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10 Pilates Places in Manila
Want that ultra-toned Gwyneth Paltrow physique? SPOT.ph gives you the 411 on Pilates and where you, too, can go to get those abs of steel.
By: Joanna Manalastas, Trixie Zabal, Dyan Zarzuela  |   Published on: Jan 21, 2010 - 8:00am

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Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who initially used it as a rehabilitation workout for injured detainees during World War I, combining martial arts, gymnastics, and yoga. When he moved to New York in 1926 and started a studio, the workout became popular among members of the dance community because of the way it developed strength and grace.

Today there are at least two forms of Pilates being practiced in Pilates studios in Manila: Romana's Pilates was developed by Romana Kryzanowska, who trained under Joseph Pilates. Stott Pilates, developed by Moira Stott-Merrithew, is also based on Romana's Pilates, but slightly modernized with variations in the order of the exercises, breathing, and movement. It also emphasises the natural curve of the spine, with exercises done in the "neutral spine" position.

When done correctly, Pilates exercises will improve your posture by strengthening your core—“the muscles on your abs, back, pelvis, and hips: Think the ultra-toned physique that Pilates gave Gwyneth Paltrow for her role as Pepper Potts in Iron Man. Want to try a session? SPOT.ph pre-tested ten studios around the city for you:

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1.   B+B Studio

G/F Bonifacio Technology Center, 31st Street corner 2nd Avenue, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Contact: 815-1009; (0917) 899BODY
Website: www.bbstudiomanila.com
E-mail: [email protected]
Rates: P1,600 for a private, 55-minute session; P500/person per 55-minute group Pilates With Toys (PWT) class (maximum of six)

B+B Studio's location in a quiet but easily accessible area of Fort Bonifacio Global City, away from the noise and traffic found in most other parts of the city, easily makes it the most inviting among the places we've had a chance to see—“you almost feel like you're walking into an exclusive spa, rather than a workout studio. Beginners would benefit greatly from their private sessions, in which the one-on-one workout will be tailored specifically to your needs, and your instructor will guide you through the exercises to make sure that you're doing them correctly to maximize the movements and prevent injury.


Pros:
Easily accessible location; inviting workout studio
Cons: Sessions are not cheap and schedules will depend on the availability of instructors.

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2.   PilatesWorks

Unit 209 Burgundy Place, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
Contact: (0918) 833-1333
Website: www.pilatesworks.net
E-mail: [email protected]
Rates: P1,300 per 60-minute session; P650/person per 60-minute group mat session (minimum of three, maximum of 15)

Things started out easy enough, with Armand Bautista, the instructor behind PilatesWorks, expertly answering all our beginners' questions about Pilates, its benefits, and why it could be better than yoga. Trained in Romana's Pilates, Armand explained that anyone can do Pilates, and that this form of exercise not only improves flexibility and muscle tone, but improves posture, strengthens and—“in its more advanced form—“gives one a cardio workout, too.

Pros: Personalized, one-on-one workout scheduled at your convenience.
Cons: Tricky parking; more expensive than plain mat class.

