Do you take a barre class regularly? Do you enjoy it? If you answered yes to both those questions, GO MAMA! Most of us want healthy, strong and lean physiques but are not always certain where to go to achieve that. Joanna West, the owner of The Bar Method Long Beach, chats with us about her studio's encouraging (and leg-shaking) classes, her own path as a small business owner and the balance of Motherhood.
Tell us a bit about your journey of owning a boutique fitness studio. Did you start this journey before or after you had children?
This amazing journey all started with Motherhood in mind. Of course there were unexpected bumps and bruises along the way, but owning my own business was the end goal so I could take care of my family with a flexible schedule. Having met my now husband in the medical field, it was clear that one of us needed a career change in order to start a family. The opportunity to open a Bar Method with a partner was perfect timing so we ran with it. Bar Method attracts a certain type of person - strong and determined - so surrounding myself with a community of like-minded people was a no-brainer. Also, dedicating my work life to staying fit isn’t so bad either. This next stage of becoming sole owner will continue to challenge my limits but I’m looking forward to the inevitable growth that comes with change.
Since The Light House focuses on the immediate community of Long Beach, let's chat about it! What is your favorite thing about living here? Are you seeing a shift in the local ethos about wellness and healthy lifestyles for our children (and entire families)?
After moving to Long Beach from LA in 2010, we probably had the same realization that all who have walked the same path before us had - "wow, what a hidden gem!" I’m originally from Chicago so I think there’s definitely a similarity with the lifestyle balance of work, live, and play. There’s also a hard-working spirit and a lot of heart here so the people who live in Long Beach really love it here. I think choosing to raise a family within this kind of culture and community helps tremendously in guiding our kids to becoming happy, more well-rounded adults.
If you could do 1 more thing for yourself each day, what would it be?
Take a nap and wake up on my own accord!
If you have been curious about taking a barre class and want to check it out, you're in luck. The Light House readers have an exclusive discount that can be applied until the end of February! Use lighthouse25 when signing up online for 25% off The Bar Method's New Client Special. This can apply to a single class or class pack (offered in sets of 10, 30 or 50 classes). Ladies, it's a STEAL.
More with Joanna will appear on our blog next week. Until then, get your buns to class!