Yung Ok Yoo - Principal Instructor/ Studio Owner
“My Passion for the True Pilates method stems from my own evolution in exercise. Pilates has given me strength and discipline in body and mind”
Yung Ok's background is in Fine Arts and hospitality. She started Pilates in 2007 as part of her strength training program after injuring her lower back.
In 2008, Yung Ok started her apprenticeship with 2nd Generation Master Teacher trainer Cynthia Lochard at The Pilates Method Training centre in Sydney for Romana’s Pilates. She completed 1000 hours of training before certifying in January 2009. Since then, Yung Ok has taught in many of Romana's Pilates Studios around Sydney - teaching at The Pilates Method Sydney in Surry Hills, Powerhouse Pilates in Lillyfield and Balmain Pilates Studio in Balmain. During this time, Yung Ok also ran the Pilates classes in a boutique gym 'Hips' in Summer Hill as well as Redfern Community Centre. In 2013, Yung Ok opened 'True Pilates Sydney Studio' because she felt there was a poor representation of 'true' Pilates in the fitness world. With True Pilates Sydney Studio, she aims to deliver high quality teaching of the Traditional (Romana's) Pilates Method with experienced and professional Pilates teachers.
Yung Ok keeps up her own personal Pilates training with her weekly sessions with Teacher trainer Cynthia Lochard. She also regularly travels to New York for intensive training at True Pilates New York (originally know as Dragos). While in NYC, she continues her training with 2nd Generation Master teacher trainers; Cynthia Shipley and Jerome Weinberg from True Pilates New York (TPNY), Anthony Rabara from The Anthony Rabara Pilates Studio in New Jersey and Peter Fiasca - founder of Classical Pilates.
Yung Ok is also a Level 3 Professional Practitioner member of Australia Pilates Method Association (APMA).
Luke Cook - Resident Instructor
Luke was looking to improve his strength and circulation after having vascular surgery as an 18-year-old. Swimming and weightlifting were forbidden, so when a close friend recommended Pilates, he jumped at the chance. That was in 2001, and he has made Pilates his primary source of exercise since then.
With a view to taking up a career as a Pilates teacher, Luke began the rigorous teacher training program provided by 2nd Generation Master Teacher trainer Cynthia Lochard. His year-long apprenticeship was completed with a month in New York under the watchful eye of Sari Mejia Santo.
When he certified in January 2006, upon his return to Australia Luke was offered a teaching position at the Training centre - The Pilates Method Sydney. There he taught for 6 years under Cynthia Lochard teaching private and group sessions, as well as running workshops for 'Pilates for men'. During that time he also ran Pilates classes at Yoga To Go in Petersham, Spirit Therapies in Potts Point and Bangarra Dance Theatre.
In 2012, Luke opened “ Luke Cook Pilates Studio” in Potts Point to provide personalised Pilates lessons for the local community. In 2016 he decided to make True Pilates Sydney Studio his new home.
Luke is also a certified Fitness Personal trainer (Certificate IV) and is a FIA member (Fitness Institute of Australia).
We are please to have Luke be part of the True Pilates Sydney Studio team!
Pablo Comino - Resident Instructor
Since childhood, Pablo has always been interested in Sports and Exercise. His passion was heightened when his football idol got seriously injured. Following the news, Pablo became interested in Sports rehabilitation.
In 2004 - after graduating from College Pablo specialised in Rehabilitation in Sports Injury at Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP).
After three years of experience in Orthopaedics Rehabilitation, it became clear to Pablo that injuries were often due to imbalances in the body. Wanting to explore exercise methodology as a prevention to surgery, Pablo became interested in Pilates... and it changed his life's trajectory.
In 2007, Pablo started his apprenticeship with second Generation teacher Master teacher Inelia Garcia at “The Pilates Studio Brazil” in Brazil, São Paulo and became certified in 2009.
In 2014, after seven years of teaching Pilates, Pablo decided to extend his knowledge in Physiology and Exercise and completed his post graduate studies specialising in Physiology and Exercise Prescription: Rehabilitation to Training at University City of São Paulo (UNICID).
In 2017, with ten years of Pilates teaching experience under his belt Pablo decided to move to Australia and immerse himself into another culture. While in Australia, he continues to teach Pilates and is working towards becoming a licensed physiotherapist.
We are please to have him join the True Pilates Sydney Studio team!
Sanja Ilic - Resident Instructor
With a background in Contemporary , Folk and Ballroom dance Sanja has always been interested in physicality of fitness.
Sanja's quest to understand more about Pilates has found her discovering and learning with different Pilates schools and Methods.
In 2013, Sanja certified at the Elixir School Sydney Pilates but felt her training was incomplete. In 2015 she continued her Pilates training and certified at Authentic Pilates School Sydney. However, Sanja still felt like there was more learn and here is where she came across Romana’s Pilates Method and started to train with 2nd Second Generation Master trainer Cynthia Lochard. In 2016 - it is with sheer passion, dedication and perseverance that Sanja decided to undertake further studies (700 hours) and re-certify to become a Romana’s Pilates Instructor - she completed this certification in January 2017.
Sanja is also a certified in Barre instructor - Attack (2014) & Concept (2012). She taught for Barre Renee Scott at Pilates & Barre at Balance Moves in Bondi and The Barre Studio in the CBD. Sanja is also a qualified Personal/ Fitness instructor (since 1994).
We are delighted to have Sanja join our team at True Pilates Sydney Studio because she has the passion, determination, dedication and perseverance to inspire the change of Mind, Body and Spirit in others!