Jennifer Maanavi has been involved in dance from early childhood, having performed many different genres throughout college. As skilled at the barre as she is in business, Jennifer left Morgan Stanley in 2005 to combine her passion for dance with her aptitude for running a world-class business. Armed with a strong Wall Street finance background and an MBA with high honors from Columbia Business School, she launched Physique 57 in 2006.
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. After sampling seemingly every mainstream and new age class available in New York City, she stumbled across the Lotte Berk Method, cured her back, and reshaped her body.
Saddened and desperate after Lotte Berk’s sudden closure, Jennifer wrote a business plan and recruited Tanya Becker, a star Lotte Berk Instructor, to quickly develop an updated challenging and comprehensive exercise program.
The result: Physique 57, an internationally renowned fitness company that promotes physical health and personal empowerment through a challenging, dance-inspired exercise regimen with a signature blend of fun and fine-tuned choreography at its core. More than just an exercise destination, Jennifer and Tanya created and now cultivate a community of encouragement and achievement that changes people’s bodies and lives. She is endlessly inspired and motivated by Physique 57’s clients, instructors, corporate team, and of course, classes.
Jennifer is the Executive Producer of the company’s video products and co-authored The Physique 57 Solution, a highly regarded fitness how-to book, currently in its second printing.
Jennifer is a frequent guest speaker on business and entrepreneurship, appearing on Bloomberg TV, Fox Business and Business Rockstars and has been featured in The New York Times and Inc.com. She is a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School and is the recipient of the 2013 Columbia Women in Business Distinguished Alumna Award. Jennifer serves on the board of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Manhattan Chapter.
When not working or exercising at Physique 57, Jennifer pours her passion into her proudest accomplishment—her beautiful family.