I am so delighted to introduce you to my friend Bryony Deery, founder of Pilates By Bryony, who is the pilates queen. If you haven’t signed up to one of her online classes or challenges then you HAVE TO!
How did you get into pilates?
Firstly I am so proud of this jewellery empire you have created and thank you for interviewing me!
After having a road accident when I was 17, each and every doctor and physiotherapist recommended I try Pilates to heal my injuries. I needed to strengthen my body, to rebuild my mobility and gain more flexibility. This is where my love for Pilates was born. I then trained for years for my own body and just knew this was it and decided to finally go for it and do my teacher training.
When you were younger what did you want to be?
From a really young age I was always thinking of business ideas and telling my parents that I wanted to have my own company. I was always that way inclined for as long as I can remember. I used to sell lemonade at the end of my street and beg people to buy it!
What has been your favourite business moment to date?
Having over 500 people sign up to my January Challenge I never imagined having that many people and it was a special moment that I’ll never forget.
What makes Pilates By Bryony unforgettable?
The lasting results on the mind and body. The energy you feel after a class and the sense of community.
Who is the favourite person you have worked with?
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
‘’What’s for you won’t go by you’’ is my parents favourite quote and I truly believe in it. I also think knowing your worth, staying true to yourself and saying no is sometimes extremely valuable.
Who is your ultimate business inspiration?
So many female founders spring to mind but I recently listened to a podcast with the founder of Class Pass Payal Kadakia and her story of success is incredibly inspiring.
What are 3 words to describe yourselves?
Kind, caring and driven.
What is the secret to success?
Hard work, smart work and genuine passion. I think Instagram gives this warped view of the world that you can make it with minimal effort and that is not the case. Sometimes I’m up at 5am for work before I start my clients and close my laptop at 11pm.
What advice would you give to future female generations?
Please don’t worry about likes and followers, support each other and don’t compare. Be a good listener, work hard and find your passion.
What motivates you?
Knowing that I have the ability to make someone feel more confident and happy in their own skin drives and motivates me everyday.
Which 3 people would make up your dream dinner party?
Right now I’d say Steven Bartlett, Adele and Louis Theroux.
What are you grateful for?
So many things. I'm grateful for my friends and families health, I never take health for granted. I'm grateful everyday that I’m able to do what I love and help others to feel good.
What is one thing everyone should do?
Prioritise their mental and physical health and always be kind to yourself and others.
What are you reading right now?
The lean startup. I love self development and business books.
What is your spirit animal?
Oh god no idea! I’m laughing to myself and cringing at my ideas for this answer! Let’s say a cat as I the older I’m getting the more introverted I’m becoming.
What are you most unapologetic for?
Saying no to things. I’ve learnt that you can’t do it all and saying no is ok!
What is the best aspect of having your own business?
Building a brand that you’ve put your heart and soul into and seeing it grow.
What is the hardest part of having your own business?
Being a one man band, it can be overwhelming at times and for me managing the quick growth in the best way possible and planning ahead has been the biggest challenge. Saying that I do sometimes enjoy the challenge and problem solving that it brings.
What is something you’re currently working on?
I feel like I have a really long list of projects in the pipeline at the moment. There is one in particular that I can’t wait to finally launch. I hate when people say stay tuned and I’m now that person!
Where will Pilates By Bryony be in 10 years time?
Pilates By Bryony will be a global wellness brand helping men and women build mental and physical strength through Pilates.