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Welcome to Excel Pilates DC!

Excel Pilates DC is owned by expert teacher Lesa McLaughlin, a 2nd generation certified Pilates teacher trained under the tutelage of Romana Kyzanowska at The Pilates Studio in New York.  

Lesa has been teaching Pilates for 21 years and has been a teacher of dance and exercise since 1980.

Excel Pilates DC has operated in the heart of the vibrant and diverse neighborhood of Brookand in NE DC for over 19 years.  It was the very first Pilates studio in the District and the first studio to offer a certified Teacher Training Program.

At Excel Pilates DC we offer Pilates for every body and every budget.  We offer a range of options, from personalized instruction to group classes, which can be found on our Sessions and Classes page.  We are a fully equipped studio, with Reformers, Cadillacs, wall units/towers, Wunda Chairs and mats.                                                                                             

Washingtonian Magazine named us “DC’s most reputable Pilates Studio".

Getting Started

New to Pilates? If you are just starting out with the Pilates Method, regardless of whether you are interested in group mat classes, equipment classes, or private sessions, we highly recommend our Intro Package.

The Intro Package consists of 3 private sessions during which you will begin to lay the foundation for the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning. Private sessions are designed to meet your specific needs as well as introduce you to the Pilates equipment. These one-on-one sessions help identify your particular strengths and weaknesses. This is especially important for anyone with injuries, chronic conditions, or are post-surgical. 

New to Excel? If you are not new to Pilates but new to our studio, the Intro Package is a great way to get to know us and our approach to teaching the Pilates Method. The Intro Package will set in motion a workout plan that helps you to reach your fullest potential. 

Private sessions are ongoing, and are scheduled by finding a mutually available time between you and an instructor.  Booking can be done online or scheduled through the studio. To schedule a duet or small group appointment, please contact the studio (202-269-3020) or email 

It is also appropriate to begin with Pilates Mat Foundations and Level 1 Mat, which are ongoing and you may join at any time. Your first Mat class is free. You may also start in a six-week Level 1 Equipment class which meets one time a week for six weeks. 

Find information on our Intro Package here.
Find our class schedule here. 



Our Sister Studio, Excel Pilates Annapolis




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