For ladies who aren't into doing intense, heart-pumping exercises, a low-impact workout like pilates definitely sounds enticing. 

Pilates is a low-intensity exercise that has been gaining popularity lately; it mainly focuses on toning and strengthening the core, but it benefits other parts of the body, too, such as the legs and the arms. Although the movements are done at a slow pace, they aren't as easy as they may seem. As WebMD notes, "They take a lot of precision and control. It's not like doing a bunch of crunches; there's a strong emphasis on technique." 

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If you're curious to know what it's like to take pilates classes, Female Network's lifestyle guru Cara Eriguel documents her experience at pilates studio One Life Studio—plus, she weighs in the pros and cons of the low-impact workout! Watch the video below: 

Check out some of the most popular pilates studios in Manila: 

1. One Life Studio 

Rates: New-to-Onelife Starter Pack (P5,000)

Location/s: 3F Estancia Mall East Wing, Capitol Commons, Pasig City2F Westgate Hub Mall, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa 1781Unit 207 Plaza One Hundred, 100 VA Rufino Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City2F Citiplace Building, 8001 Jose Abad Santos St. Cor. Calderon St., Brgy. Little Baguio, San Juan City

2. Pure Pilates

Rates: Price available upon request

Location/s: 1176 Quezon Ave. cor. Sct. Magbanua St., Quezon City, Philippines

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3. White Space Mind and Body Wellness

Rates: Two-session class cards for first-timers (P900)

Location/s: 6/F Regis Center, Katipunan Avenue cor. Park 9 Alley, Quezon City, Philippines

4. Options Studio

Rates: Price available upon request 

Location/s: 103 G/F Nobel Plaza 110 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati; Lower Ground Floor, One Uptown Residences, 36th street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City; North Bridgeway, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City; 6th Floor, GEMPC Building 132 Timog Avenue Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

5. B+B Studio 

Rates: Three starter sessions (P4,500); 12 private sessions (P12,000)

Location/s: 9th Floor Menarco Tower, 32nd Street, Fort Bonifacio, Fort Bonifacio, Philippines

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