Thank you Joe and Clara Pilates for this fantastic Pilates method! We’re celebrating International Pilates Day in May with some special offers


Use Promo Code – PILATESDAY10


Book with reception using Promo Code – PILATESDAYFRIEND once your friends have booked and used your name as referral



Available on Saturdays 10am, Sundays 10am, Mondays 7pm or 8pm. Use promo code
PILATESDAYMAT when booking in your 5 classes



Join us for a Guiness Book of World Records attempt for the largest pilates class, all in aid of raising money for the charity Humanitas.

We need over 3500 to take part, so bring some friends, bring the family and the kids, bring your work mates, bring your sports club!

Check out what’s happening on the day at the Diddy Rascals family fun day festival and book your place for this and the world record attempt.

Sunday July 8th, Hitchin Priory. 11am-7pm.
Pilates at 12.00-12.50pm


Didn’t get an invite from Meghan and Harry? Never mind, join us and a load of the Hitchin local businesses at the NCT free street party.

Watch the wedding on the outdoor screen, take part in our celebration lucky dip box to win great prizes, enjoy face painting, craft, raffles, meet a princess and entertainment.

Saturday May 19th, Market place, Hitchin. 10.30am-14.00pm.


Take part in the world's BIGGEST Pilates class
Take part in the world’s BIGGEST Pilates class

We’re inviting you to be involved in a once in a lifetime experience to create fitness history.

Michelle  will be attempting a Guinness World Record for the largest Pilates mat class and will help raise funds for local charity Humanitas at the same time.

We need over 3,500 people to take part in this amazing feat.

Pilates novices, veterans, teachers, clients, family of your clients, friends of the family of your clients, will all love this opportunity to get together, raise much needed funds for a brilliant cause, and gain record breaking bragging rights!

The Pilates Pod are a multi award winning classical Pilates studio in Hitchin. The world’s largest Pilates class is being held in celebration of Humanitas’ 7th Anniversary and to unite Pilates communities and fans all over for a great cause. We believe Pilates is for everyBODY

Humanitas is a creative, grassroots charity that has worked for more than a decade to protect and care for some of the world’s most vulnerable children and their families. Humanitas run medical, educational and foster care projects in Romania and Africa and have sent medical teams to deliver urgent treatment to refugees living in camps in Greece and Bangladesh. The charity is holding their annual Diddy Rascals family festival this Summer and the world record attempt will kick off the beginning of this one day extravaganza. They believe everyONE is entitled to health care, an education and a family.

Humanitas latest medical aid trip to the Rohingya refugee camp featured on BBC World News and on their ‘Inside Out’ programme. Watch the footage online

Please help unite the Pilates community, put your own studio on the map and get involved for the sake of humanity.

Here’s the info…

  • When: Sunday 8th July 2018
  • Where: Hitchin Priory, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
  • Time: 12-13.00 World Record – Largest Pilates class. Diddy Rascal family festival 11-7pm
  • Fee: From £5 entrance, free for under 18 months. Fee includes your entry to the festival, and participation to the record attempt*
  • Fundraise: We also suggest a minimum of £30 per person is raised in sponsorship and receive an event t-shirt and participation medal.

*NB: please note you need to be over 7 years old to participate in the record attempt and your entry will only count towards the record if you participate for the full session. Any drop outs will be discounted from the numbers.

How to book
Visit our website to register and get your sponsorship page.

Company sponsorship opportunities
For great opportunities to be part of this amazing events contact

Please share this email, click on the website and share the page, tag us in social media @thepilatespod @humanitascharity @diddyrascalsevents

We really hope you will support this cause and rally your troops!

Michelle, The Pilates Pod
Genevieve, Humanitas.

March MATness Challenge

Every March, participants across the global Pilates community share their love for the work in a synchronized social media campaign.

march matness

Created in 2013 by Benjamin Degenhardt,  now, the campaign has moved completely into the hands of the fans that MarchMATness has gathered since the very beginning: using the hashtag #MarchMATness, everyone is invited to contribute their stories, pictures, videos and any tidbits of education and inspiration they want to share across all social media channels.

