Jared Kaplan founded Studio 26 with a brighter vision for existing gyms and studios. A native New York City boy with a country heart, Jared spent his post-college years (Wesleyan University, BA in Dance) as a dancer in San Francisco and New York, performing on some of those cities most prestigious stages. Along the way, he recognized how design alters physical performance, people, and perception.
Pilates and Personal Training came naturally as vehicles to practice the profound physical transformations and healing he'd experienced while training and recovering from his own injuries. However, the working spaces he found for trainers were anything but conducive to health, whether because of stifling corporate policies or poorly integrated interiors cluttered with machines and disorganization.
A chance encounter with the visionary manifesto “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking The Way We Make Things” opened Jared's eyes to the potential for a new type of space. It would promote holistic changes for not just your body, but also your living/working environment, community, and city. He dreamt of integrating his eco and movement interests, and of a gym where green design was applied everywhere. As a healthy space for a healthy body, it would highlight the trainer/client relationship to put clients first. As an enticing workspace for passionate professionals, a strong community could grow around it. Studio 26 was born.
Jared is sought after as a Teacher, Trainer, Presenter and entrepreneur. He has presented advanced workshops internationally (China, Mexico), as well as across the USA and he continues to advance his personal studies with the brightest minds in movement and rehabilitation, including Jean-Claude West, Mark Comerford, Madeline Black, Dr. Guy Voyer, Gil Hedley and Paul Chek.