We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Whitley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jen, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success is consistency, drive and passion for what I do. I have spent 14 years perfecting the processes while not always under the perfect circumstances. My husband spent 20 years as a Navy Pilot and we moved a lot. Fourteen moves in 20 years is hard especially when you open businesses. Being able to look back now I can see how it was a great experience for me to move about the country and start a business from the ground up. Every time I knew I could achieve my goals due to the fact Pilates sells itself. I have always been very goal-oriented and when I meet a goal it’s time for a new one. I have never allowed myself to become stagnant, I am always learning more and diving deeper. In the fitness and Pilates Mind Body Industry it is a necessity to stay opened minded while staying true to who you are and what services you provide. The passion comes from loving people. When I can see changes in others whether physical, mental, emotional, or all, it drives me more. Helping others feel their best inside and out is my hope for all those I teach, because I know personally how taking care of myself mentally and physically has changed my life forever. I want to share that with everyone I can. Our success in our brand comes from the leadership down. From the energy in our space to taking time to get to know our clients we all strive to offer something more than a workout. Without the team that we have a Re:Gen it would not be where we are today. I find it very important to be close to my staff and we are true friends even outside of work. The chemistry of your staff matters! Everyone works as a team and strives to give their best to our clients each and every day. Consistency is key! Bottom Line, love what you do and do it well then you will have great success.
What should our readers know about your business?
Business is hard. It takes lots of long hours, blood sweat and tears to get it going to be profitable. It is never easy. So what is imperative? When you go into business you must love what you do, Not only love what you do but you believe whole heartedly in what you do. When that comes across to people there is truly no sale to be made. It sells itself. I believe that in complete training of your craft, you cannot cut corners. The process of training is there for a reason. It is through the process that we grow, learn and fine-tune your craft. I have grown over 14 years in moving around opening studios, revitalizing studios, working as a contractor to other studios, I have done it all. I have learned that I am definitely a studio owner/entrepreneur/Instructor, I love having my own space and sticking to the core values of my business model. It’s never easy going in other spaces when their vision is not yours, so it can feel confining. However, looking back on all of these years I have learned so much about myself and how I conduct business today. What I want people to know about Re:gen Pilates and Fitness is, we love people. We don’t care what you come and workout in we just hope you show up. Show up for yourself and the ones you love because if you take care of yourself you are taking better care of others you love, Know that we care about everyone that enters our facility. Our hope is that when people walk through our doors they feel at home and welcomed. We want to be more than a workout, we hope to make an impact in people’s lives everyday.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Most people do not realize that I was a musical theatre major in college and it was my dream to be on Broadway in New York City. After being diagnosed with an illness my senior year of High School it was then that I saw my dream crumble. All for a reason. I truly believe that! So if I had someone coming to town and Covid restrictions were lifted, I would take them to the heart of Downtown Dallas to the Arts District. Go see a show, ballet or play. Before, we must go to The Woolworth for dinner and drinks, one of my favorite quaint places to go.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
From the beginning my husband who lived out his dream of flying jets in the Navy always told me to reach for have my dreams even though it seemed in the Navy life it was impossible. He is a dreamer and in turn, helped me dream as well.
To my Master Instructor Amanda Jesse of Pilates Instructor Academy for teaching me the Comprehensive Pilates Program and passing on all her nuggets of knowledge that I am thankful for to this day.
To my best friend Bridget Willeford for seeing the passion I have for people and fitness. Understanding the way I see a studio and in turn trusting and believing in me. She is my ride or die and my partner in crime (Business Partner)
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