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March 16, 2013

Entrepreneur works up a sweat

Walking through life, Stacy Mitchell is always thinking of new moves — slow yoga stretches, fast Zumba grooves and sharp kickboxing punches.

Mitchell owns Body by Stacy, a fitness studio on Main Street. She holds daily exercise classes in several different disciplines.

“I am always thinking of new routines everywhere I go,” Mitchell said. “I am always trying to keep it fresh and fun.”

Body by Stacy is located at 99 Main Street on the second floor of an old building. The high-ceiling room, wooden floor, good acoustics and stellar light show make her evening Zumba classes exciting. Mitchell leads the group from a stage centered along one wall. Behind her are mirrors that reflect the lights and movement.

In another room, Mitchell trains private clients to reach their fitness, strength and weight-loss goals.

Before opening Body By Stacy, Mitchell managed Friendly’s in Oneonta. She said she would find herself thinking about movement and how it would strengthen the body as she worked. In fact, it was as a general manager for Friendly’s that she discovered she had an unrequited passion for movement and decided to open her own studio.

“When they asked me to be the GM at Friendly’s, they told me I would have to give up my classes,” Mitchell said. “I agreed. It was what had to be done because I was so busy managing the restaurant. But I really missed it. I have a real passion for it.”

When she was working as part of the wait staff at Friendly’s, Mitchell also taught exercise classes for the YMCA and was a personal trainer for several clients. She never thought she would be able to open her own studio, until she had to give up her classes.

“It wasn’t planned, it just happened,” Mitchell said. “I couldn’t train people anymore because I was working at Friendly’s all the time. I really missed it. This space came open and I just thought, why not. If I am not successful I can always go back to Friendly’s.”

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