We are officially halfway through Women’s History month! To celebrate, The Fit Atlanta wants to highlight some of our favorite female-owned health and wellness businesses in Atlanta. We reached out to some of the incredible women who run these studios and companies to hear what it means to them to be a female business owner in the Atlanta fitness industry.
When asked what she likes best about being a female business owner in Atlanta, owner, Shannon Renegar, said it is “the knowledge that BODYBAR provides a service that has such a positive impact on our members.”
Not only is BODYBAR a great workout for all ages and fitness levels, but it also provides “a community where like-minded people can come together, have a conversation, share goals, and cheer each other on.” BODYBAR is more than just a fitness studio to Shannon––“I love it when I can see our members talking with one another, planning to attend their next class together, and simply just walking out of class happy and smiling.”
STAT Wellness is another incredible female-owned business that is making a difference in the Atlanta fitness community. Owner, Kristin Oja, is proud not only of the fact that her business is female-run but also that it is “a nurse practitioner run medical practice striving to transform healthcare.” STAT Wellness is “where boutique fitness meets functional medicine, all while being affordable and attainable.”
Kristin notes that “being an entrepreneur (now mompreneur) is not easy, but I believe if you show up, do your best every day, and follow your heart, you can do anything you set your mind to. My mission is to build a community around health and wellbeing because wellness feels good.” We are proud of the difference Kristin and STAT Wellness are making to promote a balanced lifestyle in Atlanta, both in terms of fitness and in overall health.
And, of course, we couldn’t go without mentioning our founder and CEO, Liz Morrison! Liz started The Fit Atlanta with a goal: to unite the Atlanta fitness community and create a space to connect fitness fanatics with local businesses.
We asked Liz for some insight on what it means to her to be a female entrepreneur in the Atlanta fitness and wellness space. “Being a woman business owner, especially in Atlanta, makes me proud. My family is from Midtown; my mom went to Grady High School and grew up in the Home Park neighborhood. Being able to lead and make a difference in the community where my family comes from is something I don’t take lightly. I’m proud to see our city grow, and if I can help impact the lives of people who live/visit/move here in a positive way, then I am happy.“
We are proud to shout out these incredible women and the businesses they own and lead. They are making a positive impact on the city of Atlanta and the fitness and wellness industry as a whole. Without these powerful, passionate, and driven ladies, the Atlanta health and fitness community would not be the same.
Let us know in the comments below if you visit any of these businesses or know of any other female-owned companies we should check out!
About the author
Grace Bellman, Emory University BSc ‘21, NYU DPT’24
Grace is a senior at Emory University studying Anthropology & Human Biology, and she will be attending New York University next year to study Physical Therapy. Grace is also a NSCF Certified Personal Trainer and she is passionate about helping others improve their fitness and wellness knowledge. Grace is also committed to promoting a method of preventative healthcare, which allows people to take care of their bodies and prevent injuries before they happen. She is excited to be contributing to The Fit Atlanta blog and working as Marketing intern this semester.
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