Jia Ying shares on when she first started Pilates and started taking it more professionally
I started Pilates about 10 years ago although admittedly I was not that serious. Eventually, I started doing Pilates more seriously when I experienced firsthand from my Physio sessions how Pilates helped me to rehab from my injuries and improved my flexibility and strength.
What do you like about Pilates in particular?
I love that Pilates is able to help one restore or even improve functional movement and at the same time is customisable to each individual’s fitness/rehab needs via the use of different equipments and settings/props. The precision and scientific approach behind Pilates also appeals to the closet nerd in me.
What spurs/inspires you to become a Pilates Instructor?
I’ve benefitted so much from Pilates and wanted to be able to help others experience the benefits of Pilates as well.
What’s your favourite Pilates move?
It’s hard to name one particular favourite move but one of my favourites is the seated push through with circumduction on the trap table because it moves the spine in many different directions and planes of movement.
What are some challenges you faced while training to become an instructor? Any advice / tips to trainees?
Challenges include having to deal with an acute spinal disc bulge injury which meant my sign offs for exercises had to be delayed while I did my rehab. The closure of studios due to Covid-19 restrictions also meant we were not able to practice as much as we would like to. My advice to trainees would be to not stress too much and compare yourself with others as everyone has their own Pilates journey. Just do your best, and trust that the Universe will do the rest 🙂
What’s your goal / life motto?
My goal is to continuously improve as a Pilates instructor so that I can keep adding more tools in my Pilates toolbox to continuously add value to our clients.
My life motto is to live fearlessly and not fret too much about the small little things in life. To quote the song “Que Sera Sera, whatever will be will be”.
What can we expect in your group classes?
Expect a good workout according to class levels, with a focus on alignment and the why’s behind doing certain exercises. Pilates nerd here!
If you are not working, what do you enjoy doing during your free time?
I love experimenting in the kitchen and hunting down good eats everywhere I go. Whenever our schedule permits, I also try to learn from my mum how to cook her signature dishes.
What’s your favourite post-workout meal in Raffles Place?
I love having a combi of Ya Kun’s soft boiled eggs and the traditional popiah and soup set from Souperstar at ORP cos the popiah is rather close (although still can’t beat) to my Mum’s popiah!
Liao Jia Ying, Instructor
Jia Ying is currently teaching onsite group Reformer Trial, Fundamental and Beginner. Check our group class schedule and book in to your preferred timing! Alternatively, contact us if you wish to book in for an onsite 1on1/1on2 private session with her!