Why It Works | hip60 Challenge

It's about being healthy, fit and feeling your best!

The key to feeling your best and losing weight starts with your diet. How you fuel your body is key! This program teaches you how to jumpstart your metabolism in order to burn fat by eating a clean and balanced diet. You will not be cutting out any foods groups. If you love carbs you can eat them. 

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HIP Granola | Low Sugar Low Calorie

Part of our hip60 program is to give challengers clean and healthy alternatives for some of their favorite things. Every challenge we've been asked about Granola. We've yet to find a clean version that isn't loaded with sugar so we decided to make our own (well actually Christine's mom did - thanks Mom!) We have to say Angela nailed this one with only 3-4 grams for 1/4 cup and 111 calories!

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Top 3 Tips for Staying on Track all Summer Long!

1. Hydrate! The more water you drink the better. It helps with weight loss by flushing out the toxins and keeps you feeling full. Water makes your skin look great and your belly flatter. It regulates your body temperature, minimizes cellulite and fuels your muscles allowing you to exercise more efficiently. Water plays a huge role in the metabolic breakdown of proteins & carbohydrates as it stimulates enzymes that burn fat. Flat water, sparkling water, lemon water or chlorophyll water (one of our favorites right now). We aim to get at least 75 oz. of water each day. Just keep sipping it throughout the day and feel the difference.
2. 10,000 steps a day or more! They say this is the magic number and we believe it. We've tracked our steps and the days we hit this number are the days we feel our best. The key is don't be lazy. If you can walk somewhere, do it. Park at the end of a parking lot, take the stairs... anywhere you can get in extra steps makes a difference. The more active you are each day the easier it is to maintain your weight and even lose weight. Go on an early morning walk or better yet after dinner walk with the family. Buy a step tracker this summer and see what you're clocking in each day.
3. Eat real food & eliminate as much sugar as you can! Yes we talk about this a lot but it is all about your diet and sugar is one of the worst things you can put in your body. How you fuel your body is essential to seeing the results of your workouts. This summer we challenge you to start looking at the ingredient list in everything you buy. If it has sugar in it don't buy it. If you can't pronounce something or don't know what it is you probably shouldn't be eating it. This is key to long term weight loss, increased energy and your overall health. Eat your carbs, your grains, nuts, cheese, fruits, protein, fats.... eat it all as long as you know exactly what is in it. From experience, we can both tell you the cleaner your diet, the better you feel and the better you look. Your energy will increase like crazy, skin will look better, you'll be less stressed and you will FEEL BETTER! Need a little inspiration? Follow our Instagram and Pinterest page to see what we are buying and making this summer to stay clean!

Connecting With Your Best Self | Workshop Series

iStock_000021543224MediumWe are so excited to announce our upcoming 4-week workshop series, "Connecting With Your Best Self", starting Monday, May 11th, from 7:15-8:45pm.  We feel fortunate to have met instructor Michelle LeMay, whose mission in life is to "inspire people towards healthier, happier, more creative and passionate living," and who will be guiding us along this journey. At HIP Studio, we strive to truly make a difference in the lives of all our clients.  We have created our HIP nutritional challenges to educate people about clean eating and fit living and have a library of online workouts for when you can't make it to the studio at HIPTV. We are constantly talking about being our Best Selves and now we have a workshop series to give you the tools to truly learn how to live your Best LIfe through education, inspiration, meditation and movement!

Are you looking to create a more joyful and fulfilling lifestyle? Would you like to feel good in your body and be able to move freely forever? Would you like to learn how to break free of stress, rise above negativity and shift into a more positive higher vibrational reality with ease and grace? If your answer is yes to any one of these questions … you’re in the right place.

Connecting with your Best Self is a personal empowerment workshop series designed to balance, harmonize and energize your mind, body and soul, connect you to your inner power and reignite your passion for life! Learn simple tools that de-stress your being, reverse aging and inspire optimal health, clarity and creativity! Each workshop consists of education, inspiration, movement and meditation. Bring your notebook, dress in comfortable clothes that you can move in with layers to stay warm during meditations.

Sign up in the HIP Store under Workshops .

DAY | TIME: Monday's (5/11 - 6/8) from 7:15pm-8:45pm

INSTRUCTOR: Michelle LeMay

Price: $45 per workshop  | $170 4-week series


Are you genuinely happy and enjoying life? Do you feel good, peaceful and centered? Or is your life so busy, you’re just trying to get thru your to-do list everyday? You have everything you need within you to live a joyful, creative and fulfilling life. Learn how to TAP IN to your heart and connect with the unlimited resources within you to profoundly and positively affect your everyday life!


What are the dominant thoughts ruminating through your mind? Do regrets from the past or worries about the future occupy space in your brain? Your attention is very valuable ~ every moment your thoughts and words are creating your future reality. You can choose to use language that powerfully moves you forward or language that keeps you stuck. In this workshop we will work on clearing the clutter, the thoughts and words that do not serve our highest good, and replace them with choices that will move you in the right direction.


