RockIt Body Pilates is a fitness-based studio that blends classical Pilates philosophies with modern elements. They offer an intense, fast-paced workout set to upbeat music. Kaci Bacher has worked in fitness for 15 years. She started working with RockIt Body in 2009 and bought the business in 2019. This January she sold a portion of the company to two friends and current co-owners, Jennifer Chan and Brooke Ricciardi.
How do you empower women to succeed in business?
“The nature of our business is empowering to women. Our studio is 95% women—all ages, shapes and sizes. Our workout and Pilates machine can be intimidating at first, but we do our best to build our clients’ confidence and strength. In doing so, we change not only their bodies but instill a tenacity that influences everything they do.”
Has motherhood made you a better entrepreneur?
“Quite the opposite. Entrepreneurship has made me a better mother. I’m a single mom of three boys. For years, they’ve witnessed the time and energy it takes to build and run a business. I used to feel guilty about the time away from home, but later I saw what responsible young men they were becoming. They have learned to work as a team and become self-sufficient, competent young men. I’d like to think they have learned by example.”
What projects do you support to help those in need?
“I am a firm believer in the power that physical activity has on our mental health and well-being. Knowing unemployment rates are up and budgets for workouts are down, I would love to offer anyone with budget restrictions who is struggling with the physical and emotional effects of COVID-19 to email me at [email protected] for a free virtual studio membership.”
Tell us about your support system.
“My best friends and partners, Jennifer Chan and Brooke Ricciardi, have been my support system. The decision to bring on partners in January was difficult, knowing how challenging partnerships can be. With the news of our business being shut down in March, my first thought/feeling was overwhelming gratitude that these two kick-ass, strong women were on my team and I didn’t have to go through this alone.”
Tell us about the heroes on your team.
“The real heroes on our team are our loyal clients. I’ve seen strangers become friends. I’ve sculpted arms for wedding photos and abs postpartum. We’ve been together through it all, and COVID-19 is no exception. We are all like one big family!”