We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Speck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking and not taking has probably one of the most important aspects of my career. I believe to be successful, you have to take risks, but it’s also crucial that you take them at the right time. I moved to Miami Beach from Carlisle, PA all by myself when I was only 15 to pursue my ballet career. That was a huge risk, but also a very necessary one. I would never have accomplished everything I have today if I hadn’t taken that leap back at 15. Opening my own ballet school and fitness studio was an even bigger risk. This was all about timing though. I had been wanting to do it for about 5 years, but rushing it and opening too soon would have probably led to failure. I waited until I knew I had enough students and a reputation in place that it would be successful and grow. In business, I believe you have to have the right balance of taking risks and making that leap, but you also have to use facts and data and make an educated decision. You don’t want to jump out there and start something without having your ducks in a row, and there’s nothing wrong with waiting a few years until you do have everything in order. You’re still taking a risk, but a responsible one. You’ll know when you’re ready, and when you are, that’s when you don’t wait. You jump and take that leap into pursuing your dream!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Speck Fitness Ballet School and Fitness Studio is my current business. I moved to South Beach all by myself from a small town in Pennsylvania when I was only 15 to pursue my ballet career. Ballet made me very driven and motivated, but also being on my own at such a young age has too. It’s me, myself, and I. I’ve always made things happen being self motivated. No one else was going to make it happen. When I retired from being a professional ballerina, I became a personal trainer and started my own fitness company. I traveled all over Miami and Broward training clients and teaching classes at different gyms. By doing so, I created my own trademarked workout, Tendu Toning®️, which is a fusion of ballet and fitness. There’s currently a certification program for it so anyone can get certified to be a teacher. I also have 3 full workout DVDs for Tendu Toning®️ And I sell all of our own Tendu Toning®️ Equipment. Speck Fitness Ballet School and Fitness Studio is now the permanent home of Tendu Toning®️. Classes are offered daily for adults and for students as Tendu Toning®️ Is also used as a cross training and strengthening workout for dancers. Our ballet school is for ages 2 1/2 and up. This is just the beginning of Speck Fitness. Maybe a Speck Fitness franchise? Stay tuned 😊
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Louie Bossi for Sunday Brunch The Standard for massages Balans on Lincoln Rd for lunch and shopping Prime 112 for dinner
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Ultimate Sports Institute. I never would have been able to grow a successful business without them.