Pilates Place

A place of positive energy for everyone.

Pilates Place is a studio located in Santa Monica, California. The main goal at Pilates Place is to have our clients walk away from the studio with a feeling of confidence, both physically and mentally. While the external benefits of Pilates include toned muscles, flattened abdominals and improved posture, the benefits of a centered body are deeper than a mirrored reflection. Reduced stress, increased metabolism, and improved bone density are all results of the body in correct alignment. Pilates Place is a place of positive energy for everyone.


Why our studio? 

There are so many Pilates studios around town, and with new studios popping up each month, we know you have a lot of options when it comes to selecting a studio. Since opening our doors in 2007, we’ve prided ourselves in our authentic teaching method and high standard for excellence. 

Owners Carrie Jacobsen and Sarah Leifer have watched the industry boom over the past 20 years, but have resisted “fad” variations, maintaining the authenticity of the studio by staying true to the core principles developed by Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates. We’ve also navigated the influx of “quickie trainings” and only hire teachers that have completed a rigorous 450 hour curriculum that’s been approved by the Pilates Method Alliance. Carrie and Sarah also regularly attend Pilates education workshops and conferences to keep the studio and its teachers current.

We love challenging our clients and giving them a great workout so they leave feeling better about themselves! 

What type of training do your teachers have? 

This is a great question! Unlike some Pilates studios, all of our teachers have been trained and certified by Pilates Method Alliance recognized organizations. They each have over 450 hours of Pilates training. Most of them completed our Pilates Place Teacher Training Program, while others came from very reputable programs. We encourage anyone who is taking Pilates - whether its at our studio or another - to ask the studio about the training curriculum and hours they require for their teachers to complete.

New to Pilates?

You’ve come to the right place! We have classes appropriate for any level, ranging from beginner to advanced. If you’re brand new to Pilates, we recommend you start with Private sessions or our Level 1 or 1/2 classes. This will help you become familiar with the different apparatus (like the Reformer and Wunda Chair) and give you a strong foundation to build on. Even if you have a lot experience with Mat classes, the equipment will be new so we encourage you to start the same way. Understanding the basic movements and the equipment will help you get the most of each workout and help you advance your own practice. We like to say, “You wouldn’t run a marathon your first time running.” Same goes for Pilates!

I’m a new Client. What should I do for my first class?

Please show up at least 5 minutes early so you can fill out our form and we can show you around.

What do I wear to class?

Wear comfortable workout clothes that will move with you. During parts of class you’ll have your legs or arms in the air so we suggest tighter fitting clothes so you feel most comfortable. Tighter fitting clothes also allow your teachers to better see your body and form so they can correct if necessary helping you get the most out of your workout. Please do NOT wear clothes with exposed zippers as they can rip the material on the apparatus. We encourage grip socks on your feet. If you do not have socks with grip, you can purchase some online (search for “Pilates grip socks”) or we sometimes have pairs for sale at the studio.

Where do I park? 

We have free underground parking! The entrance to the parking garage is off of 15th street to the right of the building. Please note it’s first come, first serve (it’s 2 levels so if you don’t see a spot right away, continue to drive down). There is also 2-hour street parking available off 15th and meter parking available off Montana Ave. 

Should I sign up for class in advance?

We encourage everyone to sign-up up for classes in advance as most of our classes do fill up. But you can always try walking-in, calling or emailing us to see if there’s a open spot.

How do I sign up for class?

Using MindBody.com or the MindBody app is the quickest way to view our schedule, sign up, or put yourself on the waitlist for a class. To make a reservation login to your “MindBody” account, go “Schedule,” then click "Book a Class.” If you have trouble scheduling a class or have any questions, please email or call the studio!

You can also find our Pilates Place app in the iPhone App Store or Google Play Store.

What if I am running late to class?

We know things happen, so if you are running please late call or email and we will hold your spot for 10 minutes. If you don’t give us notice and there is a waitlist, after 5 minutes we’ll assume you’re a no-show and give your spot to the next person.

Need to cancel a Group Reformer class?

You may cancel your class free of charge up to 24 hours before your class. If you cancel within 24 hours it’s considered a “late cancel” and you will be charged for the class. If you have an Unlimited Plan, you will be charged $5 for a “late cancel,” and if you have a 6- or 3-month Plan you will be charged $10 and lose that class. 

If you signed up for class via a third party site, such as Class Pass, please refer to their cancellation policy. 

If you need to cancel a reservation, login to your “MindBody” account, go to “My Info,” click “My Schedule” and click “Cancel” next to the class time. Please email or call the studio with any problems or issues!

Cancelled classes cannot be switched within the 24-hour window. All sales are final. Classes are non-refundable, exchangeable or transferable.

Need to cancel a Private Session?

If you need to cancel a Private Session we require 24 hours notice. Please email the studio so we get the notice as soon as possible. If you cancel within the 24-hour window, you will be charged for your session. 

All sales are final. Sessions are non-refundable, exchangeable or transferable.  

How many people are in a group class?

Group Reformer classes can have up to 7 people and as few as 2 (if less than 2 sign up we cancel the class). In our Group Reformer room we have 7 sets of Reformer and Wunda Chairs.  

How long is a class?

All of our Group Reformer classes and Private sessions are 45 minutes long.  

If I’m pregnant, can I do Pilates?

If you are pregnant, make sure to get your doctor's approval before coming in to see us. If your doctor clears you, then yes, we’d love to have you! Please let your instructor know you are pregnant before starting so they can avoid giving you exercises that might be risky for you or your pregnancy. We also offer prenatal classes throughout the week and highly recommend these classes for a workout that’s tailored just for you!

What is your cell phone policy?

We ask that all cell phones be turned to silent mode for the duration of the class. If you have an emergency situation, please excuse yourself from class to take the call. 

How many days a week should I do pilates? 

The best thing about Pilates is you can do it everyday! To see the best results we encourage you to come 3 times a week, but we know life is crazy. We like to say 1 time a week is better than none! 

More Pricing Information:

Prices, classes and instructors are subject to change without notice. Please check our website for the most current schedule and price list.

Expiration Dates: For singles, 5-Pack and 10-Pack plans we strictly enforce a 6-month expiration date (i.e. classes expire 6 months from purchase date). If you have a medical issue, please send us a Doctor’s note to put the package on hold.  

We do not offer refunds. If you need to cancel a Group Reformer class within 24 hours of the start time, or a Private session within 24 hours, you will be charged for the class. Thank you for understanding as all of our teachers are independent contractors and their time is very valuable!