CO-OWNER, LOHI/RIVERFRONT PARK, DENVER CO
A competitive runner and Colorado native, Amy O’Connell has run everything from 10k’s to 100 mile races in the Rocky Mountains and the Alps. She loves pushing past her limits, but found that she was held back by overtraining injuries from a lack of cross-training. Her passion for fitness led her to a barre studio over six years ago. She discovered barre as a way to build strength, prevent injury and improve her running performance. After committing to barre three days a week, she saw her injuries melt away and achieved PR times in the marathon and 50 mile distance. When Amy was pregnant with her son and unable to complete long-distance runs, she discovered her passion for barre went beyond running – barre offers something for the athlete in all of us, with incredible and impactful results. She loves helping others achieve their fitness goals and believes that with hard work, anything is possible. Opening the Barre Forte studio in LoHi with her partner Sarah is a dream come true, and she’s excited to show everyone how they can meet their best.