Meet our February Spotlight Winner: Brinn Strange!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017 9:47 AM | Leslie Merryman (Administrator)

Brinn moved to Gainesville from Hattiesburg, Mississippi in January 2015, and before that she lived in Central California where she attended Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. Upon moving to Gainesville and realizing that such an active and vibrant community did not have a Barre studio, She knew it was her calling to bring her favorite fitness format — Barre — to the area! Brinn opened Barre Forte in May of 2015. It took a few tears, a lot of sweat, and a TON of support from friends, family, the Gainesville community, and, most of all, her husband Greg who undertook many of the studio renovations. Brinn's background is in communications and English and before moving to Gainesville she taught freshman composition at the University of Southern Mississippi, but she has always had a passion for fitness and for celebrating women. She ran a small space within a larger day spa before moving to Gainesville to embark on opening a studio she could really put her stamp on.

Barre Forte offers much more than just fitness, it provides a space where women can “meet their best.” We celebrate each other’s successes, hold each other accountable, and get to know one another on a deeper, familial level. Additionally, Barre Forte is extremely invested in the Gainesville community. We hold donation-based classes to help raise awareness and funds for local, women-centered non-profit organizations and take advantage of opportunities to help local women feel stronger: inside and out.

For those of you just starting out, Brinn encourages you to remind yourself WHY you got into the industry you are in and let your passion fuel the long hours and large risks it takes to own your own business. GAWN has been a tremendous asset to Brinn in offering a safe space to fellowship with other women. "Together we brainstorm ideas, provide valuable referral resources, and offer each other advice (or just an ear to listen). I am extremely grateful for the professional development opportunities GAWN has provided, and I look forward to sharing more about my business with you at our next meeting!"

Barre Forte

4994 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606

(352) 727-7800



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