Chic Spotlight: New Fitness Studio Owner Candice Peters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Palacios   
Monday, 31 January 2011 07:00

Chic Spotlight: New Fitness Studio Owner Candice Peters
With an all-women focus, a new "body boutique" helps you get fit with your friends. We check in with the woman who started it all in this exclusive interview.

Cincy Chic: You started Hyde Park Body Boutique, but what makes you love fitness so much?


Hyde Park Body Boutique Owner Candice Peters: Life seems so much more balanced after a workout. During a workout you can clear your mind of clutter, work through problems, push through your walls and dig deep down to places you didn't know you had. I love watching the transformation that new clients make. Giving clients the tools for success and watching them become healthier and happier is why my job is so worthwhile.


Cincy Chic: It's an all-woman operation, so why did you decide to have a female focus?


Peters: My first fitness venture was as the owner of Stroller Strides, a prenatal, postnatal exercise and stroller workout program. So when I decided to open the new studio, I wanted to be surrounded by the energy of women again and create both a non-intimidating and non-judgmental environment where women could come and be themselves. My vision was to create an environment where women could come in and exercise and have the support and guidance of like-minded women who would be there to help reach their individual goals.


Cincy Chic: This is for the Your Health issue, so how has your fitness affected your personal health?


Peters: If I am feeling low, a good workout always brings me up. If I'm feeling great, it makes me feel even better! Eating healthfully and exercising consistently has allowed me to avoid the roller coaster lifestyle and frustration that comes with yo-yo dieting, which seems to have plagued the culture of the American woman today.



Cincy Chic: You offer a couple different options for customers to improve their own health, so tell readers a little more about the services at Hyde Park Body Boutique.


Peters: HPBB offers a variety of group classes and also offers personal training. My schedule consists of teaching Training Camp and Kor Kettleballs. Training Camp is an indoor camp-style class that incorporates dumbbells, resistance bands, the TRX, and body weight exercises to create a fast-paced, high intensity cardio workout. Kor Kettlebells is the ultimate full-body workout that uses a cast iron weight that looks something like a cannonball with a handle.


Abby Knowles, our Level 1 Certified Crossfit Instructor, teaches X-Fit Women, a Crossfit-inspired strength and conditioning class. Our newest instructor, Jessica Smith, leads Zumba which is a Latin-inspired dance fitness class.


Our personal training clients are trained in a functional fitness style. Functional fitness training focuses on replicating movements found in life. So we stay away from most machines. The only machines you'll see in our studio are a treadmill and elliptical.


The pro shop sells clothing and accessories, including the Apex bodybugg, a calorie management tool seen on the Biggest Loser. I wear my bodybugg daily. It tracks my calories burned and calories consumed. It's an awesome product.


Cincy Chic: When you aren't working out or instructing others, what do you like to do for fun?


Peters: I collect cookbooks and absolutely love to cook. I also enjoy cooking magazines, and right now, my favorites are Clean Eating and Everyday Food. I try to whip up something new at least once a week and experiment with what I call "replacement recipes." That's where I take not-so-good-for-you foods and transform them into healthful, but tasty, meal options.


Cincy Chic: What do you love most about Cincinnati?


Peters: The plethora of farmer's markets and local organic farms. There are so many great options for eating great fresh food.




Photographer: Neysa Ruhl

Model: Candice Peters

Location: BOOST...for meeting's sake

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