By Sandy Meyer

Spark Fitness opened its doors in the FishHawk area on September 16, though they are not new to fitness.  The husband and wife team of Paul and Jennifer Killian has been helping the Tampa Bay area get fit for many years.  Paul Killian has 14 years of experience with personal training, including working with many area athletes and is NSCA certified.  Jennifer has been teaching Pilates for four years and is certified in STOTT Pilates.

The studio is a childhood dream for Jennifer who also has a background in dance, including ballet and a shared dream of both her and Paul.  While Paul focuses on in-home personal training with his clients, Jennifer concentrates on in-studio Pilates and Bar classes.  “Bar training is a growing trend that incorporates Yoga, Pilates and Ballet,” Jennifer explained. It is the only studio in the area that offers STOTT Pilates, a contemporary form of Pilates designed to work with the natural curve of the spine.

Spark Fitness offers something for every demographic.  Whether you are an athlete who needs sports conditioning, a mom-to-be who wants to keep fit with Prenatal Pilates, someone needing rehabilitation for an injury or just looking for a great way to get fit and stay in shape, Spark Fitness can accommodate. It even offers an on-line personal training session where clients can Skype with them and follow a workout program designed specifically for each individual.

Jennifer wants clients to understand that while the studio is new, she and husband Paul are veteran trainers. “We’re an established business and we live in the community. We do what we teach, it’s a passion of ours,” she shared.

Currently Spark offers private and semi-private classes in the studio with seven current scheduled classes. It offers appointment-based classes on a per-class or package basis instead of monthly fees to ensure that the customer gets the training they pay for.  “We want to inspire people to continue on a path of health and wellness,” Jennifer added.

rk Fitness is located at 5490 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia, next to the Sherwin Williams paint store.  Please visit its website at or call the studio at 684-4600 for more information on its services and pricing.


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