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50 Comments
  • Violet
    This list should be updated. Mr Armand Bautista has left the country. Probably hiding from his victims. Heard he is teaching in a pilates studio in Singapore. SOmeone should inform them that he is not mentally fit to teach.
    1 month ago     Reply  
  • Nina
    Mr. Armand Bautista is scary. Good thing i got a hint right away and stopped doing sessions with him. He is weird and crazy and i dint know how to say it,
    Sep 09 2012 @ 12:37am     Reply   Hide replies
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  • W
    Mr. Bautista you may block all you want on facebook. It just means something. Kawawa the current victim. Miss... Miss nga ba sya, OMG.
    Sep 03 2012 @ 11:00pm     Reply  
  • Alex belo
    Let us get together, concern about mr.armand bautista email me too at alexbelo0806 at gmail dot com
    Aug 25 2012 @ 07:27pm     Reply  
  • W
    any concern about mr. armand bautista please email wvc144 at yahoo dot com
    Aug 21 2012 @ 03:25pm     Reply  
  • Wenggay
    Mr. Bautista? While you are having the time of your life, somebody has to make a stand and tell you enough is enough. Ladies, come on, let us unite. Before he ruine your life. He is just a plain "USER", a "scam". I can face you and prove everything is not just a story.
    Jun 25 2012 @ 10:37pm     Reply  
  • Pipay
    Enticing headlines and really credible certificates, that is what you will see when you encounter Mr. Bautista's studio. I am a mid aged married professional, who had this curiosity about pilates. I live around the Quezon City area; I have been an aficionado with regards to fitness and wellness of the body. Being a mother and a wife, takes a lot of toll in terms of being fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As I have done research about Pilates, I got curious in terms of how intensive at the same time effective their core training would be. I then searched for coaches who offer pilates training for people like me, I then found Pilates works and contacted Mr. Bautista who willingly offered a trial session. I willingly accepted the trial session and it turned out to be good and very detailed. I enrolled for a full class package, I was informed by coach Armand that I can make appointments and he will then book me a slot depending on what time I can be available. It was very convenient for me at first, because he really prioritized our time and the availability our schedules permit. In the long run, coach Armand started rejecting my appointments with him, as I am now making progress in terms of my training, I got frustrated with his availability and in turn waited for his reply to my numerous appointment requests. What happened to him? I thought he values his clients/students and wanted them to achieve the strength and flexibility Pilates can offer? I then decided after weeks, turning into a month of waiting for confirmation, that he has no intention of setting up an appointment with me. What happened to the money I paid? I am not asking for a refund, I just want to share my story to those women wanting to try his services. I mean services, he strikes me as someone who flirts with his clients, as his fingers sometimes go anywhere and me trusting his credibility sometimes, I tend to question his intentions. This is my story as one of his so-called "victims" beware of this animal who eats up your money and then will hang you dry until you decide to just walk away. Coach Armand, please try to review yourself, professionalism and etiquette, yes you have credibility but with the way you treat you clients especially women. Treat them with respect, because we paid you to do that, we paid you right to teach us properly. Respect begets respect. Good luck and Peace!
    Jun 24 2012 @ 09:47am     Reply  
  • Krista
    I was also a victim, I tried pilates works because i was informed from Perfomance kinetix that Mr. Bautista is a certified pilates instructor which he is. Though, when i started devoting my time for pilates, he then disappeared in plain sight! What happened to my other 9 sessions? Would you consider me a victim? Not that he tried anything unusuL to me, maybe because i am an old lady, but I have learned from my sources that he is coaching an all girls fball team, ladies beware, he may not only be after your pride, but he is also after your money. What is happening to mr. Bautists? He talks a big game and yet, he is very unprofessional. I am not asking for my money back, all i want is for this monster to stop, plagueing the community with his venomous charm. This may serve a warning for those people searching for a legitimate instructor to whatever field of physical exercise. Thanks and take care fellow women.
    -krista
    Jun 24 2012 @ 12:58am     Reply  
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  • Jill
    Omg! I was a victim of mr. bautista of pilates works too. Is he still teaching pilates?
    Jun 12 2012 @ 10:53pm     Reply  
  • Valerie
    Does anybody know any studio/training center that has comprehensive teacher training course/program in Manila? Need help, thanks.
    May 24 2012 @ 04:44pm     Reply  
  • Dani
    I was a victim of Pilates Works also. After he has convinced you to pay for a package, he starts canceling your sessions due to various excuses, usually personal problems of his. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL . He really is only after our money.
    Mar 30 2012 @ 08:05am     Reply  
  • pat
    oh! i thought the long been issue of mr. armand bautista being a flirt e tapos na. kilabutan naman sya about his flirting. i was one of the "victim'.
    Mar 28 2012 @ 11:10pm     Reply  
