I found Pure Barre a few months before my wedding, almost 7 years ago, and I wouldn’t say it was love during the first class – but afterwards, I knew this was exactly what I needed and I was so intrigued. I have worked and participated in the fitness world all my life, but had never experienced anything like Pure Barre. I was a hardcore spinning teacher and loved that, but was looking for something else to mix it up prior to walking down the aisle. After multiple knee surgeries, I couldn’t work out as I hard as I used to and found many fitness routines boring, not very challenging and with little results. But as soon as I took my first class, I knew this would be safe on my knees and give me the toning I needed.
I have my doctorate in physical therapy and I worked hard in college for 7 years, yet found myself still missing something in my career. I had a passion for fitness and wanted to heal the world when I graduated but felt like I was not making a huge impact on a daily basis. My passion for Pure Barre and teaching fitness continued to grow as I worked full-time. I decided I wanted to change my path from opening my own physical therapy clinic to opening a Pure Barre studio.
I loved being and athletic trainer and physical therapist, but was not truly passionate about it anymore. What is just amazing is how I can harness all the knowledge I have in human anatomy, physiology, movement and exercise to help Pure Barre grow in a safe way. I can also modify any exercise for any client with any injury. I truly feel all ages, shapes, sizes, fitness levels and injuries can all take the same class and get huge results. If they need modifications, my team and I are here to help make it work for them!
The changes women have made right before my eyes are truly indescribable. Even watching a teacher transform is so gratifying. We are in the business of changing lives for the better on a daily basis. To watch a shy women evolve into the most talkative, confident and radiant person in the room is just so amazing! These women put a smile on my face on a daily basis, and when I enter my studio doors, it is my happy place; no obstacle throughout the day can take that away from me.
Pure Barre can be summed up into one short phrase: Life Changing! Pure Barre is safe, effective, challenging, and so much fun. It is so much more than the barre. I have moved around quite a bit and worked out at a lot of bigger gyms, but when you come to Pure Barre, you are joining a community of women who will support, challenge and motivate you. There are so many friendships made in the studios and it is such a nice feeling being in this kind of empowering environment. Taking the same fitness regime for 7 years, you would think there would be some boredom or plateau – but that is just one thing that is so amazing about the technique. I have never taken the same class twice and we continue to grow and evolve the technique – so you never know what tricks we have up our socks next!
One thing I love about being an owner is no two days are the same. It keeps me on my toes and gives me no time to be bored with the monotony that some careers can give. Owning two studios has challenged me daily, but it’s all worth it and I’m so happy this is the career I have chosen.
Growing up, I always had a desire to help people. I felt that when I got to a point where I was in control I would donate, volunteer and help as many people as I could. After starting a business just 2 years ago and then turning that one business into another, I am proud to say that I have made it a priority to give back! The community we have here in Lake Norman is just so amazing and inspiring to be a better woman and a better part of our community on a daily basis.
I truly have learned I am stronger than I think in many ways. I have learned my strengths and weaknesses. I have learned to ask for help when needed and that it is okay if you cannot have everything as perfect as you would like it. I am such a planner and I cannot plan all of my hours in the day anymore – something always comes up, which has made me way more “go with the flow” than I ever was. I also have learned to appreciate the smaller things in life and take the time to enjoy my husband and my dogs.
It has been wonderful to watch corporate grow and change as the studios grow across the country. The support from my first studio opening to my second has become so much stronger and I can see they are striving to make it better constantly. When it comes to fellow studio owners, the support continues to amaze me there as well. We are all SO busy, but yet find a way to support each other in many ways. We all have something special that is ours, but understand that we are in this company together and can help to make each other better and lift each other up to strengthen our brand.
Find what you’re passionate about and go for it! Know that it looks a lot easier than it is. It is hard work and much more than a 9 to 5; it is 24 hours a day. It will not always be easy – but easy is boring, and the reward is much greater when you have to put in the hard work to make it successful!
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