Prenatal Pilates | Amber’s Tips on Staying Fit & Healthy


One of the biggest questions we get when our clients become pregnant is Can I workout? & What can’t I do? It’s amazing & crazy the changes that a women experiences during this time and the good news is YES you can still workout. Prenatal exercise can actually make you more comfortable during this time. Although every single woman is different.

I’ve been extremely active my whole life but during my pregnancy I physically did not have the stamina to workout. I always tell my clients the most important thing is listen to your body. At HIP Studio we have had several women workout their whole entire pregnancies. Women who put me to shame with their consistent dedication to fitness. The rule of thumb is that if you are active when you get pregnant, there is no reason you can’t continue to be active.

Prenatal Pilates is one of the best ways to prepare your body for the birthing process. It is important to condition the abdominals and pelvic floor muscles, helping to maintain strength and endurance needed during labor. Awareness of breath and the mind-body connection as a means of relaxation and focus are huge benefits during labor. When those contraction are intensely repeating one right after the next, and you want to kill your husband, my years of practicing Pilates gave me an immense sense of relief. Even if it was just for a brief moment!! Some of my biggest advice for women who are thinking of getting pregnant is prep your body. I physically conditioned my body before pregnancy and I believe this strength and endurance of years of working out and HIP classes gave me what I needed for a successful labor.

If you have been working out with us you can pretty much do everything you were doing before you got pregnant, if you are cleared by your doctor. Experts say that once you reach the mid-point of your pregnancy (20 weeks), you need to start making modifications. Exercises in supine positions for an extended period of time should be avoided, traditional abdominal exercises like forward flexion should be modified and we advice our clients to not take any jumpboard clases.

All of the instructors at HIP Studio are certified in Prenatal Pilates, and can assist clients in the modifications necessary throughout their pregnancies. For our group classes it is important to let your instructor know you are pregnant and how far along you are. A few private prenatal pilates sessions can be extremely beneficial during this time because we can focus on your specific needs and modification you can use during your group classes. Every body is different, and every pregnancy is different.  The most important thing is to listen to your body and take care of the vessel that is carrying this most precious cargo.

Christine Crivello, HIP Studio Co-Owner Discusses Pilates Reformer Classes

Christine Crivello, HIP Studio Co-Owner Discusses Pilates Reformer Classes

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The best all around workout that is customizable for people of all skill and fitness levels is Pilates. Many people confuse Pilates with yoga or other calisthenic workouts, and in some ways it is similar. Pilates combines core strengthening exercises along with an emphasis on flexibility and muscle control. The Pilates reformer is a special device invented by Joseph Pilates to add a resistance aspect to calisthenics.

It is very important to have a certified Pilates instructor guide you when you begin using a Pilates reformer. If the machine is used incorrectly you will not experience results at the very least, and at the worst, you could injure yourself. The reformer is a specialized machine that uses spring resistance rather than the plate resistance found in other gym equipment. The spring enables you to have resistance both while flexing a muscle, and relaxing a muscle. This encourages lean muscle tissue to be strengthened and toned.

The Pilates Reformer

The reformer is an intimidating piece of equipment, and attempting to figure it out on your own would be frustrating. By enrolling in a regular Pilates reformer class, you will get personal instruction on how to use the reformer to maximize your workout. The reformer is a fantastic tool to use for people who want to get results fast. It can safely accelerate your body’s metabolism, quickly build core strength, and has even been utilized in physical therapy to lessen pain.

Pilates reformer classes focus on building the muscles that support your pelvis and spine. Strengthening these muscles translates into better posture, more effective workouts, and less risk of back pain or back related problems. You will utilize specialized postures that will focus on tensing and relaxing muscles that cause stress. Even if you have never experimented with Pilates before, you can find a class that will teach you the basics, and get you excited for more.

Pilates for All Levels

Beginners or people who do not consider themselves fitness-aholics might be tempted to skip Pilates and opt for a lower intensity workout instead. This could be prolonging their journey to health and fitness, rather than jumping straight into the workout that will really make a difference.

Since Pilates is virtually no impact, it is safe for any level of fitness. As long as you are guided by a certified instructor, you will begin building stability and balance during your very first class. HIP Studio offers group and private sessions for every comfort zone.

Pilates works under the knowledge that every person is at different levels of health, and they know that no two bodies are the same. Even in high intensity workouts, the only person you will be competing against is yourself. Each practice you attend, you will be sure of getting the most comprehensive workout, and at a level that you are comfortable with. The reformer is used by your body as a tool to extend what is possible, and speed up your results so that you can reach your fitness goals sooner.


