ERICA WALTERS. Owner, Certified Teacher, Education Advisor
Erica Walters hails from Southern California and has been certified and teaching Pilates since 2005. With a passion for the original method, she consistently grows per personal teaching and practice by working with teachers closest to the source of Joseph Pilates direct disciple, Romana Kryzanowska. She is a graduate of the Classical Syllabus under MeJo Wiggin and is currently studying under Alycea Ungaro at Real Pilates NYC. She is also an Advanced Graduate of the 950-hour Teacher Training Program with The Pilates Center of Boulder. She completed the program on site in Boulder, CO, under Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segel. In addition to Pilates education, she holds a BA in Human Communications from Arizona State University.
Erica opened Pilates Fit Studio in 2014 in her home when she moved to Louisville and built a devoted following that allowed her to expand to a commercial location in 2017. Nine months after opening in the commercial location, the studio was ready to expand again.
Erica is recognized in the Pilates community as an educator and advocate of the Authentic Pilates Method. She is committed to her clients’ wellness, her instructors careers, and offering world-wide recognized education programs to the greater Pilates community. Her personal 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.
Additionally, Erica 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, and Pilates Bridge. Shas 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.
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. Lauren is currently in the Classical Syllabus under MeJo Wiggin. This Louisville native is thrilled to finally return home and be a part of the Louisville Pilates and movement community.
ANITA PARK, Certified Teacher
Anita Park is a native of Canada, and originally came to Bloomington, Indiana, to study at the IU Jacobs School of Music. She has a Masters in piano and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature, also from IU. Being an enthusiastic food lover, she learned early in life that her love of food must be balanced with movement! As a young girl, she often worked out with her mother after her younger siblings were born. She practiced calisthenics all throughout her teenage and young adult years. She discovered Pilates over a decade ago and has stuck with it since then. She is certified through Lotus Pilates and is currently in the Advanced Program with The Pilates Center, Boulder.
MOLLY MITCHELL, Student Teacher
Molly Mitchell is a certified contemporary Pilates teacher and currently going through a Classical Pilates program with the Vertical Workshop under Shari Berkowitz, a Romana lineage program. She is completing her student teaching hours at Pilates Fit Studio.
Molly is certified in Comprehensive Pilates and CoreAlign through Balanced Body University in California and has been teaching Pilates full time since 2015. She taught group classes, duets, and private sessions at EHS Pilates in San Francisco and at Rise Bodyworks in Alameda for two years before moving back to Louisville to return to school for massage therapy. Molly became a Pilates enthusiast when knee, shoulder, and low back pain threatened her dance hobby and Pilates classes proved an effective antidote and technique refinement tool. She is always seeking to know more about movement and has completed additional education in tailoring the Pilates repertoire to address prenatal and postnatal fitness, scoliosis, dance technique training, and foot and gait therapy. For Molly, the power of Pilates is in its adaptability to meet you where you are and create a path toward your goals, whether that is walking with ease or training for the circus. As a teacher, her objective is to empower each client to be a wise steward of their own body and connect to the joy in moving well.