Meet Front Desk Staff Jennifer Enga

April 8, 2016

STUDIO BE: Please tell your readers a little about yourself and your role at Studio BE.

JENNIFER:  I’m practically a Northern Virginia native. My family moved here when I was three years old, and we never left. I graduated from William and Mary and went on to work as a Technical Writer and Intelligence Analyst. When I had my first child, I started working from home and gradually transitioned to being a full-time mom. I started as a client at Studio BE in 2008 and started working at the front desk when both of my girls were in school in 2011. Now I work at the front desk three days a week. When I’m not at the studio, I’m spending time with my husband and two daughters. They keep me busy! 

STUDIO BE: How did you first become involved in Pilates?

JENNIFER: After I had my first daughter, I took some mat Pilates classes at a different studio. I liked it, but I never felt entirely comfortable with Pilates. About 7 years ago my sister-in-law Kelly convinced me to try Pilates again. Both of us had reached a point where our kids were in school and we were looking for something new. We did our Intro Package together and Studio BE and I’ve been doing Pilates since!

STUDIO BE:  In your opinion, as someone who spends a good deal of time at the studio, what sets Studio BE and its instructors apart?

JENNIFER: Each of the instructors has her own, unique traits, but they’re all amazing teachers. It’s like a family that way – everyone is different, but they’re all working together for the same goal. What made me feel comfortable at Studio BE was that my instructors have always shown a desire to help me improve. I see the same treatment for all the clients at Studio BE – the instructors want to help them. Sitting at the front desk for five years, I’ve seen the instructors at work, and each one is striving to help her clients. 

STUDIO BE:  What are your personal and professional goals related to Pilates and Studio BE?

JENNIFER:  Anyone who has done Pilates knows that you can *never* master it – there’s always something you can work on. Personally, I want to continue in my Pilates journey. As I’m hitting middle age I’m more aware of strengthening and protecting my body. My mom has dealt with back injuries over the past 20 years, and I would like to avoid what she’s going through. 

Professionally, I want to do what I can to support Studio BE. It’s been inspiring to watch it change and grow over the past 5 years – from the smaller studio in Fairfax Corner, to the barre annex, to the current location – watching the studio evolve has been fascinating.

STUDIO BE:  How has Pilates changed you, your health, and your perspective on life?

JENNIFER:  I would say that Studio BE has changed my overall health in many ways! I’ve picked up a lot seeing Carla’s approach to health and nutrition. I’ve changed my approach to nutrition, which has also impacted my family in positive ways. I hope that I’ve developed better habits myself and my family for the long term. 

The clients at Studio BE have also served as an inspiration, especially the VIP clients. They’ve shown me that Pilates is something I can practice for the rest of my life, and it’s never too late to learn something new.

STUDIO BE:  What else would you like readers to know about you or Pilates and the role it plays in your life?

JENNIFER:  Studio BE has become a second home for me. I love interacting with the clients and instructors and following their lives and interests. They’re such a diverse group and I am always learning and growing, thanks to them.