I’ve known Dana for quite some time now. She was an instructor at the now-defunct Beatbike in Tarzana. However, it was during the last few years that we really became acquainted with each other.
In years past, I hosted fitness events at Row House Granada Hills and BoxUnion Sherman Oaks. Dana always offered to donate items for the goodie bags. I knew back then that she was in the planning stages for CycleBar Sherman Oaks. I’m happy to say that I took my first class last month and it was awesome! The studio and staff have so much positive energy, the lighting and equipment are first-rate and above all, the music rocks!
Please meet the latest Real Mom of the SFV – Dana, owner of CycleBar Sherman Oaks!
How/why did you begin your business?
Dana: I have always had a love for indoor cycling. It was my ONE escape and the only way I enjoyed working out. I had dreams of owning my own studio one day, but that’s all it was, a dream! I worked full-time in the fashion industry, got married and then had a family, with no extra time to even think of starting something on my own. After my second daughter was born, I decided to become an instructor, it was something that fulfilled me.
But, in 2020 the pandemic hit, my career was put on hold, the indoor cycling studio I taught at closed, and here I was at home with my kids full-time. I thought this was the time, the time to make dreams happen. So I started making a business plan and here we are seven months open in Sherman Oaks. Creating a space where people can be themselves, laugh, cry, sweat, and leave feeling better than when they walked in, is something remarkable. Truly, that is what I dreamed of when I created CycleBar Sherman Oaks. That our studio would be a home away from home for our riders, a place they never want to leave and cannot wait to come back to. It is more than a workout!
As a working mother, what is one tip or piece of advice that you would give to other female entrepreneurs?
Dana: DON’T FEEL GUILTY! As working moms, we always tend to feel guilty. We missed an event, we didn’t make a home-cooked meal, we lost our patience and the list goes on! I almost didn’t follow my dream, and I even put this dream on hold because I couldn’t imagine the time it would take away from my kids. But I have learned that even when I have had to miss events or not be the “best mom” I could be, I am teaching my girls a better life lesson. To follow your dreams and be a BOSS! I can still be a great mom and run a business.
What do you like best about having a business in the San Fernando Valley?
Dana: I love the diversity in the Valley! I love the community and the sense that even though we live in the city, we have a neighborhood vibe! I have lived in the San Fernando Valley now for nine years, I have created a family with friends on a personal level and I have now created a family within the studio!
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be?
Dana: To be prepared for little to go “your way.” I was prepared for some struggles but wasn’t prepared for others. I have had to learn to take things in stride and to learn from every mistake. But, as long as I can keep learning from past mistakes and times that are amazing, I know we are going to be successful.
I love Dana’s attitude about being flexible, learning from her mistakes and giving herself grace when it comes to juggling her business and raising her family.
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