What is unique about the campaign is that for one month, the community pays tribute to the traditional Mat exercises as documented by Joseph Pilates in his book Return to Life through Contrology

34 flowing exercises using your own body weight that are invigorating and effective in conditioning the body and that were given as homework to clients inbetween studio apparatus sessions.

At The Pilates Pod, we are big supporters of this movement and love to spread the joy that is Pilates Matwork as an accessible workout you can do anywhere, anytime, with just yourself!

We believe Pilates should be fun, and easy. So often it’s over complicated with too many instructions, even before you have moved! We believe movement heals, so let’s get the body moving and flowing first with simple clear easy instructions without overthinking it, trying to get it perfect and over analysis – JUST ENJOY AND MOVE!

Join in our March MATness Challenge. Earn points, Win prizes!

  • For every Mat class you attend in March, you earn 1 POINT

  • Matwork with Small Props- Saturdays 10am & Sundays 9am, you earn 2 POINTS

  • Book a friend/family member on the Intro to Matwork 4 wk course, earn 2 POINTS

  • Join in March MATness on social media (see info below) and get 1 POINT per post.

    The person with the most points at the end of March will win a 55 minute 1:1 Private Training session AND a Pod Squad T-shirt. Plus 4 Runners Up will win a Pilates DVD AND 1 weekend Mat class.

To help you cram in those extra mat classes, we’re giving you the chance to buy some extra credits at a fantastic low price in March.
10 credits £110 – expires 8 weeks from purchase. Use Code Marchmat10. BOOK
5 credits £60- expires 4 weeks from purchase. Use Code Marchmat5. BOOK

4 weeks Full Classical Intro to Matwork with apprentice teacher Stephen- Mondays 8-8.55pm 12th March – 9th April (excludes bank holiday 2nd April) BOOK

Joe Funny

Ready to join the movement? Fantastic! March is a particularly great month to embark on a Pilates Mat practice because the entire Pilates community is helping you get inspired and educated. Perhaps even pick up a copy of Return to Life through Contrology, the original Pilates book by the method’s founding father himself!

First, roll out your Mat. Then follow these simple steps:

1. Follow March MATness on social media

Visit @marchmatness at Facebook or Instagram. Actually, why not both?

2. Pick an exercise from the list

You can pick as many exercises as you like… why not all 34?

1. #hundred
2. #rollup
3. #rollover
4. #onelegcircle
5. #rollingback
6. #onelegstretch
7. #doublelegstretch
8. #spinestretch
9. #rockerwithopenlegs
10. #corkscrew
11. #saw
12. #swandive
13. #onelegkick
14. #doublelegkick
15. #neckpull
16. #scissors and #bicycle
17. #shoulderbridge
18. #spinetwist
19. #jackknife
20. #sidekick
21. #teaser
22. #hiptwist
23. #swimming
24. #legpulls (front and back)
25. #kneelingsidekick
26. #sidebend
27. #boomerang
28. #seal and #crab
29. #rocking
30. #controlbalance
31. #pushup

3. Create something worth sharing

It could be a photograph, a video, musings, practice tips, a drawing… any form of creative expression is welcome but remember: it’s not a challenge, and it’s not a contest… it’s a celebration!

4. Note the date(s) for each exercise

To synchronize the campaign, the number on the list above corresponds with the day of the exercise’s turn; March 15 is The Neck Pull, for example.

5. Add hashtags

To connect with everyone participating, use the corresponding hashtag as listed above with each exercise. Be sure to add the hastags #marchmatness2018  #thepilatespod #justhavefunandmove #progressnotperfection and don’t forget to use the right # for the name of the corresponding exercise for that day.

6. Spread the word!

Post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, YouTube, your blog, tell your friends…
Be sure to tag @thepilatespod on Facebook, on Twitter and on Instagram or we won’t know you are there! Or you can email us and we’ll share your posts

See you on the Mat!
Michelle x

Written by Michelle Smith
Owner, The Pilates Pod

A new year, new changes and a new you with The Pilates Pod

“One size does not fit all”  (Michelle, owner of The Pilates Pod)

Known originally as Contrology, Joe Pilates’ method is the art and study of control. 