Do you have plenty of energy to do the things you love to do without drinking your nonfat caramel latte? There are over 72,000 Nadis, energy channels, in your body and when your life force energy is flowing freely you are charged and ready to engage in life fully! Are you encouraging or restricting the flow of energy thru your being? In this workshop you will learn how to keep your energetic channels open and bring in more life force energy to invigorate your being naturally.


When was the last time you checked in with yourself to discover your dharma? Are your thoughts, words and actions in line with your purpose ? You are the creator of your reality. In this workshop, we dive deep inside the reservoirs in your body and awaken your dharma. Then we work on strengthening your intentions and channeling your energy in the right direction so you’re living your life in alignment with your purpose.

hip90 2015 | Finding Your Best Self

This year we had 25 challengers finish our hip90 program with amazing transformations! Physically the results are visible and not only do these challengers look their best they FEEL their best! Energy is up, attitudes have changed and everyone feels happier, stronger and excited about this new ‘lifestyle’ they have found. It’s not a diet. It's not about deprivation. It’s about making better choices each day that eventually become healthy habit. How you fuel your body is everything. Food is a drug; it either makes you feel good or it makes you sick. Our energy, our attitudes and our health are all affected by what we put in our bodies.

This program will teach you what clean eating is about and what foods to eat to keep your energy up all day. You will eat real food, you will not cut out food group and we help you stay accountable each week.

By eating clean you will start to drop body fat and build lean muscle. If you’re ready for a change we’re starting our hip60 program Monday, May 4th. This will take you right up to the 4th of July weekend. To sign up click here and go to the products tab in the online store. Once you sign up we will send you your hip60 manual and you’ll schedule your first appointment with us.

We’re so proud and excited for these latest challengers we had to share their amazing transformation and some of our favorite quotes:

IMG_4987My attitude has changed so much. I am such a happier person which is incredible b/c I was a pretty happy person to begin with.  

Being my healthiest self gives me so much energy and excitement.  It truly has been remarkable how much it affects my overall mood! 

The plan really works - it’s not a diet but a lifestyle for sure.

On losing her baby weight;  I couldn't IMG_7701have done it that quickly without committing to the challenge,especially the clean eating. I think the biggest success for me was being able to fit comfortably back into my work suits and how the eating portion continues to be a sustainable lifestyle change.

I feel great and I'm really proud of myself for sticking to the 90 days. I had some doubts at the beginning, because it seemed like a very long time. After doing this challenge I know IMG_4049I can continue with a clean eating lifestyle and when I do have moments of weakness, I can return to the plan.

On where she sees the biggest change: My energy, attitude, my body, mental and physical strength, reduction in neck and back pain, my happiness, and my self worth. 

Since the challenge has ended, I catch myself counting points. I have learned so much about clean eating and will continue to carry on my new IMG_5001  image3way of life. All of my favorite HIP recipes will stay up on the fridge ;)

My arms are tighter, my thighs are tighter and my cellulite is way less!! My all day long energy is way up and I feel my former athlete self starting to come back to life.

My biggest challenge was probably resisting temptation, whether it was lunches and dinners out with friends, happy hour, or treats sitting around at work. It’s easy to start justifying an IMG_5009extra drink or something to unhealthy to satisfy a craving. Luckily keeping track of points each day helped keep me accountable. I hate having to enter in a deduction!

I feel amazing! This year I really committed to sticking with the challenge I think it paid off! I feel like I’ve made positive lifestyle changes that I can easily stick with. In the beginning it definitely seems daunting, but once clean eating becomes a habit it’s hard to remember why you didn’t do it in the first place!

Definitely keeping my energy up while traveling. I used to feel wiped out at the end of a trip. Now I actually have energy! Cutting down on the sugar, caffeine and alcohol and watching what I ate really made a difference. Plus getting in, even a small work out, every day really kept me track.

I feel much better mentally and physically than I did in Jan.





HIP90 Challenge

Image-1 We're doing it again! 90 Days of Clean Eating and Fit Living! Start 2015 off right with our hip90 Challenge, beginning Monday, January 12th. This is your ultimate nutrition and fitness plan that will have you feeling amazing and confident.

THIS IS NOT A DIET! You will NOT be cutting out food groups, restricting your calorie intake or working out 3 hours a day. This is a realistic plan that will fit anyone’s lifestyle that will give you real results that will last all year long. And yes, you can a have wine! We show you how to eat clean, teach you the most effective ways to workout and you have unlimited access to us for any questions & guidance.
What the Challenge includes:
- UPDATED hip90 Manual: This 30 page manual details what to eat, when to eat & what not to eat, Meal Plan & Recipes, Grocery List, Our favorite foods to buy, Tips for eating ou
- New Recipes for breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Snack Idea
- Our favorite clean restaurants and what to order when eating out in the Southbay
- Initial measurements and pictures taken throughout the 30 days so you can see your progress
- Point trackerWeekly challenges sent every Sunday & check-ins to keep you motivated
- Journal
- Workout Videos exclusive to Challengers!


