Free Pilates Classes and Passes in New York City

By: Lisa -
November 22, 2013

Any New Yorker knows that it’s important to stay looking fit and fabulous, and one of the best ways to do that is Pilates. Pilates stretches, tones, and works the all-important core, and because it’s low-impact, it’s great for athletes, people with injuries, or your regular Joe New Yorker.

Unfortunately, it’s also expensive. If you’re lucky, you can find a one-hour reformer class for $35 to $40- definitely not budget-friendly. If you're going to invest that kind of money in a Pilates studio, you should take your time and shop around. Below we list some free passes to try out some of the best studios in the city before committing your cash.

We at Cheap in the City are here to help! We’ve compiled a list of cheap or free Pilates classes around the city, just for you.


Chelsea Recreation Center: Shape-Up NYC
Every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
430 West 25th Street. New York, NY
Phone: 212-255-3705

This class is part of the Shape-Up NYC program. Instructor Frederick Schjang will show you the ropes. The class lasts about an hour. It takes place inside the Chelsea Recreation Center but you do NOT have to be a member to get in for the class. Call the center for more information.


Free Pilates Mat Classes in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Every Tuesday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration at 6:30 p.m. June 19th - September 11th.
Empire Fulton Ferry Boardwalk

Join instructor and "Fitness Guru" Michael Feigin for an hour of properly activating your muscles in this free Pilates mat class. Bring your own mat if you have one. If not, they rent them out for free on a first-come-first-serve basis. You must be at least 16 years old to attend.


Free Pilates Guest Pass at Equinox
Mondays - Fridays at varying times. See INTOUCH website for details.
Varying Equinox locations. See INTOUCH website for details.
Phone: 646-234-4840 

Call Jordanna Dworkin, owner of INTOUCH and co-creator of the Equinox Pilates class, at least 24 hours in advance to receive one complimentary guest pass.

Free Pilates Pass at Smart Workout
Varying times
124 East 40th Street, Suite 603. New York, NY
Phone: 212-661-1660 

Sign up on their website for a pass that gets you a free day at Smart Workout. You can choose from a free total body personal training, or two free small group classes (which can include Pilates reformer), which must be taken on the same day. Limit one pass per person. NYC residents only.

Free Introductory Class at Pilates Reforming New York
Varying times
Four locations: Inwood at 215th; Eastside at 76th; Midtown at 39th; Midtown at 42nd
Phone: 212-569-7769 

Sign up on their website for a free intro Pilates class at the studio location of your choice. After your first intro class, your second class is half price. But that’s not all! If you purchase five or more classes on the month of your birthday, the studio will add an extra free class as a gift.