  • Melo
    Owner of pilatesworks is only after your money. Di magaling. Pa impress lang.
    Mar 27 2012 @ 05:54pm     Reply  
  • Paul
    I found this old article when I was Googling for pilates in Makati near my work. Now there is a great new studio in RCBC plaza called Options Studio. They are owned by a Pinoy who has a licensed pilates training centre in Singapore which is supposed to have the best reputation in Asia. It's not just pilates, they have other things too which are more intense and feels like a combo of pilates and gym workout. The website is http://www.pilates.com.ph
    Feb 19 2012 @ 11:27am     Reply  
  • neri
    Hi girls!Thought this may be helpful dun sa mga interested sa Pilates. Vivian Zapanta offers a 40% discount on 8 private Piates sessions in Vivian Zapanta. P6,500 na lang thru CityPoynt.com. Sulit na for that price.
    Sep 14 2011 @ 11:12am     Reply  
  • cris
    Mr. Armand Bautista is not really into pilates. He has a hidden agenda. Ladies beware.
    Mar 17 2011 @ 06:12am     Reply  
  • fay
    I think pilates is an excellent form of exercise. You just need a good instructor. I wasted my money too at first---Don't go to Pilates Works!!-- but eventually found a very good instructor at Pure Pilates.
    Dec 31 2010 @ 08:16am     Reply  
  • anon
    I went to Vivian Zapanta after reading your earlier list of Pilates studios. (Truthfully, there are no other options near my home.) Biggest waste of money I have experienced in a long time. I paid over P1000 per session and spent most of the time lying on my back, breathing. The instructor (who spoke in the condescending tones of a kindergarten teacher - I think this is just her style, not specifically for me - would say, "Ah, ah, ah, all ten toes on the table." I saw no reason for this obsession with form, since I wasn't doing anything anyway. I kept asking, "When do I get to MOVE?" Sometimes she would reward me by letting me tap one leg at a time on the table. rnI should have quit sooner, but I kept hoping it would get better, as my form improved. It did not. Finally, I left and went back to Gold's Gym. Gold's now has a killer core conditioning class, where I have learned the reason for form - we MOVE, and maintaining my balance keeps me from falling. THAT's why I need to keep my toes on the floor.rnI am also getting into better shape, which I certainly was not doing at Pilates. rnIt also helps that I do aerobics at Gold's.rnIronically, the day after my last Pilates class, the Inquirer had a feature article about a teacher of Iyengar yoga, who said, "Yoga is not about fitness. If you want a fit body, go to the gym." I would say the same about Pilates.
    Dec 23 2010 @ 07:34am     Reply  
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  • cricket
    Tried Pilates works. Was impressed at first but later found out the teacher was not serious about teaching pilates. You don't get your money's worth.
    Dec 23 2010 @ 06:56am     Reply  
  • jose leonar
    This post is very helpful. Been wanting to take pilates for a long time now but don't know where to start. Thanks for this article. SALE in the City rnMySportsCalendar rnrn
    Nov 02 2010 @ 10:30am     Reply  
  • jamie
    Hey LA. I already sent a letter to their alliance. Romanas pilates. You should too.rn
    Oct 25 2010 @ 10:13am     Reply  
  • mom
    Katipunan area instructor is certified. FYI. Very good instructor. rnrnThanks
    Oct 11 2010 @ 05:16pm     Reply  
  • chi
    I dont think that instructor in katipunan is certified. Try Vivian Zapanta / Stott Pilates. All their teachers are certified.
    Oct 07 2010 @ 11:11pm     Reply  
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  • Ann
    I Love Pilates!!! I've been attending classes at Balanced Body Studio for 6 years now. Time flies ....and the studio is celebrating they're 10th year already. It really helped with my lower back pain and really improved my running
    Oct 05 2010 @ 10:12pm     Reply  
  • Geri
    Is there any other pilates place in the katipunan area?
    Oct 01 2010 @ 05:37am     Reply  
  • misspat
    hey jamie and LA. why are you ganging up on the instructor? give him a break?
    Sep 26 2010 @ 06:44pm     Reply  
  • LA
    Hey Jamie! I had the same experience! Do you think we should report this?
    Sep 26 2010 @ 06:55am     Reply  
  • Sumomom
    The instructor in pilatesworks really knows his stuff. Encouraging. Flirt? Nah.... He just knows how to encourage you. Good for morale... :-)
    Sep 25 2010 @ 05:51pm     Reply  
  • Marc
    this is really useful, but I am hooked with Allez-Hop Wellness studio in Makati. They have Polestar Pilates certified instructors and all instructors are physical therapists, so they know what they are doing. All workouts are very personalized and rates are lower than in most other places.
    Sep 25 2010 @ 10:09am     Reply  
  • B
    this is really useful!!
    Sep 17 2010 @ 07:53pm     Reply  
  • jamie
    Instructor at Pilates Works is ot only a flirt. He takes advantage of his women clients. BEWARE!
    Sep 17 2010 @ 05:29am     Reply  
  • taty
    you provided a very helpful guide. thank you!
    Jul 02 2010 @ 04:16pm     Reply  
  • happy bee
    cool! helpful for us. am doing my pilates before, and want to let you know that Mr. Armand Bautista of Pilates Works is really good. He knows what he is talking about, and a good teacher. He is a FLIRT though. so to those girls who want to do your pilates, be careful. ;)
    Jun 10 2010 @ 11:42am     Reply  
  • Lawson
    I just found a great new studio in Makati called Up Pilates Studio that teaches Fletcher Pilates, the most challenging pilates I've experienced so far! http://www.up-pilatesstudio.com

