Fueled by Purpose, Passion & bande

In honor of International Women’s Month, we’re celebrating successful & inspired bande Life Athletes.

We asked 5 incredible bande women “How does training fuel all that you do in life and business?” The answers might just surprise you…and have you booking the next available class.

JANE BAECHER Anya Co-Founder and CEO
Co-Founder & CEO of Anya 

Exercise for me is all about functional movement - combatting the effects of sitting in front of a computer all day and ensuring I can keep up with my kids and that I don’t injure myself doing something stupid like taking my 3-year-old out of his car seat. I’m a trained pilates instructor and get really excited about how the human body functions and how all of our muscles, ligaments and bones work together to help us move around (I know that’s not everyone) - as a result it’s also really apparent to me when things are out of whack and I’m not taking care of myself - I feel aches and pains and notice it in my posture. 

The types of workouts I’m doing vary with my work schedule, how active I am throughout the day and my emotional state. When I have a crazy work week and I’m sitting all day, strength training or high intensity cardio feels really good, but other times I crave yoga. Whatever I’m doing, a workout is emotionally critical for me. As a mom and founder of a business, my hour of exercise is most often the only me-time I get in a day, when I have to put my phone down, forget about everything else for a moment and connect with my body – and I truly love it. When I get a good workout in I am quite literally a different person: less anxious, more balanced, positive, everything falls into place.

heather carter the riveter

Co-Founder, The Riveter 

Simply put, my why is pasta.  As someone who enjoys food more than life itself, I train to stay in shape while indulging in all my favorite things.  I try to workout three to five times a week early in the morning while my toddler is still asleep, as it's the only time of the day that is truly for me - it helps me maintain focus for the work day ahead and have more restful sleep at night.

I train to be strong. Being a mother, a business owner, a wife, a friend, and a human is hard work. I wouldn't be able to do any of them or ALL OF THEM! without strength. Training brings me stamina, mental strength, confidence, a sense of center, and SO MUCH happiness. 


courtney ebner norman and jules

Founder and Managing Partner, Norman & Jules 

I train to be strong. Being a mother, a business owner, a wife, a friend, and a human is hard work. I wouldn't be able to do any of them or ALL OF THEM! with out strength. Training brings me stamina, mental strength, confidence, a sense of center, and SO MUCH happiness. At Norman & Jules, we’ve assembled a collection of high integrity, heirloom-quality goods from around the world for children ranging from infancy to age ten. Our hope is that this space and our carefully edited selection of toys offer children an opportunity to grow, enjoy themselves and learn through play in all its various forms.

sarah goldie homeSARA ROBERTS
Founder, Goldie Home 

“My 'regular' workouts are everything to me and are definitely the 'fuel' I need and depend on. With my brand, Goldie Home, it's imperative that I stay super productive, pro-active, positive, nimble, and continue to be inspired each and every day. My 'workout' every morning makes me feel centered, alive, and productive to kick off more productivity and good things to come.  A really good workout sometimes gives me a sense of invincibility that is so empowering when it comes to work.  I have also found that sometimes my best ideas for work come to me during exercising.  I am kind of addicted and I wouldn't have it any other way!”


Partnerships, Paceline

Exercising brings out the very best in me in all aspects of my life. Just as we can't live without oxygen, I can't perform at my best without my weekly workout routine. Challenging my body and mind and pushing myself to new heights empowers me in all that I do. When I finish a killer workout in the morning, I feel on top of the world and like a true warrior goddess who can tackle anything. I carry this empowerment into my day at work, into my relationships, and into whatever task or decision lies ahead. In the words of Glennon Doyle, "We can do hard things". I believe that having a regular workout routine helps us prove to ourselves that yes, we can absolutely do hard things. When we push through fatigue and pain; when we get that one extra rep in; when we run that extra .5 miles; when we graduate from 10 lbs. to 15 lbs. on our bicep curl... we show up for ourselves and reveal our true power.

Allison Kinney Rent the Runway

Senior Manager, Office Expansion + Culture at Rent The Runway

Why I train: Staying active is in my DNA, and committing to a fitness goal creates some structure within the always-on (and unpredictable) lifestyle of working and living in NYC. Feeling strong also goes hand in hand with feeling successful, and empowers me to be the best version of myself at work and at home - or at least aspire to be!

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