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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.


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.

WE’RE FINALISTS! Pod shortlisted for Business Award

The Pilates Pod - Hertfordshire Business Awards 2017 Finalist
The Pilates Pod has been shortlisted in the Small Business of the Year category

We are incredibly excited to announce that we have reached the finals of the 2017 Hertfordshire Business Awards in association with KPMG, having been shortlisted in the ‘Small Business of the Year’ category.

This year is the 21st year of the awards which are organised by publishers Archant, publishers of Hertfordshire Life, The Herts Advertiser and The Comet, among other titles. Each year a group of respected business people are brought together to evaluate the entries and draw up a shortlist for each of the awards categories, and we are ecstatic to have made the cut in the ‘Small Business’ category which is sponsored by Alliance Intelligent Scaffolding.

The entry process was a rigorous one. Businesses were required to submit a 1,500 word application along with other supporting materials – shortlisted businesses will also be visited by a judge to get a better feel for what their business is all about.

Winners will be announced at a glittering, black tie event at Knebworth House on the 23rd November – and we’ve got all of our fingers and toes crossed!

Of course, we’d love to win an award on the night. But to even make it as far making the shortlist is a huge honour, so we’re feeling incredibly proud of our team and of you, our clients. We couldn’t and wouldn’t be able to make the Pilates Pod happen if it weren’t for your loyalty, custom and sense of fun.

Here’s another look at Lesley’s story, and there are so many others like this one that we’re equally proud of.  Watch this space, fingers crossed, and KEEP PODDING!

Love, Michelle and Ed Smith – Directors, The Pilates Pod


Already doing Pilates & want to try us? Get 5 classes for £37.50!

Many of our long-standing clients came to the Pod having first tried Pilates elsewhere, but after hearing great things about us, they wanted to give our dedicated, small classes and flexible credit system a try. 

For people who are completely new to Pilates, it’s important to make sure you’ve grasped some of the basic principles before diving into regular classes. Our studio fundamentals classes, or 1:1 introductory packages present the ideal way to get to grips with Pilates.

But, if you’ve been practicing matwork Pilates regularly for over 6 months and would like to try the authentic Classical Pilates style that only the Pod offers, then now’s your chance to grab an absolute BARGAIN!

Get  5 class credits for HALF PRICE- just £37.50 

Here’s just some of the reasons why you’ll love doing Pilates at the Pod:

  • We are the only studio outside of London to be trained in authentic Classical Pilates ; the way Joe Pilates intended his method to be practiced.
  • Our team are also specialists uniquely trained to work with clients with back pain, hip, knee and foot issues, neurological disorders, pelvic floor weakness and dysfunction, pregnancy and post natal related conditions including c-section healing, abdominal separation.
  • We are open 7 days a week
  • 7pm and 8pm classes for those that need a later time.
  • Max 9 per mat class, 4 in Semi Privates and 2 in Twin Reformer.
  • Flexible credit system means you pay for when you come, how often you want to come, with no monthly memberships or fixed unflexible term dates.
  • Lots and lots of choice! Choose from 11 weekly mat classes, pregnancy, post natal classes.
  • Matwork is only one tiny part of the Classical method, we also offer a studio apparatus Pilates experience as well, and handily your credits can be used on all these classes too….Barrels class, Semi Private Studio FundamentalsPilates with props, Twin Reformer class
  • We get results! We’ve won 7 awards and our client testimonials speak for themselves.

It’s easy to book, just use promo code TRYTHEPOD1017 when you purchase your 5 class credits*, then choose a class and come along.  (*offer valid on 5 class credits with 3 month expiry.)

All we ask…. group Classical Pilates is for healthy bodies. If you need help with injuries, pain, disc issues, please see us for private training.

We have everything you need at our studio, so just book in and come along to enjoy!

See you there!



That’s right – get 10% off your class credits until October 31st!

This October, we’re offering a whole month of discount on our popular matwork class credits – giving you the chance to stock up on credits, and get your classes booked in.

The discount is available on our single, 5, 10 and 20 class passes.

To make the most of this terrific deal, simply enter the promo code LOYALOCT10 when purchasing your credits.

And don’t forget, you can earn yourself even more classes ABSOLUTELY FREE if you recommend a friend or colleague who then goes on to start their Pilates journey with us. Click here to find out more.

Refer a Friend to The Pilates Pod
Refer a friend to the Pilates Pod and earn a free credit

Refer a Friend and Earn FREE Classes!

