Photography by Caleb Shane | Hair by Caitlyn Neumann with Face Your Day Salon makeup by Aaron Perkins with Face Your Day Salon
‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness’ – these powerful words are uniquely and undeniably American. This American Dreams series features ordinary people with extraordinary stories of success and advice for making the most of your dreams. It reiterates the importance of shop local + share local, a part of our culture that makes Central Arkansas unique.
Emily Allen is a testament to the transformative power of Pilates. Through her own struggles with scoliosis and related back pain, she discovered IM=X Pilates – a boutique fitness studio that offers Pilates reformer instruction along with a comprehensive wellness curriculum.
“It’s a unique blend of classes and conditioning that provides clients with personalized programs and fitness goals. It kept me moving without the impact, injury or pain.” After completing the IM=X Pilates certification, Emily acquired the Little Rock studio last year.
A native of Memphis, Emily is pleased to consider the Capital City home and infuses her own blend of unique + chic Southern hospitality into her studio. “I consider IM=X Pilates more than just clients and fitness – it’s a community of friends and fellowship with a shared philosophy of well-being.” Classes include Pilates reformer, barre, cycling, TRX and personal training – offering the muscle toning and lengthening benefits of Pilates with elements of strength and cardio training.
Her merchandising and marketing experience for Fortune 500 companies provides a pragmatic perspective that complements her entrepreneurial spirit. She credits her determination and tenacity to exceed expectations to her parents who owned Gate City Hardware in Memphis for more than 30 years. “Watching my parents with customers helped me understand that good business is more than simply service – it’s about people and relationships.” She cultivates an IM=X Pilates community that’s “a perfect combination of grace and grit – we work hard, have fun and feel better than expected!”
Best Business Advice: be patient—you can’t do everything all at once
Business Philosophy: continue to learn, train and have fun