Control over the mind, breath, centre (powerhouse) and the whole body to create balance and a uniformed body that is strong AND flexible all over.

We have LOTS of new exciting changes to the studio for 2018 so grab a cuppa and read on…

Pilates is a journey. Your own journey.  Joe never had “levels” in his sessions as every one works at their own level. You had your 1st five sessions as a new beginner to the studio, then you had a lifetime of individual work, journey and progress working around the studio on all the apparatus in an open studio with just Joe or Clara around to help assist and give you one more exercise to add to your routine when they felt you had earned it.

How we start here at The Pilates Pod

We don’t leave you quite as alone as Joe did. Start with the fundamentals of the studio system. In the fundamental system, you will start learning the Intro exercises, orders and transitions of Matwork and Reformer (the bread and butter of Pilates) as well as introducing you to the arm springs work, roll back bar and wall endings with hand weights.

We’ve got 2 Intro Packages for new clients  to do this. You can buy each package once. (if you are already an existing client, and you have never experienced a full studio session, you can also take advantage of each one of these packages, once.)

  • Semi Private Group (up to 4 people) 3 weeks Unlimited Studio sessions £60 (3 weeks from your 1st session) For healthy bodies, or those with general aches and weaknesses.
  • Individual Private Training:  3 x 1:1’s £120 (to use in 2 weeks from your 1st session) The recommended route for “all eyes on you”, or for anyone suffering with back disc issues, joint pain, neurological issues, or specific issues surrounding pelvic floor, c-section or abdominal separation.

Where to go after the basics?

Every BODY is different, every mind too! Some people pick things up quicker than others, some people’s body responds easier than others. It doesn’t matter! What matters is YOUR journey, your progress. It’s not a race. Pilates is about learning your orders and transitions for matwork and reformer,  as well as practicing the exercises themselves and getting it deep inside the body. If you are working through specific issues, you should stay with 1:1’s, otherwise We recommend that everyone as much as possible follows 2 -3 sessions a week, pre books them in to ensure consistency and includes:

  • Semi Private Pilates Studio Apparatus class.  With up to 4 people per session, these classes are the true Pilates experience. Using resistance from the springs and matwork combined as well as an opportunity to correct your individual needs using the whole system from barrels, spine correctors, pedi pole, toe corrector, foot corrector, magic circles on top of those exercises found in the fundamental levels. Plus it gives you a chance to be more independent than 1:1’s, for the best result.  If you have been doing 1:1’s for a while now and aren’t dealing with specific issues, maybe it’s time to switch to semi-private. If you have been doing Mat or Reformer independently, give these classes a go.
  • You can find even more of these classes for 2018: Mondays 2pm, alternate Mondays 6pm, Wednesdays 8pm,  Thursdays 10.30am & 7pm, Saturdays 12.15pm and Sundays 11am.
  • OR Private Training 1:1’s, Duets or Skype sessions.

