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Leah Bush is the co-owner of Orangetheory Fitness at Knapp’s Crossing.
She is a 2002 graduate of Calvin College.
While teaching middle school in suburban Detroit, Bush became a certified personal trainer and began her career in fitness by working with clients at an area gym.
In 2008, she started her own business by offering one-on-one and small group training.
She owns her studio with her husband, Jordan Bush.
Biggest career break?
Discovering the country’s best one-hour workout, which inspired me to open an Orangetheory Fitness studio.
My proudest personal moments are watching my two amazing children grow into their own personalities and in those moments when they genuinely love each other without realizing it. Professionally, I am proudest to be stepping out and opening a small business that will bring so much value to our community.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
I love the quote, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” This helps me remember that each of us is unique and I can have the most impact by being the best version of myself. Our Orangetheory studio will give others the chance to be the best version of themselves.
How did you make your first dollar?
I had many part-time jobs growing up, but my first grown-up job was as a middle school physical education teacher. I still remember buying my first car — a bright red Jeep. I was quite proud of that and I loved that car!
My wedding ring. I thought I lost it a few times (sorry Jordan!) and that was such a horrible feeling. I know it is only a piece of jewelry, but all that it symbolizes makes it very special to me.
I have it!
If you were president for a day, you would … ?
One day is not that long to be in such an important role. I would soak up as much history as I could within the White House and then put a water rower in the Rose Garden.
Last book you read?
“For the Love,” by Jen Hatmaker
Last search term you googled?
Funny enough, it was “Orangetheory Fitness,” because I was trying to see what locations there were in Arizona for a new member.
Your worst habit?
I love to snack at night. This is a terrible habit and I do not recommend it.
To unwind, you like to … ?
Watch “The Office” and drink red wine
I have always wanted to go to Hawaii with my husband. A mixture of adventures and relaxing on the beach with just the two of us would be a dream.
This is a hard one because I love a wide variety of foods. But I am a sucker for pizza. I absolutely love pizza of all kinds!
Person you most admire?
I am so fortunate to be surrounded by many inspiring people, and could never narrow it down to just one. I really admire an author named Christy Wright who empowers and encourages women every day looking to start a business of their own. I recently read her book “Business Boutique” (I highly recommend it!) and it really motivated me on my own entrepreneurial journey.