Episode #200

Meet Jen Golden Zumann, Who’s Taken Her Studio, Pilates Chicago, From Her Dining Room to 3,000 Square Feet Full of Joyful Clients

I first met Jennifer Zumann on the shore of a little lake in Alexandria, Minnesota.  Although I was on a lovely getaway, kids were scampering (and screaming) with every discovery, and bathroom time in a crowded, shared space was hard to come by… I simply needed a little space to breathe and time to stretch. […]

June 25, 2019

READY AIM EMPIRE 200: Meet Jen Golden Zumann, Who’s Taken Her Studio, Pilates Chicago, From Her Dining Room to 3,000 Square Feet Full of Joyful Clients

Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 5.04.42 PM I first met Jennifer Zumann on the shore of a little lake in Alexandria, Minnesota. 

Although I was on a lovely getaway, kids were scampering (and screaming) with every discovery, and bathroom time in a crowded, shared space was hard to come by…

I simply needed a little space to breathe and time to stretch. So, I opened up my Pilates Anytime app and up popped Jen onto my screen. Although our initial time together was brief, it was just what I needed to reinvigorate and recharge my batteries.

These days, Jen has unknowingly traveled all across the country with me, providing me with her skillful guidance, abundant energy, and radiant joy straight to my mobile studio aka my iPhone.

Of course, as I’ve fallen in love with her teaching style, I had to go digging to learn more about her and her Pilates endeavors and, to no surprise, she has a thriving studio in the heart of the Windy City.

And as we began talking, I learned that her successful studio was started in her dining room and is now a 3,000 square foot space that employs ten instructors and a physical therapist, and is filled with joyful clients.

But, as Jen says in our discussion, “the culture of the studio isn’t about me, I’m just a part of it.”

Although she’s modest and says this is all been a community effort, she’s clearly the catapult and the spark that has transformed into the hearth of the Pilates Chicago space, programming, and community.

During our chat, we dive into her unique educational background with Pilates and how it has shaped the way she teaches not just students but teaching future instructors who have a personal voice they can bring to the essence of Pilates.

We also dive into studio growth through building versus hosting a teacher training, plus balancing entrepreneurship with family and serious personal health matters to everything in between.

So nestle in with a good cup of something warm, and give this episode a listen.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How Jen started out learning Pilates informally as an apprentice in the 90’s after being introduced to it through a college program but used her experience to inform her entire approach to teaching
  • Why there is so much more to teaching than just learning the curriculum and how she built a culture of learning and sharing to create a community of instructors that have, in turn, helped grow her studio
  • The logistical and emotional pros and cons of creating your custom teacher training program
  • Why growing your teachers and helping them find their “amazing” is what allows you to build an empire and feel good and intentional about what you’re growing every step of the way

Referenced Links:

Pilates Chicago

Pilates Anytime

Pilates Fusion

With Grit & Gratitude,

Lisé

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