Ansley Watson, owner
Q: How did you get involved in this business?
A: Pilates helped me through rehabilitation after a car accident and I loved it so much I decided to switch careers from being an environmental chemist to becoming certified as a Pilates instructor. In 2006, I opened my own studio, Joie de Vivre Pilates, in LoHi with an emphasis on helping people recover from injuries.
Q: What distinguishes you from other businesses in your category?
A: First, we use the Watson method of Pilates, which incorporates short intervals of exercise focused on weight-bearing training and toning of large group muscles to "turn on" fat burning hormones. Second, although we have a wonderful physical therapist who sees clients at our studio, we are a Pilates studio first, with teachers well-versed in the whole body, including most injuries. Last, we accept most major health insurance for Pilates instruction.
Q: What do you like best about your line of work?
A: Anyone who knows the teachers at Joie de Vivre Pilates knows that we are kind of bio-mechanic nerds. We love to listen to our clients and help them figure out or fix what is going on in their bodies.
Q: What is your business' biggest challenge?
A: The business' biggest challenge is being seen. While we happen to be on a very busy street, a lot of people drive right by us. We are an intimate studio nestled in the popular LoHi neighborhood, yet most people have no idea we're here.
Q: Something people might be surprised to learn about you or your business:
A: The Watson method increases your metabolism, using both the small and large muscle groups together. It is also very safe to practice and participants are less prone to overwork and fatigue.
Business: Joie de Vivre Pilates Studio
Address: 2901 Wyandot St., Unit 20
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday