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Published Thursday Mar 05, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Career Advice from 8 Female Bar Method Studio Owners

Motivation
Personal Growth
Expert Advice
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Your energy matters.

Beth Hutchison, The Bar Method Lake Oswego Studio Owner

Three words: your energy matters. I'm not necessarily talking about whether or not you're tired and need to make a second Starbucks run today. I'm talking about the energy you bring into a space and how you conduct yourself with others. Each and every one of us has the very real ability to elevate or detract from a situation, not to mention the power to either make someone's day or ruin it. As a studio owner that interacts with hundreds of people in my community, I brush up against varying moods, attitudes and feelings on a daily basis—some positive, some negative, and everything in between. If I allowed my energy to be dictated by others, it would not only be an emotional whirlwind, but I would also risk potentially becoming a negative force in someone else's day. That's not a good look as a business owner. In order to be successful in whatever you do, you must intentionally decide how you're going to show up in the world each day. You never know whose day you could make or who you might inspire to be a better version of themselves.

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Beth Hutchinson headshot
Your energy matters.

Beth Hutchison, The Bar Method Lake Oswego Studio Owner

Three words: your energy matters. I'm not necessarily talking about whether or not you're tired and need to make a second Starbucks run today. I'm talking about the energy you bring into a space and how you conduct yourself with others. Each and every one of us has the very real ability to elevate or detract from a situation, not to mention the power to either make someone's day or ruin it. As a studio owner that interacts with hundreds of people in my community, I brush up against varying moods, attitudes and feelings on a daily basis—some positive, some negative, and everything in between. If I allowed my energy to be dictated by others, it would not only be an emotional whirlwind, but I would also risk potentially becoming a negative force in someone else's day. That's not a good look as a business owner. In order to be successful in whatever you do, you must intentionally decide how you're going to show up in the world each day. You never know whose day you could make or who you might inspire to be a better version of themselves.

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Always remember your "why."

Amy Chesterson, The Bar Method Boulder Studio Owner 
 
My "why" has always been the empowerment that Bar Method has allowed me to proliferate amongst my students, my staff, and my community.  I am deeply committed to sparking change and empowering anyone open to it in my circle. So when the day-to-day hiccups of running a small business start to bog me down, I take a deep breath (or 10!) and remind myself of my "why." 

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Amy Chesterson headshot
Always remember your "why."

Amy Chesterson, The Bar Method Boulder Studio Owner 
 
My "why" has always been the empowerment that Bar Method has allowed me to proliferate amongst my students, my staff, and my community.  I am deeply committed to sparking change and empowering anyone open to it in my circle. So when the day-to-day hiccups of running a small business start to bog me down, I take a deep breath (or 10!) and remind myself of my "why." 

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Fake it 'til you think it.

Joanna West, The Bar Method Long Beach Studio Owner 
 
In my heart, I loved Bar, but could I really become a teacher? When I trained with Burr Leonard, the founder of the Bar Method, I admitted my fear, but she gave me the sage advice to “fake it ‘til you make it.”  From owning and running a successful business to raising little humans, as long as your heart is in it, go for it because you may never “think” you are ready. Our minds can change our bodies so, therefore, our bodies can change our minds. And that’s the magic of Bar. The confidence and grit you successfully build in class will help create big changes outside of class and in your life. 

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Joanna West Headshot
Fake it 'til you think it.

Joanna West, The Bar Method Long Beach Studio Owner 
 
In my heart, I loved Bar, but could I really become a teacher? When I trained with Burr Leonard, the founder of the Bar Method, I admitted my fear, but she gave me the sage advice to “fake it ‘til you make it.”  From owning and running a successful business to raising little humans, as long as your heart is in it, go for it because you may never “think” you are ready. Our minds can change our bodies so, therefore, our bodies can change our minds. And that’s the magic of Bar. The confidence and grit you successfully build in class will help create big changes outside of class and in your life. 

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Be courageous to do what works, and be brave to change what doesn't.

Carrie Goodwin, The Bar Method Salt Lake City Studio Owner 
 
I consider it successful to say, "I gave that idea my best shot, and it didn't work. I'll stop doing it." Or, "that  idea worked! I'll keep doing it, and I'll even make it better." Each year, I design our marketing plan for the following year. I ask myself tough questions regarding our strategies that took place the prior year. Did the strategy meet the objective it was intended for? Next, I determine if it needs to be vetoed from the marketing plan, or if it can remain. If it remains, how can I improve upon it? This pattern to continuously reform our marketing plan to promote change and success has kept The Bar Method, Sugarhouse fresh, fun, and forever changing.

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Carrie Goodwin Headshot
Be courageous to do what works, and be brave to change what doesn't.

Carrie Goodwin, The Bar Method Salt Lake City Studio Owner 
 
I consider it successful to say, "I gave that idea my best shot, and it didn't work. I'll stop doing it." Or, "that  idea worked! I'll keep doing it, and I'll even make it better." Each year, I design our marketing plan for the following year. I ask myself tough questions regarding our strategies that took place the prior year. Did the strategy meet the objective it was intended for? Next, I determine if it needs to be vetoed from the marketing plan, or if it can remain. If it remains, how can I improve upon it? This pattern to continuously reform our marketing plan to promote change and success has kept The Bar Method, Sugarhouse fresh, fun, and forever changing.