    The studio is new but the teacher is certified and you can tell she is experienced and been teaching for many years.

    I started pilates in the US and I'm glad I've finally found a place to go to in Manila!
    May 29 2010 @ 05:29pm     Reply  
  • Jay Morrisby
    Remember to ask if the trainers are Certified!

    Pilates makes me feel good and helps my running also.
    May 14 2010 @ 09:39pm     Reply  
  • araneta
    I tried all the pilates studios listed in my area on this list, and I agree with spot.ph that B+B STUDIO in the Fort is #1.

    My only complaint is that I had to wait to get a session with them. But it was worth it! I am hooked.
    May 14 2010 @ 09:02pm     Reply  
  • ram
    pilatesworks really re-shaped my body. am stronger and leaner. instructor really explains what each exercise is for. Very patient. try him out
    Mar 26 2010 @ 11:31am     Reply  
  • han1117
    Pure Pilates got the best instructor specially when you want to get lean sexy body.
    Feb 04 2010 @ 11:07pm     Reply  
  • Michelle
    By the way, I used to practice Stott Pilates method in Toronto, Canada and have searched on Stott's website their accredited centers in the Philippines and Vivian Zapanta Pilates Studio is officially there. Good to know I'm now being taken cared of by certified instructors. Feels good to know I'm in good hands.
    Jan 24 2010 @ 12:29am     Reply  
  • Michelle
    I'm a balikbayan that just relocated back to Manila. I used to practice pilates in Toronto but stopped after an accident. After reading this article, it has been an easier search for me to find the right place to continue my workout in Makati. Vivian Zapanta Pilates Studio is very convenient for me since it is in the CBD and they also cater to people with injuries such as my myself. I really like their personalized programs and I still feel like I get a workout eventhough I have injuries. Thanks spot! You helped a lot! Keep those handy articles coming. By the way, update your photo...that's not what it looked like as they are on the ground floor and have complete STOTT equipment machines.
    Jan 24 2010 @ 12:19am     Reply  
  • irene
    i heard that the studio of plinky at st. lukes the fort is a clinical set up... gud 2 knw dat she's arnd the area.. cant wait....
    Jan 22 2010 @ 10:22am     Reply  
  • Bunny
    I always try to take a peep into the Vivian Zapanta Pilates Studio whenever I walk by it. After reading this article, I may consider taking a class. Thanks, Spot!
    Jan 22 2010 @ 08:37am     Reply  
  • Chocoluvr too
    CHOCOLUVR, did you lose weight?
    Jan 21 2010 @ 02:52pm     Reply  
  • Chocoluvr
    I take my one-on-one Pilates sessions at Allez Hop in Legaspi Village, Makati. They teach Polestar Pilates which is supposed to have been developed by physiotherapists. Anyway, they have a complete set of machines and also do mat classes. I find the space a little cramped though not really an issue. It's on Legaspi St. and the no. there is 8176326.
    Jan 21 2010 @ 02:47pm     Reply  
  • rob ferguson
    great, helpful, extensive, and just what i need. now, what i really really need is for one to open up - or a yoga studio - next to robinsons on pioneeer so i dont have a 30minutue commute to a studio....
    thanks
    Jan 21 2010 @ 02:31pm     Reply  
  • kassy
    Thanks! I was just looking for Strott pilates, i found the one in rockwell quite expensive and hard to go to if you dont have a ride. :) Anyway good to have few here in makati!
    Jan 21 2010 @ 12:11pm     Reply  
  • Kumiko Mae
    I love it!
    Jan 21 2010 @ 12:04pm     Reply  
  • Kumiko Mae
    The list eveyrone's been waiting for~! :D
    Jan 21 2010 @ 12:03pm     Reply  
  • Carlos Celdran
    Manila Hotel also has Pilates machines. I saw them yesterday in their new spa.
    Jan 21 2010 @ 12:03pm     Reply  
  • Kira
    Wow, just the list I was waiting for. Thanks Spot! Keep it up.
    Jan 21 2010 @ 08:23am     Reply  
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