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Your blog editor recently heard of an afternoon of workout classes called “Champagne Sunday”—happening this Saturday, September 8, at our King of Prussia store—and had to know more.

Turns out, the force behind this innovative workout experience is Christina Stoltz, founder of Ploome, a Pilates studio and movement arts boutique. Stoltz is bringing our customers an afternoon full of surprises, refreshments, goodie bags and her signature, unconventional classes. We’re talking hula hoops, burlesque-inspired moves and cardio barre routines. No wonder Champagne Sunday was voted Best of Philly 2012: Best Workout by Philadelphia Magazine.

Stoltz also happens to be a fan of the Nordstrom-exclusive activewear brand Zella. So, who better to ask about her favorite pieces and making working out fun than our Philly community Zella liaison?

What do you feel makes Zella special?
Zella is a brand for every woman, designed to fit and flatter all shapes and sizes. It’s fun and functional, with a studio-to-street edge that looks and feels great in the gym and on the go. As a studio owner, nonprofit director and workout nut, I need clothing and accessories that meet the demands of my schedule. Zella’s moisture-wicking fabrics, form-fitting cuts and quality designs carry me through the day without stretching, pilling or fading. In Zella, I feel as fabulous working out at 5am as I do teaching class at 9pm. They surely don’t call them ‘Live In Leggings’ for nothing!

What are your favorite Zella items?
I’m bananas for the Zeltek Mid Statement Jacket right now. The colors are rich, vibrant and happy! I can’t tell you how many Ploome clients and REQ.1 participants have complimented me on this coat, and how many have asked to try it on! This is a must for fall. The Live In Leggings and Capris are true time and money savers, as well. They look amazing with sneakers and high boots, and they perform well on long runs and during intense workouts. Most importantly, Zella’s Live In Leggings are work appropriate at both Ploome and REQ.1, its sister nonprofit organization providing support and resources to victims of violence. There’s no need for me to change between classes and meetings!

What’s your personal life philosophy?
Movement matters. After surviving a brutal physical assault and attempted abduction in Central Asia, I felt powerless. I was physically and psychologically broken, far from home and unable to access the resources I needed to heal. My personal recuperation through fitness, writing and art transformed my life. I have fallen back in love with my body and celebrate its strength and beauty through movement every day—I hula hoop, I Skip-It and I smile! At Ploome and REQ.1, I am blessed to share my passion for healing through movement and art and for building creative communities dedicated to personal transformation and social change. I am truly living my dream and am eternally grateful for all of the support and kindness our Ploome clients and REQ.1 participants have shown!

What are your favorite ways of making working out fun?
I love to create funky workout routines that utilize childhood favorites, like hula hoops, Double Dutch ropes and Skip-Its as fitness props to advance my clients’ workouts. Your daily workouts should be fun, and the people with whom you share a group fitness class should feel like old-time friends! It’s amazing to watch my clients’ faces light up as they push themselves through challenging classes that blend playful movement with traditional strength and resistance training. The studio is always full of laughter. Inspired by my clients and the good times we spend together, I have created some of my all-time favorite workouts (Bottoms Up Booty Camp, Wunda Barre Apparatus, and Armed and Dangerous Mat, to name a few!).

Join Christina this Saturday, September 8, from 2pm-5pm for Champagne Sunday. For more information, or to sign up, contact our King of Prussia store at 610.265.6111.

Also, read more about Ploome’s mission, to celebrate body diversity and promote social responsibility. Through the revenue generated from its fitness programs and community fundraisers, Ploome provides programming and financial support to REQ.1, its sister nonprofit organization. REQ.1 empowers victims of violence to transcend trauma and heal through movement and art.

Images by Joe Perri Photography