One of the things I love about Los Angeles are the literally countless options you have for where and how to workout. Love hiking? You’re never more than 20 minutes away from a hill with an amazing view. Prefer a jog? Why not job along the houses designed in Hollywood’s golden era – First it feels like you’re running through Spain, then France, then America’s south. Want a class taught by a world-class instructor? Then you’re in luck. Where you workout says a lot about you, actually. Spin, yoga, TRX, crossfit … In this town, they all have different personality connotations. Personally, I’m a pilates NUT. Whether on a mat with a few props or on the reformer working muscles I never knew I had, it was love at first sight with me and pilates. Which is why I feel so lucky to have found Platinum Pilates, my home-away-from-home. With four studios in LA, I feel like I’m in amazing hands with Heather Dorak, the founder of Platinum Pilates, and her team. Heather opened her first studio in Hollywood 10+ years ago and just expanded to Texas, with her sister in charge. Heather’s journey to pilates and then to a business woman #girlboss is really inspiring, I’m so excited to share our interview below!
Sophie Uliano: What got you interested in pilates in the first place?
Heather Dorak: I started dancing at a very young age. Dancing quickly became my life. Dancing was a priority over anything else in my life. It engulfed me so much that I became a bit too obsessed with trying to have the perfect dancer’s body. Down spiraling quickly, I found myself dancing for all the wrong reasons. It wasn’t until I got an injury from dancing and had to choose a different path. My doctor recommended that I try out Pilates, I fell in love immediately, opened my first studio and then 3 more, and here I am today.