MEET OUR FOUNDER
ERICA WALTERS. Owner, Certified Teacher, Education Advisor
Erica Walters is an Advanced Graduate of the 950-hour Teacher Training Program with The Pilates Center of Boulder, a graduate of The Classical Syllabus with MeJo Wiggin, and holds a BA in Human Communications from Arizona State University. She has been teaching Pilates well over a decade and opened Pilates Fit Studio in 2014. Erica is recognized in the Pilates community as an educator and advocate of the Authentic Pilates Method.
Erica is dedicated in her teaching to maintaining the original integrity of Joseph Pilates’ system of exercise by teaching Classical Pilates and offering world-wide recognized education programs for new teachers and current teachers.
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. She continues to grow her own practice and is currently studying with Alycea Ungaro at Real Pilates in NYC, in the bridge teacher program.
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.
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.
LAUREN BRUKER, Certified Teacher & Studio Manager
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. In 2019, Lauren will begin 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.
CHANTAL V KURCHNER, Certified Pilates Teacher
Chantal‘s passion for health and wellness brings over 20 years of fitness experience. She is classically trained with a full comprehensive apparatus certification through Power Pilates®, as well as a certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, and Spinning Instructor.
Chantal combines her extensive study of Pilates with anatomy, postural alignment and serious core work to create fun and challenging workouts that get results. Warm, careful and knowledgeable, she truly believes “movement heals”. Every workout session is focused on strengthening, educating, and making progress.
She learned about Pilates over ten years ago, when seeking help with chronic lower back pain, which she no longer has thanks to Pilates. She holds a B.S. in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and raised 3 great children. She’s recently moved from Saratoga Springs, NY to Louisville and absolutely loves it!