Kate Abbott Pilates

Based in Gestingthorpe, ideally placed between Halstead and Sudbury on the Essex/Suffolk border, Kate offers a variety of Pilates classes delivered in her home studio. Alongside classical mat classes and Equipment Circuit Pilates, one-to-one Studio Pilates lessons are also available – so plenty of options to help you move more.

Movement makes us feel better – we should be able to move our bodies naturally, spontaneously and with ease. In other words, we want to be able to perform daily tasks without pain and discomfort.

Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.

Return to Life, Joseph Pilates, 1945

Originally called Contrology and the lifetime work of Joseph Pilates, it is an exercise system of movements carefully designed to strengthen and condition our bodies with precision and control. Pilates is increasingly recommended by GPs, osteopaths and physiotherapists because Pilates is low impact and accessible to all ages and abilities. You can find out why Pilates is recommended by the NHS – and not just for back pain, here.

Working out is an opportunity for self-care; you will leave class feeling happy and positive – and possibly feeling a bit taller! Classes are available in friendly groups of up to 6 people. Kate also offers premium 1:1 and 1:2 sessions incorporating the mat and the other large pieces of equipment to work on your individual needs, pre and post natal clients and/or rehab requirements.

We are the sum of what we do – so get moving! Contact Kate now to book your first session.

Kate Abbott Pilates
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Loraine LoraineLoraine Loraine
16:33 29 Jun 23
Kate is such a great instructor, the way she explains things is really easy to understand.I really look forward to my weekly lesson.I would highly recommend Kate for Pilates lessons.Loraine
Robert MiddleditchRobert Middleditch
17:18 06 Feb 23
Kate has been teaching me and my son Pilates for over six months and we can highly recommend her. Kate's knowledge and professionalism shine through in her classes. You are totally at ease in her lessons, regardless of your ability and her methods of teaching allow you to make real progress with core strength and flexibility.
Cathey PontyCathey Ponty
16:35 06 Feb 23
I absolutely love coming to Kate’s classes. Her sessions are well planned, challenging and differentiated according to how far you are in your Pilates journey. I’ve become so much stronger and the fitness I’ve gained has really helped in all areas of daily life. I’ve also had one to one sessions on the reformer and these are demanding and targeted - well worth it if you’re up for a challenge and want to take your fitness to the next level.
Julie RipperJulie Ripper
15:58 29 Nov 22
I came to Kate feeling very uncertain about Pilates and with poor mobility following back problems. Kate has helped me enormously to gain confidence and improve my flexibility. Her approach was so well thought through and I can’t believe the improvement. Without doubt her Pilates classes have given me a sense of well-being, and I’m moving better than I have for years. Thank you Kate so much for your patience and encouragement.
Millie HarpurMillie Harpur
20:01 25 Aug 22
Kate is absolutely brilliant. I started her classes having never done Pilates before and I’ve absolutely loved it. Kate’s really good at looking after all abilities, you never feel left behind and she gives you plenty of individual attention when you need a bit of extra help. Really, really highly recommend!!
catherine pottercatherine potter
06:39 16 Aug 22
Kate is an excellent Pilates teacher, very professional. She pays great attention to detail and I feel confident in her instructions. She brings a gentle humour into the class too.
Michelle MaybankMichelle Maybank
07:15 22 Jun 22
I've been seeing Kate for over a year now after experiencing long spells of sciatica, after some 1 to 1 sessions and now onto mat classes I haven't suffered since! Kate knows her stuff!!!! My posture, core and back feel stronger than ever, would and have recommended Kate in a heartbeat.
Ann HarrisAnn Harris
17:33 20 Jun 22
I cannot praise Kate too highly. I have been doing Pilates, both one to one and in groups, for many years but have rarely met any one so committed to her art and intuitive about what some else's body needs. In particular the guidance, support and encouragement that she has given me following my hip operation have been amazing. She praises each little gain and works with me on each challenge. I very much enjoy my sessions with her. Long may they continue.
Jane TeversonJane Teverson
14:31 07 Nov 21
Not having had any proper exercise for several years I knew that at seventy four going on seventy five, I needed to find myself some form of exercise. An article in the paper led me to Pilates and Google led me to Kate and I am so glad that they did. She seems to have an intuitive understanding of individual needs and this combined with her encouraging attitude, has proved to be beneficial in every way.Most unexpected but very welcome, is the fact that the painful leg cramps that used to wake me up, no longer bother me. Wonderful.
Amanda GardinerAmanda Gardiner
17:23 24 Nov 20
I have been doing Kate’s classes for nearly a year now and have only had to visit my osteopath once! He was so impressed by my muscle strength, mobility and improvement in my overall posture that hopefully I won’t have to see him again for at least another year! Thank you Kate your patience and excellent explanation of movements.
Jane AventJane Avent
11:27 20 Nov 20
I’m moving from strength to strength with Kate’s excellent guidance.Yes, I ache a little before and after each class but I’m aware that my body is becoming stronger and the aches are gradually subsiding, thanks to Kate’s excellent easy to follow demonstrations and verbal instructions.I would have no hesitation in recommending Kate to you... give it go, you won’t regret it!
Julia ScottJulia Scott
20:36 19 Nov 20
I love Kate’s Pilates classes. She’s been a life saver for my well being and the health of my lower back, especially during lockdown. She is enthusiastic and fun, and fantastic at describing each tiny move, making sure you get your posture absolutely correct with each position and movement, without risk of injury & ensuring you get the most benefit. I didn’t think I could be this flexible in my 50’s. I feel as though I were in my 20’s again, thanks to Kate! I’ve been doing Pilates with varying teachers over the last 10 years or so, but Kate is one of my most trusted favourites. Highly recommend! Thanks Kate!!
celine keaneyceline keaney
15:14 19 Nov 20
I’ve only recently started the zoom Pilates lessons with Kate. I cannot recommend her enough. She explains everything very thorough and is very patient and understanding. She can see everyone on asceten and thus can let us know if anything needs some form of correction. She is very encouraging. I have definitely felt overall improvement since starting a few weeks ago.