Chelsea Peck, Owner & Instructor
Chelsea Peck started practicing Yoga at age 9, instantly seeing the benefit of mental clarity through physical control. This concept has permeated throughout her life, and Pilates was the natural destination.
Chelsea Peck is a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certified Instructor, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and Ashtanga/Vinyasa Yoga Instructor. With this broad base of knowledge she is able to create inventive, interdisciplinary workouts, keeping students on their toes.
As a Pilates Instructor, Chelsea focuses on helping her clients develop deep core strength, effortless posture, and proper alignment through the classical Pilates Method. As a Personal Trainer Chelsea specializes in incorporating cardio training and proper nutrition into her clients lives. As a Yogi, she teaches breathing, meditation, and cultivating the mind-body connection. Her holistic approach to total health and wellness is what sets her apart from other instructors.
Chelsea grew up both on the West Coast and in Honolulu dancing ballet, hula, belly dance, and West African dance. In addition to her Pilates obsession, she’s also a runner, hiker, cycler, yogi, surfer, and swimmer.
Chelsea has traveled the world, ending up in California where she earned a BA in Political Studies and International and Intercultural Studies from Pitzer College, as well as certificates through The School for International Training (SIT), and UCLA. It was in college at Pitzer where she first became obsessed with Pilates and the immediate results it offered her, but continued on to pursue a career in the entertainment industry as DP of a film studio, and Artist Development Manager at a Music Management Company.
After deciding that she wanted a career that she truly enjoyed, she left her office jobs and became one of the first Pilates teachers certified through the Pilates Place teacher-training program, and soon after earned her personal training and yoga certifications.
At Pilates Place, Chelsea was trained in both the Classical and Contemporary/West-Coast Pilates styles. Her specialties include: Pre- & Post-Natal, Sports Conditioning, Teens, and Classical Mat Pilates. Clients have described her as perceptive, precise, determined, and thoughtful. Her workouts are always challenging and insightful, with impeccable sequencing and upward progression.
She thrives on challenging clients to work hard, think about fitness differently, and feel amazing! As Joseph Pilates famously said: “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness”. For Chelsea, health and fitness training allows her to help clients find their own genuine happiness.
After years of preparation, Chelsea relocated back home to Honolulu in 2013, and launched ‘Pilates O Ka La’ in June of 2014. She is thrilled to bring a new kind of fitness studio home to Honolulu.
In 2016 Chelsea partnered with the Surfjack Hotel in Waikiki to offer "Penthouse Pilates", a sunset Pilates mat class at the hotel which has become one of Honolulu's hottest fitness events, happening every 3rd Thursday.
In 2017, Chelsea became a Lululemon Ambassador for the Waikiki store & continues to popularize Pilates on O'ahu.
Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Instructor Certification
Pilates Place 450 Hour Instructor Certification (Mat, All Pilates Apparatus, Pre- & Post-Natal, Special Conditions)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Trainer Certification
Yoga Collective 200 Hour Yoga Instructor Certification
Yogaworks Pre-Natal Yoga Instructor Certification
BA from Pitzer College: Political Studies & International & Intercultural Studies, French Minor
Hillary Brown, Instructor *Currently living off-island, but Co-Teaching the Pilates O Ka La Instructor Certification Program
Hillary Brown grew up studying Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Lyrical Dance and was an active youth in the talent and film industry in Salt Lake City Utah. In 2001 she made Hawaii her home. She first got introduced to Pilates as therapy for a knee injury and feel in love with the method due to all the many principles and philosophies that it shared with dance.
In 2008, Hillary suffered a major stroke leaving her unable to speak and her right side paralyzed. She again returned to Pilates as therapy where she made leaps and bounds in her recovery over two years. To this day she is still doing her Pilates practice where she is still seeing improvements. She credits a great deal of her miraculous recovery to the Pilates Method. “My doctors told me that I would not be where I am today if I had not been in such good shape before the stroke. I credit that, and my body awareness to Pilates. Pilates helped me get back into dancing after near death, and to Pilates, I owe my life.”
Hillary has now completed over 2,100 hour in certification trainings and shares her passion for Pilates with her dance students and clients, in hopes that the method will help others the way it helped her. She owns and directs her dance and Pilates company The Total You llc, and specializes in classical and contemporary Pilates styles, Scoliosos therapy, Archival Pilates, pre-natal and post natal, Pilates for the active aging adult, Pilates for runners and paddlers, and pain management.
Streamline Body Pilates 1200 hr. Certification in Mat, Reformer, Chair, Cadillac.
Harmony Pilates & Physical Therapy 400 hour training in Mat and reformer.
Special Certificates in Pre and Postnatal, Scoliosis therapy, Pain Management, Pilates for the active aging adult, and Pilates for Teens.
University of Hawaii Bachelor's in Speech Communication.
Dance instructor in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical ages 3-adults
Kellie Franks, Instructor
Kellie began practicing Pilates in 2007. After experiencing a transformation in her own body, she decided she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share Pilates with others. In 2008 she began teaching and truly studying the Pilates method. Kellie is currently an apprentice of Balanced Body University and she continues to train regularly and further her education. Kellie is a diverse instructor with teaching experience in Mat, equipment and Barre. Kellie has recently moved to beautiful Kailua from Illinois to be with her husband. Kellie enjoys working with clients at all levels and takes great care to ensure their goals are being met. The clients' needs are Kellie’s number one focus, and whether it's private training or group classes, she will work closely with you to help you reach your fitness goals. Kellie's laugh is contagious, and you can't help but smile when you're around her! After just one class with Kellie, you'll feel her passion for Pilates and fitness, and experience her fantastic energy!
