Instructor Spotlight – Mary Charlotte Nelson

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.)

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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 Fit Studio, for making being healthy fun!
— Candice D.
When my wife convinced me to try ABC Fit, 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 Fit 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 Fit!!! 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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