How Pilates and Yoga Can Help You Live a Better Life

pilates_and_yoga_balancePilates and yoga are much more than passing fads in the world of exercise. When these two techniques are combined, they can bring phenomenal health benefits to the body that people aren’t always able to achieve through other forms of non-aerobic exercise. Pilates focuses on the body as a whole, targeting all major muscle groups. It is challenging to say the least, and it requires a significant amount of concentration. Yoga and Pilates are both total mind and body approaches that help you find your center of balance, so that you can have total control over your body by engaging in various movements and exercises. Pilates is actually much different from yoga, but the two complement each other perfectly. Pilates tends to focus more on core strength, while yoga tends to focus on developing strength and stretching.

Improving Your Health with Yoga and Pilates

Many people are under the misconception that yoga and Pilates are simple exercises that won’t do much for their body. They couldn’t be more wrong. To engage in these workouts, you must have a high level of concentration, and you must be committed to the process. Yoga exercises will bring your mind and body together in harmony, through using a range of meditation, breathing techniques, and exercises combined. When you are performing yoga, the exercises that you do will put a great deal of pressure on all of the glandular systems in your body. This is the key to improving your health through yoga. The benefits are endless, and you will see a complete change in your body after you have attended a few Pilates and Yoga classes.

Some of the Key Benefits of Pilates & Yoga 

  • Improved Brain Function and Concentration
  • Increased Sense of Well-Being and Body Awareness
  • Increased Muscle Tone and Strength
  • Increased Blood Circulation and Lung Capacity
  • Improved Flexibility and Posture
  • Relives Muscle Stiffness and Pain Caused by Various Ailments
  • Improved Stress Management Abilities
  • Improved Energy Levels
  • Reduced Levels of Fatigue
  • Increased Ability to Soothe the Mind and Calm the Soul

Signing Up for Classes

Signing up for yoga and Pilates classes at HIP Studio is a breeze. HIP Studio even offers a Yoga Add-On to your Pilates membership. Yoga and Pilates is a great way to add fun and creativity to your workout regimen, and you will not be disappointed with the level of benefits that you will receive from engaging in these exercises. Whether you are going solo with a private trainer or joining a class, you will begin to see positive results almost immediately. People that engage in Pilates and yoga at least twice a week for hour long sessions find that their overall sense of well-being improves greatly.

Hip Studio offers Pilates and yoga classes, in addition to other types of exercise classes. They are one of the best health and fitness studios in Hermosa Beach, CA.




What Do Reese Witherspoon, Megan Fox, Anna Paquin and Cameron Diaz all have in Common?

What Do Reese Witherspoon, Megan Fox, Anna Paquin and Cameron Diaz all have in Common?

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Pilates has been around for years, but as it became better known, people from all walks of life from around the world began to see that the benefits of engaging in Pilates is remarkable. You know it has to be one of the best ways to stay in shape if so many celebrities are on board. Tons of celebrities have become devoted to Pilates, and they absolutely swear by it! While most celebrities typically don’t have a lot in common in their day to day lives, one thing many of them share is their love for going to the Pilates studio to get a full body workout.

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Celebrity Pilates Trainer Siri Dharma Galliano

Notable celebrities that are Pilates devotees include Reese Witherspoon, Megan Fox, Cameron Diaz, Anna Paquin, Miley Cyrus, and Sandra Bullock. Siri Dharma Galliano, owner of Live Art Pilates in Los Angeles has worked with many celebrities who have wanted to engage in Pilates in private training sessions. Celebrities have to keep their bodies in shape more than anyone else, because they wouldn’t get roles if they didn’t keep their bodies fit. Galliano believes that Pilates is all about body awareness. If you can learn the proper techniques that are involved with Pilates, then you can incorporate those techniques into your everyday life. Galliano has worked with many well-known celebrities such as Madonna, Cameron Diaz, Uma Thurman, and Sting. According to Galliano, “When you start getting control of your body, it gives you a great degree of satisfaction.” She believes that you must achieve body symmetry to get the full benefits from your Pilates workouts. As you learn to stand straighter, develop body awareness, and gain the knowledge that you need, then Pilates will begin to work. The key principles of Pilates must be learned. Once they are learned, then people will get much more from their workouts.

cameron diaz pilates studioThe Benefits of Engaging in Pilates Workouts

Pilates has become so popular in recent years, that it has even been fused with other popular exercise programs such as yoga, swimming, kickboxing, and ballroom dancing. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to work out constantly to achieve the health benefits that Pilates offers. Working out 2-3 times per week in Pilates class sessions is sufficient to see results. Once you begin the workouts you will gain self-confidence, and you should feel more relaxed. Pilates reduces stress, and it gives people a sense of inner peace. People that try Pilates never go back to other exercise programs. There are tons of ways to change the exercise routines up, so that they always stay interesting and fun. You can use a reformer machine, weights, foam rollers, stability balls, and other fun objects to always keep things interesting.

