Here’s a snippet of how Instructor Julie’s Pilates Journey started:
I started Pilates with curiosity when Pilates was not so common back then in Korea. There was a new studio that happens to open nearby my area and I saw the bed-like equipment with springs attached rather interesting and wanted to give it a try, and that’s how it all started.
After a few months of training, I found Pilates to be very fun and fell in love with it because it makes me feel accomplished whenever I could do the exercises which I previously can’t. My instructor then recommended me to take an instructor course since I enjoy it so much. After completing the course, I didn’t plan on teaching Pilates for a living however I was given an opportunity to work as a translator for the instructor course which then leads me to become a full-time instructor.
Having met passionate trainees and clients who wants to become fitter and heathier inspires me to share the benefits of Pilates and even start my own studio in Korea.
What is Pilates to you?
Pilates is part of my everyday life. It has become my daily routine. I either wake up my body with some Pilates stretches, work out doing some exercises, meditate my mind doing Pilates, or meet my friends and do Pilates together 😆. I will try to get at least an hour of Pilates a day, except on my days off 😛
What’s your favourite Pilates move on the mat / reformer?
I love Bridging and feet in straps! I think everyone loves them and it is so beneficial for everyone 😄
What are some challenges you have to overcome while becoming an instructor and a Polestar Pilates mentor?
I started off without any movement background, so I had to study really hard to understand the human body and I did a lot of self-practice for certain movements. This also helps me to relate to my clients better when I teach.
Any personal advice / tips to those who are planning to take up Pilates professionally?
You have to be patient and be responsible for your client’s movement. Most importantly, appreciate that your clients are giving up their precious time and money to train with you.
What can a client expect in your classes?
My goal is to do my best to ensure every client walks out of the studio feeling like they spent the last hour doing something valuable and beneficial, which helps to make their day or hopefully their week even better!
What’s your life motto?
My life motto is to ‘Live your day like the last day of your life’. I tell myself that I want to live everyday doing my best feeling grateful and have no regrets.
Julie Park, Senior Instructor / GYROTONIC Instructor
Come give Julie’s challenging Multi-level Reformer group classes a try which is on every Tuesday, 5.30pm and Thursday 7.30pm. Alternatively, contact us if you wish to book in for a 1on1 session with her!