District Pilates

District Pilates is a boutique Reformer Studio with locations in Shaw and Petworth, Washington D.C. District Pilates offers both private, semi-private and group classes using both Peak Pilates Reformers and Chairs. Classes range from beginner to advanced and can be targeted and tailored based off of client’s needs. Pilates Reformer is ideal for every body type, every level of fitness, and every age group. It’s an exercise program that develops core strength as it dynamically works to both stretch and activate muscles, restoring the body’s natural grace, power, and balance. District Pilates offers small classes guaranteeing that you’ll receive plenty of guidance and support from our experienced instructors. Pilates can be done either barefoot, socks or gripsocks – totally your preference!

For a listing and description of the classes we offer, please click here.

Featured Trainers

Lydia Bell

Position:Reformer Instructor
Lydia found Pilates as a teenager after learning she had severe and progressing scoliosis. She credits her continued Pilates (and yoga) practice for her stronger, straighter spine and drastically reduced chronic pain. She believes passionately in the benefits of the workout, and has so much fun doing it. Teaching at District Pilates, where she joined in 2017 after taking classes with Bailey and getting certified through Balanced Body, was a natural and exciting next step. Lydia’s style is warm and encouraging, but quite challenging! She loves music and brings an eclectic playlist to each class. Teaching and helping her students is the best part of her day.

Dorian Royal

Dorian started practicing Pilates years ago to help with my chronic back pain and within two classes, was hooked. Health benefits aside, after each class she walked away feeling stronger and stronger and became addicted. Dorian's teaching style is contemporary and her classes focus on strengthening and toning. She's a true believer that strong really IS the new skinny and that anyone of any fitness level can achieve this.

Julia Friedman

Julia joined District Pilates in 2017. She started practicing Pilates to help correct her bad posture and fulfill her life long dream of touching her toes in a forward fold. She was hooked on the reformer after seeing the way it helped improve her core strength and flexibility. Her teaching style is a fast paced, challenging work out, accompanied by a playlist that’s a mix of top hits, rap and everything in between.


  • "Bailey's workouts are geared not just for abs and core but also designed to give a strong upper body workout, saving you a trip to the gym!"

    Gary - Shaw

  • "I have been a student of Bailey's for over four years and it has been a life changing experience. Her classes have changed my entire approach to fitness and I have never felt healthier and more in shape. Bailey is a hands on teacher who makes you feel like you are the only student in the room. She helps you improve your practice but always remembers your limitations and injuries and creates a personalized experience for each student. I highly recommend both pilates reformer and Bailey as an instructor - her classes are challenging and fun at the same time!"

    Parita S. - U Street

  • “Reformer with Bailey is GREAT! Bailey is an extremely knowledgeable, inspiring, and challenging instructor. She keeps each workout fresh and is able to individualize for each person in the class. I have been taking reformer with Bailey for almost a year and appreciate that she monitors my progress and knows when to increase the tension of the reformer. Bailey’s classes are fun, provide a total body workout, and are a good complement to my cardio and spinning routine. I recommend reformer with Bailey for anyone looking to reach a higher level of fitness!”

    Danielle K., Chinatown

  • "Bailey is a wonderful Pilates instructor. I would particularly recommend Bailey if you’re just starting Pilates. She is warm and welcoming, and never makes you feel uncomfortable in class as you’re learning the different exercises. That being said, she always wants to make sure her classes are challenging and she is always incorporating new exercises and modifications to keep you on your toes."

    Kate K. Adams Morgan

  • "Bailey is why I do Pilates. She has instructed me since I was a beginner and constantly challenges me and my muscles! Her mix of core, strength, cardio and stretch ensures I get a full body workout. I am addicted."

    Maryam K. U Street

  • "Bailey's workouts don't feel like work. She pushes us all to exceed our limits and build core strength, flexibility and endurance. But she smartly knows that the best way to motivate us is to make sure we enjoy ourselves. Every class is focused, disciplined and exhausting - but also very fun. I'd do Pilates with Bailey every day, if I could."

    John M. - U Street

  • “I am fortunate enough to have experienced Greg’s Pilates skills both as a student and a fellow classmate. If it weren’t for Greg, I would have never been introduced to Pilates and the tremendous benefits I have reaped from adding it to my everyday life. Since beginning Pilates, I recognize higher endurance in other workouts such as running, and an overall strength and tone to my muscles I haven’t seen since I was a 16 year old ballerina—this is owed to Greg. Having been a trainee for Greg throughout his certification process and now a regular student, I can attest that he both pushes your limits while still providing a calming and relaxing experience in class. In my experience, that is the ultimate combination for a powerful workout in Pilates for both mind and body. I leave his classes feeling stronger, re-energized and peaceful; what more could I ask for!”

    Anne-Marie W.

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