Shelley Wagner, NCPT
National Certified Pilates Teacher
Balanced Body Educated Pilates Instructor
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Pilates Instructor, Limitless Pilates
Movement. Shelley Wagner’s lifelong passion is eight simple letters. How can our bodies move to build strength, flexibility and vitality, enabling us to move with ease throughout a lifetime? A rural Kansas native, Shelley’s earliest form of “fitness” was horseback riding, simply for enjoyment. She began running long distance track in high school. Her curiosity of health and nutrition, coupled with a desire to inspire others to wellness, produced a Bachelors in Home Economics Education from Kansas State University.
Shelley taught Home Economics in Wichita, KS, for 5 years, then transitioned her day job to raising her four children. She and her husband moved to Columbia in 1992. She continued to teach nutrition and cooking classes while raising her family, knowing the tremendous impact of one’s diet on the body and soul.
Her career in personal training began when a back injury in 2007 threatened even Shelley’s simplest movements like walking or preparing a meal. After 4 months of bed rest followed by surgery, she lost significant strength and mobility in her left leg. She was not prescribed physical therapy post surgery, so she hired a personal trainer to regain strength. While she’s been active her entire life, this was her first introduction to studio and gym fitness, and she loved it. She felt the benefits of strength, flexibility and endurance in her body. In 2008, she became a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). For a decade, she has been creating custom workouts for her clients to help them achieve better fitness, mobility and health.
Pilates became Shelley’s “true North” of movement when she took a few Reformer classes at a local studio. She fully loved how she felt after each Pilates session. She began learning everything she could about Pilates from many different teachers. She saw the power of Pilates to build strength and vitality in the body at any age and stage of life. The constant teacher in her naturally wanted to share this with others, and she completed a certificate of completion through Balanced Body as a comprehensively trained Pilates instructor. Shelley passed her National Certified Pilates Teacher exam in May of 2019.
When not in the studio or with her family, Shelley still loves horseback riding with her horse Buddy, competes in dressage, loves hiking in nature, traveling to new places, and reading.
"Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things." Joseph Pilates