People working out at Pilates Plus LA (PPLA) in Los Angeles, California.


Kristi Vacanti

CEO & Founder

Kristi Vacanti left the Midwestern city of Omaha, Nebraska several years ago for the outdoor, sun-loving atmosphere of Los Angeles and immediately immersed herself into a world of mental, physical and spiritual growth.

While working with Brentwood Associates, one of the premier private equity firms who own and operate Spectrum Health Clubs and Exhale Spa, she became aware of the growing trend toward health clubs, fitness centers and spas as lucrative business opportunities. She combined her love of fitness and movement with a career as a personal trainer, but soon realized she had a desire to reconnect with a less stressful, more meaningful lifestyle and her passion for Pilates was ignited.

She began taking classes at Sebastien’s Pilates Plus, West Hollywood location. She soon realized that the connection between mind, body and spirit was effortlessly enhanced with Sebastien’s core strengthening workout. Kristi was so inspired by the changes she experienced in her life that she chose to become certified in teaching Sebastien’s LAGREE FITNESS™.

And now with certification in tow, Kristi has decided that her next step is to open an affiliate that would offer others the benefits of this life-altering workout. Kristi is also STOTT Pilates trained and CorePower Yoga certified.

​Kristi is also a well-known celebrity Lagree Pilates trainer. Some of the celebrities she has trained to date are David Duchovny, Frances Cobain, Alessandra Ambrosia, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Javale McGee, Jonathan Rys Meyers, Lady Gaga, Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton, and January Jones. You may have also seen her on the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"!

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Favorite Hobby: Cooking, dinner parties travel, meditation, writing in my gratitude journal

Fun Fact: I was a client with Sebastien Lagree before I opened PPLA in 2006 and it was one of the first Lagree studios! Also my focus is on living my life in gratitude.

Playlist Preference: Nakho Bear “great spirit”


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