About the Pod

The home of Pilates in Hertfordshire

The Pilates Pod was founded in 2011 by Michelle Smith as a centre for excellence in Classical Pilates. 

It is the first dedicated Pilates studio in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, and one of only a handful of Classical Studios in the UK. 

Owned by Michelle and Ed Smith, Michelle is a teacher of the Pilates method for over 17 years (in both Classical and Contemporary approaches), mentor to trainee and new teachers, and instructor to many professional sports players, stars of stage, screen and music, and broadcasters, and every one inbetween from 92 year olds to 9 year olds! 

At the ‘Pod’, we believe in inclusive fitness regardless if you are elderly, overweight, got a ‘Dad bod’ or a ‘Mummy tummy’ , if you’re just starting out in exercise, or a complete gym bunny- we’ll look after you, motivate and inspire you, empathise with you and treat you as an individual.

We are a body positive studio, where we invite every BODY to enjoy some movement and feel good about themselves.

Michelle and her team of highly skilled teachers, welcome you for a play in the studio with our Classical apparatus to experience the authentic method. You will soon find the joy of a lifetime of benefits that this traditional Pilates method can offer you; for your sports, your hobbies, your work, home and family life and your every day life.


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