You don’t have to be a celebrity or hire an expensive trainer to achieve the benefits of Pilates. HIP Studio offers Pilates classes daily. Live better with Pilates. HIP Studio Hermosa Beach.


Pilates Mat vs. Pilates Reformer Classes

pilates reformer classesPilates has exploded into mainstream society over the last decade, because it can help people of all ages to live fit and healthier lives. Whether you are obese, thin, old, young, a professional, or a stay at home parent, Pilates can help by improving your flexibility and core strength. It will completely transform the way that your workouts are done, and it will allow you to tone your muscles, while gaining strength. From beginners to advanced Pilates devotees, the exercise program is highly effective in a number of ways. Pilates can be done a couple of different ways. It can be done on a mat, or people have the option to take Pilates reformer classes.

The Pros and Cons of Mat Workouts

Mat classes will be much more beneficial for beginners, because they can learn the basics of the more than 500 Pilates exercises that are available before adding other apparatuses into their workouts. Beginner mat classes will focus on learning how to exercise control over your muscles. Mat classes are typically cheaper than reformer classes, so even people on strict budgets can afford them. They are not equipment dependent, so there will never be any equipment to buy. The classes are easily found in most gyms across the country, and they will enable you to learn tons of quality exercises that you can do at home, at work, on the go, or anywhere you want to practice outside of your class sessions. They offer many health benefits just as reformer classes do, so mat classes are a great choice to become acquainted with how Pilates works. There really aren’t any cons to mat classes, other than the fact that you won’t get the same level of workout that you will get with reformer Pilates.

The Pros and Cons of Reformer Workouts

Reformer classes take strength training to the next level. You will be working against spring resistance with the machine, and it is often more difficult than mat classes. The springs will provide plenty of support for the harder exercises that you will be doing, so you will be able to add many variations to the exercises that will constantly keep them new and exciting. Reformer classes cost more than mat classes, but the cost is still a lot cheaper than what you would pay for private workout sessions. Reformer Pilates is much more versatile than what you will experience using a mat, so you will never get bored. The health benefits of reformer Pilates are phenomenal.

What to Expect During Mat & Reformer Workouts

  • The workout will enable you to work with mental focus, so that you learn how to breathe and give total attention to your workout.
  • The movements are organized and systematic with every movement having repetition.
  • All major muscle groups will be stretched and exercised each and every session.
  • Quality of movement is stressed, rather than quantity of movements.
  • The workout will be intense and a lot of fun.

Each has its pros and cons, but people will find it much easier and more beneficial to take classes that use reformers. HIP Studio offers a variety of Pilates reformer classes everyday. These include High Intensity Pilates Classes, Pilates Jump Board and 30/30 Burn/ Reform.

Reform Your Body With Pilates Reformer Classes

Pilates is an excellent way to strengthen and tone your body through gentle, concentrated exercise. Movements focus on your core muscles, working to emphasize your body’s alignment. These exercises can help prevent mishaps and rehabilitate from injuries that are related to imbalance. There are different types of Pilates, either done on a mat or strapped onto a reformer. At HIP Studio we teach all of our Pilates classes on our custom designed HIPformers.

There are 500 Pilates exercises that target your core muscles: abdominals, lower back, hips and buttocks. The essence of these exercises is based around working against resistance. In mat Pilates, resistance is created by body weight. A Pilates reformer is a machine that creates the resistance for you.

A regular schedule of Pilates classes can be beneficial in strengthening your core and improving your flexibility. Some people may feel intimidated by the look of the reformer at first but your trainers and fellow classmates are always happy to demonstrate how to use it and make transitions.

Pilates Reformer classes are a wonderful way to kick up your workouts a notch or provide variety to your routine. When you use a reformer, you lie on a bed-like platform that slides on tracks. The platform is attached to pulleys and springs, which help create resistance as you do a variety of movements.

The resistance created by the pulley and spring system can actually provide a more challenging workout than a mat class. The attachments provide a wider range of exercises as well as more modifications that can be made to exercises. Because of this, it is possible to see visible results sooner. You may notice more definition in your arms, legs and abs after just a dozen classes.

Additionally, a Pilates reformer can provide support that you do not have by doing exercise on a mat. That support can allow for people with injuries or a limited range of movement to safely exercise. As Pilates originally started as a way to help rehab athlete’s injuries, the reformer was designed around helping people do the exercises when they may otherwise be unable to. In fact, Joseph Pilates, the person who created Pilates, also developed the reformer.

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