District Pilates

District Pilates is a boutique contemporary Pilates studio in Washington, D.C with locations in Shaw and Petworth. Both Reformer 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 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. Socks are required for each class and any socks will do – grip socks are not required by recommend. District Pilates has been voted Best Pilates Studio in Washington City Paper Magazine for 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2023. 

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

Featured Trainers

Diana Holcomb

Position:Pilates Reformer Instructor
Diana found Pilates in 2005 when two friends peer-pressured her into checking out a mat class. She's in "like" with mat, but fell in love with reformer, and has been coming to District Pilates since it opened in 2015. As a teen, Diana was a nationally-qualifying competitive equestrian and worked at a stable for the trainer of an Olympic gold medalling dressage team, learning to value control, precision, and balance. Through Pilates reformer, she blends these principles with joyful motion and a deep connection between mind and body. She loves being able to see herself improve in some way after EVERY class, whether it's being able to do a move that used to be too hard, having better posture, or just feeling stronger and more flexible. Diana is certified in Balanced Body's Mat 1-3 and Reformer 1-3, and is working toward her comprehensive instructor certification test. She has also taken part in mentoring sessions with several Balanced Body Master Trainers. Diana's classes are an athletic/contemporary mix of full-body workout, all-levels options and killer stretches. Her goal is for you to feel "smug sore" the next day, as opposed to "sorrowful sore", and she loves helping her clients discover the joy in what their body can do. Along with being an engineer by profession, Diana has also been a DJ since the late 90s, and has DJed the Black Cat, the Ottobar, and 9:30 Club amongst several other venues. Get ready for some exciting playlists!


  • "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

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