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Lakewood Ranch, Its Time to Meet us at the BAR!


BODYBAR Pilates Opening First Florida Location in Lakewood Ranch


BODYBAR Pilates (BODYBAR), known for its integrative workouts that unite the Pilates method and modern exercise training principles, has officially opened to the public on April 25 at 7600 Island Cove Terrace, Suite 102 in Sarasota, Florida.


The new BODYBAR location will be the first in Florida and the first studio for local owners, Kristin and Shane Ward. Blending its focus on strength, toning and modern movement with a warm, welcoming, spa-like environment, BODYBAR creates a Pilates experience unlike any other. It is all centered on fostering a destination where a community of members can come together daily to maintain sound mind, body and spirit.


Shane and Kristin Ward are residents of Sarasota County and have a diverse skillset that will bring a unique touch to the Lakewood Ranch studio. Before joining the BODYBAR team, Kristin worked as a landscape architect and Shane, an Air Force veteran, has a background in law enforcement. As college athletes, the couple share a passion for fitness and a commitment to maintaining good health. Sharing their love for fitness and the community, the Wards will oversee day-to-day operations of their studio in Lakewood Ranch.


The Wards are the perfect duo to introduce the Sunshine State to BODYBAR. They understand the purpose of BODYBAR Pilates — to create a community of people who respect, encourage and motivate one another to be strong, healthy and happy human beings. Kristin has been an athlete her entire life. After her first pregnancy, she was looking for a workout that anyone could do. She wanted something that would build her core and help her athletically, that’s when she found Pilates.


Both Shane and Kristin value nutrition and health. They wanted to share something with their community that was intimate and versatile. BODYBAR Pilates allows them to bring something new and fresh to Sarasota that is easy to access and promotes good health.


The Wards are both athletes and recruited to play sports in college. With Shane’s experience in law enforcement and the Air Force, they will have no problem showing that BODYBAR is for everyBODY. The Wards will be sure to promote and spread positive energy amongst the community.


“We’re really excited to bring something new and fresh to the Sarasota market,” said Kristin Ward, co-owner of BODYBAR Pilates in Lakewood Ranch. “After my first pregnancy, Pilates helped me recover and regain my strength. I learned that there are people in this community who are devoted to Pilates as much as I am, so we thought that BODYBAR would be a great way to give back and connect with our neighbors.”


From single-use equipment that is disinfected between each workout, to appropriate spacing of the reformers and ample time between classes, BODYBAR’s steadfast commitment to the safety of its members and employees remains top priority.


BODYBAR instructors are encouraged to use creativity in their delivery to ensure members experience classes that vary in routine and intensity. And, with 14 reformers in each studio, instructors have ample time to interact with the class and provide members with a personalized experience, while providing franchisees the highest earning potential per class among all Pilates franchises.


BODYBAR Pilates was founded in 2012, offering  a modern take on Reformer Pilates in an environment that is conducive to building communities filled with members who love, respect, encourage and motivate one another to be strong, healthy and happy human beings. Referred to as “Your favorite happy hour” workout, BODYBAR’s 40 to 50-minute classes are inclusive to any fitness level. With eight studios open and 32 additional locations in development, BODYBAR Pilates is continuing to expand its presence nationwide through franchising.