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Meet Stephanie Boggier of Pure Motion Barre in South Shore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Boggier.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Stephanie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was in my mid-20s and a single Mom living in Wellesley, Massachusetts. At the time I was working a pretty high-level stressful job at a Global Consulting Firm in Boston, Mass. I was happy. I had somehow found a way to be a corporate mom, live in a great community and provide well for my daughter, Cassandra. However, the everyday stress of my position was difficult for me. The hours were rough and downtime was seldom. I realized that in order to maintain my lifestyle and stress level I needed to find an outlet. Since I was in front of two monitors all day sitting at a desk I decided to seek out an activity that was active – something that allowed me to release stress and stay in shape.

I tried every fitness activity I could find – Zumba, Step, and Aerobics just to name a few. Yet, nothing took me. I was either not fast enough, not coordinated enough, or simply just not feeling it. Then one day in I found a Barre studio right down the street from my home in Wellesley. I figured why not give this is a try.

I recall walking into the studio for the first time and scanning the room. The room had a set of mirrors, a ballet barre on the wall, a station of free weights and some other devices that I had no idea what they were. Perhaps torture devises I thought?! There was a woman in her high 60s, I figured. Next to her on a few adjacent mats were a few younger, very pretty girls in there early 20s at best, quietly chatting and laughing among themselves. I noticed a few more woman who was slightly older than I. In all I counted 16 women all who varied in age, and body type. I was excited to see what this was all about and how it brought together such a melting pot of woman.

A few moments later the instructor appeared. She was dressed all in black and was in amazing shape. Her body was solid, her muscles were tight. Her seat was round. I thought okay…this may be good. The music started and we started to lift our legs to her count. Not too fast, not too slow – a perfect pace for me. We continued through the warm-up and onto our weights. I was handed two-pound weights. I laughed as he thought of a rinky-dink two-pound weight actually doing anything at all for me. However, as I worked through her strict instruction and tried my best to mirror her image I was shaking! I was relieved when the weights were over — I thought for sure I was about to go down for the count. We continued through the class, working our legs in ways I never knew was possible, in positions I never knew existed. I was on the ball of my foot in a full ballet pose just holding. And holding, and then holding, and then slow pulses.

As I scanned the room I noticed that the younger group of woman were no longer talking. The room was silent. The shatter stopped. We were all struggling. For once, I wasn’t the only one. However, to my surprise the most advanced woman in the room. The only woman in the room that could be classified as good was the 60 something woman in the corner. A few more deep breaths, engaging of my kegal, and stretches and we were done. I felt like I had just concurred the world. I immediately signed up for more classes. Soon I was attending five days a week. I moved mountains, changed my travel schedule, hired an additional sitter — anything and everything I could do to be at the Barre. It was such a stress relief for me, and I felt and saw my body completely transformed.

I was soon approached by the Founder of the Barre studio to teach. I had never taught a class before, never even considered it. But, off to Portland, Maine, I went to become certified and spread my passion for Barre to another woman who was just like me. others. After teaching for several years I started to notice that other Barre studios with different methods were popping up throughout Boston. I started to become the curious Barre Client and attend classes all over the place to experiment with other methods. I then started to consult with leading Barre Instructors in the Industry to increase my knowledge.

I then decided that my corporate job in the city just was no longer where I wanted to be. I craved my office days to become studio days. I then decided to take a huge leap of faith and emptied my 401K, my life savings, my retirement and opened Pure Motion Barre. It is a decision that I have never looked back on. It was the best decision I have ever made. Now, I fill my days with being in the studio. I continue to follow my intention of wanting to spread my passion for Barre to my community. There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not thankful for my path. There was no greater reward than when a client comes to me to discuss changes they see within their body, moves they have mastered or the sense of belonging they feel when they are at Pure Motion Barre. This is when I feel most complete as an individual.

Who knew that being at the Barre every day could be a so healthy for you!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has certainly not always been a smooth road. Starting a business was something that I knew very little about. I brought with me my experience from the consulting world in Pharma but nothing more. It has been through trial an error that I continue to learn. It is through listening to my clients and following marketing trends. It is from learning that making mistakes is just part of being human and that that life is about continuing to evolve and picking up and dusting ourselves off and continuing the journey.

It is about never forgetting what brought me to the desire of wanting to spread my passion to others. It is about my need to want to help others and service my clients to reach their goals and every day I seek new means to do just that,

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Pure Motion Barre – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Pure Motion Barre is not just another Barre studio. We are a boutique barre and fitness boutique studio that specializes in cutting-edge fitness classes. Each and every class is specialized to the clients in that one class. Therefore making no two classes exactly alike. We know all our clients on a personal level – we know their history, any past injuries, current injuries, whether they are pre or postnatal, what their past fitness routines have been and their goals. We know what they are looking to improve on, what their struggles are and together we work to meet their goals. It is like having a personal trainer but in a small group setting.

Our classes are offered to assist a woman in walking through their life throughout their journey hand in hand – We have teen special event classes, prenatal classes, Baby and me classes, postnatal classes, Mommy and I classes and lite classes for the senior. Whatever stage you are in — Pure Motion Barre is here for you!

Our classes are capped at 12 to ensure we are able to provide our clients with individual attention every step of the way. We offer a variety of classes that provide for a full body workout – from cardio, strength training, flexibility, sculpting and easing of the mind. Whatever your needs are we have it specialized just for you!

Our classes range from various types of the Pure Motion Barre Technique ranging from Barre – PMB Barre Classic, PMB Barre Pressed which is a 45 minute Barre class for those on the go, PMB Barre Band Fit, to PMB Barre with Soul. We also offer Pound classes which allow our clients the opportunity to channel their inner rock star with a full body cardio jam session using Pound created ripsticks which are weighted drumsticks. In addition, we offer a range of Yoga classes ranging from YogaSculpt, Power Yoga to Vinyasa Flow.

We also hold special events, ladies nights out, ladies special mornings, networking events and community events to continue to engage our clients with one another and create a home away from home for all our Ladies.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
There are always new ideas that come into my head. Right now we are focusing on today and taking it one day at a time. The future is bright, and we hope to have some news to share sometime soon 😉

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