Meet Sue Costigan, local businesswoman and owner of Medina County’s only Barre fitness facility, Tru Barre Studio. Since opening in June, Sue’s studio has experienced immense success due to her passion for Barre fitness and her tenacious spirit. This month, Medina County Lifestyle sat down with Susan to learn a little more about Tru Barre and the story behind her success.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in West Akron.

How did you become involved in Barre fitness? What do you love about it?

I have been a fitness trainer for more than 33 years. I discovered Barre when I was recovering from shoulder surgery. At the time of my injury, I was in physical therapy for my shoulder and did not have full use of my upper body. I started doing a modified version of Barre and loved how I felt after a workout, as well as the changes I started to see in my body. Once I was fully recovered, I started teaching a Barre class at the local gym, and it quickly became the biggest class on the schedule. I soon decided that Barre was different than any other exercise class I had taken or taught, so I decided to open my own Barre studio.

I love that Barre is accessible to anyone—any age, any size, any fitness level. Women with all kinds of limitations and weaknesses can take a class and feel successful. The modifications we offer help anyone get a truly amazing workout that fits their fitness level and ability. I love that Barre creates strong bones by building bone density, which is very critical for aging adults. I love that with consistent practice, clients see significant changes in their bodies and become both physically and mentally stronger. I love that Barre provides a path for clients who can’t do other kinds of exercise. Barre is an effective, safe and proven way to strength train.

Have you always wanted to own your own business?

No. I have always liked leading people and have had several management positions in my past careers. Once I discovered Barre and saw how much people loved it and how great everyone was feeling, I just knew I had to open my own studio.

What do you love about owning a business in Medina County?

I love owning a studio in Medina County because this a great community. The area has so much to offer. Medina has a real small-town feel to it, but it is also one of the fastest growing areas in Northeast Ohio. I have had a thriving studio in Akron for five years, and I wanted to offer Medina this awesome workout as well. The community we have created in both studio locations is very supportive and nonjudgemental.  

As an aging female, it gets difficult to handle the workouts that are so popular now. Due to my limitations and the effects of aging, I also realized that I was not willing to sacrifice my body to get a workout. Exercise should not hurt your body. Barre feels good inside your body, although you are very challenged in all the exercises. Barre is a workout that is kind on the body, and this is something I love sharing with Medina County. 

Sue’s Favorite Things:

1. Favorite Skincare: Rodan & Fields

2. Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking

3. Favorite Dessert: Brownie with a scoop of ice cream and hot fudge drizzle

4. Favorite Travel Destination: The beach