Instructor Spotlight – Colleen Gray

We are so excited to welcome Colleen Gray to our studio! 

Back in 2005, a hip injury left Colleen with limited mobility and a lot of pain. After trying different methods to try and fix it, a friend told her about Pilates. Pilates worked where everything else failed, and she’s been passionate about it ever since. 

After training for two years with a master trainer, Colleen decided on a new career path. She enrolled in the STOTT instructor program and got certified in Reformer Pilates. Since then, she was also formally trained in Chair, Cadillac, Barrel, Advanced Reformer, and Mat. She is also dually Barre certified. 

Colleen continues to take workshops and classes to keep herself informed and up to date. Her classes run from restorative, to traditional, to contemporary. You’ll walk away feeling challenged and balanced. Make sure to jump into one of Colleen’s many Pilates Reformer classes from 6:30 am to 11:30 am on Wednesday mornings! 

Join Colleen in her next class at ABC FIT STUDIO!

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Fun Facts About Colleen:

Colleen worked for Olivia Newton-John as VP of Corporate Stores back in the ’80s when she owned a company called Koala Blue.


After being friends in high school, she reconnected with her husband at their 10-year reunion and got married 6 months later.


She’s trained in the Pilates Suspension Method which incorporates TRX into Mat Pilates.


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Instructor Spotlight – Jodi Mann

Meet one of our newest Pilates Reformer instructors, Jodi! 

Jodi is a certified Pilates instructor for both reformer, mat, and specialty equipment.  She is also TRX certified. 

Jodi has a passion for fitness and wellness that came later in life after having her son and working to heal her own auto-immune issues — which led her to rediscover Pilates and fall in love with teaching. Upbeat and positive, she brings fun and a whole lot of joyful reinforcement to the mind-body exercises that Pilates encompasses. When she’s not teaching reformer classes or private instruction, you can find her on the hiking trails, at the beach, or watching her son bowl. 

Jodi teaches Pilates Reformer on Mondays at 6:00 am and Thursdays at 5:00 pm & 6:00 pm. Make sure to fit one of her classes into your schedule!

Join Jodi in her next class at ABC FIT STUDIO!

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Fun Fact About Jodi:

Jodi is an IMSA race fan attending the Rolex 24 hour race for the last 3 years and ran the Daytona track in January with her fastest 5K time of 28:14


After a torn ACL sidelined her skiing 10 years ago, she conquered her fears and got back on the slopes this past year


Jodi grew up in Minnesota and loves to fish off her sister’s dock whenever she gets the chance to visit.


Looking to try something new and to belong to something spectacular? We have just what you need! Our space, instructors, and clientele are second to none! Come witness the benefits of Pilates and yoga and watch your body (and your confidence!) transform!

Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theabcfitstudio or give us a call at 949.305.3310 to get started!

Instructor Spotlight – Megan Quigley

I was first introduced to the Pilates Method while job searching during relocation from Toronto, Canada, to Los Angeles.  Having worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer since completing the Fitness Specialist Certification Program at Orange Coast College; my passion for fitness and a search for a new challenge made me a natural candidate for the Pilates Teacher Training Program.

I am trained in the Classical Pilates Method and even got to study under world-renowned master teachers Ron Fletcher, Kathy Corey, and Rael Isacowitz. Inspire by the energy and enthusiasm of my teachers as well as the positive changes in my own body, I have since been sharing my love of Pilates.  I strive to give my clients efficient and effective workouts, with a focus on correct form and technique. I especially love the challenge of teaching clients from all fitness levels, beginners through advanced practitioners. I am passionate about sharing the positive benefits of Pilates including better posture, flexibility, and strength to handle the daily stresses of life!  I continue to grow as an instructor by attending workshops and classes from many leaders in the industry.

A few fun facts about Megan

Countries lived in:

England, USA, Canada


First concert:


Favorite movie:

White Christmas 

Favorite Pose:

The Teaser

Her Client Spotlight

Megan chose Jim Hurst as her spotlight client because is so consistent and always smiling with a great attitude. He is such a pleasure to have in class and brings joy and good energy into the studio.

