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Democrat & Chronicle Article (8/7/10)

Aerobics instructor loves helping people get fit

Christine Pilaroscia had hoped to become a radio disc jockey while taking classes at the State University College at Brockport, but those plans changed dramatically after attending a hip-hop aerobics class.

Soon she began turning her hobby into a career by teaching her own classes and then opening Bounce Aerobics with her sister, Maria, and mother, Georgia. We caught up with the Chili resident, who relocated the family business to The Marketplace mall, to discuss her career.

Why did you choose this career?
During college, I took a hip-hop class at a gym and fell in love with it, so I started teaching my own class and realized that I wanted learn how to teach all kinds of aerobics and do this for a living.

What kinds of challenges does your industry face?
There is a lot of competition in the fitness field in Rochester, so we strive to be different by (offering) fun, fresh and motivating classes.

What’s been your biggest career hurdle?
Starting Bounce Aerobics ... I (was) really scared that no one was going to take me seriously, but once people heard about my classes, they started coming.

What big project have you handled that you’re exceptionally proud of?
I’m particularly proud of a few of my members that I have helped lose a lot of weight. I have a member who lost over 100 pounds taking my classes.

What advice have you gotten in the past that has helped guide your career?
Remember why you are doing what you are doing. I instruct fitness classes because I love helping people get fit, not because I love being the center of attention.

What do you do outside of work?
Whenever I’m not at the studio, I am spending time with my husband and son. I am also a wedding singer during my spare time.

What is your ultimate goal?
I want to give my son a great life, which is my ultimate life goal. Career-wise, I want to franchise Bounce in the future and open locations all over the United States.

What advice would you give to other young professionals?
Be your own boss. Don’t be scared to start your own business.

Democrat & Chronicle Article (04/22/10)

Local fitness studio celebrating a grand opening

Staff reports • April 22, 2010

Bounce Aerobics, a local fitness studio, will be holding a “Bounce-a-Thon” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bon Ton Court of Marketplace Mall to showcase the variety of classes offered, including Zumba, turbo kick, Pilates, self defense and hoopdance.

The event will also feature a fashion show and will be collecting donations for “Save Lisa,” a program to support the aid and recovery of a girl from Ukraine suffering from leukemia.

The event is in celebration of Bounce Aerobics’ new location inside Marketplace Mall that will open May 1.

The studio has been holding classes at various locations since its October launch. The new space will offer day and evening group classes and a boutique with aerobic attire, fashion accessories and nutritional beverages.

Bounce Aerobics was developed by President and CEO, Christine Pilaroscia, who opened Bounce Aerobics to offer individuals a full schedule of popular group fitness classes.

Democrat & Chronicle Article (11/18/09) & INSIDER Article (11/20/09)

From radio DJ to business owner

Leah Stacy • Contributing writer • November 18, 2009

At one time, Christine Pilaroscia dreamed of becoming a radio DJ.

After earning a broadcasting degree from State University College at Brockport, the Chili resident landed a job as a promotions assistant at 98PXY.

Then she started teaching a hip-hop aerobics class on the side. And when the 26-year-old realized how much she loved it, she "let her dream of being a radio DJ fall by the wayside" and decided to pursue a career in fitness full time.

The foundation was there. Pilaroscia had been dancing since the age of 2. While a student at Mercy High, she did choreography for the school's step team and theatrical productions. She also had studied dance during college.

On Sept. 28, Pilaroscia officially launched Bounce Aerobics ( Classes — taught inside Visions Dance Studio on East Henrietta Road, Henrietta — include hip-hop aerobics, belly dancing, Zumba and Turbo Kick (a form of kickboxing).

"So far, it's going awesome" Pilaroscia says. "We have new people coming in everyday."

What are you listening to now?

When I'm not listening to Top 40 and hip-hop music for my next group fitness-class mix, I love listening to K-LOVE (104.9 FM).

Top 5 CDs ever?

1. Thriller, by Michael Jackson

2. Jesus Christ Superstar: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album

3. Backstreet Boys, by Backstreet Boys

4. The Hazards of Love, by The Decemberists

5. Music Box, by Mariah Carey

What's the best show on TV?

So You Think You Can Dance, for sure! I always wanted to be a professional dancer when I was growing up, so it's great to watch others pursue it.

What's the last movie you saw?

I find myself watching Horton Hears a Who! at least once a week with my son, Antonio.

What's the best advice you've ever gotten?

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” and “Quitters never win and winners never quit!”

How do you balance your work and social life?

I’m lucky, because my family and friends take classes from me, so I get to mix work with my social life. I also get to know all of my Bounce members personally by knowing their names, sending them cards and inviting them to parties. When I’m not at my studio, I’m home soaking up every last moment with my son and my husband, Brian.

Top 5 movies ever?

1. The Breakfast Club

2. The Notebook

3. Jesus Christ Superstar

4. Austin Powers in Goldmember

5. Zoolander