Instructors

Rachael Hrisca – Core, Ride, Strength, Row & Flow

Rachael is the owner of Studio 5 Pilates & Yoga which opened October 2009.  She began studying Pilates at the age of 12 in the Orange County area. A dedicated dancer her whole life, she moved to Boston at the age of 17 to study and dance with Boston Ballet. While with the Company, she studied Pilates and Ballecore, which is a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates matwork. After dancing with Boston Ballet for four years, Rachael became a New England Patriot’s Cheerleader. During her time with the Patriot’s organization she had the opportunity to perform with Ozzy Osbourne, Carlos Santana, Green Day, Michelle Branch and Trisha Yearwood. She also had the privilege of traveling to visit troops and perform USO shows.

While living in Boston, she started studying Stott Pilates under P.J. O’Clair, one of Stott’s founding teachers. Under P.J.’s direction, Rachael began to obtain certification in Pilates matwork, reformer, cadillac, chair, barrel, injuries and special populations, and pre and post natal. During her certification process, she studied anatomy and put in many intense hours of observation and practical teaching under the guidance of the Stott staff.

After years of dancing and choreographing professionally, Rachael developed her own unique style of barre class. Pulling from all of her years of intense dance training and Pilates conditioning, her workout is a true fusion of both principles. She is also certified in TRX and focuses on continual education to bring new and fresh teaching techniques to the studio.

Rachael has worked with many dancers and athletes while teaching Pilates and enjoys incorporating her dance and athletic background into her teaching method. She is honored to own a business in Ladera Ranch where she lives with her husband, Ryan, and son, Easton.  She loves the community and her loyal clientele.

Bridget Zoller – Core, Ride & Strength

With over 15 years of dance and cheerleading experience, Bridget followed her natural sense of precision as a coach and then discovered the wonders of Pilates.  Her career as a cheerleader, dancer and coach fostered Bridget’s keen sense of movement which helps in guiding her clients through a satisfying physical experience.  Bridget feels at home leading a class and she continues to push the boundaries with her exciting and innovative teaching styles.

Bridget was first exposed to the Pilates Method 5 years ago.  She studied under the Stott method and trained for her teacher’s certification 1 year ago, which provided her with a strong base in anatomy, as well as the tools for teaching a variety of populations.  Bridget also teaches Barre style classes which incorporate Pilates, Yoga and basic Ballet techniques.  Her passion for Pilates has pushed her to pursue a Yoga teaching certificate with an emphasis on pre and post natal techniques.  She also has a degree in psychology from Cal State Long Beach.

Gillian Martin – Core & Ride

Gillian Martin

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