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Carin Langen

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Maria DeForrest

When Langen saw a therapy-based need for Pilates in Sussex County, she packed up her life in the Washington, D.C., area and opened Right Balance Pilates, which offers Reformer Pilates in groups or private sessions.

Not only does Pilates have therapeutic benefits, but it also provides a great core workout. She says the beginning stage of her business was filled with educating the community about the popular exercise regimen and its benefits. Then, the hurdle was getting people in the classes to try it.

“People did buy into the fact that Pilates heals,” she says. Now, Langen is seeing students find relief from knee and back pain. She says seeing the difference in people’s overall health, and possibly saving them from surgery, is one of the biggest rewards of the job.

She now has two studios—one in Lewes and another in Bethany—and she’s thrilled with the success she’s experienced. Her biggest advice to young business owners is to say yes to help, because one person can’t always do everything. She also suggests being flexible with business plans, because not everything will work out perfectly.

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