We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Snailum and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kelly, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
A risk taker is defined as a person who is willing to do things that involve danger in order to achieve a goal. I grew up in Missouri with hard working parents who managed to hide their stress from my siblings and I. I had no idea back then that my dad was one of the biggest risk takers ever.

My dad was a Marine in Vietnam, owned and operated a dairy farm, then a restaurant, taught at a junior college and then owned and operated a trucking business, all before I was 10 years old. He stumbled upon opportunities, like buying a mansion, all because of his personality.

When we moved to Arizona, my dad got into the sign business and made a name for himself by working hard, being the kind of person someone wanted to work for and most of all, taking risks. He took risks to make things happen and I saw this from a pretty young age.

My dad was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer right before I had my first child. I had a thriving career in advertising, which I loved. I was comfortable, happy with my choice in career and ready for the next chapter in my life. His diagnosis changed my priorities so significantly that after my son, Mason, was born I couldn’t see myself working 50-60 hours a week any longer.

Pilates came into my life the year before.  I had always been into health and fitness and spent many hours at the gym growing up, but Pilates was different. The movement spoke to me. I decided to get certified to teach Pilates in 2005, just before my dad was diagnosed and my son was born. My plan was to teach a few hours per week on top of my full time job. With my dad home sick and a new baby on board,  I decided my secure, safe, full time job had to go. This risky decision was stressful and hard on my family at first. I jumped in with both feet, started teaching Pilates a few hours per week and getting used to my new schedule. Losing the income from my full time career  was really hard. My husband was beyond supportive and  I promised him I would do something with Pilates. He believed me.

My dad passed away in October 2006. He inspired me to do things that made me happy, allowed me to be with my family as much as possible and spend my time doing something I loved. In order to create an environment like that, I knew it meant opening a my own Studio. At the time, I couldn’t imagine the risk but soon after the Remedy business plan was born and all I could think about was what if it didn’t go well. The financial strain with two young kids and my husband already doing all he could to support us would have been too much.

It was 2008, the economy was in bad shape and small businesses were closing all over the place. The real estate market was even worse. I wasn’t planning to open anything at the time but stumbled on the Shea location and decided to make an offer. I was signing a lease by the end of the week and the plans were officially in motion.

From opening day in October 2008 to today, Remedy Pilates & Barre has expanded to a second location, graduated more than 100 Pilates teachers in the Valley, added group fitness classes to the menu and employs more than 25 teachers. I have always tried to make smart decisions led by numbers and spread sheets, but in the end, I believe it’s all about taking a risk. No matter how prepared a person might be to open the doors or pile on more, there is no way to determine the safety of our decisions. 2020 has been the perfect example of that. At a time both locations were thriving, we had to shut the doors and are still operating at very limited capacity. But, My dad taught me a lot about business and no matter when he survived. He made decisions that were scary and he fought for them. He made an amazing life for us, one risky decision at a time.

Although my kids didn’t get to know my dad, I hope they see these things in me. I hope they see why I do what I do and how much joy it brings me to do what I love, the way I love it and with the people I love. The risk is definitely worth it.

Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?Remedy Pilates & Barre is a boutique fitness studio with two locations in Scottsdale and Arcadia. Formed in 2008, Remedy offers dynamic small group classes, private training, youth conditioning programs, and is a Pilates Sports Center Teacher Training facility. Recently named Best Pilates Studio in the Valley four years in a row, Remedy members build a powerful core through form-focused discipline and easy to understand direction that offers deep-muscle strengthening and total body conditioning. Intimate Pilates, Barre, and TRX class sizes ensure our elite instructors can take the time to fully understand individual needs, and personal strength goals. Basically, if you’re over the common workout, you’ve found the Remedy.

We are most proud of our teachers and our fitness approach. We have a unique environment with only six people in a Pilates Group Class at a time and up to 10 in a fitness class. Our teachers can focus on individual needs, limitation and goals. 50% of our business is private training which has become less popular over the years in the Pilates industry with class sizes increasing and private training not being offered at so many franchise locations. We can guarantee you will never do the same class twice, your limitations don’t scare us and we will provide a full body workout (with a little sweat) every time you walk through the door.

Nothing about the back end of business is easy, but all the work put into it is MORE than worth it! I would do it over and over again to provide this kind of environment for learning, compassion and growth.

The hardest lesson I have learned along the way is that no matter how hard you try, you can’t make everyone happy. I surround myself with amazing, supportive teachers and friends to help me manage those few times something didn’t work out. I sincerely believe we are all a team and function the way we do because we all respect each other.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Any best friend of mine would fly in the morning so we could spend as much time as possible together. Right after pick up I would head to LaGrande Orange for a nut milk latte and breakfast. I run the canal right by there all the time and it’s my favorite place for morning time with friends. Not to mention the retail love they have for so many local designers. After breakfast we would head to my house, say hi to the family then head over The Scottsdale Quarter to shop at some of my favorite places and have lunch at Tru Food. I would try to sneak in an at home massage from the best therapist in town, Renee Nieto (@recoveryrenee), and rest up for a night out. I am pretty casual when it comes to going out at night but absolutely love going to the Windsor for dinner and would likely end up at The Vig in Arcadia. In the morning, I would force an early wake up to hike Camelback or head to Remedy for Pilates or Barre and spend the rest of the day by the pool. Phew, I’m tired and relaxed all at the same time. For the rest of the week I would try to take her Sedona for some hiking and sight seeing and head up to Flagstaff for amazing weather and the best downtown scene in AZ (in my opinion). On nights we stay in, I would order Pho from Tealight Cafe and watch Netflix. I am all about down time.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom, dad and husband. Without the support from my mom and husband I would have never taken the risk. Without my dad to show my how it was done, the fear could have held me back.

Website: http://www.remedypilates.com
Instagram: @remedypb
Linkedin: kellysnailumpilates
Twitter: remedypilates
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RemedyPilatesandBarre
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/remedy-pilates-barre-teacher-training-scottsdale

Image Credits
John Mullins & GG LeMere

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