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Celebrating Chelsea Small Business with Manhattan Sideways!

We're honored to #TBT with this feature from Manhattan Sideways! 

Join us to celebrate local businesses in Chelsea with the Greater Village/Chelsea Chamber of Commerce as we host the Opening Reception of Manhattan Sideways' Photographic Stroll Through the Sidestreets of Chelsea, this Friday April 20th from 5-8pm!   With a wine-tasting and small plates courtesy of 7 fab food finds, you won't want to miss this! 

Jared Kaplan strongly believes that while how you work out is important, where you work out is equally – if not more – important. This is why he created Studio 26, a lovingly-designed gym with a clean and refreshing ambience, filled with plant life and eco-friendly equipment.

Jared calls himself a “native New York City boy.” He worked for many years as a dancer before becoming a pilates instructor and personal trainer, a shift that he said “evolved organically.” After many years of training and studying his body, it was only natural to take that training into a health and wellness field. For many of his years as a dancer, Jared prided himself on having never been to a gym. However, after an injury, a physical therapist referred him to Pilates. His exploration of physical training continued when he got involved in more demanding choreography, which required him to do weight training at the gym. He eventually became an instructor, working at studios throughout New York. When Jared retired from dancing, he redirected his creative spirit into establishing Studio 26, his own space. Chelsea seemed like the perfect place, both because Jared’s client base was there and because people choose gyms and studios based on a sense of community – and he saw Chelsea as an amazing, vibrant neighborhood. It also helps that the Highline is nearby, a space designed using the same principles that Jared holds dear.

Upon walking into Studio 26, which was built in 2010 and expanded in 2016, the first thing I noticed was the amount of natural light and the plant wall mounted behind the receptionist’s desk. Jared believes strongly in having plant-life in the workspace in order to provide “a psychological and aesthetic trigger for wellness.” His green thumb started in high school when he took a job with a landscape designer in order to get out of the city and “see nature.” The specific idea for the green wall, however, was inspired by Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, by Michael Braungart and William McDonough, and from the work of Patrick Blanc, father of the modern green wall. The result is a unique, comforting space in the middle of Manhattan. Jared was pleased that even a few years after opening, “People still walk in and feel like they’ve discovered something. Their mouths go ‘wow.’”

In addition to the calming and beautiful environment that Jared has created, Studio 26 stands out because it is composed of a network of independent instructors with equally independent clients. There are no members and each instructor is free to manage their own schedule and style. The studio provides a support system and helps each trainer with the business side of things, but otherwise keeps things simple. As Jared put it, “We’re taking the pressure off and giving fitness professionals a platform to develop relationships.” These strong relationships are not only formed between instructors and clients, but between the team members at Studio 26. Jared has a lot of faith in everyone who works at the studio, which includes physical therapists, massage therapists, pilates and personal trainers.

Even though I spoke to Jared only a short time after he had expanded Studio 26, in the summer of 2016, he was already looking to the future. He said that the endless possibilities available to him are what let him sleep at night. “I’m really excited for what we haven’t gotten to yet.”

Trainer Open House at Studio 26

Join us for some R&R: refreshments, relaxation, and referrals. 

Have a drink, engage in some self-care and get rewarded with a free session for bringing friends* to the studio.

No eligible friends? We still want to celebrate your contributions to the studio! One lucky door prize winner will take home an R&R prize (more details to come).

*personal trainers, pilates, physical therapists and massage therapy/bodywork professionals who have not already worked with clients at Studio 26

Pilates Mat Class Series

Don't miss our new Pilates Mat class series with Emily Sanderson! 

Classes will start November 11th and be every Tuesday and Friday until December 6th. Classes are $30 and will be one hour long, 2pm - 3pm here at Studio 26!

