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In-person and online classes and appointments are now available. See the class schedule below. Call 202-269-3020 for one-on-one appointments.

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Lesa McLaughlin

Owner and 2nd Generation Pilates Instructor


About Excel Pilates DC

Excel Pilates DC, established in 1998, located in the Brookland neighborhood, is fully equipped Pilates Studio with Reformers, Wall Units, Chairs, Barrels, Cadillacs and Mat Classes.


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Get started today with three Private sessions and two Mat classes to give you a tour of our studio and our approach to classical Pilates. Whether you’re interested in classes, one-on-ones or just finding out more, contact us today.


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Excel Pilates DC Reviews

“After a workout at Excel I feel invigorated. My energy levels are higher and I feel satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. Good health and fitness are not things that simply occur—I must work for them. I believe that if you want to be active, you must stay active. I recommend Pilates at Excel Pilates as a good way to be active for almost anyone.”
“I’m a senior citizen and I’ve had my share of sports- and exercise-related injuries over the years. I appreciate the expert guidance and oversight provided by the instructors at the Excel studio. Their expertise imbues in me a confidence to attempt challenging exercises. Thanks to the instructors, I have surprised myself more than once with what I am able to do.”
“Great facility and instructors! Worth the investment.”
“Welcoming and great instructors! A necessary part of my healthy back maintenance practice.”
“I had private classes and they were the absolute best. I love this place and could not recommend it and their instructors more highly.”
“While I have only taken Reformer classes here, I found the instruction at this studio top notch! Teachers have many years–if not decades–experience with the Pilates Method. Administrative staff members are friendly, helpful, and responsive. The studio is bright, airy, and very pleasant overall. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in studying classic Pilates!”
“Excellent instructors and facility. I’ve been taking one on one classes for three years and can see improvement in my strength and flexibility. I have scoliosis, and my instructor at Excel was willing to modify the exercises to accommodate my back problems.”
“I do 1:1 sessions with a few different instructors. I find all of the instructors very knowledgeable. The studio is always clean and bright.”
“I love this place. They are focused on helping you become the best you — strong, flexible and resilient through exercise. My one-on-one sessions with Janice are the highlight of my week.”
“+The Excel Studio has a welcoming environment with friendly, knowledgeable certified Pilates instructors. +Diverse clientele from across the city and suburbs encompass all ages, backgrounds and abilities, including those in recovery from major illness. +For the past two years, my weekly private sessions with Michelle Mendelson have made an enormous difference in managing serious chronic back pain. +++I highly recommend Excel Pilates!”
“Very welcoming atmosphere. Everyone I have dealt with has been helpful and pleasant. The instructors make a point of remembering your name and are really attentive (whether one-on-one or in a group class). I’ve learned a lot and plan to keep going.”
“An amazing studio with a great vibe. Their incredibly knowledgeable instructors teach to your skill level. You will look and feel better in no time. I highly recommend Stefanie. She’s my favorite teacher.”
“A long-time client. Facility is always clean. All staff are professional, courteous, and caring. Most of all, highly trained.”
“Since I began practicing Pilates at Excel Pilates DC, I’ve improved my core strength and flexibility overall. Feeling stronger and more capable provides a degree of personal confidence that I find quite gratifying. The instructors at the Excel studio are knowledgeable, as well as helpful and encouraging. Their interest in my performance inspires me to try harder.”
“I drive half an hour to get to this studio for its deep roster of excellent instructors and convenient scheduling for both group and individual classes.”
“Excellent instructors. Well-managed facility.”
“Excel Pilates is a beautiful space with knowledgeable teachers, a great dedication to classical Pilates, and an amazing teacher training program. My body has never felt better.”
“Spotlessly clean studio, small group classes, very individualized instruction. Excel adheres to the classic pilates methods. Jacqueline is a super instructor! Highly recommend.”
“Great place with thoughtful direction and support practicing Pilates.”
“The instruction at Excel is tops!”
“I’ve been working out with Excel Pilates for four years, and am going to continue with my Pilates practice for the rest of my life! Thanks, Excel!”
“The teachers at Excel really know their stuff.  This isn’t a studio that offers a zillion different types of fitness classes, they focus on what they do best: Pilates classes and Pilates teacher training.”
“This is a great studio for the Pilates beginner or for an advanced student. The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable and the atmosphere is calm.”

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