the INSTRUCTORS


ERICA WALTERS, Studio Owner, Senior Teacher, Education Advisor

Erica Walters is the owner of Pilates Fit Studio, in Crestwood, KY, founded in 2014. Erica is dedicated in her teaching to maintaining the original integrity of Joseph Pilates’ system of exercise by teaching Authentic Classical Pilates. Her teaching style is both encouraging and motivating with an emphasis on good technique, precision, and control. She also understands the need to simply keep people moving while guiding them with a solid foundation.

Erica is an Advanced Graduate of The Pilates Center of Boulder School for Classical Pilates and an Education Advisor for The Pilates Center of Boulder. Erica also holds a full comprehensive Classical Certification with Peak Pilates, is an AFAA Fitness Instructor, and has a BA in Human Communication from Arizona State University.

Additionally, she has been a guest writer in the Reader Platform for Pilates Style Magazine, lead fitness clips for Blink Energy Water in LA, and was an adjunct professor for the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at Oklahoma City University. She has been featured in Crestwood Neighbors Magazine, the Oldham Era, Pilates Bridge, and is an admin for the Going More Joe Pilates Forum.

Erica has had the opportunity to teach Classical Pilates to private clients, small groups, and in corporate settings in San Diego, Scottsdale, Dallas, and Oklahoma City, while her husband fulfilled his duties as a pilot in the Air Force. Now that her husband has retired from the Air Force, they have settled in Louisville with their son and two dogs, none of whom practice Pilates.


SHELLY RUGGIANO, Senior Teacher, Education Advisor

Shelly Ruggiano is a Senior Instructor and Education Advisor at Pilates Fit Studio. Shelly is an Advanced Graduate of The Pilates Center of Boulder School for Classical Pilates, an Education Advisor for The Pilates Center of Boulder, a certified GYROTONIC instructor, and holds a full comprehensive Classical Certification from Power Pilates.

Shelly believes teaching Pilates and GYROTONIC is a way of life and a practice. Bodies are meant to MOVE and are profoundly linked to our mind and spirit. Shelly derives great joy in helping clients realize their physical potential, which almost always improves other aspects of every day life.

Shelly credits much of her teaching style to her early dance training, where she was taught the importance of a solid foundation and structured syllabus that is relevant to all disciplines of good movement. She began formal dance training at age four and gymnastics at six. She started teaching tap, jazz, ballet and tumbling in 9th grade to three through eight year-olds, and continued teaching until leaving for Texas Tech University. Her goal in college was to major in Dance with the intention of opening a studio. However, she sustained a global knee injury her freshman year which precipitated numerous surgeries. She finally had a total knee replacement in 2012 and has harvested vast knowledge from personally experiencing injuries, chronic pain and rehab during the 30-year journey.

Shelly is married to Marc, and has a son who lives in Seattle and a daughter who attends The University of Virginia. They love large dogs and are the proud parents of Maverick, a blue Great Dane.

Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification
The Pilates Center Advanced Bridge
Pre-Natal and Post Partum Specialty Training with Carolyn Anthony
Education Host Advisor, The Pilates Center of Boulder
GYROTONIC Expansion System – 2010 to Current Foundation Level 1
Application for Scoliosis, Paul Horvath
Jumping Stretching Board
Archway
Pre-training, GYROKINESIS


LAUREN BRUKER , Certified Teacher


Lauren Bruker has been a leader in the fitness scene for over a decade teaching in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin. During her career as an indoor cycling instructor she experienced a lower back injury that helped introduce her to Pilates. She became instantly hooked. Lauren loved the one on one attention, the small group classes, and how Pilates helped alleviate fatigue and imbalance her body had been experiencing for years.

As a former dancer and BFA graduate Lauren has always been drawn to movement. After college she quickly received her NASM personal training and 200 hour Yoga Alliance certifications and began training clients privately. In 2009 she was one of SoulCycle’s- NYC’s premiere indoor cycling studio, first instructors. She helped open SoulCycle studios all over the country and expanded the company’s teacher training program from 2009-2017. She completed the Soma Space 600 hour Classical Pilates Certification in Austin, TX in 2018. This Louisville native is thrilled to finally return home and be a part of the Louisville Pilates and movement community.