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Alumni Spotlight: Anna Branam, Class of 2012

fName: Anna Branam

Current Company and Position: Co-owner of Urban Fitness Studio, owned and operated by ABCD, LLC

Degree: Fitness Specialist

Year Graduated: 2012



How did you get into your field? 

With an active childhood leading me to become a Division 1 athlete, my passion for movement has always been innate. I was drawn into the field because I wanted to make movement, and thus self-care, available for people of all ability levels. Carly Dunnuck and I met as Fitness Specialist majors at IU and dreamed of owning a business together where our vision of holistic personal training could flourish. From working at Urban Fitness Studio as students, to owning it shortly after graduating, Carly and I are grateful for our dreams becoming a reality.

What’s the best part of your current job? 

The best part about owning the studio is providing a safe place for people of all backgrounds and ability levels to move and grow. I am honored to be trusted with someone’s health, and believe the gift of strength, mobility, and compassion to our clients are the best gifts to be given and received. Additionally, Carly and I don’t have to make our business fit within a preconceived mold, but are able to tailor our studio and client programming to their needs and desires.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part of being both an owner and personal trainer at the studio, is creating work-life balance for myself. Drawing boundaries as a small business owner has proven to be the most challenging yet the most essential for our continued success.

What skills and characteristics are most important for success in this field/position?

  1. Compassion, the ability to relate to others in and outside of the studio walls is what we have built our foundation on
  2. Flexibility for both scheduling and programming
  3. Foresight for trends in the field, ebb and flow of finances, and beneficial marketing

What does a typical week look like for you?

I train 5 days a week, and strive to take one day fully off from both business and training over the weekend. When I’m not personal training, I spend time working on the business finances, marketing, planning, and staying on top of the up-keep in the studio. When I’m not training or working on the studio, I am investing in my own movement, reading, researching, and journaling to continue to grow.

What do you wish you knew when you were a student at IU that you know now?

Pay the most attention to the practical experience you receive in the classroom, this is what will translate the greatest in the real world.

What is your advice for graduating students?

Go for it! Network, collaborate, invest your time and money in the things you are passionate about. Never settle, and never stop learning.

What do you miss the most about IU?

I miss sharing the classroom with passionate, generous professors who are excited to share their art. I miss walking the beautiful campus daily. Carly and I are the spoiled alums who are only a mile away – walking meeting anyone?

rRachel Brown is a first-year graduate student. She is pursuing a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Professional Health Education. Rachel loves sharing her passion for health and wellness with others, traveling to new places, and enjoying a good meal.


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