Gratz Pilates has initiated a series of monthly interviews with some of our prominent instructors to allow them to tell their story and discuss the current challenges in our industry.
We are proud to present the interview with our friend Olga Burkova from Moscow and share her history, as she reflects upon the present situation and hopes for the future.
Throughout my childhood, I was engaged in gymnastics and dreamed of becoming a coach. Having entered the State University of physical culture, I already trained children and loved my work very much. Once, an American team of sports aerobics came to the university to demonstrate a new sport to us. A week later, I was a member of University team and started learning new elements that required not only the flexibility and stamina I had, but also the strength I clearly lacked. But I always knew how to work hard and soon, together with my partner Yuri Siukhin, we won the Russian, European and World Championships.
I started working as an aerobics instructor at the World Class Club - first fitness club in Russia in 1993, until one day I took part in Pilates classes. I was fascinated by these exercises, my body naturally understood it, and I decided to learn more about it.
"The equipment has professional standards--like all other brands--but when a professional works on Gratz, they immediately feel the difference. With Gratz, your work is safer and more efficient. So we started our transition to a fully-equipped Gratz studio and never looked back."
We continue to work with clients, many of whom have previously tried training on other equipment, but now they began to understand the difference and the power of the Pilates method on the body. For me, being a trainer of trainers is very interesting, because the details of the method are revealed more and more every day.
Most people started Pilates because of an injury, but I found it by accident. I wanted to do this because it is useful for everyone. It's for all people, and the bottom line is that you can always get better and better, regardless of your age and possibilities. There is no finish line. My clients tell me how well they feel and how gradually they too look better. But what's more interesting to me as a teacher is that the more you study the exercises, the more questions you have about its potential.
I think we will return to our normal lives, but with some new knowledge. For instance, when you teach online clients you will have to explain more clearly especially for trainers. Trainers have trouble using the right words. Maybe they talk a lot or talk too little. We do this training for our students and this really helps. I hope it will finish soon and we will be able to relax more and enjoy ourselves more and appreciate our freedom.