Arlene Reiss (left) and Deb Bobbett (right) the co-owners of Well Balanced Studio at 22 Jordan St., sit on the “Cadillac,” a piece of equipment used for Pilates, in their newly opened studio.
When Deb Bobbett and Arlene Reiss were trying to think of a name for their new business they wanted to convey their integrated approach to wellness.
Balance, strength, cardio and flexibility are all equally important for well balanced physical fitness, they said.
So, they decided to make their dedication to balance clear by putting it in the name: Well Balanced Studio.
As of March 1, Well Balanced Studio is open for business inside 22 Jordan St. They specialize in private and semi-private Pilates and training, wellness coaching, cancer wellness, pre-and post-natal wellness and youth wellness programming. Their classes incorporate Pilates, TRX and Barre equipment.
One of the biggest focuses of the studio is getting people more individual attention and instruction. The maximum class size is just six people.
“The way we can make the biggest impact on people is with one-on-one attention, we can keep better track of form which is important for reducing risk of injury,” Bobbett said.
Before starting Well Balanced Studio, Bobbett and Reiss both came from Gazella Performance and Wellness Studio at 3986 Jordan Road, Bobbett as co-owner and Reiss as an instructor.
The startup cost for the business was minimal since they already owned all the equipment they need. Also, they have had an almost full schedule from the start since they were able to bring over people they already knew from Gazella.
The location at 22 Jordan St. has been operating under the Gazella name since November, but as of March 1 the two are no longer affiliated.
Bobbett and Reiss said they think of their studio as a compliment to Gazella rather than a competitor. Most of the classes they offer are specialties that are not offered elsewhere in Skaneateles.
One example of this is their cancer wellness programs.
Bobbett has background in cancer research and, as a cancer survivor, a personal connection to the classes. Their aim is to give cancer patients a warm, clean, safe and private environment to do exercises and work on their wellness.