Pilates studios can be intimidating for those just starting out. The dimly lit rooms and polished aesthetic of the matching set Stanley Cup Alo girlies is enough to give any newbie pause. But we promise that studios and more welcoming than you’d expect and there are massive benefits to giving the mat or reformer a try. Pilates can improve flexibility and balance as well as increase strength and tone muscles and, believe it or not, can be really enjoyable.

These Vancouver studios welcome newcomers with gracious hospitality and will have you leaving feeling strong and accomplished (if a little bit sore). Some even have their own bistro for a healthy lunch post-workout and physiotherapists on site to help with any injuries you may have.

Here are five of the best Vancouver pilates studios to check out.