Sometimes that very first class can lead to incredible things – like opening your own studio! Ashley Singleton, owner of Pure Barre Destin, Florida and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida – 30A, talks about her nearly decade-long journey as a member of the Pure Barre Family.
When and why did you first fall in love with Pure Barre?
I discovered Pure Barre 7 years ago in Lexington, Kentucky. I was a client at the hair salon above the studio and thought I would try it out. I was a competitive cheerleader and had always been very active, so I was looking for a good workout while attending the University of Kentucky. I was twenty years old and thought I was in good shape – I was doing cardio and kickboxing classes at the time. I strolled into my first Pure Barre class in my Nike run shorts and a t-shirt only to find a class full of women in black spandex! About 5 minutes in, I realized this was possibly the hardest workout I had ever done. I was hooked and began taking class regularly. My parents started questioning me about all the money I was spending at this “barre” and they were instantly relieved when I informed them it was a workout studio, not an actual bar! At that time, there were only a handful of studios (around 8 I think). I remember Carrie making special visits to teach or train new studio owners and instructors. I was in awe of this amazing technique and how it was transforming my body.
What inspired you to open your own Pure Barre studio?
After graduating, I moved to my favorite place in the world and our family vacation spot, 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. It is one of the most beautiful and unique places in the world. I loved my new home but the only thing missing was Pure Barre. I put on weight after leaving Lexington and desperately missed my workout. I’m a very determined person – once I make up my mind, there’s no turning back. I was set on bringing a Pure Barre to my paradise and sharing this incredible workout with our little beach town. The next thing I knew, I was flying to Denver to interview with Carrie Rezebek Dorr to be a Pure Barre owner. I was approved to be an owner in March 2010 and we opened our doors in August 2010. I was 23 when I opened my 30A studio and I opened my second location 6 months ago in Destin, FL.
What is your favorite part of being a Pure Barre studio owner?
It has been an amazing journey. I feel that I am the luckiest person in the world to live at the beach, share my passion with other women and do Pure Barre every day! I’m still just as in love with the technique as I was 7 years ago. My mom has been right by my side all of the way. She has been taking for 4 years and is in the best shape of her life! It has been a wonderful experience getting to work with her.
What have you learned about yourself by owning your own business?
I’m so proud of Pure Barre and I am honored to be an owner. It has been a pleasure seeing the company grow and flourish all across the nation. A great benefit of my location is that I meet clients, teachers and owners from all over the country. It is so inspiring to see how Pure Barre has shaped the lives of women across the nation. The most inspirational aspect is that we all share one thing in common: a true passion for this technique. For those that think Pure Barre gets easier – I’m here to tell you that’s just not true. I still get as sore as I did when I first started taking classes. The stronger you get, the more you are able to challenge yourself. That is the best thing about this workout. I’m excited to continue on my Pure Barre journey. I am only 27, but I know Pure Barre will continue to be part of my life for many years to come!
What do you do for fun when you’re not at work?
I love to spend time with my family and my dog Lucy. I love being outdoors and being active. Mostly spending time with people I love!