• pilates is good for you

    flexibility • strength • posture • balance • health

  • about

    I'm Kirsten McFarlane, founder of Spectrum Pilates and co-owner of The Pilates Collective, a Vancouver based collaborative space dedicated to the practise of Classical Pilates. The studio is fully equipped with only the highest quality Classical apparatus by Gratz, Contrology, Legacy Pilates and James Crane.


    The system created by Joseph Pilates addresses everything that our bodies need to be healthy. Each workout blends flexibility, strength, alignment, balance and breath. It's a sneaky way of getting all those boring exercises we know we "should do" in a safe, fun, challenging, invigorating workout. You'll notice a difference in your body in just a few sessions and your sport performance will improve dramatically. Pilates is fabulous on its own but when you realize how it positively impacts EVERYTHING you do, you'll be hooked.


    Originally trained as a physiotherapist, I discovered Pilates was the missing piece to my own knee injury rehabilitation. I truly believe that there are huge benefits in making Pilates a cornerstone of your self care, no matter where you are on the spectrum of health, fitness or age.

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  • workouts

    I teach a variety of session types, available both in person at The Pilates Collective or online if you prefer to work out from the comfort, convenience and safety of your home. Privates, Open Gym and Group Classes can all be booked directly online through the links below. Contact me to arrange Duets or Trios.


    Private Session (in person or online) - $105CAD

    Semi-Private Session - 2 people (in person or online) - $65CAD per person

    Semi-Private Session - 3 people (in person or online) - $55CAD per person

    Contrology Workout (in person or online) - $45CAD per class

    Virtual Mat Class - $30CAD

    Virtual Apparatus Class - $30CAD



    Can't find a time that works for regular lessons? Looking for a way of getting another workout on your own? Love working at your own pace? Then my Online Library is a great option! Classes vary in length (15-45 minutes) and level (Pre-Pilates to Advanced) and use a variety of props like a broomstick, resistance band or Magic Circle to deepen the work. Purchase an unlimited monthly subscription ($25) or an individual class ($15). There is even a free 7 day trial period!


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    Exercises, musings and info about upcoming classes!


    No doubt about it, online is not as good as in person. But, some Pilates is better than no Pilates, right? And if you need more convincing, here's what my clients have to say about their experiences:

    "Get your alignment back on track! With so much online fitness available to us as we stay at home, it's easy to slip back into old movement patterns or, at worse, trigger old injuries. Somehow Kirsten manages to catch your old habits through the screen. She'll get you sweating with lots of all-levels pilates sequencing, while offering you the personalized cues you need to keep your body moving happily."

    Lauren K

    “Having a chance to have personal teaching during these times is especially valuable. The on-line format was a great workout to counter all the additional computer work I’ve been doing. My back is loving the Pilates!”

    Anne M

    "Kirsten’s ability to teach and her helpful “cues” are not diminished by working out online."

    Trina R

    "Kirsten gives clear, concise directions with helpful feedback to get the most out of each exercise. The workouts are fun and well balanced and I love how my body feels after!"

    Dawn J

    “Kirsten’s class is a great way to stay in shape while staying safely at home!”

    Melissa M

    "Great detailed workout with helpful individual pointers!"

    Jenny HH

    "Thanks for a great class yesterday - your calm approach and well explained poses made for an enjoyable but challenging session!"

    Lynda L

    "I really did appreciate today’s class!! It was challenging to do the exercises correctly. I felt several inches taller after the class this morning."

    Brenda S

    "The way you explained things were excellent! I am used to aerobic or weight workouts so this is a whole new world for me!! I really enjoyed the class, thank you so much!!"

    Margot M

    "I've NEVER had the concepts explained so clearly, so I've never really understood what I'm supposed to be doing or what it's supposed to feel like. THANK YOU. This is important for me to keep doing, I think it's targeting precisely where I'm so weak. I'm stoked!"

    Colleen C

    "Kirsten has the amazing ability to connect with her clients in providing direction and pointers that turn on that particular movement or muscle in our bodies. Kirsten’s professional background is so invaluable as she understands the human body. My “at home” practice has progressed so well since connecting with Kirsten. No more back pain!


    Zoom is not an easy teaching tool to use but Kirsten communicates so effectively to each of us throughout the class. Thank you!"

    Kelowna Brenda

    "Kirsten is an awesome teacher! Her love of teaching and Pilates shines through in every class. Her own passion is infectious and she is continuously coming up with new ways to understand and experience the exercises which keeps the classes engaging and challenging (a good thing!) Her encouragement and support for your own Pilates journey is motivating. I highly recommend her classes both online and in person."

    Lisa O.

    Pilates is addictive. It makes you feel good. It is a physical feeling of well-being: get stronger, move better, improve posture. It is an emotional feeling of clarity and content. Pilates is a deep and mindful practice which connects the mind-body through increased awareness of the body in general and of inner core muscles specifically. Clear guidance truly matter in Pilates and a good Pilates teacher is a rare gift, because she/he makes practice really efficient. Kirsten is a dream Pilates teacher. Her experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, complete focus on a practitioner, genuine love and kindness to people radiate through her guidance, and as a result, her classes make you feel better, make you be better. At first, it seems like she aims to get you to use these deep core muscles, but at some point you realise that classes with her improve quality of life overall. Thank you Kirsten.

    Yanina Y.