PLUS a weekly one of these to fine tune one aspect of Pilates…

  • Matwork. Using no resistance except your own body weight, this can often feel the most challenging if the body is too tight in some areas, too weak in others, to support and perform the exercises with control, which is why the Reformer and small props helps give you this balanced body. Some small props may be used now as required. It’s really easy to learn and do at home between studio visits, but remember matwork is only 2% of the full Pilates system, so do use apparatus as often as you can!
  • You can find these classes for 2018: Mondays 9.30am, 7pm & 8pm, Tuesdays 8pm, Wednesdays 9.30am (Gentle Flow Mat) Wednesdays 7pm, Thursdays 8pm, Fridays 10.15am, Sundays 10am.
  • Barrels & Matwork. Using the small barrels and spine correctors, your body will restore its natural curves and alignment with the help and support that the curves of the barrel provide. Your Matwork & Reformer exercises will be enhanced, challenged and given support in order for you to learn and fine tune your Pilates. A perfect antidote class to modern life ill posture and tight hips/rounded shoulders.
  • You can find this class for 2018:  Fridays 12.15-1pm
  • Pilates with Small Props. A CHANGE to the old Pilates with Props circuit style class. This new class will be performed all together more like traditional matwork classes rather than a circuit, but every week will use many of the small props found in the studio, both contemporary and classical from fitballs, magic circles, poles, mini balls, rollers, hand weights, flexi-bands, toe correctors. Matwork with lots of small toys! No large apparatus will be used in this class like Reformer, Pedi Pole, Spine Correctors and barrels.
  • You can find these classes for 2018: NEW TIME Saturdays 10am, Sundays 10am.
  • Reformer Pilates. If Matwork is the butter, Reformer is the bread. These two systems that Joe created are the only ones with orders to them. Just as you would practice the finer deeper work of Matwork in a full 55 min class, this is the same but on Reformer.  The springs are what make the change to people’s bodies and create a lift in the spine; better, faster and more efficiently than matwork alone. Only 2 per class, you work at your own level and order.
  • You can find these classes for 2018: Mondays 12.45pm, Tuesdays 6pm, Thursdays 9.30am & 6pm, Fridays 6pm.
  • Jumpboard Reformer Express. The jumpboard provides a soft platform in which you jump and bounce off whilst laying down. Add an express workout for your cardio levels and fat burning for those short on time, or in perfect addition to a regular class before or after. Not suitable for pregnancy or anyone with weak core, bad backs or new.
  • You can find these classes for 2018: Wednesdays 9am and Fridays 5.30pm.

Our door is open…..

By popular request, we’re opening our studio doors to you for 2018 at special times every week in which you can come in to practice by yourself. These “Open Studio” sessions give you an opportunity to come into the studio, work with the apparatus, matwork and small props. Whether you feel like stretching, working hard, geeking out on one particularly exercise or particular piece of apparatus, it’s all up to you. An instructor will be present but this is NOT a led session. A teacher will only be present for safety not for asking questions or advice. Please do be respectful to this and to other clients present in the room for their workouts to keep noise to a minimum. This is a time for yourself to workout,  a chance to come more often, workout with others, for your own practice, your way, with our studio, our equipment. We ask that you show up on time but feel free to leave quietly whenever you like within the 55 min slot. You are responsible for your own safety, modifications and for the equipment during these times. You must only use apparatus if you know how to use it and must sign a declaration form from Michelle before attending your first session. Min 5 sessions must have been attended on mat or on apparatus before you attend.

Open Studio Matwork £7.50 – Matwork only with small props. Up to 55 mins. 6 spaces .
Times available during 2018:
Mondays 2pm. Tuesdays 6pm. Wednesdays 8pm. Thursdays 9.30am, 6pm. Fridays 3.30pm, 6pm. Saturdays 9am. Sundays 12.00
Book here.

Open Studio Apparatus £15 – All the toys big and small in the studio inc Reformer, small barrel, spine corrector, foot corrector, toe corrector, pedi pole etc. Up to 55 mins. 2 spaces 
Times available during 2018:
Mondays 8pm. Tuesdays 8pm, Wednesday 7pm,  Saturdays 10am, Sundays 9am.  Book here.

To help you with your Open Studio workouts, we’ll be running Pilates Playground workshops every month. In these workshops, we’ll be taking a close look at a couple matwork exercises, and a couple of exercises performed on one piece of apparatus. We’ll geek them out, understand them, play with them, practice them, learn how to and how not to do perform them. You can then add them into your routine when you next come to the studio, or just use them as helpful tips and tricks. We strongly suggest you attend these as often as you can, or book a 1:1 instead if you cant make it. Fee £20 for each workshop, class credits cannot be used as payment.
The next Pilates Playground will be:
Saturday 6th January 9.15am-10.10am with Michelle.  It all starts from the feet!
A look at some of the feet on the bar work taken from the Reformer and the Foot Corrector. Essential places to start for everyone to connect their “feet to the seat” as well as particular useful for those with neurological issuess, limited foot mobility and strength.  Book here.
Sunday 4th February 12.00-12.55pm with Ellen.  Arm Springs. How the arms are rooted into the shoulder joint and how the shoulders are connected to the back body is so important. We’ll look at the arm spring series, some exercises on the Reformer and adding hand weights into our matwork. Book here



Christmas Timetable 2017

Tis the season to be jolly, and there is no jollier place than The Pilates Pod at Christmas….