If you’re already attending our award winning classes, we’re now offering you a new way to earn yourself class credits absolutely FREE. 

It’s easy too. Simply recommend The Pilates Pod to a friend and if they book onto our Studio Fundamentals Classes, or 1:1 Intro packages, we’ll give you a class credit to say thank you.

Here’s how it works. Don’t worry, it’s easy:

  1. Recommend us on Facebook, Twitter, on the phone or over dinner. It really doesn’t matter how.
  2. Tell us the name of the person you have recommended us to.
  3. Ask your friend to mention your name on their first visit to the Pilates Pod.
  4. That’s it! We’ll then credit your account with a class credit on the house.

There’s no limit to the number of recommendations you can make. In fact – if you recommend 5 people to us, you’ll earn yourself a free ‘Pod Squad’ t-shirt for being such an incredible member of the gang.

Pod Squad Shirts
Earn a Pod Squad Shirt – just recommend 5 people to us!

Plus – until the end of October, we’re offering current clients a massive 10% discount on single, 5, 10 and 20 class passes. So stock up now and book your classes in!

Don't miss out on this amazing offer. Must end October 31st.
Don’t miss out on this amazing offer. Must end October 31st.

The importance of finding your balance

Balance. Noun. A state of equilibrium or parity; a harmonious or satisfying arrangement

Busy is the new normal. It’s too easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of daily life and getting our heads stuck planning the future or over analysing the past. We all need more balance in our lives. And Pilates with its emphasis on the Mind Body connection and focus on strength, flexibility and control gives you space to breathe and find your balance – both physically and emotionally.

Pilates exercises ask you to use as much mindfulness as possible in every movement. And particularly if you’re living with neurological issues like Parkinson’s or MS, Pilates has a ton of benefits for you:

Pilates exercises strengthens those deep core stabilising muscles which are super important to help your balance, correct posture and improve spinal and pelvic stability.

“Keep in mind that you are not interested in merely developing bulging muscles but rather flexible ones. Bulging muscles restrict flexibility because the over developed muscles interfere with the proper development of the under-developed ones” Joe Pilates

And finding your balance is also key if you have Osteoporosis. A disease where increased bone weakness increases the risk of a broken bone. It is the most common reason for a broken bone among the elderly. The real danger with this condition is the falls that can cause fractures.

Pilates exercises but particularly Pilates apparatus which uses resistance is perfect for people with osteoporosis. The resistance creates stronger muscles to work against, Pilates helps our spine’s lift and lengthen to give more space and improve posture and stability. We need strong bones that can bear our weight and allow us to move. And bone, like muscle, strengthens in response to forces it has to resist. Working against gravity, working with spring resistance and working our balance play a major role in strengthening our bones.

You just gotta get the balance right.


“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony”
Thomas Merton

Written by Instructor, Clair Starkey

5 ways to become successful… in life and Pilates!

For many around the UK, today marks the first day back at school for the kids. <insert sighs of relief for parents everywhere!>

I bet you’ve already prepped their day and week with military order and discipline to ensure everything runs successfully, right?

  • New shoes and uniform bought, ironed and name tags on? Check.
  • Book bag and PE kit ready for PE Wednesday even though it’s Monday? Check.
  • Swimming lessons bought and booked for 12 week term. Check.
  • Arrangements made with school friends mums to pick up kids from football practice and we’ll take them all the next week? Check.
  • Lunches made. Check.

The importance of a good routine for children is vital to instill structure, consistency and development through repetition. But the same applies for the grown ups too and Pilates too.  Is it time you had a successful Pilates well-being routine? Let’s go back to school in 5 easy lessons.

  1. Provide structure and take ownership

Make your Pilates workouts part of your every day routine. Pilates isn’t just about the studio work, it’s about lessons learnt and transferred to your everyday life. Get a structured routine to your studio workouts 2-3 a week. Once every couple weeks just won’t do it! Do extra “homework” practice in-between with matwork routines that can take just anywhere between 10 -25 minutes, or just committing to a daily “Hundred” challenge, or simply being more aware of using your abs “in and up” when you bend over and lift things.

When you have structure, you take ownership and commitment to what you are doing. You have made things fit in, you aren’t wondering how you will find the time to fit things in. You are less likely to re-organise your workouts if they are already part of a structure and schedule.
One thing is for sure, you won’t get out of back pain, lose weight, feel fitter and make new friends by not creating a routine for your Pilates! You are the master of your own Pilates goals destiny. It’s time to take ownership of your self!

