District Pilates

District Pilates is a boutique reformer studio in Washington, D.C with locations in Shaw and Petworth. Both studios offer private, semi-private, and group classes using Peak Pilates Reformers and Chairs. Classes range from beginner to advanced and can be targeted and tailored to an individual client’s needs. Pilates reformer is ideal for every body type, level of fitness, and 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’ small classes guarantee you’ll receive plenty of guidance and support from our experienced instructors. Pilates can be done barefoot or with socks/gripsocks – totally your preference!

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

Featured Trainers

Sarah Swinehart

Position:Pilates Reformer Instructor
Sarah has been athletic her whole life, from playing lacrosse to teaching barre, and after college, she started practicing Pilates. She noticed significant strength and flexibility improvement in her entire body and her old aches and pains have completely disappeared. Sarah loved the athletic approach taken at District Pilates and decided to go through a Balance Body workshop. She then started teaching Reformer in 2017. Sarah likes to focus on form but keeps her classes challenging and innovative.

Leah Cullins

Position:Pilates Reformer Instructor
Leah started taking Pilates classes at the age of 18 while in undergraduate school. As a college volleyball player, she quickly saw how it improved her strength and level of play. Once she felt how physically strong it made her - whether she was playing sports or just lifting boxes at home and how it shaped her body, she became obsessed. In 2013, Leah received her Pilates Mat Certification and in 2017 she received her Pilates Reformer Certification. She prefers the reformer because of all of the variety of exercises and the added resistance of the springs. She fell in love with classes at District Pilates, particularly Bailey's, because of their more challenging and contemporary nature. Athletically minded, Leah focuses her classes on strength training, balance, and flexibility.

Rachel Appleton

Position:Pilates Reformer Instructor
Rachel discovered Pilates five years ago when she was living in Los Angeles and looking for a way to correct chronic back pain that had developed while working long hours as a lawyer. She was hooked after her first class and saw rapid improvement in her posture and back pain after just a few months of regular practice. When she moved to Washington, D.C. in 2017 she fell in love with District Pilates and decided to take her practice to the next level by becoming a certified instructor. Her classes are fast-paced and incorporate modern twists on traditional Pilates exercises. When she’s not working on her perfect Pilates form, Rachel can be found on the hunt for the best tacos in D.C.


  • "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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