Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeannine Martyanik.
Hi Jeannine, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I grew up on the East Coast and got into fitness at an early age. Growing up, I was in sports year-round, so conditioning was a supplemental part of my life that I needed in order to stay agile, whether it be on the court or in the dance studio. I continued this regimen throughout college, but once I was done with school and competitive dance, I found my motivation towards fitness had changed, and I struggled with finding a purpose behind my movement. I mean, why would I voluntarily hold a plank for a minute if I didn’t need to hit a 16-second turn sequence? As I grew deeper into my 20’s, I saw the effects of lack of movement take a toll on some of my loved ones. As they had moved through life, their priorities had shifted – and most of the time, like many of us, they found it hard to put themselves and their health first. This resulted in aching bodies and a lack of endorphins, which took a toll both mentally and physically on them.
It was around this time that I was introduced to the barre technique. Barre is a concept bred through a foundation of dance that is an extremely low impact on your joints. Sustainable fitness? A technique I could manage regardless of age? Endorphins? Sign me up! In 2014, I started teaching barre in South Florida. My business degree from Florida State came in handy as I quickly became obsessed with the movement and wanted to take this obsession to the next level. I ended up managing four barre studios in Florida and then moved to Boston to assist with their market as well. My time in Boston was cut short, however, as I met my now fiance and we decided 8 feet of snow each month was not ideal- so we packed up and moved out to San Diego.
I have now been in sunny California for three years and have found a perfect home at The Studio in Bankers Hill. The Studio offers a multitude of classes with some of the best instructors that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Our goal every day is to inspire our clients to do hard things as well as build a community of acceptance for all of our members. I teach my signature barre format, Pulse, as well as a trampoline class, Torch’d. Both are low impact and so. Much. fun. I encourage everyone to come in and get their butt kicked- you will love it!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
My experience as a barre instructor is always evolving, and therefore there are many highs and lows along the way. Just last year, I had a studio that I was teaching at shut its’ doors for good due to the impacts of 2020. There I am thinking, “Ok, I did this for six years… maybe this is a sign. Maybe I move on- studio fitness is changing anyway, right?” Like most careers, you have these moments of doubt or feel the need to pivot. The thing is, if you’re passionate about something and if it lights your fire, it’s 100% worth it. Sure, the 4 am alarm clocks and the balance between being an instructor and holding a 9-5 is tough, but being able to connect with my clients, figure out their WHY, and being able to deliver upon that ‘why’ is the best possible reward.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
In short, I am a fitness instructor who specializes in finding the unique strengths of each of my clients and promoting that strength during my daily 50 minutes with them at The Studio. I am known for my ability to communicate clear instruction as well as my ability to synchronize the movement to your favorite songs. I am proud that I have been able to connect with so many individuals across the nation and to be able to say that I have been doing this for just short of ten years.
What are your plans for the future?
I am a big fan of setting both short and long-term goals. One thing I love about my owners at The Studio is that they are invested in our growth as both individuals and instructors. After many years of mastering the barre technique, I am now overjoyed to add. Torch’d (our trampoline class) to my repertoire as well. For the short term, my goal over the next month is to continue to grow in that concept so that I can deliver a memorable experience for our clients each time they step through our doors. For the long term, I am planning on taking my love of movement and the body to the next level in my professional career and am buffing up on science courses in my free time. I plan to apply to PT school within the coming year so that I can continue to help others live a sustainable, active lifestyle.
- First Class – $10
- First Week Unlimited – $79
- Website: www.TheStudioSd.Com
- Instagram: @J907
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