I visited Knoxville, Tennessee about a year ago for barre3 Knoxville’s grand opening party. During my short visit, I fell in love not only with the vibrant barre3 community, but also with the city itself. Knoxville is so welcoming and comfortable, so it’s not surprising that owners Pace McCamy and Whitni Rolfes share a similar relaxed and hospitable vibe. I’m so grateful to have such amazing women representing barre3 in this area. I recently interviewed them about what they’re grateful for and all things barre3. Read on to learn more about them in their own words.
Pace: It’s empowering to be involved with barre3. Whenever Whitni and I visit the Home Office in Portland, we leave feeling stronger and more confident. I always return to Knoxville feeling more sure of myself as a mother, wife, and business owner.
Whitni: When I first decided to open the studio, I was newly married and thinking about when I would start a family. Knowing that the whole business is based around balance was very attractive. I love that I can be a hands-on mom to my 7 ½-month-old , but I can give back to others and help other women find balance in their bodies and in life.
Pace: My Golden Retriever, Roxanne, is my only girl. I have four boys. She’s the sweetest, kindest dog ever. My oldest son decided that he needed a dog last year. His Great Pyrenees dog is now my grandchild. We call her Tater.
Whitni: I have a dog named Hayes. She’s a German Short-Haired Pointer. My husband got her before we got married, but she’s a big mama’s girl. When I’m gone she tears up the house because she misses me so much!
Pace: I am thankful that I can get up every day and move. I have rheumatoid arthritis, and barre3 has made a huge difference for me. I used to have paralyzing, intense flare ups three to five times a year. Since I started practicing barre3, it’s only happened one time in the last three years. My doctor is so impressed.
Whitni: I’m grateful to barre3 for opening me up to different lifestyle choices. Before barre3, I never thought about the benefits of whole foods or using natural non-toxic products. I used to eat frozen meals for lunch every day, and my cleaning and beauty products were full of harmful chemicals. I’ve changed my ways!
Pace: The Baked Lemony Chicken is my favorite barre3 recipe. It’s so easy. And it’s very tasty.
Whitni: My favorite barre3 recipe is the Easy Red Bean + Quinoa Chili. It’s the perfect fall dinner. My husband loves it too! He adds venison to it, but I like it just how it is.
Pace: Barre3 is special because it’s for everyone. Our clients vary in age and ability, and everyone gets a customized workout that’s right for their body. We have clients in their 70s and older. They can be in the studio with college-aged girls, and after class, everyone walks out together saying, “That was great. That’s what I needed today.”
Whitni: I love that barre3 is about whole body health. It’s mental and physical. It’s a lifestyle.