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Pilates at Thrive

Pilates is a training for the body in which posture, stability, coordination, breathing and focus on body and mind are central. It is an effective workout that strengthens your muscle groups and at the same time stretches to keep/get a strong and flexible body. This contributes to a better posture in everyday life. In Pilates you work on strengthening your core. These are the muscles around your spine; abs, back muscles and pelvic floor muscles. Having a strong core gives you more strength and balance and therefore reduces the risk of injuries. With every movement in daily life, your core is active. The stronger your core, the easier your life will be.

In addition to building strength, Pilates also pays a lot of attention to breathing and awareness of the body. This contributes to relaxation of body and mind; so there is no point in thinking about anything else. That is also the reason that despite the effort, many people experience Pilates as relaxing.

For whom?

Everyone can practice Pilates at his/her own level, at any age and each with his/her own goal. Everyone benefits from it. You will discover muscles you never knew existed! One comes to become more flexible, the other to strengthen his weak back. There are also athletes who practice Pilates in order to perform better in their own sport. And if you have an injury or, for example, back problems that require you to train your core stability more, Pilates is an excellent workout. That is why physiotherapists worldwide use the Pilates method as a supplement to regular treatment. It helps in the recovery and prevention of injuries and physical discomfort and/or chronic conditions.

Thrive Pilates class

A (Core) Pilates mat class at Thrive consists of an alternating series of stabilizing and mobilizing exercises on the mat. In addition, exercise balls and so-called therabands (elastics) are used in the lessons. These tools help you become even more aware of your body and movement. During the group lessons on the mat you use your own body weight in which core strength, concentration, control, posture and breathing are central.

At Thrive there is a great diversity of Pilates teachers. Every teacher has his own style of teaching, based on the basic principles of Pilates. That makes it fun to try different teachers to see which style suits you best.

History of Pilates

Pilates is a movement theory developed by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967). Pilates developed his method during World War I with the intention of improving the rehabilitation program for war veterans. Partly because of his belief that mental and physical health are intertwined, he developed exercises with an emphasis on controlled precise movements. They were supposed to help the wounded soldiers regain their health and strengthen their most important muscles. Today, Pilates is often seen as a workout only done by women. But given the history of Pilates, we can say with certainty that men also benefit from this!

“Within ten sessions you will notice the difference; within twenty sessions you will see the difference, within thirty sessions you will have a whole new body”

– Joseph Pilates

Pilates vs Yoga

Yoga is a more than 3000 ancient philosophy with the aim of meditation using, among other things, a physical practice. Pilates is much more recent (100 years old) and focuses directly on the physical aspect without the philosophical approach of Yoga. In practice they are complementary and it is good to practice both depending on your current need. A clear overview of the similarities and differences can be found under this link ' pilates vs yoga'. The best is of course to experience both!

Yoga vs Pilates

Pilates and Yoga have many similarities, but also differences. The image below provides an overview. Right (in red) Pilates, left (in yellow) Yoga and the similarities in the middle. The picture gives a nice first impression of Pilates…


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Start today with our introductory offer and try 2 or 5 classes at Thrive to discover what yoga and pilates can do for you. Our classes are accessible to everyone! 

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Thrive works with more than fifty committed and experienced yoga and Pilates teachers. All our teachers have an accredited training and several years of experience in teaching. Together they form the core of Thrive Yoga and they love to share their passion for yoga or pilates.

Two or five trial lessons of Yoga or Pilates

To give a good impression of Thrive Yoga, we offer you the choice to start with:

  • 2 trial lessons within 1 week (€ 17,-)
  • 5 trial lessons within 1 month (€35)

Lessons can be held in the studio, outdoor lessons as well as for livestream lessons being used! The perfect way to get acquainted with the different classes and teachers at Thrive. You can follow both Yoga and Pilates (of which a maximum of once Aerial). We advise you to try out different classes / teachers so that you can experience our varied offer. This introduction card offer is only available once if you have not taken classes with us before and only available if you live in Amsterdam (or neighboring municipalities).

You can take a separate trial lesson for Pregnancy Yoga for € 10,-. If you are already a Thrive member and have a ride card, you can also use it once for a trial lesson without additional payment.