Favorite Recipe: Whole30 Zuppa Toscana

A rich, creamy, filling Zuppa Toscana that’s healthy and Whole30. With tender potatoes, kale, easy homemade Italian sausage, and bacon, this Whole30 soup recipe is loaded with flavor and the perfect one-pot meal.


  • 4 slices Whole30-compliant bacon cut into about 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 pound Italian sausage made from below recipe or storebought
  • 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 medium yellow potatoes about 1 pound 3 ounces, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced, about 4 cloves
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 bunch kale stems removed and leaves chopped, 4 cups
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Homemade Whole30 Italian Sausage

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel seed optional
  • pinch dried oregano
  • pinch dried thyme


  1. If making Italian sausage: combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Alternately, combine all ingredients in the saucepan and stir well when browning.
  2. In a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed medium pot over medium heat, add Italian sausage and sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes over. Use a spoon to break up the pieces. When browned and cooked through, drain and set aside.
  3. Cook the bacon pieces in the same Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp, about 5-10 minutes. Remove the crisp bacon and set aside – don’t get rid of the bacon fat! Stir in the onions and garlic; cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Pour the chicken broth into the Dutch oven with the onions and garlic, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes, and boil until fork-tender, about 10-20 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the coconut milk and the cooked sausage; heat through. Add the bacon and the kale into the soup just before serving and cook ’til the kale is bright green and softened. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Instructor Spotlight – Linda Kargel

Linda Kargel has been teaching Zumba for over a year but has been in love with it for over 9 years. She was a dance major with a music minor at the University of California Fullerton.  Linda has also taught dance for over 10 years.  Dance is a huge part of her life and she loves to share the happiness that it brings to all. 

A few fun facts about Linda

She worked at Disneyland for 5 years.  She actually didn’t dance there, she scooped ice cream and served hamburgers.  Also, she is a huge New Kids on The Block fan and I will never miss a concert.  She waited 27 years but finally met Donnie Wahlberg.  That was number 1 on her bucket list!

Her Client Spotlight

Linda has picked her entire class as her client spotlight. “They are all amazing and I would not be
able to pick out just one student.”

Favorite Recipe: Mini Taco Cups

How to Make It


cooking spray
3 spray(s)
canned diced tomatoes
15 oz
WW Reduced-fat shredded
Mexican style blend cheese
½ cup(s)
canned black beans
15 oz, rinsed and drained
uncooked onion(s)
1 small, chopped
frozen corn kernels
¾ cup(s), thawed
sweet red pepper(s)
1 small, finely chopped
2 Tbsp, chopped
reduced-sodium taco seasoning
2 Tbsp
flour tortilla(s)
8 medium
table salt
½ tsp
uncooked 99% fat-free ground turkey breast
1 pound(s)
canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 tsp, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat one side of tortillas with cooking spray; gently pleat and place 1 tortilla, sprayed side down, in each of 8 large muffin cups. Bake until crisp, 12–15 minutes; remove and let cool.

  2. Meanwhile, coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray; set over medium-high heat. Add turkey, onion, and pepper; cook, breaking up turkey until turkey is cooked through and onions are soft and translucent about 8 minutes.

  3. Add taco seasoning, salt, and chipotle; stir to combine. Add tomatoes, beans, and corn; heat through. Spoon about 3/4 cup filling into each tortilla cup; sprinkle with cheese and cilantro and serve.

  4. Serving size: 1 taco cup

Instructor Spotlight – Mary Charlotte Nelson

I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and moved to the United States in 1982 when I married my husband, Greg. I was a travel agent at the time and worked at a travel agency in Santa Monica servicing corporate business travelers.

I first became involved with Pilates in 2009 after physical therapy for a herniated disc and worked to strengthen my core. After many years of working in office environments, I decided to become a Pilates Instructor because I enjoyed Pilates so much. I was certified in June 2014.

My husband and I love to travel and learn about other cultures. In many instances, it can make you very appreciative of the life we enjoy here in the United States. I am a private pilot, and when I get the rare chance these days, I love to go to the airport and take a spin in a Cessna 150.

Favorite Recipe: Raspberry – Chia Jam

Hands-On Time – 15 Mins

Total Time – 1 Hour

Yield – About 2 cups

It might not feel like you’re spooning sugar directly onto your morning toast, but it’s all too often the case with a standard, store-bought jam, or worse, high-fructose corn syrup. In this healthier, homemade version, fresh raspberries are allowed to shine, with just a tablespoon of honey in the entire batch. Lemon juice brightens the flavor, while chia seeds not only make the jam gelatinous, they add deliciously texture to play off the raspberry seeds. If strawberry is more your jam (get it?), go for it. A couple of ideas for this jewel-toned spread: Slather it on sourdough with peanut butter for a grown-up PB&J (finish with flaky sea salt) or layer with yogurt and granola for an easy parfait.

How to Make It


  • 1 pound fresh raspberries
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

Step 1

Place raspberries, 1⁄4 cup water, and salt in a medium pot. Cover and bring to
a simmer over medium-high. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until
raspberries begin to burst, about 5 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook,
stirring often and mashing gently, until mixture thickens 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in chia seeds, honey, and lemon juice. Let cool

Step 2

Transfer to a container with a lid and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
(Jam will continue to thicken as it chills.)

Looking to try something new and to belong to something spectacular? We have just what you need! Our space, instructors, and clientele are second to none! Come witness the benefits of pilates and yoga and watch your body (and your confidence!) transform!

Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theabcfitstudio 
or give us a call at 949.305.3310 to get started!


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I joined ABC looking for a yoga studio but found pilates was more of my speed. This is not just a place to exercise but an environment where friends come together to get fit, healthy, and happy.
I love the instructors who take good care of everyone. I always get the best encouragement possible! I also like the small class sizes for anything from yoga and pilates to Zumba and TRX.
Thanks, ABC Fitness Studio, for making being healthy fun!
— Candice D.
When my wife convinced me to try ABC Fitness, little did I know it would become an almost daily fixture in my life.
I enjoy multiple classes weekly and each is very special in approach to strength, balance, core, flexibility, and overall fitness. Feeling better and stronger physically leads to more enjoyment in all activities.
I feel stronger and fitter and look forward to continuing to rely on ABC Fitness as an integral part of my life.
— John T.
I’ve been doing pilates for almost 3 years now, and I feel stronger and have improved functionally in my daily activities
I was recommended by my physical therapist when I was a patient with many joint problems. My PT thought Pilates would help me, and it did!
I feel stronger, and have a better tone, range of motion, and a stronger core. I can get up from a low sofa with less effort now as my core plus legs are stronger; I owe all these improvements to Pilates. My teacher is patient and kind, always helpful — thank you!
— Surinder B.
ABC has a great variety of group classes, which allows me to take multiple classes and challenge my body in different ways. It keeps the workouts fun and interesting. It helps me reduce stress and keeps me strong!
— Natalie M.
I certainly enjoyed the Pilates session with Charlotte — it provides some pain relief, increased flexibility, and makes me want to be more active.
— Joni
I have been with ABC for about 7 years, and its biggest benefit has to be no more lower back pain and much more flexibility. Love it here!
— Mike P.
I love ABC Fitness!!! Over the years, I’ve worked out at many places, but this is the first one I absolutely love — so much so that I usually come 7 days a week! What is so special are the small classes that mean lots of individual attention, the extraordinarily knowledgeable instructors, and the nice variety of classes. It has been a huge benefit to my well-being.
— Linda T.
My balance has definitely improved, and I feel stronger. The ABC classes are wonderful! Zumba has always been a joy. Great to dance, dance, dance!
— Brenda
ABC has helped me heal from knee surgery. The classes and teachers are amazing! It is a very welcoming and friendly studio.
— Helene C.



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