Happy Friday! Today I get to share with you my latest interview with the lovely Catie Miller; founder of Xtend Barre London. Read the full interview below where Catie talks about achieving her dreams and opening up Xtend Barre in London through much hard work and determination.
Hi Catie! Tell us a bit about your background and how you feel that has influenced you today?
My parents were both incredibly hard-working. My mom raised 3 children while my dad supported us as an international pilot. Their constant focus in life was to always provide immense support, normality and love to both my sisters and myself. My sisters and I had the privilege of attending all our dance recitals, auditions and competitions (and how could I forget college) without any hesitation.
My upbringing was full of guidance and positivity and I learnt through hard work, perseverance and dedication that anything can be achieved. I learned resilience from my mother and what it means to graft from my father. This thing called ‘life’ calls for a lot of the above and my childhood has absolutely shaped me to be who I am today.
Can you tell us when you decided to launch Xtend Barre and what was your motivation behind it?
I embarked on my Xtend Barre journey back in 2012. I remembered walking out of the studio after my first Xtend Barre class and thinking, I need to bring this to London…this is exactly what we are missing! It flipped my world upside down and haven’t stopped ever since. My motivation in bringing the brand across the pond is that the method, energy and ethos behind Xtend Barre is truly what I believe in and want to share with my team and clients!
Tell us a bit about Xtend Barre and what makes it different?
At the end of the day it is a personal preference. But once you immerse yourself in Xtend it’s near impossible to find something that compares; which is why you will always hear me say ‘Welcome to Xtend’ halfway throughout my classes, because at that point you truly know what sets us apart!
What’s your one fitness tip?
Listen to your body and what works for YOU! Surround yourself with people who encourage, challenge and admire you—and always remember happiness is important to us and those around us.
What inspires you?
My family inspires me! I have only ever wanted to make them proud.
Do you think you have a work/life balance?
This is a constant work in progress for me. Living in London brings a lot of action, opportunity and joy. It can also bring a lot of tension, hussle and stress. For me, I always try my best to prioritise. I write a daily list and I number it from most important (must get done today) to this can become ´tomorrow’s task`. My son Fallon gives me so much balance as he is the driving force behind why I do what I do each and every day!
What’s the best part of your job?
Building relationships with my clients and team! I love sharing in their goals and results. Whether its a client who has tears in her eyes as she expressed how much Xtend Barre changed her life during her pregnancy to an instructor who moved across the world saying how much Xtend Barre has supported him and given him a home. Xtend Barre goes far deeper than a plie and it is about the community and lifestyle that is built along the journey!
What words do you live by?
Stay nourished, be present and continue to seek joy.
What’s next for you?
I have big dreams and plans for London so watch this space and come XTEND with me and meet me at the barre!