2. Repetition becomes habit

Habits can be good or bad but all habits are learned and can be un learned!
They used to say it took 21 days to make a habit (some say 30 days) but according to scientific study, it can take anywhere between 18 days to 254 days of daily repetition to form a new habit, it depends on the individual. But on average it takes 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic. Plus as an extra bonus, when you make Pilates part of your every day/every week life, the healthy habit encourages other healthy habits to kick in.  You’ll start moving better and with ease, so you’ll start walking more or going to that aerobics class. You’ll feel healthier, so you’ll start eating healthier. You’ll sweat and improve circulation, so you’ll want to drink more water.

In Classical Pilates, we focus on repetition. Pilates is mean to be about low number of repetitions per exercise, not millions for the sake of it and the burnout feeling. It’s to ensure you get through the material, and it gets into your brain and body.  Unlike other styles of Pilates, Classical follows the clear format and order for the exercises as laid out by Joe Pilates himself for his work. In doing this, you learn the order! it becomes a habit through repetition. You are free then later to concentrate your mind on getting better at the same exercise and working deeper. Classical teachers are trained to teach you in the same way, the same wording, the same format. In doing so, the message sinks in quicker, the habit is formed without the confusion of extra flowery language to distract the mind. How many times have you heard Michelle cue the Hundred for beginners in this way…. “Bend your knees into your chest, curl up your head, neck and shoulders to your shoulder blade tips, lift your arms out of the mat by your hips and above your abdominal wall, move your legs to tabletop, anchor the pelvis and shoulders, eyes on the abs, long fingers and neck. Pump your arms up and down vigorously as you breathe in for 5 counts and out for 5 counts, in 2,3,4,5, out 2,3,4,5.”  Once you know it, you just do it!

3. Successful people are more efficient

When you start out at anything, routines are things you just have to keep doing over and over again. Pilates is just the same. You will need will power, you need motivation to stick to the routine especially if you’ve had a bad day at work, or it’s raining and you’d rather sit on the sofa with Game of Thrones and a cuppa. Once a routine is a learned behaviour (through repetition), it becomes a habit. Once it’s a habit, it’s autonomous so you don’t actually have to think about it, will power and motivation isn’t needed to attend. You won’t have to keep reminding yourself to book in your Pilates class, it’s an essential part of your daily routine.  You don’t let it slip, it’s a good habit. You therefore save time and free up more brain space to concentrate on other tasks as wellbeing and self care is under check!

In Classical Pilates, the orders and important transitions that link the exercises together make your more efficient in your Pilates and a learnt habit of good efficiency for outside in your every day life. Transitions are key to the Classical Pilates style for you to move from one exercise to another in the most efficient way. Your body is warm from the exercise, we transition from one to another in such a way that you don’t rest, cool down and undo all your hard work. It’s stamina building. It makes you get through your material so eventually a demanding, sweaty and challenging advanced matwork session will be done in under 25 mins. Efficiency! Who has time to workout for hours at a time?!


4. Builds momentum little by little

There is a quote that goes “little by little, a little becomes a lot.”  That’s true with everything in life. Pilates is just the same. How can you be a master of the advanced work if you don’t go through the little steps of learning how to break it all right down to the basics and learn how to use your powerhouse correctly, every single time, every single exercise.  You wouldn’t just run a marathon, you would put in the months of training, step by step, mile by mile. A little Pilates every day means your body will have moved well hundreds of thousands of times over a year. No wonder you don’t need the weekly Osteopath fix anymore hey?!  One of our client’s Pete, committed himself to over 100 Pilates sessions in a year, and by doing it, he ended up losing 2 stone!  But you have to start. It won’t look pretty, you won’t be great at it to start with. but you will have started and that’s what gets you great at something.

5. Commitment saves you work in the long run
If you are constantly writing each and every day, you will become a better writer.  If you are constantly running mile after mile, you will be able to do a marathon. If you never thought you could learn languages but you kept listening to the tape everyday in the car, you would become better at Spanish. Pilates is the same. If you practice a little Pilates every day, you will be better at Pilates and your aches and pains/knee issues/weight loss/neurological issue will be better.  If you practice once a week, it may take a little longer, it you practice one every 2 weeks, it will take even longer. Down the line you save win in the long run just by dedicating a little time.

Written by Owner and Pilates teacher: Michelle Smith