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GIULIA DI PATRIZI

What makes your class so f’cking awesome?

My classes are fun with cool music that will make your bum jiggle. I also believe in technique and understanding of your own body. You will come out feeling challenged and happy!

What was your journey to becoming an instructor? How the hell did you get here?

I’m an ex-dancer and scenic artist. I then became pregnant, with a quite big baby; because of my hypermobility and my scoliosis, the injuries that an easy pregnancy gives you where a 100 time worst but Pilates fixed me and strengthened what was damaged and loosened. I felt I couldn’t go back to dancing, my confidence was low so my Pilates instructor suggested teaching and helped me achieve it and HERE I AM!

What’s your favourite way to keep a healthy body and a healthy mind?

Doing the things I like as much as I can! I love adventures and being creative, being silly also keeps me young, life is too short to take everything so seriously.

Who’s your fitness hero? Why?

My best friend from home Erica! An aerial performer and instructor and yoga teacher. When she was 19 she ran away with the circus and ended up in Belgium where she graduated in Circus Performance. She is small and powerful and I’ve looked up to her since I can ever remember, her will power and determination are the strongest part of her character. I think she is Wonder Woman.

What is your signature move?

I love a four-point kneeling exercise, it challenges the balance and works pretty much everything. A lot of people tend to sink through the shoulder blades and by doing this their alignment moves and there is more risk of opening the hips towards one side. Another move I love is a spinal roll up – most people think that they have to reach the ground so they land like a sack of potatoes, the best thing to do is to find your own point of challenge, hold it for two or three breath and then roll up again, slowly, your core will get stronger and stronger to the point that you will be able to roll all the way down with grace and then even roll all the way back up. Try this at home it’s fun and challenging!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

To never be afraid to go back on your steps, that is never a failure but you have just learned that is either not for you or needs a bit more prep work.

Follow Giulia on the 'gram: @pilateswithgiulia

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