Fitness has been a key component in Cori Hofmann’s life. Growing up with a passion for sports, she was especially fond of horseback riding and dancing. During college, she sought out ways to stay active, but wasn’t drawn to the student gym’s treadmills. Instead, Hofmann found herself turning toward hot yoga and high-intensity interval training.
“For me, movement is my way to relieve stress,” says Hofmann. “When I was studying for my CPA exam and feeling under pressure, I would go for a run. Then, when I found barre3, I would go daily at 6 AM before walking to the office. On the nights I was lucky enough to leave by 5:30, I would catch an evening class to shake off the tension of sitting at a desk all day.”
Hofmann had stumbled across barre3 in 2013 and never looked back. She immediately connected with the workout and would leave classes feeling energized, present, and strong. After two years as a client, Hofmann became a studio instructor, teaching in the evenings after work. But it wasn’t until moving to Texas that she and her husband, Adam, decided to open up their own barre3 studio.
“I was burnt out from my finance career and craving something different. I contacted barre3, inquired about franchising options, and the rest is history,” says Hofmann. “We signed our franchise agreement in March 2019 and planned to break ground in March 2020. Then, the world stopped. Luckily, we weren’t delayed too much, and opened our studio doors in August.”
Since opening, Hofmann has found a second family at barre3. From the instructors to the front desk to the play lounge staff, she has developed meaningful working relationships. Along with her implicit trust in her team, Hofmann loves getting to educate and engage with her clients. She encourages them to make time for classes within their day-to-day lifestyles.
“We recognize that COVID has changed daily life, and it’s hard to find a routine. So, we operate our studio in a way that can provide consistency. You know we’ll be here for you when you need to take a class,” says Hofmann. “Many of my staff are also moms, so we are closed mid-day to all find balance and have time to connect with our families.”
The greatest advice that Hofmann can give to those hoping to improve their health and wellness is that it all begins with moving your body. Start small and give yourself grace. And make sure to take action before you overthink it.
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What to Expect from Classes
1) Full-body workouts
"In our 45 or 60-minute classes, our clients get their heart rate up; work their arms, abs, glutes, and legs; and get a cool down with some truly wonderful breathwork at the end. Not many other fitness modalities can offer that in one class."
2) Participation from anywhere
"I’ve had clients enjoy our livestream classes when they’re on vacation. One of my clients was visiting family in Costa Rica and invited her relatives there to join us!"
3) Motivated instructors
"Our instructors have their own style, their own personalities, and music preferences. This allows for our clients to come as often as they want for their goals, and not get bored."
4) Mind-body connection emphasis
"The mind-body connection is incredible, not only for helping you get deeper into moves so you can work your muscles, but also to connect with your breath for your mental health. To me, it’s about being intuitive and learning to pay attention to the signals your body is telling you."