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Ten Pilates Review

Lucy McGuire gets the full treatment

Written by . Published on November 16th 2011.

Ten Pilates Review

MOST people you talk to have heard of pilates at some point in their lives. Whether it’s a home pilates DVD they own or a regular class they go to in their local gym. Those in the know, however, will have also observed the upcoming trends of ‘yogalates’, ‘athro-pilates’, ‘cardio-lates’ or even ‘aqua-lates’. And we’re not talking about the milky coffee you pick up at Starbucks en-route to work.

While a basic pilates class tends to involve little more than a yoga mat and perhaps a Swiss ball, TenPilates involves the use of large reformer ‘beds’ which test your core muscles to the limit.

Among these sub-fields of the physical discipline which promises to give you abdominal muscles to die for and a posture to rival Anna Pavolva, is TenPilates. This collection of London-based studios offer expert sessions based wholly on the use of pilates reformer machines.

While a basic pilates class tends to involve little more than a yoga mat and perhaps a Swiss ball, TenPilates involves the use of large reformer ‘beds’ which test your core muscles to the limit.


TenPilates clubs deliver professionalism from the moment you walk through the door. The studios are sleek and spotless and all new members fill out a thorough health questionnaire to make sure you are fit to take part.

The changing rooms of the Mayfair studio where we dropped into are fitted with sleek mahogany-style fittings and the class itself feels intimate and tailored to your needs.

There are only a set number of reformer beds at any one time so you need to book to ensure your place. This means the class is never overcrowded and you have the full attention of the instructor.

While TenPilates offers classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced Pilates members, the instructor will ensure you are taken through the basics of how to adjust the resistance on the reformer and how to attach additional pieces of equipment like the box and the straps which you can in a number of different exercises using both your arms and your legs.

A Tenpilates class lasts for 90 minutes and it feels like the quickest yet hardest 90 minues of your life.

With careful instruction on the areas of the body each exercise is working on, and advice in how to make your work out custom-designed through the use of different resistances, no two classes need to be the same.


I’ve heard people doubt the discipline which was founded by Joseph Pilates himself in the early 20th century, but this is a modern take on the exercise which reminds you that yes you do have abdominal muscles somewhere down there.

It’s not for the faint-hearted but it’s also not limited to the experienced. The studios are sleek and spotless and finished to a high standard. And after just one class you can see that you’re unlikely to get bored with these classes because there’s always room for improvement in your level of difficulty and technique.

Regular users of TenPilates claim is has helped them improve flexibility, posture and fitness. And the clubs have also recently launched their Spinal Mobility class which promotes the management of muscular and skeletal pain. At £27 for a single class it’s not cheap, but they offer a number of packages and word is the results are fast. And from the ache in our stomachs the next day, we definitely believe them.



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