The list of celebrities who do Pilates is almost endless, from Liz Hurley,
Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna to Martin Amis, John Cleese and
Ian McKellen. It would almost be quicker to compile a list of
celebrities who don’t do Pilates :)
“I have done every diet in the book over the years. What made the big difference
was the exercise. Now I do a lot of walking, Pilates and some running and swimming.”
– Lorraine Kelly, TV presenter
“I have been going for 13 years… How do I measure the success of Pilates? Certainly,
I emerge with a tremendous sense of wellbeing, and even if I do call at the coffee shop for
a croissant afterwards, I still feel my health has been served. I remain active and relatively agile.”
– Joan Bakewell, writer and broadcaster, on the secret of her
health and agility at the age of 70 – from an article in The Guardian.
“These [Pilates] exercises are really very necessary when you do a lot of sitting… They keep
you flexible enough to pull on your socks as you get older… When I get out of the car now,
I don’t go arrggghhh…” – Martin Amis, novelist and twice-a-week Pilates devotee.
“I do Pilates four or five times a week. The benefits are subtle, but it increases your flexibility
and really tones you up. It also straightens your spine and improves your posture. In the past
eight years, I’ve grown more than two and a half inches (6cm). I am 5ft 7ins (1.70m)
and I am very pleased with that.” – Belinda Carlisle, singer and pop icon.
“Now I have muscles of steel and could easily deal with giving birth.”
– Hugh Grant, actor and film star
“I’m a Pilates person. It’s great. I had a hip problem. I had a chronic back, a pinched nerve
and a hip problem and it’s completely solved all of it. I love it. It makes me feel like I’m taller.”
– Jennifer Anniston, TV and movie star
“Pilates is the only exercise programme that has changed my body and made me feel great.”
– Jamie Lee Curtis, movie star
“What do I like most about Pilates? ‘The fact that I can really feel my body working. I might
do 250 crunches but my body is so used to them that I don’t really feel them. With Pilates,
I can really feel [my abdominals] even if I only do six or 12 repetitions.”
– Joan Collins, actress and writer, who first started doing Pilates over 30 years ago
“You have turned me into a Ferrari; my husband thanks you."
– Ruby Wax, actress, writer and TV personality, to her Pilates teacher
“It helps with a lot of injury prevention. I’d recommend it to anyone.”
– Elena Baltacha, British former tennis player
“Athers suggested I try daily Pilates exercises. He swore by them.”
– Andrew Flintoff, former England fast bowler, on the advice he got from Mike
Atherton, former England cricket captain, on how to tackle his back problems.
Flintoff took the advice and was soon back to fitness and form.
“I don’t like to waste time. I want to spend it doing the best possible thing for me. Pilates
has given me the greatest returns. It sucks your butt up, tones the legs and shoulders.
Nothing else gives you definition like it.”
– Lucy Lawless, best-known for portraying Xena, Warrior Princess
"I was 19 when I discovered Pilates, and I’m still doing it. It’s the workout my body really responds to.
It’s all about alignment, elongating your spine and strengthening your core. It makes me feel my strongest.
Pilates is always challenging. The advanced moves are amazing, but so hard." - Kate Hudson
Does a combination of mat and Reformer Pilates to stay strong and energized.
“I’m a Pilates person. It’s great. I had a hip problem. I had a chronic back, a pinched nerve and a hip
problem and it’s completely solved all of it. I love it. It makes me feel like I’m taller.” - Jennifer Aniston
“I do an hour of Pilates a day. It is fantastic and fitness-wise I am the best I have been for a long time.
I am in the best shape in years”. - David Beckham
Working through her fibromyalgia, Gaga uses Pilates and Yoga to maintain her health and stay active.
Makes a point to do Pilates when she’s in LA, and she did it to keep in shape for The Proposal!
"I was doing Pilates before people even knew how to spell Pilates. I started after my first child, 22 years ago..
Core strength balances your entire body. It pulls your shoulders back, tucks in your pelvis, makes you
walk straighter, and gives you great posture. - Vanessa Williams
"I was a gymnast when I was little, so I think Pilates is really important to helping me
stay long and lean. I try to do it three times a week. I also do circuit training. - Hilary Duff
Has been going to her Pilates studio in Brentwood for several years.
She credits Pilates, Yoga and her diet for keeping her body ageless.
"I love Pilates. I feel very energized and centered when I walk out the door afterwards" - Emma Roberts
The British model, actress, singer and businesswoman is a fan of Pilates and trains in London.
Practices Pilates regularly in order to maintain her supermodel bod!