This is a very special day because I'm super excited to share with you this amazingly insightful interview with the wonderful Simona Cipriani. Enjoy!
Simona Cipriani is the owner of the Art of Control and the Educational Director of The Art and Science of Contrology Pilates Training Program. She is a Second Generation Pilates Instructor who studied extensively with Romana Kryzanowska, becoming a certified instructor of the Authentic Pilates Method in 1993. Her studio The Art Of Control, is in Stamford, CT.
Describe your business
I started my business in 1997 in Westchester County, New York. So, we are 20 years old this year - it's a big birthday! We spent 10 years at that studio and then we moved to Purchase College. Today, my studio is in Stamford Connecticut. We are part of a beautiful new facility that includes a fitness training, Acupuncturists, Yoga teachers and Massage Therapists.
Here, I have a team of really experienced teachers, and a number of apprentices who are going through my teacher training program. I teach around 15 to 20 hours a week and I have my teacher training program on top of that which involves teaching seminars and mentoring apprentices. I am frequently traveling to teach my program, infact I leave for South Korea tomorrow!
What is the biggest lesson you have learnt as a business owner?
One person can't do it all! Especially, if you are dedicated to teaching and you really enjoy teaching like I do. I have found that I need get help to accomplish certain tasks in my business that I don't enjoy doing or don't have the time to do.
Biggest challenge to date?
My biggest challenge has been finding strong, loyal teachers to work in my studio and to grow with my business. I trust my teachers with my clients and finding the right people is not easy. Professional and loyal teachers are hugely valuable in this industry and I have learnt how to trust the right people and avoid people who are negative or not the right fit for my studio.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love to teach. I love to see my clients progress and help them become more healthy and more active. Seeing the change in their body, but also their mind, is incredible.
Being overwhelmed can take away from this joy, so whenever I find that happening, I always come back to doing what I love, which is teaching clients and teaching teachers.
What skills or actions are most important to running your business successfully?
- You need to have passion for the work and the method
- You need to care about the clients making progress
- You need to be courageous! Invest in yourself and your business and be flexible to the environment around you in order to be successful. This takes guts - it’s not always easy.
What is in your future?
Haha - it depends on the day! I love to teach and I love to travel so I see traveling to teach in my future, just as I am doing right now. I will continue to do what it takes to make my studio successful, and I want to continue to invest in my training program and continue build it so that it is accessible to more people!
Learn more about Simona HERE