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1. What inspired you to start your own business? I had been personal training since 1996 and really loved it; I found it so rewarding to see the changes people made! After doing personal training for 15 years, I realized that an essential piece of the puzzle was missing. Upon completion of extensive Stott Pilates training, I was extremely excited about Pilates and what it had to offer. I knew by opening my own business I could share my knowledge, helping to better peoples' lives, and fill a much-needed void for the community.
2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? "Pilates Bodies" was derived from the fact that Pilates benefits "all bodies".
3. Do you feel your business is an expression of yourself? Yes, definitely! A healthy mind and body is an integral part of the Pilates philosophy.
4. What significant events in your life helped shape your business? Going to health and fitness conferences and being introduced to Pilates and its benefits.
5. How is your business involved in the local community? In addition to donating private sessions to local charities, I am planning to offer presentations to various groups that will focus on the history and benefits of Pilates.
6. What is the number one thing you would like clients to know about your business? Our highly-trained instructors work with clients of all fitness levels, ranging from those new to exercise to elite athletes. At Pilates Bodies, every client's goal is our first priority.
7. What drives you? My passion for health and fitness and my desire to share it with others.
8. How do you reach customers throughout Southeast Alaska? I reach people through the Capital City Weekly, my website, and word of mouth.
9. How many years have you been in business? I just opened my doors May 6th of this year!
10. What is your business philosophy? My business philosophy is to educate people about the benefits of Pilates.
11. If you were to write your memoirs, what would the title be? Living Life and Loving it!
12. What does a typical workweek look like for you? My typical workweek consists of teaching a combination of group classes and private and semi-private sessions.
13. What do you like to do in your free time? What free time? I just started a business. I enjoy running, hiking, cycling, diving and spending quality time with family and friends.
14. Has your family played a role in your business and if so, how? Yes. Thankfully, I am married to a building contractor who has turned a rental space into a Pilates studio
15. What are the challenges of running a business in Southeast? The Pilates equipment used in training are not locally available; therefore, the logistics and shipping are costly and challenging.
16. What makes your business unique? Pilates Bodies is the only full-service Pilates studio in Southeast Alaska.
17. How do you unwind at the end of the day? At the end of the day, I like to spend time out on a trail, running with my dogs, friends and/or husband (not necessarily in that order).
18. What types of services do you provide? We offer private and semi-private sessions, as well as group mat classes. Private sessions include a postural assessment, aiding in designing an individualized program for each client.
19. Who was your biggest supporter throughout your career? My husband, Eric, as well as Liesl Bland, who took all of the Stott Pilates training with me and currently teaches at Pilates Bodies.
20. What were some unexpected challenges you faced? The time it took to obtain the Stott Pilates training in all modules. Over a two-year period, Liesl and I traveled to Seattle for extensive Stott Pilates training.
21. What advice would you give young entrepreneurs, especially women? If you have a passion or a dream, pursue it and don't let anything stop you from turning it into a reality.
22. How important is a website to your business? My website is an integral part of my business. It allows access to information and services we offer, current scheduled trainings, as well as the ability to register and pay online, 24/7.