Balanced Body 450 Hour Pilates Teacher Training. Certified in: Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair
Balanced Body Barre 60 hour training
Mikum Leah Webster, Instructor
Mikum Leah Webster is a Dance Scientist and Pilates Therapist who recently relocated to Oahu from London, UK. Over the last four years she has been working in an internationally recognized Sports Medicine Clinic as a Pilates and Redcord Therapist.
Her career as a movement practitioner began while pursuing a professional dance career. After years of being riddled with injuries she became fascinated with anatomy, physiology, and helping others that were plagued with similar problems. This led her to receive a Masters of Science in Dance Science from Tinity Laban, a comprehensive Power Pilates certification, and a Sling Exercise Therapy (Redcord) Certification through the Neurac institute in Oslo, Norway.
She relocated to Hawaii so her husband could complete his Masters at UH Manoa. With over 14 years practicing Pilates and 5 years of clinical Pilates experience she is accustomed to working with patients of all abilities and individual needs, but specializes in back pain, pre- and post-natal Pilates, and lower limb injuries. In her free time she works as a research consultant for University dance departments and you can often see her work presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Annual Conferences.
Brittany Botheras, Instructor
Brittany grew up dancing from the age of 2. She studied ballet and jazz but tap was her true passion. She won several California state championships as both a soloist and part of an ensemble. At age 15 she began to tap professionally in San Francisco. After high school, her professional career moved to LA where she continued to dance and began choreographing. On one of her jobs, she found herself in a small recording studio that happened to have a reformer in the corner. She asked what is was and if she could try it...the rest is history. Her Pilates journey began that day in 1999 and is going strong until today. She became certified as a Pilates instructor in 2001 at the Long Beach Dance Conditioning Pilates Technique Certification Course. She moved to Hawaii in 2002 where her Pilates career continued to flourish. She expended her interest in the body and wellness and attend massage school in Kailua where she graduated the American Institute of Massage Therapy in 2004. Her curiosity and dedication to body awarenes and balance lead her to study Structural Integration with the Guild for Structural Integration on Kauai in 2007 where she completed a year long course. Her life lead her to Brazil in 2008 where she started a massage and Pilates business serving some of the most beautiful and famous resorts on the North Shore of Sao Paulo. She lived and work there for 5 years, returning to the US where her little girl was born in 2012. In 2016, she became very interested in TRX and earned her certification. She feels TRX is a perfect compliment to the Pilates work. She is currently teaching and practicing here in Honolulu. Brittany also enjoys running, swimming, biking, hiking, and ocean sports. She completed an Ironman in 2006 at the age of 27 and threatens to do it again!
Gabriel Solis, Instructor
Gabriel Solis has been in the fitness industry for the past 20 years. His background includes a professional dance career, extreme sports, boxing and MMA. Gabrielʻs experience includes working with a wide-variety of people ranging from pre-school age children to rehabilitating senior citizens.
Currently, Gabriel conducts the rehab group class and water therapy instruction at the Rehab of the Pacific in Nuʻuanu. He also does one-on-one training sessions with patients. Gabriel’s focus increases core strength, and improves alignment, range-of-motion, balance and posture. His clientele includes patients suffering from spinal chord injury, patients with setbacks associated with Parkinsonʻs disease, hip or knee replacement, and brain trauma. Gabriel uses techniques grounded in ballet, tai chi, and Lua, while emphasizing the importance of breath. His technique has helped individuals with ease of movement and assisted them through plateaus.
Gabriel, a.k.a. “Mr. Gabe” has taught“Movement” classes at Central Union Preschool for the past 14 years. He and his wife, who has a Masters in Early Childhood Development, have conducted children’s fitness camps designed to develop skills which enhance their abilities in sports and extra curricular activities. Training sessions focus on coordination, self-respect, thoughtfulness, encourage discipline and humility. Gabriel has often been referred to as the “Child Guru” because of his unique ability to connect and communicate with children. Sessions are exciting!
Certified Gyrotonic Instructor
IDEA Boxing/kickboxing/Martial Arts Certification
IDEA Group Fitness
IDEA Sports Conditioning
Personal Trainer Certification
Exercise Ball module 1 and 2
Egan's Fitbody Bootcamp Instructor Certified
Christina Black, Instructor
Born here in Hawaii, Christina Black has always embraced an active and artistic lifestyle. After graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering she decided to move to New York City to pursue dance professionally. Various injuries led her to discover her love of Pilates and in 2013 she earned her Comprehensive Certification from Balanced Body in New York. In Los Angeles, she expanded her training to include the Redcord Suspension System. She loves motivating and challenging her clients to reach higher levels of physical and mental well-being. She’s worked with athletic individuals seeking a balanced workout to clients with various injuries to prenatal and postnatal women to Multiple Sclerosis, early-onset Alzheimer's, Scoliosis, and patients recovering from a Stroke. She is thrilled to bring her Pilates knowledge back to the islands and hopes to inspire her clients through movement, alignment, and breath.
Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Certification
Redcord Suspension System Instructor Certification