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Instead of FINDING your dream job, CREATE your dream job.

Anna Trepanier and Lara Meehan, The Bar Method Darien and NYC - NOHO Studio Owners 
 
We’re crazy passionate about the product, the results, and the change we can create in people’s lives, and this is what led us to open our two studios. In addition, we have built a work environment that inspires us every day. We have created a workplace culture centered around positivity and empowerment among our staff and clientele. We encourage feedback, continued learning, and lots of laughter along the way. Perhaps most importantly, we’re best friends and get to bring our dogs to work with us every day! Having created our ideal “home away from home,” we find joy and purpose in our work. 

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Instead of FINDING your dream job, CREATE your dream job.

Anna Trepanier and Lara Meehan, The Bar Method Darien and NYC - NOHO Studio Owners 
 
We’re crazy passionate about the product, the results, and the change we can create in people’s lives, and this is what led us to open our two studios. In addition, we have built a work environment that inspires us every day. We have created a workplace culture centered around positivity and empowerment among our staff and clientele. We encourage feedback, continued learning, and lots of laughter along the way. Perhaps most importantly, we’re best friends and get to bring our dogs to work with us every day! Having created our ideal “home away from home,” we find joy and purpose in our work. 

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Surround yourself with like-minded and supportive people.

Verna Lin Le, The Bar Method Tustin Studio Owner 
 
Going after your dream job is a great thing, but by no means an easy task. There will be many hard times, and you'll need to rely on others to help you because you can't do everything by yourself. When you have like-minded people in your life (personally and professionally) who are supportive of your dreams, you'll find delegating some tasks easier or asking for help feeling less like a burden. Even though you might be going after your dream job alone, just knowing that you have people in your corner cheering for you to succeed helps you to keep going when times get hard. And when times are good, these are the same people who will celebrate with you!

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Verna Le Headshot
Surround yourself with like-minded and supportive people.

Verna Lin Le, The Bar Method Tustin Studio Owner 
 
Going after your dream job is a great thing, but by no means an easy task. There will be many hard times, and you'll need to rely on others to help you because you can't do everything by yourself. When you have like-minded people in your life (personally and professionally) who are supportive of your dreams, you'll find delegating some tasks easier or asking for help feeling less like a burden. Even though you might be going after your dream job alone, just knowing that you have people in your corner cheering for you to succeed helps you to keep going when times get hard. And when times are good, these are the same people who will celebrate with you!

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Practice active listening.

Mandy Cylc, The Bar Method Wexford Studio Owner 
 
I've been leading teams my adult life, and even before while in college. I spend, and always have, significantly more time listening than I do talking. Witty banter is fun for TV, but in real life, people need to be heard. And as an active listener, I can't be thinking about what I am going to say next, or else I will miss the message being sent by the person talking. Instead, I look people in the eye (not at the computer or my phone) and take in what they are saying. It sounds basic but has enabled me to build lasting, strong relationships both inside and outside the studio.  

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Practice active listening.

Mandy Cylc, The Bar Method Wexford Studio Owner 
 
I've been leading teams my adult life, and even before while in college. I spend, and always have, significantly more time listening than I do talking. Witty banter is fun for TV, but in real life, people need to be heard. And as an active listener, I can't be thinking about what I am going to say next, or else I will miss the message being sent by the person talking. Instead, I look people in the eye (not at the computer or my phone) and take in what they are saying. It sounds basic but has enabled me to build lasting, strong relationships both inside and outside the studio.  

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Don't lose sight of the end goal.

Stephanie Smith, The Bar Method Boston - Downtown & The Bar Method Boston - Back Bay Studio Owner 
 
When going after any dream, it takes a lot of time to bring it to reality.  In order for me to purchase the Downtown and Back Bay Boston studios, I had to prove to the previous owners that I was capable of running them, get approval from Bar Method Headquarters, and finalize a bank loan in order to make the studios my own. This could get discouraging at times. Set smaller goals or tasks and celebrate when those are accomplished. Don't get disappointed if landing your dream job takes a lot of time—as long as you are completing tasks to bring you closer to your goal, then you'll get there!  
 

We hope you are feeling inspired and ready to take on the world! Remember that you are capable of anything you set your mind to, whether that’s getting through an entire set of pushups on your feet, or landing your dream job. Shine your light, barre babes! We hope to see you in the studio soon. 

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Stephanie Smith headshot
Don't lose sight of the end goal.

Stephanie Smith, The Bar Method Boston - Downtown & The Bar Method Boston - Back Bay Studio Owner 
 
When going after any dream, it takes a lot of time to bring it to reality.  In order for me to purchase the Downtown and Back Bay Boston studios, I had to prove to the previous owners that I was capable of running them, get approval from Bar Method Headquarters, and finalize a bank loan in order to make the studios my own. This could get discouraging at times. Set smaller goals or tasks and celebrate when those are accomplished. Don't get disappointed if landing your dream job takes a lot of time—as long as you are completing tasks to bring you closer to your goal, then you'll get there!  
 

We hope you are feeling inspired and ready to take on the world! Remember that you are capable of anything you set your mind to, whether that’s getting through an entire set of pushups on your feet, or landing your dream job. Shine your light, barre babes! We hope to see you in the studio soon. 

Sara Lesher
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Sara Lesher
Lifecycle Program Manager
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. A former English major, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
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Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

Fitness

For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.