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No excuses to blow off that New Year’s resolution

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Remember that time you said that this was the year you were going to get in shape, lose a few pounds and start hitting the gym? Well guess what? It’s officially 2018 and it’s time to lace up your sneakers.

There are tons of businesses in Albuquerque where you can get in a workout that won’t only burn off those post-holiday calories but may also be fun. And, not a moment too soon, two new businesses have recently launched to help get 2018 New Year’s resolutions underway.

For these entrepreneurs, a little flexibility goes a long way. The owners are looking to prosper in the fitness industry by focusing on yoga and Pilates. Both disciplines emphasize isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion moves.

Yoga by Julia Westside recently opened in Ventana Ranch, on the corner of Paradise and Universe NW.

“People have been asking me for years to open on the West Side,” says Julia Bowen, owner of Yoga by Julia. “I used to live two blocks from my new location. I love the neighborhood, and the timing was perfect.”

The West Side studio will offer a full schedule of hatha yoga classes, along with Pilates mat classes and plenty of options for beginners. New students can try the studio for $30 their first month.

Yoga by Julia Westside will celebrate the grand opening of its newest location on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The grand opening will offer tours of the studio, champagne, chocolate and strawberries, diet and fitness advice, special promos, and a free yoga class at 1:30.

Benefits of yoga range from stress relief to weight loss to sometimes dramatic healing, said Julia, who opened her first location at Academy and Tramway NE six years ago and plans to open more.

Another local businesswoman’s journey into entrepreneurship mirrored her discovery of Pilates: She wasn’t looking for it, but once she found it, there was no turning back.

Jessica Rule believes the Northeast Heights is an excellent place to turn locals on to Pilates (puh-LAH-teez), an unusual and intense physical fitness program involving equipment with distinctive names like the Reformer and the Exo Chairs.

So she recently opened Club Pilates Juan Tabo at 11000 Montgomery NE. The business owner spent decades nursing her love of fitness by teaching yoga and running marathons. She says the Pilates studio combines fun with a total body workout for individuals of all ages and stages.

Jessica was quite taken with the Club Pilates approach when she accompanied her husband, Blake’s Lotaburger President Brian Rule, on a business trip to Phoenix. When she happened on the Club Pilates studio in Phoenix, she was determined to bring the concept to New Mexico.

Once the new business is established, Jessica plans to open one or two more locations in the state over the next 12 to14 months, with a dozen employees staffing each store.

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More food for thought

The produce area at the Sprouts grocery store at Corrales and Alameda NW. The company is opening its sixth store in Albuquerque on Wednesday at 5600 Coors NW. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal )

Sprouts Farmers Market, a Phoenix-based grocery chain that promotes healthy living, will soon be sprouting another store in Albuquerque.

On Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7 a.m., the doors will swing open on the sixth Sprouts to do business in the Duke City.

In addition to providing jobs to 120 locals, Sprouts will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the 30,000-square-foot store, which is located at 5600 Coors NW. The public is invited to join the festivities, which include:

• The first 200 shoppers in line will receive 20 percent off their initial total purchase.

• Muffins and coffee will be served to everyone in line before the doors open.

• Upon checkout, every 15th shopper will receive a coupon book featuring Sprouts savings.

• Every customer will receive one free reusable bag with purchase.

Steve Sinovic is the Journal’s retail reporter He can be reached at or by calling 505-823-3919.