower is free-standing, giving you the flexibility of using it with a Reformer or a mat. Gives a three-in-one exercise system: Reformer, mat station, and Tower. A tremendous variety of exercises can be performed on this versatile fully-feature equipment.

The Magic Circle

The magic circle is a Pilates tool created by founder Joseph Pilates that's intended to help you findyour center. It is said that Joseph Pilates made the first magic circle from the ring of a keg. It is used in a variety of ways and can be used in both equipment and mat classes.

Pilates Center FAQs

New Clients

The first step for new clients is to become oriented to the reformers and learn how Pilates works.

Established Clients

Group classes may be scheduled after approval from an instructor.

Prenatal Packages

Stay healthy and in shape during your pregnancy with Prenatal Packages.