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A local Francophile is bringing a French touch to the Tri-State. Learn about her private fitness studio and how she’s placing an emphasis on self-love to get you to where you want to be mentally and physically.

Jill Landis, Founder of Bell et Bien Fitness in O'Bryonville.
Jill Landis, Founder of Belle et Bien Fitness in O’Bryonville.

To Jill Landis, fitness is more than just an hour at the gym a few times a week – it’s a lifestyle.

“Every decision we make affects our health and happiness; what we eat, how we sleep, what we think, and how we exercise,” says Landis.

This thought process is why Landis started her private fitness studio Belle et Bien Fitness. “We specialize in small group training that builds strength while maximizing calorie burn,” she says. “Our classes blend traditional strength-training with bodyweight exercises and plyometrics.”

The program offered at Belle is structured to meet the needs of each individual client, whether they’ve never worked out a day in their life or are a seasoned athlete, to everyone in between, Landis wants everyone to achieve their fitness goals.

In addition to the private fitness studio, Landis offers information and support for building an overall healthier lifestyle, including assistance with making nutritional choices.

Landis says she was also inspired to launch Belle through a promotion of change resulting in self-love rather than self-hate. “We promote self-acceptance as the path to fitness,” she explains. “For this reason, there are no mirrors in the workout space. Furthermore, our message is that exercise and good nutrition are a reward, not a punishment.”

Landis has a background in the health and fitness world, which is what makes her decision to open up a fitness studio all the better. A certified personal trainer and group instructor, Landis has years of experience helping people make the necessary changes needed to get and stay fit.

“The program at Belle is intended to be used as the best of two models for fitness success: The individual attention of personal training and the comradery and affordability of group fitness,” she says.

There are two categories of classes offered at Belle: strength and cardio. Landis says that the strength classes target specific muscle groups through a variety of exercises and modalities such as traditional strength training, bodyweight exercises, and postures borrowed from yoga and other traditions. The second category is cardio. “Cardio classes are designed, through a blend of strength-based exercises and plyometric movies, to increase overall calorie burn,” explains Landis. One of the most popular classes at Belle thanks to its efficiency in achieving a maximum burn is HIIT (high-intensity interval training).

Although the studio is new, Landis just opened the doors to Belle on October 1, it brings a unique quality to the Tri-State. Located in a converted photography studio, there are hardwood floors, chandelier lighting, and high ceilings – making you feel like you’re in a relaxing atmosphere doing workouts that feel as though you should be in a hardcore training gym.

“It’s an interesting blend that speaks to a core truth: beauty is sweat, sweat is beauty,” says Landis.

Another attribute of Belle’s uniqueness is the name of the studio. A self-proclaimed Francophile, Landis has the tendency to blend the French language and culture into different aspects of Belle. “The studio name and design, the names of workouts, and elements of the traditional French lifestyle including the high value the French place on fresh, lovingly-prepared food shared with others makes the studio unique,” she says.

Landis says that although Belle is a brand new studio, she will be offering plenty of new classes and other workshops. “We are hoping to begin a class just for expectant and new moms in November,” she adds. She also wants to add more 30-minute HIIT classes to the schedule in the coming months and hosting a variety of lifestyle programs.

Belle is located at 1989 Madison Road in historic O’Bryonville, next to Bob Roncker’s Running Spot.

To learn more more Belle et Bien Fitness, click here. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram. To schedule a private consultation, call 513-813-0031 or click here to drop in and try your first class for free.

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Learn about a new all-women’s fitness studio that aims to help women find their inner and physical strength in a comforting yet empowering environment.

Johnnie Kanoza, Co-Owner of EMPOWHER Fitness Studio.
Johnnie Kanoza, Co-Owner of EMPOWHER Fitness Studio.

After spending years working in an all-women’s fitness studio and in the health/wellness industry, Johnnie Kanoza wanted to create an environment where women can feel welcome no matter where they are in their fitness and health journey.

“As an athlete and former fitness competitor, [fitness] has always been a huge part of my life,” she says. “Seeing how other women struggled, yet, when they were placed in the right environment and mindset, thrived, was like adding fuel to the fire inside me to help women achieve their long-term goals.”

Together, with her business partner Kerri Galvin, the two women knew that their visions were similar and would lead them to open their own fitness studio: Empowher Fitness Studio.

“As its core, Empowher Fitness Studio is a mindset and an environment to help women to reach their life goals starting with fitness,” says Kanoza. “Ultimately, Empowher is a place where every woman is welcome no matter where they are in their journey. Empowher is the place where women are able to discover the confidence in themselves and the knowledge they need for long-term success.”

Kanoza says that she and Galvin are more than just trainers at Empowher, they are also there to teach, coach, and mentor their clients as they start or continue their journey to a more healthy life.

At Empowher, Kanoza says that the No. 1 goal is to help women find long-term success in their lives. “We want to help them be the best of what is inside them and to tone up on the outside,” she adds.

Another important aspect of Empowher is to help “instill the confidence in women that is needed to continue their journeys, journeys that put them at the top of their priority list,” says Kanoza.

“I believe that fitness and nutrition must be part of their daily priorities, in order to achieve complete health and to have balance in their lives,” she says.

According to Kanoza, the struggles women run into along the way to health and wellness can often be solved by giving them just the right tools to help them find their inner strength. “These are our goals for them, to give them the tools necessary to find out just how strong they are,” says Kanoza. “We want to empower each client to fulfill their full potential, not only when in the studio, but in life!”

There are a variety of packages available through Empowher, including personal nutrition coaching, pilates reformer packages, personal training packages, and small group training packages. Kanoza says that for the studio’s grand opening they will offer special pricing in August.

Kanoza says that the studio is just getting started, but be on the lookout for plenty to come. “As we grow and find what there is a need for in our studio, we will adjust,” she says. “There is a desire to help educate our youth, too, about exercise and proper nutrition. This will be coming soon!”

You can learn more about Empowher at