Angelia and Jay Froscheiser opened Nebraska's first Club Pilates studio near 156th Street and West Maple Road last month. A second location, owned by Derrick and Andrea VerMaas, will open near 98th Street and West Dodge Road later this summer or this fall.

When the Froscheisers were looking for a new business venture, Pilates was on the very bottom of their list.

In fact, neither Jay nor Angelia Froscheiser had tried the practice, which helps to improve flexibility, balance and core strength.

But after a few classes, Angelia was hooked and the Omaha couple’s decision was made. They would open a Pilates studio.

Last month, the couple opened the state’s first Club Pilates franchise in northwest Omaha. This fall, a second studio, with a different owner, will open near 98th Street and West Dodge Road. The two Omaha locations are part of the boutique fitness chain’s more than 350 studios in 37 states.

The northwest studio, which is managed by Angelia, opened May 31 near 156th Street and West Maple Road. To start, they’ll offer about 40 classes a week.

Classes are capped at 12 participants and are tailored to different skill levels.

“It’s an all-inclusive environment,” Angelia said. “It doesn’t matter your age, gender or fitness level. We have a class for you.”

A number of membership options are available, as well as single classes. Pricing ranges from $25 for a single class to $199 for an unlimited monthly membership, Jay said.

The studio specializes in reformer-based Pilates, which involves a machine. It offers a variety of classes, including some that add in cardio, TRX and barre elements.

Derrick VerMaas and his wife, Andrea, are opening the West Dodge Road location. VerMaas said they hope to start construction soon and open the studio by late August or early September. The couple also is scouting locations in Lincoln to open a studio next year.

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