Be accountable and see results!


HIP Client of the Month: Amy H.

madewithOver One of the things we love most about our job is meeting amazing people like Amy.  Her story is inspiring and we are so happy she has joined our HIP Family!

Amy took her first class on July 15, 2014, and committed to the HIP60 Challenge in September.  She is now 5 months stronger, 38 pounds lighter and has a new outlook on life!

After walking into the doctors and stepping on the scale, I couldn't believe what I had let happen. Life had gotten a little hectic. Within the past two years, I lost my dad of a heart attack at the age of 57 and then I lost my grandfather (his dad) a year later. With such high health risk factors in my family, I decided I wanted to get back to healthy and take care of me.

Amy made a decision to get healthy and started researching local fitness studios and gyms. One of her biggest concerns was that instructors and other clients would be judgmental as she didn't quite fit the look of what she presumed was the “typical studio body”.  We are delighted to say that when she walked through our doors she was happily mistaken with how she was received.

The instructors listened to my goals and never once judged me. They helped me work around my back/neck issues. Other clients were quick to help me figure out the equipment or say hi. There were no cold shoulders! The owners were so encouraging of me when I first started and helped make me feel so welcomed and accepted. I knew after the first few classes that this was the place to help me accomplish my fitness goals. The music is upbeat and fun. The studio is clean and most importantly the workouts are challenging. This combination of supportive instructors and great workouts makes HIP Studio the place for me. I look forward to continued success there! 

When we opened our doors almost four years ago, we dreamed of creating a space that would be an all-inclusive, supportive community of like-minded people striving to become their best, most healthy selves! We are so happy that when Amy decided to give our studio a try, that was what she experienced and she made a commitment to transform her life.

The biggest change has been the 38 pounds I got rid of since starting at HIP on July 15th. I don't like to say losing weight because losing implies I didn't want it to go, while in fact I am happy to see it gone. I actively chose to get rid of the weight! My first class I couldn't hold a plank without using my knees, putting my feet in the TRX seemed like impossibility, and I thought the reformer was going to break me. But now, I am 5 months stronger and can hold a plank for a minute, put my feet in the TRX, and use the reformer with a little more confidence now. Being a former student athlete and involved in dance, my body was very happy to be start returning to its former self. My 5 months is just the beginning. I still have a long road to go, but I have a clear path ahead of me.

Since making this recent commitment to her health, Amy hasn’t let up.  She has an attitude that inspires those around her, and is a joy to have at the studio.  Amy gives 110% each class and truly leads by example. She is dedicated, consistent and accountable, and we are happy to have her as our HIP Client of the Month.

We recently asked her a few questions about how she stays committed and what motivates her.

It is not so much a 'what' as a 'why' that I am motivated.  I finally made the decision that I don't just want to look better, but I want to feel betterI set reasonable goals and stick to them. I hold myself accountable because excuses get me nowhere. Whether I am tired or a little sore, I am not going to get stronger if I take a workout off. Of course, a day of rest each week is important to help the muscles and I do take one each week. It is just like I tell my students who can't do something the first time- I let them know that the struggle is good; it is that which helps us grow as a person. Setting goals has been crucial in making progress. I weigh in at home every Monday to see how I am doing. I am not looking for a magic number on the scale; rather, I have given myself a year long goal to account for the times when I might slip up with food or a missed work out.

What is a typical day like, and how do you maintain a successful work/life balance? 

A typical day is getting up early to get in a good breakfast, then it's off to teaching young minds in the 4th grade. After work it's a workout, dinner, then grading papers and lesson planning for the next day. Finally, I get a good night's rest and I'm up to do it all over again!

What is your weekly workout schedule?

I work out 5-6 days a week. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and most Saturdays, I take Bag of Tricks while I do Pilates on Wednesday and then I take a ballet class in the evening. If I'm not able to make a class with work, I usually try and take a run on the Hermosa Valley Greenbelt in Hermosa or around my own neighborhood.  

What is your favorite class? 

My favorite class is Bag of Tricks. I have tried most of the classes with many of the instructors, but I love how much you can push yourself both in cardio and strength in Bag of Tricks. As I am losing weight through the cardio and building up my strength, my goal is to become more comfortable taking more Pilates classes.  

Any diet nutrition tips to share that have worked the best for you?

Less sugar equals less inflammation and less fat. Out of everything from the HIP60 Challenge that I took part in, this was the most beneficial fact I learned from the literature I had to read. I am very aware now of the amount of sugar I consume and what that translates to!

What is your favorite 'healthy' go to weekday meal?

I enjoy a good piece of baked salmon, green beans, and Spanish rice.

We sincerely appreciate Amy sharing her story with us and allowing us to take part in her journey of becoming her best, most healthy self!