As a child and teenager I tried every sport … but I was never really good at any of them! I knew I needed movement in my life, however, and I found daily exercise to be necessary for both my physical, mental, and emotional health. I began leading group fitness classes in college (17 years ago!). I enjoyed teaching a variety of classes until I found BarreAmped. After years of running, stepping, boxing, swimming, and trying to sculpt, no other movement or exercise I had done compared. Nothing demanded my focus and my determination like a BarreAmped class and nothing actually changed the shape, appearance, and ability of my muscles like these classes. I had the privilege of taking classes and learning from the creator of the method, Suzanne Bowen, which was so inspiring! When she invited me to teach for her I was both overwhelmed and completely honored. As we have grown our offerings it’s amazing to be able to offer more complementary styles of exercise along the way.
It never gets easier and it never gets old. I love the form focused, intentional work that each class brings. The balance it brings to my days and my life and the relationships we’ve formed along the way. The opportunity to own studios that further this relationship with movement for myself and others is a dream I never dared could come true!
Fitness is a journey, not a destination. We need a community to move alongside us who understands real bodies, real life, and true well-being. Studio51st and BarreAmped Nashville exist for that reason. I’ve been blessed with an amazing team to help me accomplish this mission. We aim to create an environment where everyone feels welcome and where anyone can come to move and foster a love of movement. We look forward to having you!