Episode 31 - Forever a Student, Always a Leader

Ashley Keefe Is the owner of Modo Yoga waterloo and focuses extensively on leadership training within her studio. This allows her studio of 10 years to continually grow and evolve due to the professional development of her staff. Ashley is here with us today to talk about the importance of leadership and how it can help to grow even the most tried and true studios.


Instagram: @ashleytkeefe

Website: http://ashleykeefe.com/

Best way to reach her: https://ashleykeefe.com/contact/ 



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Episode 30 - Master Your Space

Ginny Colorusso is the founder and owner of AMP yoga. Ginny offers yoga, acupuncture, holistic arts and massage in her studio in addition to her specialties which include reiki and past life regression. Ginny is maximizing what goes on in her space and is going to talk with us about introducing new modalities to your studio to increase revenue.

Instagram: @ginnycyoga

Website: https://www.ampyogastudio.com/

Best way to reach her: info@ampyogastudio.com

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Episode 29 - ABC... Get Me On TV!

Lisa Simone Richards is a publicist for studio fitness business owners who want to be seen as an expert in their field. Lisa regularly appears on national TV segments and works directly with editors for magazine features. She is no stranger on how to boost your PR, In fact she’s quite the expert and she is going to share the ABC’s of Publicity.


Instagram: @lisasimonerichards

Website: https://www.lisasimonerichards.com/

Best way to reach her: Her website!

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Episode 28 - Tapping the Well, a Really Big Well

Jack Thomas was a coach with a range of certifications from crossfit to Spartan race GX to Nutrition but he decided the life of just a coach was not for him. Jack moved from the UK to Thailand to get in on the untapped group fitness market in Asia and opened his studio Base. He now has three thriving locations and also host a popular podcast “Fitness Business Asia Podcast”.


Instagram: @jacktbase

Website: https://basebangkok.com/

Best way to reach him: jack@basebangkok.com

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Episode 27 - Master the Mind, Make the Money

Angela Anderson owned a busy and successful studio but quickly felt  that the path to success was also the path away from her personal life. Torn, Angela began to evaluate her mindset and how she approached her business challenges. Using the PSYCH-K mindset coaching system that Angela learned directly from the founder she was able to balance her life and eventually transitioned to becoming a certified coach herself.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angela_anderson_108/

Website: http://angelaanderson.life/

Best way to reach her: angela@angelaanderson.life

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Episode 26 - The Difference is In the Details

Jeff Becker is the Co-founder of powerhouse hoops in Phoenix Arizona which is a nationally recognized basketball academy. Jeff strives to teach his players skills and life lessons that apply on and off of the court, a concept that many yoga and other studio fitness business do as well. Jeff is with us today to discuss the importance of developing the character of his students and how that has helped him to grow his business.

Jeff is also a newly published author, be sure to check out his book co-author, with his father, Tender Lions: Building the Vital Relationship Between Father and Son.



Instagram: @Powerhousehoops

Website: https://powerhousehoops.com/

Best way to reach him: jbecker@powerhousehoops.com



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Episode 25 - Community Counts

Leslie Ferierra began working as a salsa instructor at 3rd Street Dance in 2006 and in 2014 took the leap from employee to owner. Since then she has been building her dream in the form of  community and art. Regardless of age, background or skill, 3rd street dance empowers Leslies community with the art of dance and she’s going to share how she does it.




Instagram: @itsleslieferreira

Website: https://www.thirdstreetdance.com/

Best way to reach her: shesgotmoxy@gmail.com



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Episode 24 - Playing the Long Game

Angie Zak, after dominating her own fitness journey, decided she wanted to help others do the same. Although a full time gig as a social worker keeps her busy, Angie still opened Powerhouse Fitness Center and Yoga Studio. Balancing two businesses is no easy feat and Angie is going to talk to us about how she works smart and efficiently to keep herself from burning out.

Instagram: @azak1306

Website: https://www.facebook.com/powerhousefitnesscenterandyogastudio/

Best way to reach her: mrs.bruggman@gmail.com

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Episode 23- The Step of Confidence

Amelia Nesbit is the owner of Body Rock Dance Space, a dance studio for adults of all levels of who want to feel sexy and alive. Dance is an exciting form of fitness that Amelia wants to make available to everyone. For many, taking a dance class means stepping out of a comfort zone and ultimately into her studio. Amelia is going to talk with us about how she helps her members take that step.  

Instagram: @amelianesbit

Website: http://www.bodyrockdancespace.com/

Best way to reach her: amelia.nesbit@gmail.com

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Episode 22- Being Loud In the Industry

Mike Arce is the Founder/CEO of Loud Rumor, an agency that’s served over 1,000 fitness studios throughout the world. After spending 7 years in the fitness industry himself, Mike started an ad agency in 2009, and in 2016 he began exclusively working with fitness studios and wellness companies. Mike is also the host of top fitness business podcast, The GSD Show, top entrepreneur podcast, The GOAT Show, and of a top fitness studio business conference, GSDCON.



