#ThriveThursday: Meet Britannia Leo of BikeOrBar

Britannia Leo
Britannia Leo and her mother Alexandra Wells own the Buffalo, NY based fitness studio, BikeOrBar. Their business has grown enormously in recent years due to their fun spin classes, positive messaging, loud music, and technology that tracks your performance. The two opened the Elmwood Avenue studio seven years ago. Visit bikeorbar.com to learn more!

At the end of the day, my goal is to make every woman leave feeling stronger, more confident, and a little sassier than when they first walked in.”

How do you inspire women to better themselves at BikeOrBar and what message do you like to promote?
I think BikeOrBar in general has a strong “girl gang” vibe. From the owners being women (my mom and myself), to our female dominant staff, to the clientele, which is predominantly women. Personally, I have gained a lot of my own confidence though fitness, so I like to see that for other women that come into our studio. My hope is that they can own their badassness with no apologies!

What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do at BikeOrBar?
I truly think the most rewarding part of this gig is seeing the progress that clients make. I’ve seen countless transformations not only physically, but mentally. I have watched members go from not being able to plank, to doing pushups on their toes with no problem. I have also watched, women in particular, go from closed off and insecure to happy and beaming with confidence. It’s insanely rewarding to see these transformations and know you had a place in that journey.

In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to?
From time to time, I don’t always believe in myself. I don’t know if it’s something that I’ll ever completely overcome, but it’s certainly something I’m constantly working on. Every year that the business is open, it gets a little easier to believe in my ability to successfully run a business and it helps eliminate some of the doubt in my head. The honest truth is that on my worst days, when I’m feeling overwhelmed and over it all, I can come to BikeOrBar and teach a class and feel like it’s all worth it because the clients inspire me just as much as I strive to inspire them.

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