Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Alyssa Davis, Owner of Spring Bungee Fitness LLC, located in Union, KY, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I own Spring Bungee Fitness LLC. We offer bungee-assisted fitness classes and aerial yoga classes focusing on low-impact, high-reward workouts. We work with a variety of individuals from all walks of life and primarily have women as our customers.
Tell us about yourself
I've been involved with bungee fitness since 2019 and have been teaching since 2021. I originally started as a student taking classes. I found the studio by accident but decided to sign up and take classes, and I haven't stopped since. The first time I clipped in, I knew I wanted to be involved forever and started working towards opening my own business. My motivation every day comes from the individuals who come to my classes. I love the excitement that everyone feels when they first start coming to classes, and seeing them grow and form a community with each other is incredibly rewarding for me.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I think that's a hard question because it constantly changes as time goes on. The 100th class that I taught was a big accomplishment. I was incredibly excited to make it to the 1st anniversary of the opening. I also very strongly value the community aspect of our studio. I love seeing the students interact with each other on their own without my interference. The fact that they feel safe and comfortable to be themselves and make friends with their peers in class was something I didn't expect to mean as much to me as it does.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Being a business owner, in general, is hard. It's easily one of the hardest things I've ever done. I think one of the most challenging aspects is the adaptability you need. Your market, services, target demographic, etc., are constantly changing. As part of the fitness industry, in particular, our classes have to be constantly changing to keep our students engaged and also challenged. It is pretty imperative to our success that students keep coming back, and they won't do that if they're bored in class.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- The biggest tip I'd give to someone is to do your research! There is so much that goes into running a business that you would never expect. I have, and continue to learn so much about all aspects of my business. It is incredibly helpful in the long run to be as informed as possible about as many parts of the business as you can.
- Advocate for yourself. A lot of people will give you pushback because they don't believe in your dream. You are going to be your own biggest cheerleader, and if you don't believe in your business, no one else will! You have to remember why you started and what goals you're working towards so then that keep you on the right path for you, your staff, and your business.
- You won't know unless you try. I think this one is tricky because you have to figure out which risks are worth taking. However, I feel like if you've already taken the risk of starting a business, most risks are significantly smaller in comparison.
Where can people find you and your business?
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