The Winston-Salem health studio connects thoughts and physique

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The garage often serves as a gym for many homeowners. It is the current location for R + R Studio, a new fitness studio in Winston-Salem. But when the door closes, the LED lights come on, and the music starts playing, the space transforms into a boutique fitness experience. The business is only about six weeks old, says co-owner Alyson Bryan. While Bryan and three other co-owners are currently working out of their garage, they hope to move to another location this summer. Bryan and co-owners Taylor Zambrano, Nina Mastandrea and Jordan Yerton are four fitness enthusiasts who have realized a common goal of creating a safe space for everyone and every body, even in the midst of a pandemic. At this point in time they founded the R + R Studio. R + R stands for resistance and resilience, says Bryan. Every intense workout, from high-intensity interval training and indoor cycling to yoga and barre, is mixed with meditation to connect and challenge body and mind. It was especially important in the age of COVID-19. “Our minds have been maximally challenged and adapted to new and different circumstances that we did not expect,” said Bryan. “But when you physically challenge the mind and body in a controlled and expected environment, the mind can better adapt when the unexpected occurs.” The pandemic was unexpected for the owners and they say it took energy and momentum to open the studio. They feel lucky to have done it at each other’s side. “It was amazing to be running a business with three other women,” said Mastandrea, who always wanted to open a studio. “I always thought I was alone. It was amazing because we are all women and we all do this together, but each of us offers a different perspective and a different background.” Bryan and Zambrano are school counselors, Mastandrea works in communications and Yerton is from Winston-Salem and helps connect the company with the community. R + R Studio offers a mix of virtual classes and personal classes. The women also hope to be able to rent bikes to the community so they can take spin classes at home. Reservations for online and in-person classes can be made by sending a message to the studio’s Instagram page, which can be found at www .instagram.com/randrstudio_ /. A website and formal registration process are in the works, said Bryan. Certain personal courses have limited capacity. Although the business is new, the owners are very excited about the future. “We hope it can be anything we dream of,” said Bryan.

The garage often serves as a gym for many homeowners.

It is the current location for R + R Studio, a new fitness studio in Winston-Salem. But when the door closes, the LED lights come on, and the music starts playing, the space transforms into a boutique fitness experience.

The company is only about six weeks old, says co-owner Alyson Bryan. While Bryan and three other co-owners are currently working out of their garage, they hope to move to another location this summer.

Bryan and co-owners Taylor Zambrano, Nina Mastandrea and Jordan Yerton are four fitness enthusiasts who have realized that they share a common goal of creating a safe space for everyone and every body, even in the midst of a pandemic.

Then they founded the R + R Studio.

R + R stands for resistance and resilience, says Bryan. Every intense workout, from high-intensity interval training and indoor cycling to yoga and barre, is mixed with meditation to connect and challenge body and mind.

It was especially important in the age of COVID-19.

“Our minds have been maximally challenged and adapted to new and different circumstances that we did not expect,” said Bryan. “But when you physically challenge the mind and body in a controlled and expected environment, the mind can better adapt when the unexpected occurs.”

The pandemic was unexpected for the owners and they say it took energy and momentum to get the studio open. They feel lucky to have done it at each other’s side.

“It was great to run a business with three other women,” said Mastandrea, who always wanted to open a studio. “I always thought I was alone. It was amazing because we are all women and we all do this together, but each of us offers a different perspective and a different background.”

Bryan and Zambrano are school counselors, Mastandrea works in communications and Yerton is from Winston-Salem and helps connect the company with the community.

R + R Studio offers a mix of virtual classes and personal classes. The women also hope to be able to rent bicycles to the community so they can take spin classes at home.

Reservations for online and in-person classes can be made by posting a message on the studio’s Instagram page, located at www.instagram.com/randrstudio_/. A website and formal registration process are in the works, said Bryan. Certain personal courses have limited capacity.

Although the business is new, the owners are very excited about the future.

“We hope it can be anything we dream of,” said Bryan.