Meet Emily:
Emily Sanderson discovered Pilates after 13 years of dancing, and quickly realized it was exactly what her body needed to stay balanced and injury free. She took her first mat Pilates course in 2007, earned her B.A. in Kinesiology from Occidental College in LA, and went on to receive her comprehensive Pilates Certification from Body Arts & Sciences International. She has worked with clients ranging from 12-year old athletes to 80-year olds looking to exercise for the first time. She is interested in Pilates as a method of retraining natural movement and cross-training for life!

Class Description:
This 4-week series will give students tools to both address their overall balance and strength as well as focus on any problem areas of weakness or pain. Each mat-based Pilates and movement class will give students exercises they can easily use at home or while travelling without any need for props. The sessions will consist of whole body movement - challenging strength and muscular endurance while also allowing time for extra focus on particular areas of the body that can be sources of pain or movement malfunction - feet, pelvis, spine, and shoulders.

Clink on the link below to sign up! Email us at or give us a call at 646-755-8125 with any questions.


EXCITING NEWS: we're now an official host site for Pilates Teacher Training via Balanced Body's University!  Join us to study with some of the best movement educators around, starting this weekend w Joy Karley and in December with Lesley Powell!  

registration goes live this week:

Mat II w Joy Karley September 17 + 18

Reformer 1 w Lesley Powell December 2 +3

Apparatus 1 w Lesley Powell January 14 + 15

Reformer 2 w Lesley Powell February 11 + 12

Apparatus 2 w Lesley Powell March 18 + 19

Reformer 3 w Lesley Powell April 22 + 23

Apparatus 3 w Lesley Powell May 20 + 21

 Join this smiling bunch of Mat 1 graduates as we kick-off our Pilates Teacher Training!

Join this smiling bunch of Mat 1 graduates as we kick-off our Pilates Teacher Training!

Join us on the Mat!

We're hosting our first Mat Certification with Balanced Body, Inc. on July 9th + 10th!

Come learn from Joy Karley in the Mat 1 and Movement Principals Training Course. 



Saturday 7/9- Sunday 7/10




Studio 26

250 W. 26th Street, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10001





$425.00 plus $80.00 for teaching materials


To Register:

Visit and choose Studio 26 under 'Educator'

or contact Balanced Body, Inc at 877-745-2337



Mat I

Introduction to Pilates & Beginning/ Intermediate Exercises

Balanced Body Mat I includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, a review of core anatomy, beginning and most intermediate level exercises with modifications, lectures on class order and programming in a fitness setting and guidelines for safely teaching seniors and pre-, and post-natal classes.





July 30th + 31st, 10am - 5pm

Workshop with Kinesiologist + Motor-Learning specialist Jean-Claude West!

For more information on Jean-Claude and his work, visit Pilates Anytime or his website.

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New Year, New YOU! We are excited to be hosting Green Drinks NYC next week!

New Year, New You!! 

Join Green Drinks NYC at Studio 26 wellness studio for networking, drinks and lots of fun. Bring a friend (or three!) to take a break, mix, mingle and move! Healthy snacks and a speciality cocktail provided by Prairie Vodka! 

STUDIO 26250 W 26th St, #402, New York, NY, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

It's the new year and time to get back into the swing of things. After all of the holiday parties, quality time with friends and family, and the decadent food and drink, it's time to shelve the egg nog and break out the sweat bands! Join us for a special green drinks highlighting sustainable fitness and health. It's tough getting back into the healthy routine and keeping your resolutions, so let's do it together! 


Check out the link below for tickets!

Join Our Team!

Studio 26 is Hiring!



Studio 26, a growing eco-friendly fitness + wellness center in Chelsea, seeks a General Manager to anchor daily operations and provide strategic support in close work with the owner to aid the growth of this unique company. Position can be part- or full-time, depending on the candidate.

The Ideal candidate is thoughtful, principled, and dynamic. Please have experience and skills in administrative management, marketing, development, finance, or pr, and be adept managing and handling customer relations. An active interest in health, fitness + wellness and/or  green design/systems/sustainability is preferred though can be learned. 


