Jennifer Maanavi is the CEO and cofounder of Physique 57. The company has 13 studios in 6 countries, a rapidly growing global On Demand business and a newly launched US franchise program. Physique 57 has just over 130 employees in the US and 80 teammates abroad. In addition to running the company’s studio business, Jennifer is also the Executive Producer of the company’s video products and co-authored The Physique 57 Solution, a highly regarded fitness how-to book.
Prior to cofounding Physique 57, Jennifer built a career on Wall Street at organizations including Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank.
Jennifer’s fitness odyssey began when she opted out of back surgery related to dance injuries and set out to find a safe, fun and effective back- and core-strengthening exercise method. She stumbled upon barre fitness in 2000 and became addicted immediately. When the time was right, Jennifer left her finance career to cofound Physique 57.
Launched in 2006, Physique 57 introduced New Yorkers to a fresh approach to group fitness: classes designed with women’s bodies in mind. Physique 57 devotees soon discovered astonishing results with the magic formula of ballet-inspired movement, cardio and strength training. More than just an exercise destination, Jennifer and her team created and now cultivate a community of encouragement and achievement that changes people’s bodies and lives. Jennifer is endlessly inspired and motivated by Physique 57’s clients, trainers, corporate team, and of course, classes that are held 24/7 around the world and online.
Jennifer holds a BA in English from Boston University and an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School. As a respected thought leader in her field, Jennifer is a frequent speaker on business and entrepreneurship and has been featured on media outlets including Bloomberg TV, Fox Business, the New York Times, and Inc. Magazine. In addition, she is a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School. In recognition of her professional successes, Jennifer was awarded the 2013 Columbia Women in Business Distinguished Alumna Award.