Business Unites Gyms, Health Buffs

By Jacob Dick Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Entrepreneur Lauren Settles is finalizing the details for her business called "Studio SHARE." It is an online program where people can buy monthly passes to a growing list of local gyms and studios without buying monthly memberships.

Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

One female entrepreneur is launching a program with hopes of creating a convenient health-oriented community in Owensboro for customers and local gym owners.

Lauren Settles was introduced to the concept of an exercise studio pass system as one of the first customers of an experiment her friend was working on with local gyms. When her friend eventually moved, Settles said she knew she had to continue the business that seemed to have so much potential.

"I just thought it was such a great idea, and it worked well for me," Settles said. "When she left, I asked if I could buy the business from her because I thought it was a great opportunity."

Settles is now finalizing Studio SHARE, an online program where people can buy monthly passes to a growing list of local gyms and studios without buying monthly memberships. Passes can be purchased through a website for five, 15 or an unlimited amount of classes each month.

Participating studios include: Edge Fit, Edge Body Boot Camp, The Yoga Loft, Gracie Owensboro, Amy's Fit Island Studio, Owensboro Christian Church Recreational Center and Ely's Dance Fitness.

Settles said she thinks studio pass systems benefit customers by offering a variety of different places and exercises for people to add to their routine.

"When you vary your workouts, your body is getting trained in ways it hasn't gotten used to yet," Settles said.

"And being able to add something like a yoga class whenever you want can help you stretch out your muscles."

The overall goal for the program isn't just to benefit customers, though. Settles said that by allowing people to experience what her partners have to offer, the independent studios can build their customer bases.

"I want to be able to build a community of health, where all of us are working together to help encourage others to be healthy," Settles said.

Settles said that she is still hoping to add new partners and will be looking into community events to help spread the word. There are also plans to offer weekend passes for people traveling to Owensboro looking for a place to work out. The program can be found at www.studiosharepass.com, and updates are available on the Studio SHARE Facebook page.

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