Overall Focus:

The General Manager will execute in the following 4 areas (*percentages represent initial/sustained division of work) 

•   Talent Management / Staff (40%/20%)

•   Practitioner/Trainer + Customer Relationships (33/40%)

•   Operations / Facilities (10%/30%)

•   Finance (20%/10%)

•   Marketing



Talent Management / Staff

•   Scheduling

•   Active Supervision

•   Training

•   Hiring / Firing

•   Accountability

•   Process, Standards

•   Culture/Tone

•   Timecards


Practitioner/Trainer + Customer Relationships Management

•   Onboarding / Expectations / Culture

•   Outreach / Retention / Growth

•   Customer Service Resolution


Operations / Facilities

•   Project Management via Asana

•   Vendor Management

•   Repair and Maintenance Schedule

•   New facilities / Construction

•   Landlord interface / Building Issues

•   Tidy / Clean



•   Billing and Invoicing via MindBodyOnline

•   Bookkeeping via Profitas

•   Budgeting, Projections, and Goal-setting

•   Financial Model Update

•   Report Generation

•   Payroll via Intuit


Marketing (future scope)

•   Social Media

•   Strategic Partnerships

•   Press


Desired Background and Experience:

•   Prior people management experience

•   Attention to detail

•   Ability to manage, track and complete multiple projects simultaneously 

•   High-end customer service 

•   Financial management/ being “math fluent” 

•   Vendor management and relationships

•   Use of business management systems (time tracking, scheduling, billing, project management)



Commensurate with Experience


To apply: 

Please send resume to

Trainer Profile- Kelly Connor

Kelly Connor currently has five S26 clients, two of whom have ‘graduated’, and a third who is 90% there. This means they’ve done 40 sessions, and will continue to work together. This is the type of referral program that works to help trainers and practitioners to build a strong client base. Studio 26 exists to empower trainers and connect them to the resources they need to grow and thrive. As Kelly says, “Studio 26 sets you up for success.”

How many private clients did you have before coming to Studio 26, and how many do you see on a regular basis here?

Pre-Studio 26, I had about six clients including in-homes. I was still working for a studio when I began renting at Studio 26. Through referrals from the desk, I now see about 15 clients (some more often than others). I have another 5 of what I like to call floaters. They travel a lot, but help to fill in the rest of my schedule. This being said, I no longer work for a studio, and I have my own business. I rent space and travel to client’s homes. This wouldn’t have happened so quickly for me without the support and referrals from Studio 26.

Do we make scheduling easy? And how does this help you manage your own scheduling?

Scheduling is VERY easy. The desk is friendly, fun, and responds to emails in a matter of minutes. They are always on top of it. I communicate directly with clients and that seems to be most effective for both parties. Then I relay the dates and times to the desk - giving me complete control over my schedule.

Does our payment method and tracking for S26 clients help you track your own business expansion and growth?

Payment at Studio 26 is a breeze. I choose to pay per day because I find that works best for me. The desk emails me the receipt immediately which allows me to stay organized on my end. The rental fees are comparable to other rental spaces in Chelsea - and probably less expensive overall in the Manhattan area. The difference is instructors and trainers get a lot more bang for their buck.

Compared to other spaces where you see clients, what does Studio 26 do differently?

The space is modern, clean, and absolutely gorgeous. The Balanced Body equipment is top of the line. The instructors, trainers and practitioners around me are at the top of their game. Oh, and there are more props and toys than I knew existed.

Looking further than the thriving plant wall, beautiful hardwoods, skylight and open floor plan, the support and friendly environment is what makes Studio 26 feel like home. It’s managed with the utmost integrity and offers workshops, seminars, and gatherings so that I can continue to grow my practice while networking with other like-minded friends in the fitness and wellness industry. I will forever refer friends and other fellow instructors to the studio because I know what it has to offer and most importantly what it has done for my business. Studio 26 sets you up for success.