Dear Fit Crasher: Affordable Mat Pilates

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Dear DC Fit Crasher,

I’m a runner who likes to spend my allotted workout budget on races and new shoes. But I know how important cross-training and strength work are. I enjoy mat pilates classes, but it’s really hard to stomach the hundreds of dollars it would cost to keep that practice up regularly at my local place. Do you have any tips on how to fit classes in on a budget or snag a great discount?

Thanks! Abby

As a runner who has suffered through my fair share of injuries, I am totally with you on the importance of incorporating cross training into your mileage plan. I’ve heard from quite a few physical therapists that pilates, yoga, and barre are great for keeping those knees and hips in check during all that pavement pounding. But they’re not always great for those of us on a budget, especially in this city, where class prices can cost as much as a 10k entry.

I’ve searched high and low for affordable mat pilates options and hope this list helps you find what you’re looking for. Good luck with your training this year and see you out there on the road!


Yoga District $11 drop-in for yogalates class

Past Tense Studio $15 drop-in; $130 for 10 classes

Work It Studio $17 drop-in; $130 for 10 classes

STROGA $18 drop-in; $139 month unlimited; $150 for 10 classes

Fuse Pilates $19 drop-in; $175 month unlimited; $10 happy hour class each week

Toolbox $20 drop-in; $150 for 10

Fuel Pilates $22 drop in; $225 month unlimited

Excel Pilates $20 drop in; $180 for 10 classes

Capital Pilates $20 drop in; $180 for 10

Quantum Pilates $20 drop-in; $180 for 10 classes

Circle Yoga $21 drop-in

Reformation Fitness $22 drop-in; $180 for 10 classes

Other ideas: check pricing and schedules at your local YMCA or DC recreation facilities, many of which offer mat pilates classes.

Northern VA

Local Motion (Old Town) $18 drop-in; $150 for 10 classes

Mind Your Body Oasis (Crystal City) $20 drop-in; $150 for 10 classes

Mind the Mat (Clarendon) $20 drop-in; $160 for 10 classes


Simon Says (Bethesda) $18 drop-in; $150 for 10 classes

Pulse Fitness (Bethesda) $20 drop-in; $160 for 10 classes

FitnessWise (Bethesda) $80 for 4 week session, one class/week

Balance (Bethesda) $20 drop-in, $175 for 10 classes





  1. meaghanaellis January 8, 2014 / 12:26 pm

    Hi DC FitCrasher! I’m a DC native living in NYC and doing the same thing- crashing classes all over the city! Love your blog, and can’t wait to try out some new places next time I come home!

    • DC Fit Crasher January 9, 2014 / 6:06 pm

      Wow, we have the same name and are both fit crashers. What are the odds?! So cool! Great to e-meet you and I’d love to meet up next time you are in town. Love your site, keep it up!

  2. Mary January 9, 2014 / 5:09 pm

    Nothing for MD?

    • DC Fit Crasher January 9, 2014 / 6:46 pm

      Hi Mary – I added a few in for Maryland, great suggestion! If you know of any others, please let me know. Trying to keep it in the immediate DMV area. Thank you!

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