BUSY mum of two Charlotte Keogh didn’t let the recession hold her back from starting her dream job.
Instead, she signed up for a course in starting your own business through the Enterprise Board and didn’t look back.
The Manchester native packed in her accountancy job, and has now followed her lifelong passion by opening a new fitness studio in the heart of Georgian Limerick.
Professional women pushed for time can avail of classes from 7.45am, at lunchtime, or immediately after work, so there is no excuse not to work on your bum, legs or tums, she says.
Her enterprise, Studio 21 at 84 O’Connell Street, has now been open for six weeks and is already gathering a steady following. There are no treadmills in sight - instead there are chandeliers hanging over the exercise area, “to bring more elegance to exercise.”
“I have no regrets. Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” she said of her decision to change course.
“When it was time for me to go back to work [after the birth of her children] I wondered how I was going to fit it all in. Assuming I was going to work in the city I looked for somewhere convenient where I could workout in my lunch break. Nowhere met my needs and I thought surely, I wasn’t the only one looking for this.
The Pilates and spinning instructor began researching the idea of opening a fitness studio primarily for those living and working in the city and discovered there was indeed a demand. “Before I knew it I was well on my way to becoming a budding entrepreneur,” she enthused.
“The journey so far has been far busier and exciting than I ever imagined. Not to mention the nerves and fear of the unknown,” she said after spending three years at home looking after her kids.
Classes on offer include Latin aerobics, Pilates, yoga, pump & sculpt, cardio blast, fat burn circuit, and a flat tummy workout, as well as classes to work on other areas of the body.
Many of the classes are pay as you go, and a set of 12 classes cost €90.
See Studio 21 for full details of classes.