With workouts focused on connecting mind and body, classical Pilates helps to bring balance and enhance general wellbeing. From professional athletes to people recovering from injuries, and pre-schoolers to pensioners, the beauty and power behind the practice is that it truly is for everybody. For Gaby Noble, founder of north London Pilates studio, Exhale, what makes Pilates so special is that it helps us to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to our health – working to prevent injuries and limit negative energy before they manifest. And the popularity of her classes speaks volumes – clients include the likes of Harry Styles, Kelly Brook, Mary Portas, Sadie Frost and Jools Oliver.
Excitingly, Gaby has opened not one, but two new studios this year, with a vibrant new flagship site in the heart of the community in Primrose Hill and a second site in North Finchley. Joseph Pilates, the German physical trainer who invented the method believed that the disciplines of boxing and Pilates were intertwined and should be practised hand in hand – somewhat fittingly, the second site is located above PUG London, the famous boxing gym owned by Don Charles.
Both studios are fully equipped with the latest apparatus: amongst the better-known reformers, you’ll find a treasure trove of the latest state of the art apparatus, including the Cadillac, Tower, Electric Chair, NeckTenser and the Wunda Chair, which all work the body in totally different ways to accelerate results.
Ground Floor, 1 Whittlebury Mews West, NW1 and 269 Ballards Lane, N12. To find out more about schedules and to book, see exhalepilateslondon.com