Check out the Christmas Special Timetable 2017. Why not take advantage of our special 2 week Unlimited class offer during this time to balance out those extra festive indulgences

Christmas Eve
9.15am Xmas Matwork with a Halo
10.30am Reform yourself and get on the “nice list”

Christmas Day and Boxing Day – closed

27th December

28th December

29th December

30th December

New Years Eve

New Years Day – Closed

2nd January

3rd January

4th January

5th January

6th January

7th January

The full timetable for 2018 begins on Monday 8th January – book ahead for your favourite classes and private training slots – January – March are always particularly busy months.





Give the gift even Mariah wants this Christmas (& bag free stuff for you!)

I don’t want a lot for Christmas, there is just one thing I need. I don’t care about the presents, underneath the Christmas tree. I just want you for my own, more than you will ever know. Make my wish come true, all I want for Christmas is you…..

A toned body
A life of  freedom from back and joint pain
Better mobility and flexibility
Improved posture
Overall health, wellbeing and stress relief
New friendships

Gift Voucher

You know, love and feel the fantastic benefits that our Pilates sessions have given to your mind and body. So this Christmas, why not pass on that lifelong joy to someone you love.  A Pilates Pod Gift Voucher. That’s so much better than pair of novelty socks, a few smellies or a bottle of plonk!

PLUS when you buy selected Intro Packages, bag yourself free class credits for you! The gift that really does keep on giving!

Buy 3 weeks Unlimited Studio Apparatus Classes £60- get yourself 1 free class credit
Buy 3 x 1:1’s for £120 – get yourself 3 class credits 

More ideas for you….

  • If they are pregnant or just become a new mum – why not buy a voucher for pregnancy classes (£75) or 5 week postnatal course (£60.) For abdominal separation, c-section healing and pelvic floor weakness help – buy a 1:1 private training lesson (£48.50)
  • If they are struggling with back, hip, knee or pelvic pain – buy some 1:1 lessons. Ranging from £48.50 for one, £120 for Intro package of 3* or 5 lessons for £235.
  • If they would like to tone up, get fitter and healthier, start moving, feel active, improve aches and stiffness. Buy the gift of an Intro Group 3 week Unlimited Studio Sessions (£60)
  • Need a stocking filler? Grab a single class voucher for £16 to try a classical mat shirtsclass.  Pilates Stott Pilates DVD’s for home workouts for just £5. Bag a “Pod Squad” t-shirt for a fitness fan  to workout in. Available in unisex flowy tank or standard Tee. £24
  • Money! You can’t go wrong with just putting a straight forward sum of Pilates cash onto their account as a present gift card. Any amount from £10 is an option.


Buy online, over the phone 01462 338002 or email us and authorise us to purchase using your card.  You can pick up your voucher or we can send an e-voucher. Plus we’re open until 12.00 on Xmas Eve so plenty of time to grab some last minute ideas.

Christmas is a time for giving, it’s a time for family, friends, sharing joy and happiness, so spread a little happiness with a Pilates Pod Christmas Gift.

Christmas Unlimited

We all know the run up to Christmas is fun fun fun, but with Christmas parties and family gatherings to fit in, your Pilates routine (and your fitness levels!) can go a little off track.

So to help you find that balance and to avoid the inevitable hard slog trying to workout again after the festivities end, we’ve created our Christmas Unlimited Package.

