& Alexandra Lugliani
Aspyn Method offers a variety of Pilates and other fitness classes to clientele of all levels. Anita Lugliani and Alexandra Lugliani, a mother-daughter duo, opened the business in 2019.
Anita grew up in Sweden and enjoyed the outdoor, athletic lifestyle that surrounded her. After working as a flight attendant and having four children, she often suffered neck and back pain and migraines. A physical therapist introduced Anita to Pilates 16 years ago, and her body responded so well that her chronic pain went away. She loved the results so much that she became certified as a Pilates instructor and an integrative nutritional health coach.
A South Bay local, Alexandra took her first Pilates and barre classes 12 years ago. She is a certified Pilates instructor, trained in both classical and contemporary methods. She is the founder of Aspyn Method’s teacher training program.
Why did you start Aspyn Method?
Pilates is one of the most inclusive and accessible forms of exercise. We have clients in their 20s up to their 90s! It can be intense and body-sculpting or rehabilitative and restorative. We wanted to create a place where we can offer both styles and reach more people. Our goal is to offer a style of fitness that is results-driven and good for the body in the long term. Pilates is not something that you should have to phase out of your life when you reach a certain age.
What does your studio offer?
At Aspyn Method, we pride ourselves on offering a variety of Pilates classes to all levels of clientele. Our Reformer Pilates classes offer both the foundational classical methods created by Mr. Pilates himself as well as targeted contemporary repertoire. This combination allows our instructors to teach dynamic classes that restore, tone and align the body. We pride ourselves on our ability to make fitness accessible to clients of all ages and stages of life.
How has your business exceeded your expectations?
Despite all of the challenges we’ve faced together and individually, we’ve exceeded even our highest expectations. We are incredibly proud that Aspyn has become a place where our clients can come to connect, support and motivate one another in fitness and in life. We have come together to create a community of the strongest, kindest, most genuine people—including Aspyn’s clients, instructors and trainees. We have forged a culture where friendships made in the studio extend far beyond our classes and reflect a brand of loyalty that is simply unparalleled.
Describe a recent happening that restored your faith in humanity.
This year our staff member Gracie experienced a life-threatening event, and we didn’t know if she was going to pull through. This was felt throughout our entire community and triggered a wave of love and support in and out of the studio. We managed to raise more than $10,000 in four days to provide medical assistance funding. It was incredibly humbling to see our clients view our staff as though they are family. Thankfully Gracie made a full recovery and is back with us teaching at her favorite studio.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Time and energy are currency; spend them wisely.
What role does your family play in your career?
Family is a large part of what makes our studio so unique. We run the studio side-by-side as mother and daughter, creating an atmosphere that feels like a home away from home for our clients. We went through our Pilates certifications together and have been a team since the inception of Aspyn Method. We’re very fortunate to have each other to bounce ideas off of and also to lean on when life gets a little crazy.
How do you balance work and play?
Work and play balance can be difficult no matter what field you work in. Building a team you can rely on is critical. It takes time to get to a place where you’re not trying to catch up with yourself. Knowing you can depend on the people working with you is key to managing a business and enjoying life.
Tell us your favorite quote.
“Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” – Norman Cousins
How do you encourage honest, open employee dialogue?
Transparency is key when it comes to keeping an open dialogue with our employees. Every decision we make for the studio always comes with a detailed explanation. This way everyone stays on the same page and feels they are in the know. We have an open-door policy at Aspyn Method so our instructors know they can come to us with ideas and or concerns. Our entire team is incredibly invested in making Aspyn the very best place to take a class, so we are all constantly brainstorming together.
What is the #1 thing you do to ensure your business is successful?
We are constantly running business health checks. We are lucky to be in an industry that generates so much data on a daily basis. This allows us to run projections into the future. We see what is working and what isn’t, and then we make the necessary changes. It’s not the most exciting part of business ownership, but it has helped us tremendously.
If you could begin again, what would you “do over” in your career?
Start smaller. Overhead can be a killer (especially when the world closes). We’ve learned it’s much easier to expand than to grow into a large space. Hindsight is 20/20, so as we grow as a company we’ll get to smooth out the kinks and learn from mistakes for future locations.