Instagram: @mikearcelive

Website: https://www.loudrumor.com/

Best way to reach him: Feel free to contact anyone at the Loud Rumor team!



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Episode 21- State of Mind = State of Being

Our Guest today is Brittany Welk, Co-owner of Lady strong fitness. Brittany wanted to do something a little different in providing a women’s only fitness space and has had great success in building a community early on. Brittany understand like many of us, that starting a business with limited resources is tough but she has some great advice on how to feel less overwhelmed, be more productive each day and feel great doing it.

Instagram: @brittwelk

Website: https://ladystrongfitness.com/

Best way to reach her: brittany@ladystrongfitness.com

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Episode 19 - The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

Kyle Davis, Owner and Founder of Northwest Fitness Project. NWFP is a collective of 14 elite trainers  with a combined total of over 2 centuries of personal training experience and some of the best group training on the west coast. What makes them different? Kyle believes that the collective community of trainers that he has brought together exemplify that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Instagram: @nwfitnessproject

Website: https://www.nwfitnessproject.com/

Best way to reach him: info@nwfitnessproject.com

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Episode 18 - The Art of Teaching

Rebecca Warfield, Independent yoga Instructor, University professor and a fellow podcast host. As an educator at a collegiate level Rebecca greatly values the ability to teach a subject as well as the ability to practice one. This philosophy extends from the classroom to the mat and Rebecca is here to talk about how important it is for instructors and studio owners to practice teaching as diligently as they practice the art that is being taught.

IG: @rebeccawarfieldyoga, @dharmadropspodcast

Website: https://www.rebeccawarfield.com/

Best way to reach her: rebecca@rebeccawarfield.com

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Episode 17- The American Dream

Daniel Nyiri arrived in America in 2011 with $150 in his pocket and limited english but as a true entrepreneur knows… so what? Today he is the CEO of 4u fitness, a business that uses a very high tech piece of equipment and has 7 locations with 32 employees. Listen to find out how Daniel built a high end boutique studio chain with his own two hands and a whole lot of innovation.

IG: @danielznyiri

Website: https://www.danielnyiri.com/

Best way to reach him: His website!

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Episode 16 - Promoting Body Positivity Above All Else

Today on the show we have Katrena Cohea, owner of Different Drummer Dance. Her studio promotes body positivity above all else in a lifestyle where your body structure defines your path. Katrena has devoted herself to teaching strategies for incorporating body positivity into her curriculum while allowing her students to learn and express themselves.

Instagram: @diffdrumdance

Website: https://www.differentdrummerdance.com/

Best way to reach her: katrena.cohea@gmail.com

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Episode 15 - Dance is a Lifestyle!

Erin Pride is our guest on the show today and she is no stranger to Dance. Through her life Dance has been her passion, her catharsis and ultimately her career.

Erin has learned first hand that dance is more than just a technical sport, it is a lifestyle that requires cultivation and personal development. Erin shares with us why she feels the personal development of a student is the top priority and even aids their progress as a dancer.

Instagram: @erinpride

Website: https://www.erindpride.com/

Best way to reach her: connect@erindpride.com

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Episode 14 - Accidentally Starting a Franchise

Joining us today on the fitDEGREE Podcast is Katy Richardson, founder of NEIGHBORHOOD barre. ⁣

Some people would tell you that there is no formula for success and Katy would tell those people that they’re wrong. In an industry with giants like Pure Barre and Barre3, Katy controls the majority of the market in Tennessee and is expanding into other states.

15 Locations and counting doesn’t happen by accident and Katy is going to share with us what she believes got her this far.

Instagram: @neighborhood_barre

Website: http://www.neighborhoodbarre.com/franchising.php

Best way to reach her: katy@neighborhoodbarre.com

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Episode 13 - Invest in Advanced Training & Education For Your Instructors

Joining us today is the owner of The Fit Factor Studio, Joanna Vargas. Joanna has over 23 years of experience in dance and entrepreneurship. 

Today Joanna is going to talk about something often overlooked in a service industry and that is the “product”. Instead of looking elsewhere for answers, Joanna believe that investing in advanced training and education for instructors will improve the product and all that a studio has to offer.

Instagram: @thefitfactorstudio

Website: http://thefitfactorstudio.com/

Best way to reach her: info@thefitfactorsudio.com

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Episode 12 - Yoga, Pilates & The Barboza Method!

Joining us today on the fitDEGREE Podcast is Stefanie Barboza, owner and CREATOR of The Barboza Method!

Stefanie created a workout method for an aging client in failing health that couldn’t partake in regular physical activity. Her client saw such dramatic improvements in her health that she started sharing with all of her friends. Before Stefanie knew it she was teaching her method to more people than she could count and had a whole studio based around it.

Instagram: @barbozamethod

Website: https://thebarbozamethod.com/

Best way to reach her: info@thebarbozamethod.com

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