During my last semester of college, I took a Pilates course as a fun credit. The class was taught by our instructor Amy, and her lessons revolved around giving us a foundation in classical Pilates. I enjoyed the class so much that I sought out a Pilates studio to join so I could take classes when I wasn’t in my university course. I joined Todd’s Pilates and Barre a month after starting the university course. There, I was able to practice when Amy was teaching us in school. I felt that having the basis from my university course helped me know what we has happening in the Todd’s Pilates classes.
After I graduated from college, I continued to take Pilates from Todd’s, and I added on Barre classes to my workout routine. Fast forward to Fall 2016. I was looking for a weekend job to help supplement my income (Austin is an expensive place to live, y’all), and I asked my friend Nikki, one of the instructors at the studio, if she knew if Todd was hiring anyone else. Unsure about an open position, Nikki suggested I reach out to Todd myself. I did, and at first, Todd said no because there was already someone working Saturday and Sundays. However, I few weeks later, he emailed me back saying their weekend person quit unexpectedly, and they needed someone to fill the spot ASAP.
It’s be a little over a year since I started working. I’ve become really good at my job working the front desk on Saturdays. One of my favorite parts of the job is being able to meet new people, but I also get to chat with the regular students. I’ve also developed a good relationship with Todd; good enough that he asked if I would be able to do a group photo shoot for the team.
In early October, 22 instructors and staff members of Todd’s Pilates and Barre piled in a pink party bus and went around Austin taking photos at some of the most notable and local places. The mission of the shoot was to gather photos that show we are a local studio born in Austin, but to show how our instructors are fun and relaxed. Apparently there is a stigma among fitness studios that can be intimidating; however, Todd’s is the complete opposite of that!
We started off at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress for photos in front of the I Love You So Much sign and headshots on the sidewalk. Then we went to Whole Foods for a quick in-and-out photo on the ATX sculpture; Our third stop was at the Long Center where we took some great jumping photos; we then went to refuel with snacks and drinks at the Barton Springs Food Trailer Park - my personal favorite. Our last stop was at the 360 Bridge Overlook. Our trip around Austin proved to be a fun afternoon! Our team session ended with dinner at Pint House Pizza where we had around 8 pizzas all different flavors.