In this month’s Studio Owner Spotlight, Tori discusses her journey from online subscriber to studio owner, her sources of inspiration, and her strategy for helping her kids not overdo it on Halloween candy. Read on to meet Tori!
As a kid, I was obsessed with gymnastics. That transitioned into cheerleading through high school. Eventually, a friend introduced to me yoga and pilates, which I loved. I even went through Pilates teacher training to get better as student, never thinking I’d actually teach fitness. Then I discovered barre3, which combines all of my favorite things into one efficient class.
I found barre3 Online first. It was nice to do it in my living room, but I wanted to get the studio experience. I mentioned that to my husband and he said, “Well, open one!” So we headed to DC for the weekend to see a real studio. I felt so much energy when the class was over; I was hooked.
After that experience, I drove to Knoxville, TN to see two more studios. I noticed each studio had amazing customer service, and I couldn’t believe how sincerely nice everyone was. I knew right away I had to bring it to Raleigh.
When I opened my own studio, I was petrified of getting up in front of a large group of people and teaching. Now, I feel giddy when I’m teaching. It’s so much fun to see people shaking and changing.
My body has COMPLETELY changed since finding barre3—it’s crazy. The thing I love the most is how mindful I am about my posture now. My number-one goal for each class is to bring postural awareness to everyone. I’ve also learned how to move better throughout the day and feel so much happier—lots of endorphins running through my blood these days!
As far as nutrition goes, I’m usually teaching in the evenings, so I love barre3’s smoothies and DIY salads. With Halloween around the corner, I have a few strategies when it comes to candy—I only buy candy that I won’t eat. We are fairly strict about food in our house and my kids know they can’t binge on candy or they’ll get sick. (My oldest, Anda, learned that the hard way.) We give them enough to enjoy the holiday and indulge a little, but that’s it.
After having children, I was so focused on taking care of my daughters that I lost touch with the Raleigh community. The best part about opening barre3 is that it’s reconnected me to the community. Our clients are so strong, intelligent, and talented. They motivate and inspire me each day. I love learning about their lives beyond the walls of the studio.
Sadie is another big source of inspiration. I love her mantra, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood” from Stephen R. Covey. I’ve found when I use it, things always turn out better!
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