In the Spotlight… Pilates
Jude – Contributer
11th November 2016
A bit of background about yourself
My name is Jude and I’m a wife, mummy and a Pilates teacher!
I run a small, friendly Pilates studio called JK Pilates in West Wickham, Kent where I have a team of lovely teachers. We teach a combination of private sessions on the Pilates equipment and group mat work classes.
What are you writing about?
Pilates is an exercise system that improves strength and flexibility, creating more balance and alignment throughout the body.
I always say Pilates is perfect for anyone but it is particularly beneficial if you have a back issue or postural problems.
What inspired you to take on your activity?
I used to do a desk job in London, (marketing in the music industry). Despite working for a a record company I found commuting and office based work unfulfilling, it just wasn’t me. I’ve always exercised and I was fascinated by how the body worked in terms of muscles and movement, why you gave certain exercises to people and what was achieved. It took a lot of time and thought but I decided to retrain and started off as a
fitness instructor. Straight away I loved it and it felt great doing something I was
passionate about, I knew I’d made the right decision. Having caught the fitness bug, I then started studying for my
personal trainer qualification and once I got that I became a full time P.T.
It was then that I realised I wanted to help people in a different way, it was
great getting people to work out but Pilates was different, I’d had a few
lessons and it made my body feel different – better, stronger and more balanced
overall. That’s when I started my training as a Pilates teacher and it hasn’t
really stopped from there.
• What do you love about it?
That I am always learning, even now, 8 years on there’s more to learn and
understand, I will forever be a student!
Also that I get to meet and work with
so many lovely people and hopefully make a difference to their lives somehow, maybe by helping them to do their everyday activities with less pain, or feel stronger and fitter or just having that one hour class a week to themselves to breathe, move and have
some time for them, whichever it is, that’s a huge part of why I love it.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting out?
Go for it!
I know it’s a scary thought retraining or starting something new and I know it
can be expensive but if you’re passionate about something you’ll make it work
and be a success! I truly believe everyone should be doing Pilates whether
they’re 18 or 80 and people are slowly starting to become more aware of it’s
benefits – doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths and other health practitioners
are recommending Pilates for so many things that I’m pretty confident there will always be a need for good, quality teachers.
If I can give one last piece of advice – invest in a good, thorough training course that takes at least a year, it’s so important and you will benefit from that quality training as will you future clients! 🙂
If you’re interested in knowing more about what I do please visit my website