Running from now until 7th January, come as often as you like for 2 weeks –  any time, any class – from Classical Matwork Pilates, to Barrels class, Semi Private Studio Fundamentals, Twin Reformer, to Xmas Eve specials. All classes whether 1 credit or 2, semi private or regular classes, all teachers…. that’s 2 weeks unlimited Pilates Pod over 7 days a week for just £100.

You’ll find our usual fabulous classes, as well as the Christmas Timetable (over the period of 24th December -7th January inc) which sees all sorts of little bonus sessions from extra Jumpboard Reformer Express workouts to raise the cardio levels and burn off some mince pies,  Matwork with Fitball fun, Semi Private Studio Apparatus to work the basics of the whole Pilates system inc Reformer, Matwork and small props combined, Barrels & Matwork, and of course the much loved Classical Matwork, and Pregnancy classes.

You can join the Christmas Unlimited Package anytime from now, but the last date you can come to classes under this deal is 7th January 2018.

Buy online, via our Mind Body app, over the phone 01462 338002 or email us and authorise us to purchase using your card.

And just a quick request from us… please do cancel online if you are no longer coming, others may really want a space!


For the last few years, we’ve embraced ‘Black Friday’ as a great opportunity to offer clients old and new a fantastic opportunity to make the most of some mega deals. And this year is no different! We’ve conjured up four incredible offers, so whether you’re looking to top up your class or PT credits, treat a friend with a Pilates Pod voucher or look ahead to a new year full of strength, stretch and control – we’ve got it covered.

Black Friday Weekend – 10 x 20 Class Bargains

Only £220 inc vat – save £40!

We’re putting ten of our 20 class passes up for grabs at a mind blowing £220 inc vat each but don’t delay. when they’re gone, they’re gone. Book now using promocode – BF1720CP.

Black Friday Weekend 10 x 10 PT Bargains

Only £400 inc vat – save £45!

We’re putting ten of our 10 pt passes up for grabs at a mind blowing £400 inc vat each don’t delay. when they’re gone, they’re gone. Book now using promocode – BF1710PT. 

Black Friday Weekend 5 x 200 Class Bargain

Only £1,900 inc vat (£9.50 per credit!)

Get 200 classes to use across our studio mat & apparatus class timetable over 13 months. an absolute bargain. plus – you get 10% off retail for the duration (excludes g.v) don’t delay. when they’re gone, they’re gone. Book now!

Black Friday Weekend Gift Voucher Deal

Buy a friend a 3 week unlimited studio fundamentals voucher (£60) and we’ll give you a class credit absolutely free buy a friend a personal training intro package voucher (£120) and we’ll give you three class credits absolutely free call to book: 01462 338 002

International Men’s Day

It’s international men’s day  – or as we like to call it – men do Pilates free day!

We already see lots of fellas in our studio who love our classical Pilates with apparatus, resistance training, a strong focus on the abdominal muscles and good stamina building.

All of our classes have a great atmosphere too, mixing hard work with fun!

And YOU can train for FREE this week too! That’s right, we’re offering FREE mat classes to all men, whether you’re new to us or existing clients. Just book your place using promo code MENDOPILATES to book ANY of our Mat, Reformer, Barrels or Studio Classes.



After a month of discounts on our class credits, we thought it was only fair to offer our personal training clients a little something back to!

So, for the whole of November, we’re offering you a huge 10% OFF ALL our personal training credits. 

With personal training at The Pilates Pod, we tailor your sessions specifically to meet your needs and help you achieve your goals. During the session you’re our sole focus, so we can provide you with the ultimate work-out to help your body. Take a look at the video below which will give you an idea of what you might expect.

Tempted? Then book your credits and sesssion now and reserve a slot with one of our instructors. This deal includes duet sessions, so why not come and work out with a friend!

Simply use promo code: PTNOV when booking, and the discount will be applied automatically. If it’s easier for you, give us a call on 01462 338002 and we’ll be happy to make the booking for you and get your sessions booked in.

Please note that this offer cannot be used in conjunction with PT Intro Session or any other offers or promotions.