Lizzie Ryan had been a school teacher for years, and like many women, had her 3 beautiful children and took the time away from work to focus on her family. But now, it is Lizzie's time! "I didn’t want to go back into teaching, and wanted to do something that I was passionate about. So when the email came saying that the studio I was attending was selling, I said to my husband "let’s buy it, it is exactly what I want to do!"
And they did! Lizzie got started on pursuing her dream straight away. She started her training to be an instructor while she took over the studio and has just started teaching in the last few weeks... and she absolutely loves it! Even though as a Studio Pilates owner you do not have to instruct in the business, Lizzie loved the training and had an amazing mentor in which she learnt so much. Given the opportunity, Lizzie couldn't resist teaching. "I endeavour to give my clients the best workout ever!"
Lizzie is still new to the Studio Pilates team. Having taken over the Ashgrove studio in January this year, she still feels quite new to it all, but absolutely loves it ... of course! And she has already learnt a lot being back working again. With an amazing and supportive network of other Studio Pilates owners, the HQ team and Lizzie's great team at Ashgrove, she is definitely happy with her and her family's choice to endeavour on this journey.
Her future is endless. Lizzie could buy another existing studio to build her empire, or even start another one from scratch. Or like many other owners, consider opening a studio purely as an investment and hiring a manager to run it on their behalf.
High ceilings, chandeliers, wooden floors, ornate cornices, and 10 beautiful reformers all combine to make the Ashgrove studio a luxury to work in. "I love walking through those doors everyday into such a luxurious studio and spending time with like-minded people." Who could ask for anything more? The Studio Pilates style and design is timeless. Clients take 45 minutes away from their lives when they visit, so we want it to be amazing. Some mums struggle to get time away from their families, so we want it to be 100% worthwhile.
"I had tried Pilates at many different places before finding Studio Pilates. I found that no other studio offered such an intense workout and real value for money as Studio Pilates does." The SPTV system (having the workouts on the screens above you) means that there are no breaks throughout the session and you can check on your technique and know exactly what you should be doing for each exercise. Add onto that the amazing knowledge of our instructors within the network who are all trained in the Studio Pilates Platinum training course prior to commencing - all of this adds up to creating an incredible workout journey for every client who walks in the door.
Buying a business or starting a new one can be a little daunting. But buying a franchise makes the process so much easier. For Lizzie, once the business was completely handed over to her, she still had the ongoing support from the Head Office team to help her deal with anything and everything that came her way. And for a mum of 3 who hadn't been in the workforce for a few years, the Studio Pilates way told her exactly what needed to be done at what time, on what day, to give her the best opportunity for success in her business.
"There is no regret in following your dream and passion. How many people go to work each day and can honestly say they love their work and have the ability to change a person's wellbeing on a daily basis?"
Lizzie couldn't be happier with her decision. She has the best of all world's now - a happy family she gets to spend plenty of time with; time for her to focus on her future and doing what she loves on a daily basis; and growing a business and providing a great role model for her amazing 3 children. And as for her children - 6, 4 and 3 years of age - they couldn't be prouder of their mummy for chasing her dreams!
Congratulations Lizzie on this amazing journey you have embarked on. We are so proud of having you in this incredible network and we couldn't be happier with your accomplishments so far. Here's to the future! Your possibilities are endless!