Top 4 Pregnancy Pilates Classes in Kingston and Surbiton. Ratings & Reviews
Whether you exercised regularly before your pregnancy, or have decided that you’d like to start exercising to help your body support your growing bump, you may be wondering what options there are for pregnant women locally.
The good news is that within Kingston and Surbiton there’s an abundance of prenatal exercise classes on offer.
In this article I’m focussing specifically on pregnancy pilates classes. I’ll compare the top 4 pregnancy pilates classes in Kingston and Surbiton so that you can make an informed decision about which is best for you. The four classes I’m comparing are:
- BoCo Yoga and Pilates
- Busy Lizzy Kingston
- Berrylands Pilates
- Surbiton Pilates Studio
- Related article: Top 4 Pregnancy Yoga Classes in Kingston and Surbiton
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on posture, balance and flexibility and aims to strengthen the body. Similar to yoga it also focuses on the mind-body connection as you’ll need to focus on your breathing as you complete each exercise.
Pilates exercises are often done on a mat, but some studios will also have special machinery or chairs.
Pilates in Pregnancy
According to Tommy’s there are some things to be aware of if you’re thinking about joining a pilates class when you are pregnant:
- They recommend that you find a specific pregnancy pilates class, or instructor who is trained in working with pregnant women.
- Make sure that your teacher is qualified and that they know how many weeks pregnant you are so that they can adapt the exercises to your stage of pregnancy.
- If you were practicing Pilates before you became pregnant, check with your teacher whether they are trained to work with pregnant women. If not, ask them for a recommendation of an instructor who is.
- If you feel any pain it’s important to stop immediately.
If you’re thinking about trying a pilates class, or other exercise class during pregnancy you may find these resources helpful (links open in a new window):
How I’ve Reviewed The Prenatal Pilates Classes
The aim of this article is to provide you with unbiased information about the top four pregnancy pilates classes in Kingston and Surbiton, so before we dive in it may be helpful to explain my process.
The ‘top four’ classes that I’ve reviewed are the classes that rank highest on a Google search for ‘pregnancy pilates Kingston Surbiton.’ This doesn’t include paid-for Google Ads.
I’ve also excluded one class that came up in the search. This result was for Kingston Hospital Maternity. Whilst they do offer pregnancy yoga classes, I could not find any information about pilates on their website.
I’m not affiliated with any of the courses in any way, and have no interest in promoting one over the other. The aim is simply to provide a side by side comparison of each class.
To keep things consistent I’ll be reviewing each course based on the following six factors:
- Where the classes take place
- When the classes run
- How many weeks pregnant you can start practising from
- Who teaches each course, and their qualifications
- Google review ratings
BoCo Yoga Pilates
First up is BoCo, a yoga and pilates studio in Surbiton. BoCo run both pre- and post-natal pilates and yoga classes.
Here are the key facts about pregnancy pilates classes at BoCo:
- The BoCo studio is based at 6 Electric Parade, Surbiton, Kingston upon Thames, KT6 5NT and classes take place there.
- There are two pregnancy pilates each week; one on Tuesday evening and the other on Thursday evening.
- If Pilates is part of your usual exercise regime you can start classes at any time during your pregnancy. If you are new to Pilates you can start after 13 weeks of pregnancy.
- The classes are taught by Lena Knight and Francesca Garofano who are both qualified pilates teachers.
- BoCo offers a number of different pricing options. You can try two taster classes for £20, and then decide whether to join. If you join, you’ll need to pay a membership fee of £30 and choose to either pay as you go, or pay for a term, month or course in advance.
- BoCo has a 5* Google rating from 3 reviews.
Busy Lizzy Kingston
Busy Lizzy is a boutique fitness club for mums and their little ones, and they also offer prenatal exercise classes. Here are the key facts about their prenatal pilates classes:
- The Busy Lizzy pilates classes take place at Surbiton YMCA at 49 Victoria Rd, Surbiton KT6 4NG.
- There’s one class each week, on a Saturday morning.
- You can start the classes from around 14 weeks of pregnancy.
- The website doesn’t specify who teaches the classes, but says that all instructors are level 2 or 3 pre and postnatally qualified.
- A pick n mix pregnancy pass costs £45 each month and includes 4 class credits. The website states that a one-off registration fee may apply, and that you can have a 14 day trial.
- Busy Lizzy has a 4.5* rating from 16 Google reviews.
As well as offering general and HIIT pilates classes, Aga at Berrylands Pilates also offers weekly pre- and post-natal pilates classes. Here are the key facts about the prenatal classes at Berrylands Pilates:
- The classes take place at New Life Baptist Church, 6 Langley Road, KT6 6LN
- There’s one antenatal class each week, at 6.30pm on Wednesday evenings
- You can start the classes after your first scan.
- The classes at Berrylands Pilates are taught by Aga Waszkielis, who studied studied Sport Rehabilitation at St. Marys University College, London and is a trained pilates instructor.
- A group pilates class costs £14. Alternatively you can buy a 6 class pass, which must be used within 8 weeks for £72. There’s also the option to purchase a taster class for £10.
- Berrylands Pilates has a 5* rating from one Google review.
Surbiton Pilates Studio
Surbiton Pilates Studio doesn’t offer specific antenatal pilates classes, but instead welcomes all pre-natal and postnatal women to their beginner mat Pilates classes “ if you are in good health and have your doctor’s permission.” Here are the key facts about classes at Surbiton Pilates Studio:
- Surbiton Pilates Studio is based at 34A Victoria Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4JL
- There are beginner / improver mat classes on Thursday evenings and Friday and Saturday mornings.
- The classes are taught by various instructors, and the Surbiton Pilates studio website states that “All of our instructors are trained to assist our pre-natal and postnatal clients in any of our mat Pilates classes.”
- Drop-in classes cost £15, or there is the option to buy a 10 class pass for £135.
- Surbiton Pilates Studio has a 5* Google rating from 5 reviews.
Over to you
Going to pregnancy-specific exercise classes is something I’ve really enjoyed throughout my pregnancy. As well as the physical benefits, I also found it a great way to switch off and relax.
One of the really positive things I noticed about all of the classes I’ve reviewed here is that you don’t need to sign up for a course or buy a block of classes without the opportunity to try a single class, or use a free trial. This means that you have the flexibility to find the right class for you.
I’d love to hear how you got on if you take any of these classes. Or perhaps you attended a different prenatal pilates class and would like to share your experience. You can let me know by sending me a message here, or in the comments below.
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