This month, as we welcome the holiday season, we sit down with the vivacious Julia Jang as she tells us how she learnt to “chope” tables at food centres, her life-long dream of learning to dance, and what she herself will be expecting to welcome in a few months!

Hi Julie, thanks for taking the time to sit with us today! First things first, when and how did you start your Pilates journey?

I always wanted to have “go-to sport”, I tried gym, yoga, rock climbing etc but I couldn’t stick to one thing regularly until I tried Pilates. I was a Pilates client for 3 years and one day i found myself daydreaming about doing “teasers”, “rollovers” and “hundreds” in the office and I couldn’t stop. After hesitating for 6 months, I finally quit my job and started my journey as an instructor, and never regretted it since!

Tell us why you picked Elephant as your Exercise Focus of the month?

Elephant shows how much body awareness you have and it is a great indication for me to see if my clients are ready to move on to the next level. It requires good body control, strong grip, arms, shoulder stability and core strength!

Besides Pilates, what other exercises do you do to stay so slim?

Time to time I still do yoga but mostly I self-train with Pilates and it is good enough for me!

How long has it been since you moved here from Korea and what’s the biggest cultural shock you’ve had so far?

It has been 9 years since I have been living here. The biggest cultural shock? Coffee (kopi) in a plastic bag with string holder and using tissue to ‘chope’ tables at the hawker center!

What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do but have yet to try?

Dance, especially whaacking! I love how it is feminine yet powerful, and I guess there is that similarity with Pilates.

Tell us one little known fact about yourself!

I am 5 months pregnant now!

Wine or Whiskey?

Can i choose beer instead?

What’s your favourite way to unwind after a long day?

Same as before – Beer! (laughs) I love to have a bottle of beer at the end of a long day, but I have to take a temporary ‘break’ until I’m no longer pregnant.

What’s your go-to recipe that you always cook as a comfort meal?

I don’t have an answer for that! But what I do to make something simple for breakfast is blend frozen berries, milk and a bit of honey.

We always see you in sports apparel. Where are some of your favourite spots to shop for non-workout clothes?


What’s your favourite workout inspirational quote?

I don’t have a quote, just perfecting advanced Pilates movements is enough inspiration for me.

Julie teaches in Novena and Galaxis, do say hi to her when you see her!

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