What’s a good piece of advice that you try to heed?
Dream big dreams, and go after them. Think about what you want or what you feel called to do, identify the barriers that stand in your way, and make a plan to overcome the obstacles and make it happen. Don’t be afraid to fail, and don’t quit if pursuing your dream leads you down an unexpected path. It will always, always be worth it!  

True40’s mantra is all about “staying true to you.” How do you stay true to Kaitlyn?
I like to periodically assess the passions, commitments and distractions in my life to make sure they line up with my foundational beliefs and values. My faith, husband, friends and health are all top priorities. Am I investing enough in these areas? Are there any distractions or commitments that I could cut out to allow more time for these priorities? Evaluating this every few months helps me stay on track and makes me feel like I’m staying true to who I am. 

What do you want to tell your clients before their first class?

I can't WAIT to meet you! I promise you a challenging, fun hour that will leave you balanced, energized and ready to tackle your day. Come try us out!


Kaitlyn Bentley

Owner of True40 Downtown birmingham

How did you get into fitness? And what inspired you to open True40 Downtown Birmingham?
I’ve been a fitness enthusiast since I can remember, and I especially love group classes. I’ve always dreamed of owning a fitness studio, so when I found True40 in 2016, I prayerfully decided to leave “corporate America” to manage True40’s first location in Birmingham, in Cahaba Heights. From day one on the job, our founder Allie worked with me to make my dream a reality, and I’m so thankful that she trusted me with my very own True40. After teaching True40 classes since 2016, and managing the Cahaba Heights studio and team before taking over my own studio, I feel equipped and very excited to own a True40 location!

What do you love about True40? 

I don’t even know where to start! Five minutes into the first True40 class I ever took, I knew it was where I was meant to be. I love the different components of class – I never get bored, and I can modify to my needs or challenge my strengths, even with my back problems. I appreciate how True40 classes help me build long, lean muscles while still challenging my cardio endurance. I’ve seen so many changes in my body and the bodies of clients, and it’s so fun to be a part of that. I adore the True40 community – staff and clients – because it is so empowering, strong and welcoming. 

Tell us about your family.
My husband Hunter and I live in Avondale with our rescue pup, Zoey. Hunter and I met after college when we were both in a wedding together. Hunter was born and raised in Birmingham, and I attended high school here, so we have loved watching Birmingham’s revitalization. We are so excited to be a part of it ourselves!