Pure Barre: When did you first fall in love with Pure Barre?
Shannon: I was the first client to take class at Pure Barre Sarasota the day they opened. As I took more and more classes I realized I loved the technique, community, results and of course the clothes!
Pure Barre: What inspired you to open your own studio?
Shannon: I grew up surrounded by entrepreneurs, so it was just a matter of time before I wanted to open up my own business. I’ve always been active, but have bounced around with different techniques. Pure Barre consistently challenged me and kept me wanting more. Once I found my love for Pure Barre it was a no brainer!
Pure Barre: What is the most surprising challenge about becoming an entrepreneur that people might not consider?
Shannon: You wear all the hats! Everyday you are the teacher, accountant, janitor and then some. Oh and you’re always hungry, always sweaty and always SORE!!!
Pure Barre: What is special about the Pure Barre community of owners?
Shannon: It’s great to have the resources to reach out to other studio owners who know exactly what you are going through. It’s comforting to have that support system.
Learn more about Shannon and her passion for the Brandon community!
Pure Barre: What is your favorite breakfast or lunch spot in Brandon?
Shannon: I love Ciccio’s. Any of their bowls with spaghetti squash as the base, chicken and veggies are my favorite.
Pure Barre: On a typical Saturday, you can find me…
Shannon: Car dancing to some wild EDM song on my way to Pure Barre and then heading to brunch after class.
Pure Barre: Do you have kids or pets?
Shannon: I have a female French Bulldog named Bijou and a male English Bulldog named Beckham. They’re both part-time greeters at my studio. They get so excited to see everyone before class that they have to nap throughout the entire class!
Pure Barre: Tell us something interesting that your new Pure Barre clients might not know about you.
Shannon: The Pure Barre technique is so wonderful because anyone at any level can learn. You can modify all exercises to challenge yourself a little more or slow it down and take the class at your own pace.
In 2013, I shattered my calcaneus (heel) which is the largest bone in your foot. I had a plate and 6 pins put in and was non-weight bearing for 10 months. It was a LONG journey to be able to walk without crutches or supportive insoles. At one point my surgeon told me that most people with an injury like mine are disabled and unable to do any activity. In addition to physical therapy, I feel like Pure Barre was the best possible thing that I could have done! It helped me isolate my injured leg to re-strengthen and regain my range of motion. I can now walk, jump, ride a bike, wear heels, and most of all teach! I’ll be bringing the heat to Brandon’s Pure Barre and Platform classes and you won’t even know anything was wrong!
Congratulations to Shannon on her new studio! Find out more about the studio’s new client special by visiting the Pure Barre Brandon studio page here.
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