Niche is the best fitness studio I’ve used in Richmond. I love their beautiful light-filled space, the small class sizes, the types of classes offered, and their incredible instructors. I’ve always liked yoga and pilates, but usually I treated exercise classes as a chore. Niche’s yoga and pilates classes make me feel the opposite. I am legitimately excited to go to them. The classes are fun, just the right amount of challenging, and I love that they always emphasize correct form. Above all, I love the community feeling in the studio. I love their partnerships with local makers, artists, and other businesses. Instructors and other class participants are authentic, friendly, and approachable. I started going to Niche during recovery from an awful quad injury, and the instructors are so supportive as I’ve been testing how far I can (or can’t!) push myself, making me feel empowered to go at my own pace, rather than discouraged by the slow injury recovery. Like most people, I struggle with staying motivated and keeping up with an exercise routine, but Niche has made me feel confident and excited about making yoga and pilates a consistent part of my self-care practices.
I started going to Niche when I moved to Richmond last August. I was looking for a gym or studio that offered different types of classes, whether that was Pilates-based, HIIT, or other small group formats. Niche had the perfect mix of everything! I really love the community Jaclyn has created there. All of the instructors are so nice, knowledgeable and approachable which is hard to find sometimes, especially at "boutique" studios... I feel like I fit in, and that makes me want to sign up and attend classes/workshops so much more than other places where I feel like an outsider.
“I started working with Jaclyn three years ago when she first started her studio. At that time, it was called Centered. My ballet instructor had recommended I do Pilates Reformer sessions to lengthen and strengthen my body for ballet. The very first time I worked with her, I could tell she really knew what she was doing. She was so professional, yet warm and welcoming. She customized my sessions to help me accomplish what I want with my ballet work. And she has helped me strengthen my entire body to keep me healthy and to also help me attain health goals and milestones I had set for myself.
I primarily have 50-minute private Pilates Reformer sessions once per week. I did, however, take the Align and Sculpt Challenge and, although it has indeed been a challenge, it has helped me break out of my mold and has given me some good perspective on what my body can do. These were small TRX and core sessions.
How has Niche served as a positive factor in my life? Wow. I could fill PAGES on this. Having someone who understands my body, understands the goals I wish to accomplish, challenges me based on MY increasing physical strength and ability and not holding back because of my age is HUGE for me. Jaclyn has been working with me for a good while now. She has seen me get stronger and more flexible with her guidance. She understands what I need for my ballet work and incorporates that into my workout. We all know that working out increases endorphins and enhances mood. But these sessions are specifically tailored for my particular goals. That keeps me inspired. It keeps me within a strong support system for what I want to accomplish. It ensures I get the variety I need, the different types of challenges my body is ready for. Jacklyn never ceases to amaze me with the workouts she designs for me. They build on what I have done but they appropriately stretch me toward what I never would think I was capable of on my own. This past winter, I discovered a health condition I never would have dreamed I would have to deal with. I was determined to manage it myself with my doctors guidance. Of course, workouts are part of that management. I am thrilled to say I have surprised even my specialists with my progress. I have absolutely no doubt that my workouts under Jaclyn’s guidance have played a significant part in that success.
I love the welcoming and beautiful atmosphere at Niche. I love meeting new people in the classes I take. I love knowing I am going to make progress with each private session – that we are building toward an ever-healthier me. I love how I feel after a session or after a class – challenged, a bit tired, but energized at the same time. I love the workshops and other offerings available. And it has been tremendous fun watching Jaclyn grow this wonderful business of hers and to see so many people come together for such a healthful purpose. Everyone at Niche is wonderful trained under her guidance and I feel confident each time I am there that I will have a fabulous experience.”
1- My curiousity for Pilates and reformers brought me to Niche. I had never been on a reformer and was told it was a great low impact workout. I was looking for a studio that offered multiple classes to keep me interested as well.
2- Pilates Reformer, sometimes Yoga and AIS
3- I leave Niche every time with a smile on my face! Always feel refreshed and ready to take on the day! I specifically love that every instructor is well trained and very body aware. I have super tight traps and shoulders and the instructors know exactly when I need to modify. The smaller environment allows the instructors to work with each client during class.
4-I love Niche’s inviting space. Jacyln has done an amazing job creating a welcoming space.
Small classes, well trained instructors and variety of techniques.
I absolutely HATE working out, but after having 3 kids I definitely need to. After my first session with Jaclyn I was hooked! I wasn't sure what to expect and was weary of trying something new, especially because I can not even touch my toes, but Jaclyn made it fun. I look forward to my weekly sessions.
Wow! I am going to feel it tomorrow. Niche wakes up all those muscles that have been sleeping over the years :) The studio is warm, comfortable, and completely approachable compared to some of the studios in which I have been. 5 stars—well deserved. I am excited to make this a part of my regular fitness routine! As a former athlete, I would highly recommend it to anyone—any age—any fitness level. Bravo.
Jaclyn has been a client of mine for several years now (I'm a massage therapist) and has sent me a TON of clients. All of these clients absolutely raved about her personal training sessions. Even some clients who had yet to work with Jaclyn knew of her and said they'd heard amazing things. From a practitioner's standpoint, the fact that Jaclyn was sending clients to me told me that she was truly looking out for their overall physical well-being.
I have always known in the back of my mind that I wanted to start working with Jaclyn on a regular basis. So recently when I injured my shoulder I knew that I had two choices: either work with Jaclyn or a physical therapist. It only took me a split second to decide to give Jaclyn a chance and I'm so glad that I did.
If you don't feel like reading beyond this point, know this: what makes Jaclyn an extraordinary practitioner is the fact that she LISTENS to her clients. One of my biggest pet peeves with any practitioner is when they develop one plan and implement it for everyone; we’re not all built the same and we don’t all have the same goals, therefore we shouldn’t all be on the same plan.
To elaborate: my personal goals in working out are simply to strengthen and tone in order to prevent injury so that I can do my job pain-free. I was very straightforward with Jaclyn—as I am in general – and it was obvious that she truly heard me and designed a session specific to my problems. She addressed every single item I had mentioned having difficulty with—even helping me to learn how breathe properly when no one else could.
After one session with Jaclyn I noticed a huge improvement with my shoulder. She specifically chose exercises for me that "opened up" areas that were incredibly tight, then worked with me on targeting the areas that were weak and perfecting exercises to strengthen them. Working with Jaclyn was the final step I needed on the road to truly recovering my shoulder injury. (Massage helped, but wasn't fixing the true problem of weak triceps and lats.)
Her new location is super convenient and easy to get to (right beside Willow Lawn) and I love the fact that it’s a private office—made it a lot less embarrassing when I realized I couldn’t physically do one of the exercises!
Long story short: Jaclyn rocks. Whatever your goals are – even if you don’t really have any but just want to start an exercise regimen and know that you’re doing it correctly – go to Jaclyn. She sets the bar for personal trainers and incorporates everything from yoga to Pilates to cardio to toning to strengthening to stretching – she truly does it all!