We had the good fortune of connecting with Molly Niles Renshaw and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Molly, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I’m all about my morning routine. Without it, I’d be lost in a sea of emails, requests from clients, admin work, kid duties, on and on. I’ve cultivated this habit of my morning ritual which is…
1- Wake up a good hour before my family (5:45am). I put on the kettle, splash water on my face and sit down to the glorious quiet of the early morning with my steaming cup of coffee.
2- For the next 30 minutes or so, I open my journal and brain dump onto the page. Write, write, write anything that’s bugging me, nagging at me, things I have to get done, how I’m going to do it. As my brain lightens, I get to write about what I’d like to accomplish, aspirations for the coming day, week or year.
This one practice helps organize my brain and keep my goals on track. It has been proven writing things down solidifies your goals and helps you reach them. But for me, before I can get to that good stuff, I must do the brain dump. I started this practice in the mid-90’s when I read ‘The Artist’s Way’. Julia Cameron talks about writing “morning pages” every day to clear your head for your real work ahead.
After this journaling practice, I’m prepared for anything – the kids waking up and needing breakfast, that sea of emails and getting to my studio to begin my day of teaching Pilates!
What should our readers know about your business?
I own a cozy, sunlit Pilates studio called Phoenix Classical Pilates in Santa Monica, CA. Two things that set us apart –
1- It’s a classical Pilates studio, which means we teach the same exercises, in the same order, with the same intention as Joseph Pilates did 100 years ago.
2- My studio has all Gratz equipment, which is the most similar to what Joseph Pilates used than any other brand of equipment. It’s the best quality apparatus, hands down.
Especially in Los Angeles where the majority of Pilates studios offer contemporary or “Pilates-based” classes, Phoenix is the real deal. We teach straight up, classical Pilates (the same as Joseph Pilates) on classical apparatus (same as Joseph Pilates). If you say you’re a Pilates teacher, you should teach what the man, Joseph Pilates taught or just call it something else.
I’m proud my business survived the pandemic. Through working with my landlord as well as my business coach for a quick pivot to online classes, we were able to weather this past year. I learned A TON this year- to never be complacent, always be learning new technology, new ways to get your services and message out. I’ve never put myself out there like I did in 2020 on social media, podcasts, newsletters, Youtube and now weekly on Amazon Live. Everyone was at home so I pushed myself to stay visible all year and it paid off. My business is thriving.
Now that we’re slowly re-opening the in-person studio I’m super excited to offer some new group classes. This year I completed another certification about Foot Fitness, called Feetness. It will change your body and how you use your feet. I’m also introducing a Pilates for Seniors class after many requests. Coming soon!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’ve been inside for over a year so I’ve almost forgotten but here are some of my faves…
Must Eat At Restaurants-
*Southend Venice – Chef Mario Vollera imports the flour for his pizzas from Italy. On Abbott Kinney. The best pizza in town.
*La Cabana – another neighborhood fave in Venice on Rose Ave. Down home Mexican food with an outdoor patio. It’s a neighborhood institution since the 60’s!
* Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks. You’ve go to get out to the Valley (where I grew up!) on your visit. Always dark in there, so many celebrity sitings. I saw Brad Pitt there once!
* Paty’s in Toluca Lake. Old school diner, the best. Full of industry people, waitresses who’ve been there since the 50’s. The best.
* Musso and Franks – I think the oldest restaurant in LA. You must go here. The best service of any place in LA. It’s an experience. We always eat here before the Hollywood Bowl.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to Shoutout a couple people! One, my business coach, Seran Glanfield of Spring Three. I started working with her one on one at the beginning of 2020, then when the pandemic started I joined her coaching group called Thrive. In the last year when so many boutique fitness studios have closed for good, mine actually thrived! With her help, I amped up my marketing message, pivoted to an online model and jumped right into teaching my clients and classes on Zoom.
Another person I’ve never met in real life but who has helped me immensely is Marie Forleo. I read her book Everything is Figureoutable and did her Copy Cure program. Her book gave me the push to believe in myself enough to run my business how I envisioned and to write snappy copy that gets my emails opened so much more than before.
And lastly, my husband, Alan! He’s the glue that holds our whole gig together. I am able to thrive in my business because he supports me in every way.
Linkedin: Molly Niles Renshaw
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Yelp: Phoenix Classical Pilates
Other: My blog is called Tarrylife about living the good life, pressing pause, slowing down and taking care of yourself. You only have this one shot, what are you going to do with it? Check me out at Tarrylife! https://mollynilesrenshaw.com/
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