ERICA WALTERS, Studio Owner, Senior Teacher
Erica Walters is a Southern California native and has had a love for movement since she stepped into her first gymnastics class at five years old, and excelled as a competitive gymnast through high school. While receiving her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in 2004, she spent the balance of her time in the fitness industry teaching aerobics. In 2005, she began her study into Classical Pilates with Peak Pilates and followed that with an Advanced Teacher Training Certification with The Pilates Center of Boulder in 2012. In 2018, Erica will begin the Classical Syllabus with MeJo Wiggin.
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, all of whom practice Pilates.
Additionally, she has been a guest writer in the Reader Platform for Pilates Style Magazine, was featured in 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.
It is her mission to help people achieve happiness with a strong body and a healthy lifestyle. As your Pilates instructor, Erica is dedicated in her teaching to maintaining the original integrity of Joseph Pilates’ system of exercise by teaching Classical Pilates. She enjoys seeing the changes her clients make in their bodies, and the wonderful feeling they get from performing the method.
SHELLY RUGGIANO, Senior Teacher, Education Instructor Trainer
Shelly Ruggiano has always had a love for 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.
Throughout the 90’s, she taught Cardio and Low Impact Aerobics, Step and Weight Training at various health clubs in Texas and California. In 2006, she participated in a Pilates mat class at the YMCA in Atlanta, and fell in love with the method! It was challenging, smart and safe. And it was clear this was the path for her!
She honed her skills by teaching for over a decade at CORE Pilates + GYROTONIC in Atlanta, GA with studio owner and Master Trainer Jessica Gowen. Jessica afforded Shelly every opportunity to continue her education and personal development in both modalities, while offering her many avenues to serve in management roles.
Teaching Pilates and GYROTONIC is a way of life and a practice. Our 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 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.
Pilates – 2006 to Current
Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification, Atlanta, GA
The Pilates Center Advanced Bridge
Pre-Natal and Post Partum Specialty Training with Carolyn Anthony
Host Advisor, TPC
GYROTONIC Expansion System – 2010 to Current Foundation Level 1
Application for Scoliosis, Paul Horvath
Jumping Stretching Board
Red-Cord (Neuromuscular Suspension Training) – 2013
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.