Pilates + party = fitness and fun

Bridal shower 101: Good friends, good food and a good workout — yes, a good workout.

Lisa Figueredo’s bridal shower combined fun and fitness as the Centerville newlywed held her shower at Plank Pilates in Kettering at the suggestion of her aunt.

“I had never heard of anything like it, and that’s why I wanted to do it,” Figueredo said. “It’s different, interactive and a lot of fun.”

The shower — complete with a mat Pilates class, food and wine — is just one of several special events that Plank Pilates owner Kelley Pickrel-Fiscus has held at the studio she opened last summer. From corporate events and kids parties to bridal and, soon, a baby shower, Pickrel-Fiscus has found a way to integrate fun and fitness.

The Kettering resident — who is both a Pilates instructor and massage therapist — has worked with children as well as senior citizens, high school athletes and those dealing with chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis. Figueredo’s shower included family and friends ranging in age from their 20s to well into their 60s, including her sister who recently underwent a C-section.

“I think we went into it thinking ‘how is this going to work” and it ended up working out perfectly,” Figueredo said. “Kelley is really good at modifying her classes. Everyone had a really good time.”

Pilates basics and benefits

Pilates — which evolved from the principles of its namesake Joseph Pilates — is a system of mind-body exercise using floor mats or a variety of equipment.

Pilates teaches body awareness and can build strength, improve flexibility and provide body toning. Regular workouts can result in a strong, toned core and long, lean muscles.

“I went to my first class after my third child was born and I didn’t really know what it was,” Pickrel-Fiscus said. “But, after a while, I noticed that my back wasn’t hurting any more and when things don’t hurt, it’s a good thing.”

Pilates exercises train multiple muscle groups simultaneously in smooth, continuous movements, enabling people to re-train their body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion. It can be invaluable for injury recovery and rehabilitation, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.

Pickrel-Fiscus has worked with marathon runners, those rehabbing from surgery, pregnant clients and octogenarians alike – sometimes in the same class.

“Every body is unique, but I believe that everyone can respond to Pilates in some way,” she said.

Party and Pilates

Pickrel-Fiscus — whose love of Pilates evolved into a teaching career almost a decade ago — is excited that her solo venture enables her to share the fun with new clients of all ages.

From children’s events with Frisbees and fruit punch to grown-up parties with workouts and wine, the Kettering mother of three is enthusiastic about the possibilities — from small fundraisers to spa parties.

“It’s a great way to introduce Pilates to people who haven’t tried it before,” she said. “And have fun at the same time.”

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