More than a kick butt workout, the magic of Studio B is the amazing women who gather here each and every day. Each woman brings her own unique strength and story to the barre and it is my honor to use this space to spotlight a barre addict on the first Wednesday of each month.
This month, we are honored to introduce you to Kim Rice Wilson! Kim is incredibly committed to empowering others through her executive coaching, community involvement, and more. A mom, wife, professional, friend, and health-enthusiast, she constantly amazes us! We love how she prioritizes her own health (in the midst of a very full schedule!) and encourages those around her to do the same. It’s a great day when Kim is next to us on the barre! Prepare to be inspired (I know we are!!):
BARRE ADDICT // KIM RICE WILSON
Q: INTRODUCE YOURSELF…
My name is Kim Rice Wilson. I am a certified executive coach. I work with senior corporate leaders and private individuals with goals of behavioral change, powerful communication and improved relationships. I am also the co-founder and president of Six String Concerts, a 29 year old, all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that promotes concerts by national singer-songwriters here in Columbus. I am married to Jim Wilson, a corporate antitrust litigator with the Vorys Law Firm. Our twin daughters, Meg and Kate, are entering their senior year at Columbus School for Girls. We live in Bexley, eight blocks from where I grew up.
I am a vegan. I began eating a plant-based no oil diet 2 ½ years ago due to a diagnosis of early-onset heart disease 7 years ago. I tried all sorts of other diet, medical and exercise solutions, but it was not until I adopted this way of eating that my doctor saw my condition improve. Diet, stress management and exercise, including regular Barre workouts, are key to my health.
Q: WHEN YOU’RE NOT PLIÉ (ING), SHAKING AND STRETCHING AT STUDIO B WELLNESS, WHERE CAN YOU BE FOUND?
Any number of places: Taking early morning dog walks around Bexley with Jim, hanging out with my girls, working in my home office, traveling for business or with family, taking continuing education courses, doing my daily cardio, yoga and meditation workouts, listening to music or attending live performances, participating in board meetings, volunteering, attending my girls’ sporting and musical events, screening movies at the Drexel Theater, hiking with my family, spending time with friends and family, listening to books on tape, or making delicious vegan/plant-based meals.
I can also be found supporting the Center for Balanced Living. After serving 6 years on the board, I now serve on their ambassador board. This the premier mid-west disordered eating education, prevention, research and treatment center for those over 16 years old right here in Columbus. I love introducing this organization because we all know someone, maybe even ourselves, who have struggled with some form of disordered eating or body image issue.
Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COMING TO STUDIO B?
I have been coming to Studio B from the beginning. It all began when I asked Nancy Brown, who was working at a studio in Bexley, to be my personal trainer in the Spring of 2011. After foot surgery a few months earlier, I needed support getting back into an exercise program. In addition, I wanted to be in top shape for a Wilson family trip scheduled for June 2012, a 100-mile hike across Scotland via the West Highland Way. After a few months working one-on-one with Nancy, she encouraged me to try her Barre class. I was totally against it! I hated exercise classes and could not be tied down to set workout times each week. I finally tried it and quickly became addicted. I followed her to Jeffrey Mansion, New Albany and finally to Studio B when it opened 4+ years ago.
Q: HOW OFTEN DO YOU TAKE BARRE CLASSES?
Usually 4 times a week unless I am traveling or have a major scheduling conflict.
Q: WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK/WHAT DO YOU THINK SETS STUDIO B APART FROM OTHER WORKOUTS?
So many things!
The results: At 54, I have never been in better shape (strength, flexibility, muscle definition, endurance), and I have exercised most of my adult life.
The instructors: They are all extremely well trained. They give excellent, very specific instruction. Even after 5 years, it is critical to listen carefully to all the cues and position reminders. I never stop learning to perfect the nuances of the exercises so that I get the most reward. That is why it is always challenging.
Safety: I know the instructors are watching my posture, position and moves very carefully to make sure I will not get injured and that I get the most out of every exercise. Even after 5 years, I get corrected at times. This is a good thing! I have taken Barre classes in a few other places in town or while traveling and nowhere have I received this much personal attention or felt this safe.
The Mindfulness: Barre class is the perfect opportunity to practice being in the moment. Although there is some friendly conversation before and after class, the 1 hour of Barre is a time to quiet the mind and focus inward.
The Women: I love working out with and being coached by the health-conscious, supportive, fun, strong, wise women who make Studio B an important part of their lives.
The Future: Although I get outstanding current benefits from my Barre workouts, I often remind myself that I am doing Barre for my 94 year old self. I want to be healthy, strong and flexible for as long as possible.
Q: WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU NOTICED IN YOUR BODY & LIFE SINCE YOU STARTED COMING USING THE STUDIO B METHOD?
My Back: When I first began Barre, I could not stand in place for more than 10 minutes at a time due to severe lower back pain. After 6 months of Barre classes, with the strong focus on core strengthening, my back pain was gone. Several years ago I had to miss Barre for about 10 days due to a busy work schedule. By the end, my standing back pain began to return. I vowed then that I would never again go more than a few days without attending a Barre class or at least doing core exercises if traveling. Gotta love that C-Curve!
My Strength: My whole body has become stronger and firmer. Last summer, I traveled with my family to Peru for a work-service trip at a shelter for sexually abused teen girls. I had never performed harder physical labor in my life. I was the oldest woman on the trip by many years. My work team (including me) was surprised at my strength. And…I was the only one who was not sore!
Flexibility: I have always been pretty flexible but had never before been on a regular stretching routine. Now I feel more limber with long, lean, flexible muscles.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BARRE MOVE?
I like arm work, bridge, pretzel and front leg lifts the best. I feel instant results. Of course, I also love the stretching!
Q: WHAT IS THE MOVE THAT MOST CHALLENGES YOU?
Standing seat work while standing on my right leg for a long time. I had an early childhood illness that deeply weakened my right hip joint. Although tough, these exercises have strengthened all parts of both legs.
Q: WHICH SONG PUMPS YOU UP EVERY TIME IT COMES ON?
I don’t actually know the names of most the current songs. I love Cassandra’s 70’s or 80’s playlists and am known to sometimes song along. I do love music and like songs with a good beat to help time the movements. Mostly, though, I am concentrating on the exercises and listening to the cues with my eyes closed.
Q: WHAT 3 WORDS WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE STUDIO B?
Barre For Life!
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE FOR SOMEONE ABOUT TO TAKE HER FIRST BARRE CLASS?
Just try it! It will be hard. Don’t get discouraged. Do what you can. Just keep coming back. You will feel sore – but it will be a good kind of sore. Do not compare yourself in any way to anyone else in the class. It does not matter and no one is judging you. Just focus on your own body, your own goals and your own sense of accomplishment. Before you know it, you will begin to see your body change, you will feel your body strengthen, you will notice improved endurance and your mind will begin to tell you that you can actually do this. I think Studio B is the most welcoming, supportive, encouraging, non-judgmental place to exercise no matter what shape you are in when you begin. So just try it!
Q: WHAT INSPIRES YOU ON AND OFF THE BARRE?
On the Barre: Again, all the women, including the instructors!
Off the Barre: My husband, my children, my friends and my family inspire me everyday to stay in learning mode as I journey through life. My clients and every human being who actively learn and work to make difficult changes in their lives, their relationships, their workplace and/or their community for happier, healthier lives and the greater good.
Q: HOW CAN PEOPLE FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE GREAT THINGS YOU HAVE GOING ON?
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