PELHAM, N.Y. Bronxville resident Barbara Miller and her husband, Robert Corbellini, opened Integrity Fitness on Wolfs Lane in Pelham in Jan. 1997. The world-ranked power lifting champions remain actively involved in their business by training clients.
Miller and her husband used to exercise at what is now known as Omni Sports and Fitness Complex in the Pelham Manor. The gym had a back room where they could train their clients after they finished their own morning workouts.
After the ownership of their gym changed, Miller and Corbellini decided to open their own facility. They found a former upholstery store on Wolfs Lane, gutted and renovated it and turned it into Integrity Fitness.
Corbellini has been power lifting since 1984 and Miller since 1986. Miller said she got into the sport reluctantly. She tore her ACL in the mid-80s and Corbellini decided to help her recover.
"I was a bit scared," Miller said. "Part of my rehab was he got me into the sport of power lifting."
Miller lifted 225 lbs. in her first meet and qualified for a national competition. Her power lifting career took off from that point.
Miller helped renovate the gym in 1997. She turned one of the walls into a series of mirrors and helped set up the equipment.
The couple trains clients in the 2,500 square foot gym. Corbellini trains young athletes including Andrew Fabiano, who has trained throughout the summer to increase his playing time on his varsity football team.
Though there are other gyms in the area, Miller said she is confident in her business.
"We opened 14 years ago, we didn't have any competition," Miller said. "Now there's lots of competition, but nobody like us."
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