HIP 90 Day Challenge, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

Next week kick’s off our HIP 90 Day Challenge: Fitness and Nutrition. Why? We want you to see results. Sometimes all you need is incentive. We’re dangling the carrot: success, results and prizes. Yes, prizes. 1st place will be awarded 3 months of free HIP membership, 2nd place gets 2 months free and 3rd place receives 1 month.

The challenge starts on Monday, February 4th (after the Super Bowl). Amber and Christine will be around that week to take measurements, before pictures, body fat index and weight. If you’d prefer to take pictures at home make sure you send them to us, everything else will be calculated at the studio. 

The next 90 Days you earn points for workouts and eating clean. These points are calculated on the honor system. If you do cheat, you’re only cheating yourself. Transformation is inevitable. At the end of 90 days when we add up the points, we’ll know if you earned all of them.

On April 29th we will take after pictures, body fat index, re-measure, and re-weigh. Everyone will turn in their points, the client with the most points will win! Our trainers are dedicated to help you, and many of us will be participating the challenge too. We will be there to check in with you, commiserate and motivate.

Based on the number of participants we may raise the stakes higher by creating teams of Hipsters to compete for another prize. We need to know your interest to make the teams. Email us this week at info@highintensitypilates.com subject: 90 DAY CHALLENGE to enter to win!

Below is our point breakdown (workouts and nutrition are per day):

We will provide you with a list of No, No Foods  so you know what we consider “clean.” In addition we will provide recipes and snacks and clean eating tips on the blog weekly. There will be plenty of extra points to earn throughout the challenge, make sure to follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss out on any opportunities! 

***This is a wine friendly challenge, as in a glass with dinner or at the end of the day. Not a 3-margarita happy hour, that wouldn’t get you any points.

Chili Time!, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

While it’s chilly outside, make some chili inside! Instead of a classic meat chili harboring fat that fights your resolution, try something new. Quinoa and white bean chili will get the taste buds dancing. Chipotle pepper has quickly become my new favorite thing. The smoky robust pepper adds a meaty quality so you can skip the fat and the meat. The white beans will keep you going through an evening workout and you’ll be hitting your fitness goals by eating clean.

Serves:Makes: 12 cups Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 minutes


    1/2 cup uncooked quinoa

    1 large red bell pepper, chopped (2 cups)

    1 large green bell pepper, chopped (2 cups)

    1 tsp ground chipotle pepper

    2 15-oz BPA-free cans white beans or 3 cups cooked white beans, drained and rinsed

    4 large fresh tomatoes, chopped with juices (4 cups)

    2 tsp ground cumin

    1 tsp dried oregano

    6 oz fresh spinach, chopped (4 cups) 


In a 4-qt pot, combine quinoa and 4 cups water and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover tightly and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add bell peppers, chipotle, beans, tomatoes, cumin and oregano to pot with quinoa. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.

When chili is appealingly thick and quinoa is throwing off its tiny white haloes, stir in spinach and cook for 1 more minute, until just wilted. Serve hot.

Nutrients per 2-cup serving: Calories: 300, Total Fat: 3.5 g, Sat. Fat: 0 g, Carbs: 54 g, Fiber: 15 g, Sugars: 8 g, Protein: 15 g, Sodium: 148 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg