Instructor of the Month
Introducing Julie Hall, owner of The Wellbeing Boutique
Being honest, the first time I tried Pilates, I really didn’t get it. We barely moved, I had no idea what my ‘core’ was or how to switch it on and came away baffled.What a difference an instructor can make! I later started going to Pilates with my Mum. The instructor was knowledgeable, made classes fun and challenging and it seemed there was no running injury I could incur which could not be fixed with Pilates.At this time I was looking for a new challenge and decided I would like to work in the fitness industry, after months of procrastinating, I finally booked onto my course with Pilates Institute and there the journey began….
Q & A Session:
How would you describe your style of teaching?
I always make sure people feel welcome & comfortable – so often people feel they won’t be able to keep up, I want them to feel it is ‘their’ class and not to worry what other people are doing. I hope that people will leave the class smiling. My teaching style continues to evolve, I’ve noticed I am becoming stricter but in a friendly way! I will correct verbally first, then hands on if necessary & I have occasionally stopped the class if technique is poor to demonstrate and start all over again. Sometimes even regulars get a bit sloppy & that is forbidden!
What is your client base like?
A wide range-20s-90s, men and women. A lot of women are new mums, most of my men have been referred from a physio and I even have a few physios. I love my older ladies, they put us all to shame & I know they enjoy the compliments form new younger class mates saying how flexible & strong they are! My one to one clients are mostly women with specific issues to work on and I’ve enjoyed some long relationships, its been very satisfying to see people feel better from what I teach them to do.
After your Level 3 training what other training have you done?
After having my two children, I decided to train in Pre and Post Natal. I’ve also had the pleasure of attending some of Jo's workshops. Jo is the teacher I aspire to be like, her way of teaching makes sense to me and I always get so much from a day with Jo. That’s why I’ve also gone on to mentoring with Jo too – just invaluable!
What are you planning for 2013?
My plan for this year is to focus on my Anatomy & Physiology. I want to keep challenging myself, I’d also love to explore some online options. I teach two evenings a week, my husband runs his own business so like many of us, I’m struggling for time to run more classes. Watch this space!
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Pilates Instructor?
It has to be the unexpected comments from my class. Last week, an 80 year old lady came to me after class to tell me what a fantastic instructor I was and that I looked after everyone so well. I felt amazing after that, it gave me such a confidence boost.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new instructor what would it be?
Take your time and enjoy the journey, there isn’t a point where you will know everything (if there is, I certainly haven’t reached it) Do the best with what you know and try to explore moves and question things rather than trying to learn it all from one book. There’s so much out there and your teaching could go in whatever direction you choose.