Though Sue Harragan and Tawnya Christian discovered barre workouts on opposite coasts, a mutual love of fitness and their desire to help others achieve their "best self" brought them together in Las Vegas. They became business partners and founded their first fitness studio, where they strengthened hearts, cores, and limbs with ballet-inspired barre workouts. And that was just the beginning. Since then, Sue and Tawnya have trained new instructors who have gone on to found studios throughout the country, creating a national fitness empire the duo dubbed thebodybar(re).
At each location, upbeat music fuels the signature class, during which students line up at the ballet barre and perform a toning routine. These routines are based on dance-training moves blended with elements of yoga, Pilates, and orthopedic stretching, though no experience in dance is required to succeed. They combine fat-burning bouts of interval training with flexibility-boosting and muscle-toning moves, giving students the lithe, slim limbs of a ballerina or Gumby. And some classes offer variations on the signature workout, too, incorporating resistance equipment or slow, calculated movements to emphasize form.
When not busy taming bucking broncos as a professional bull rider, fitness aficionado and owner of Firm Body Boot Camp Ryan Ehmann helps physiques to evict calories during boot-camp workouts and vivacious Zumba classes. Ryan helps guests to blitz unwanted flab with a series of pushups, sit-ups, and various machine and free-weight exercises, each set to the motivational exhortations of the skilled fitness instructor and his animatronic dumbbell backup singers. To help fortify the workout's results away from the gym, Ehmann equips boot-camp contestants with a bundle of exercise extras, including motivational tactics, diet tips, and workout DVDs, which unveil proper warm-up techniques before guiding muscles through a carefully calibrated step-by-step routine.
Ryan "Cowboy" Ehmann, who recently pitched his unique story to the industry mavens of ABC's Shark Tank, thought he'd never ride a horse again. A horrendous rodeo accident left his jaw shattered, his checkbook empty, and his body bereft of muscle tone. But the naysayers who counted him out didn't know about Ryan's secret weapons: pure grit and absolute determination. Soon, through a combination of will, nutrition, and intense workouts, Ryan got into in the best shape of his life. This redemption story found its happy ending at the place where life looked the darkest—the rodeo ring. There, Ryan capped off his extraordinary comeback in the best way possible, snatching a national television title and a place in the bronco-busting history books.
Now, Cowboy Ryan shares the system that changed his life with others looking to kickstart their own fitness renaissances. Pairing his signature Cowboy Woo Hoo and Rodeo Abs workouts with upbeat motivational coaching, he helps his clients shed inches quickly and keep them from slinking back inside of Trojan donuts. His 10-year career as a fitness guru has attracted the attention of investor Daymond John, founder of FUBU and reality TV star on ABC's Shark Tank.