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Debbie Bobbett has opened up a new performance and wellness studio on Jordan Road. People go there to get in shape, but don't be fooled: it's not your typical gym.

"People have told me that when they're in here they feel like they're in a tree house," Bobbett said as she gave a tour of the yoga room -- one of two versatile upstairs workout spaces.

For the past three years, Bobbett, an exercise physiologist, taught classes at the Presbyterian Church under her company Healthy Lifestyle Management. She always wanted a space of her own, and the new location (3986 Jordan Road) has allowed her to expand her business.

And she's getting a lot of help. She now has a business partner in retired attorney and Syracuse native Reem Jishi. Jishi, a triathlon coach who recently bicycled across the country, is working with a team of 20 athletes in preparation for the Skinnyman Triathlon.

Bobbett is excited about her entire team of instructors, who bring established clientele to Gazelle and share a similar philosophy on performance and wellness: that of "an integrated approach."

"An integrated approach in that there is something for everyone," Bobbett said. "As long as we can get you to move, that's an accomplishment of a goal."

One of those instructors is yoga specialist Georgia Stormes. Like Bobbett, Stormes is a cancer survivor. As one of their main goals, Stormes and Bobbett plan to create a cancer survivor wellness program.

"They have programs that support that," Bobbest said, "but it might be at the location where they just received chemo for the last 6 months, and they don't want to go back there. They want to go someplace where they can move on and be people."

Gazella is about comfort, cleanliness and sustainability. The newly purchased equipment, and even the paint on the walls, is all environmentally friendly.

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