By Jo Ann Munz
“There is no Plan B, there is only Plan A,” says human force of nature Gabriella “Gabi” Walters, with an infectious grin and an energy so calming it’s like a gentle breeze on a warm spring day. Working at a breakneck pace in 8 short years she has made Inferno Hot Pilates a global brand on every continent, except Antarctica, leading one to believe Plan B doesn’t exist simply because there hasn’t been time for it.
Her journey began in Budapest, Hungary, where as a child she attended athletic school enduring twice daily workouts focusing on running, pole vaulting and diving to fulfill her dream of one day becoming an athlete. Reluctantly giving into her mother’s request that she get a “real” job, she took 4 years off to attend school for finance, but her true passion for fitness won over and shortly after graduation, she moved to Las Vegas to train for bodybuilding competitions. Unfortunately, it was not in the cards, and after sustaining a knee injury shortly before her first competition, fate closed 1 door on 1 dream, but opened a brilliant 1 to her future when Pilates was prescribed for her rehabilitation. The Pilates principle, fusion of mind and body, not only helped with healing, it became a passion she knew she had to pursue. Once certified, Gabi was an instructor at a local hot Pilates studio where she perfected her method, with the vision of Inferno never far from her thoughts. Eventually along with her best friend, biggest inspiration and now husband, Jay, she opened a tiny studio with a temporary portable heater where she taught 6 classes a day, 7 days a week for the first 2 years while building a clientele. To bring some relief to her stressful schedule, she started training instructors for her studio; before long the world was knocking at her door for teacher training as well and to date, she has traveled over 500,000 miles to certify nearly 3,000 instructors in over 250 Inferno Hot Pilates studios! All this while expanding to a larger location after outgrowing her original 1, this time in addition to a hot room, she added a weight and cycle room, 2 more of her fitness passions, all with instructed classes for safety, variety and balance to her members.
Even a pandemic couldn’t slow her down! “There are no obstacles” she says with a will of steel, and within hours of the city shutting for COVID, she offered classes online and continues to do so for those who wish to social distance at home.
After all of this, when asked what’s next, she just flashed that megawatt smile and said, “world domination!” Considering there’s only 1 continent left for her to conquer, I’d say Antarctica, you’re about to get Inferno Hot!