We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophia Briegleb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sophia, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
First, I had to make sure I had something people wanted. In my Pilates teacher training program, I was required to student teach over 200 hours. I had friends, family, and neighbors jumping at this chance. Once certified, I opened a small studio in my home and even though I now charged for services, demand stayed high. Desirable product? Check. The next step was to make sure the location of where I opened my studio wasn’t already saturated. Sure enough, this part of Denver and NW Aurora notably lack Pilates studios. Underserved location? Check. Finally, I tried to make our studio stand out from others. We are small, highly personalized, use Joseph Pilates’ original exercises for inspiration in all we do (aka “classical” Pilates), anatomically and alignment focused, capable of working with a variety of injuries and conditions, and we keep the studio spotless. Unique? Check. Because just being close isn’t a good enough reason to trust a studio with your body.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Kinesis Pilates is a studio that works to change people’s lives. We aren’t just a workout. We use the classical Pilates method to help align and balance your body, as well as retrain your motor program to help you move differently not just in the studio but in your everyday life too. I am especially proud of the work we do for people who come to us in pain. Many times, we are a last-ditch effort after typical interventions haven’t helped. It isn’t easy working with certain conditions, and often the progress is slow and hard work, but the results are worth it. To help people get out of pain, regain mobility, get stronger, increase flexibility, and become more aware of their bodies is extremely satisfying.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For sure, I would show them The Stanley Marketplace, where dozens of different local businesses (including us!) are gathered in a refurbished building. It’s a great peak at what local Colorado companies have to offer. I would likely take them to The Pearl Street mall in Boulder for a similar experience yet in the outdoors. And no visit to Colorado is complete without a trip to the mountains. My favorites are downtown Vail, Devil’s Thumb Ranch, or Morraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Behind every strong business owner is a foundation of people who helped make the business possible. There are three that stand out for me. First, the school that taught me how to teach Pilates–The Pilates Center in Boulder, where Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segal and their amazing staff have been training teachers for 30 years! Second, the studio where I furthered my education–the former Pilates Aligned owned by Cara Reeser. She helped me finesse the classical training I received to be able to work with special populations with a deeper understanding of the body. Third, my husband. Everyone needs a cheerleader, and he’s mine. We have three kids so without his ability to take more on, I wouldn’t be able to focus on my business.