Meet Clara Baini - Good Day Pilates
Where did you grow up? How did your experiences growing up shape the person you are and lead you to the career you have today?
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia. I was always very active as a child and was encouraged try every activity. I pursued swimming competitively as a teenager and through that I leant so much about biomechanics and training. I also spent a lot of time around coaches and Physio's which definitely influenced my career path.
What lead you to moving from Australia to New York and eventually opening your own studio in New York City?
I had visited New York on a holiday a few times and just loved the energy and feeling of opportunity throughout the whole city. There is no other place in the world like New York City. When I moved, it took me a while to find my feet but now I have such a strong community through Good Day.
How did you find your way into the Pilates/movement industry?
I am a qualified Physiotherapist and spent most of my Physio career in private practice and in sports.
What inspired you to start Good Day Pilates?
Good Day is really a blend of Pilates and my Physiotherapy background. I wanted to create a space where everybody felt welcome with a real emphasis on function and education for our clients. Not only are you getting a great workout using the reformer and all the props, but you’re learning how to move better and feel better for everyday life. I will also say that my clients and my community are such an inspiration day to day to grow Good Day even throughout the pandemic.
What does the word ‘movement’ mean to you? How do you apply this to the way you teach?
To me, movement is accessible to every body, no matter what age or ability. I’ve been lucky enough to work across so many demographics throughout my time as a practicing Physio and I understand the benefits of movement for everyone. When I teach, and at Good Day in general, we focus on function rather than focusing on aesthetics and that influences the way I teach more than anything else.
What does the average day in the studio look like for you?
My day always starts with coffee! Depending on the day I will start at the studio teaching privates and/or classes. Around my teaching hours I’ll schedule meetings usually always including more coffee. I’ll do my best to pop into a Pilates class but sometimes I’ll go for a run or take a yoga class instead to get some movement in.
Favourite TV series or Podcast?
I’ve recently been re-watching Sex and the City - they’re filming the new series close to the studio so I always see them on the street - it inspired me to re-watch the whole series.
What do you wish you knew 5 years ago, and why?
I wish I knew that I am very capable of doing most things I set my mind to and seek to learn about. As a business owner I’ve had to push myself to do things that were out of my initial scope of skills but with the right mentors and asking for help when needed there’s always a way to make those things work.
What most excites you about the MoveActive X Good Day collaboration?
I’m excited to partner with another Aussie business who shares similar values towards movement and health as myself and Good Day.
What advice would you give to someone interested in becoming a Pilates teacher and studio owner?
Getting a lot of real time, in person experience is invaluable when starting your career as an instructor. Try and work with all different types of clients; bodies, abilities, ages to get as much varied experience as possible. In terms of being a studio owner, find a point of difference that makes you stand out and always stick to the values of your brand and business.