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Meet Hilary Opheim

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hilary Opheim.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started teaching Pilates almost 30 years ago after finding it due to an injury teaching fitness classes. I opened up my own studio in January of 2005 in Houston, Texas where I was born and raised. I then started my own Teacher Training school to share this passion and teach those that wanted to become teachers in a positive and community/apprentice style environment.

I moved to Los Angeles and actually drove in with all my Pilates apparatus in a U-haul on Dec. 31, 2019.

I opened up my studio here in the Santa Monica/Brentwood area on January 6, 2020. I have always felt that LA was my “soul” home and when my husband got the opportunity to work on the West Coast, we just closed our eyes and did it!

It has been a journey of a lot of unexpected things, pandemic to be specific but, being in LA and having my studio and school here has been beyond what I could have imagined. The love of Pilates here is so wonderful and sharing this work with others is what I truly love doing.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road had a huge bump and struggled when the pandemic hit. I will admit that I had moments of pure panic and wondering if after owning my studio for almost 15 years, this was the end. I absolutely refused to go that path so, I just kept working on giving the clients and teacher training students everything I had and looking to the future. Owning a studio for years and years always has its struggles but, I know that after making it through 2020 any bumps that come along, just stay focused, do what I do best and stay on the path.

I know for many studios we had to shift to virtual very quickly and I have realized as things have opened up that this has actually become a true gift! It has given more options to those in my Teacher Training program to do virtual even when not in LA and my clients can do their sessions when traveling or if they can’t get into studio for some reason!

I also have group classes on virtual as I keep the studio just private sessions.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I teach Traditional Pilates, which is Pilates as Joseph Pilates created it. I specialize in private, one on one sessions to give each client the focus, challenge and work that is geared to where they are in life, that day and movement needed to keep them functioning and active to the life they want outside the studio. I am known for my positive and supportive teaching style. No one is bad, a beginner or doing things wrong. We explore together and see what we can accomplish goal and movement, working at the pace and level of each individual client.

I am most proud of the trust and work that my clients do and have. I love watching them realize they can do things they didn’t think they could or ever would again. I am also proud of my Teacher Training and Mentorship Programs as I love watching the confidence and passion grow in the students just as it does in the client’s practice.

I think what sets me apart from others is how I look at the client and the session each time they come into the studio. I truly want to see where we are that day and how to give, take and guide the client for that hour. I want them to feel like they worked, learned something about their movement and body and that they feel better thats when they arrived.

What does success mean to you?
Success for me is seeing that client smile, that lightbulb moment of realizing what they accomplished. Hearing them say how they feel more connected, they are in less or no more pain, it is all about giving them some power to do that for themselves and guiding them around each session.


  • $125 per session
  • $460 for package of 4
  • $880 package of 8

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All photos by Hilary Opheim, Scott Opheim, Dana Harris

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