Dec 29, 2018
Meet Kelly O’ Haney Blackburn, co-owner of Studio 66 Pilates. She was born and raised in Glendora, California. Kelly has spent the last 30 years teaching middle school students in the Azusa Unified School District. She has a BA in political science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a strong emphasis on physical education and an MA in education from Claremont Graduate University.
Living both in the world of education and sports, Kelly found it a natural transition to purchase and create a studio that consistently puts the client first, makes everyone feel welcome regardless of their level of fitness, and gives back to the community.
Kelly is a certified Pilates instructor. She gained her certification through the Sheppard Teacher Training Program after completing over 400 required hours. The program was based on the methods of exercise developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Kelly is also a certified TRX instructor.
After years of playing soccer and other sports and competing in triathlons, 10Ks, and the LA marathon, Kelly found her body craving a more healing exercise regimen. When she was introduced to Pilates, she quickly realized the relief it brought her. This was the beginning of her Pilates journey. She can now be found combining her sports background with her Pilates training to enhance the lives of others and bring healing movement and ease to her clients of all walks of life.
The dragonfly, considered to be a spiritual creature that is connected to light and change, represents the adaptability and transformation you will see once you have become a member of our community. Our desire is that this symbol reminds our clients of these qualities in themselves. Perhaps you are in need of more lightness and joy in your life. Make change and transformation a part of your life as you join us at Studio 66 Pilates. We strive to create a place of harmony and balance in our studio, and our blue heart symbol is a reminder of that goal.
Brenda Prokop, co-owner of Studio 66 Pilates, graduated with a BS in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science and dance from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Currently, she is working on another degree from the Laguna College of Art + Design in fine art with an emphasis on the human figure. From a young age, Brenda has always had a fascination with the potential and beauty of the human body on a physical and artistic level.
Brenda's love of Pilates began while studying dance when her ballet teacher first introduced her to the method. Afterward, Brenda continued her study of Pilates, receiving her first teacher training from the Ron Fletcher Studio and her second from Mt. San Antonio College.
Brenda's experience has overlapped into many areas of fitness, dance, education, and physical therapy. She has taught dance, dance exercise, weight and strength training, alignment/posture, yoga, and Pilates classes at studios, health clubs, college, and in the home. Currently, Brenda teaches group Pilates and yoga classes, trains clients on an individual basis, and researches women's weight loss resistance issues. An avid lifelong learner, Brenda loves and tries to keep up with all the wonderful developments in the fitness and health world! Believing that we all have a unique ability to change ourselves through healthier choices and lifestyles, Brenda is excited by the potential of transformation and hopes to inspire and help people in their journeys.
Bella was introduced to Pilates in 2017. Since then, she has taken courses at Mt. San Antonio College, and acquired the Mat and Reformer Certificate in June 2019, which included 18 months of hands-on instruction from a certified instructor, with over 15 years of experience. During the certification process, Bella taught 20 hours, observed sessions for 40 hours, and self-integrated for over 100 hours. Bella also taught group classes and private lessons during the certification process.
From her experience as a preschool teacher, preschool family advocate, and on-site preschool translator, Bella has always enjoyed connecting with and educating people. Bella offers individualized experiences, focusing on the clients' unique needs and goals. Bella is bilingual, and is able to provide instructions in both English and Korean.
Bella is passionate about helping clients move and strengthen their bodies from the inside out, with a special emphasis on correct alignment. Bella's dedication to physical health, her strong energy, and a genuine love for helping people achieve their full potential, provide her clients with a custom, effective experience. She believes that strengthening the body and mind have a direct impact on one’s overall happiness.
In her free time, Bella enjoys cooking and doing outdoor activities with her family.
Edgar's fitness and health journey has been a long and fulfilling process.
After 7 years of training his mind and body, he found a true passion in
fitness. It was then that he made it his goal to help others with their
own journey to a healthy lifestyle. 13 years later and he is 75 pounds
lighter, and a First Degree black belt, kickboxing instructor, and private
trainer with TRX and POUND certification. He looks forward to meeting you
and supporting you along your personal journey, to a healthy, happy life!
Diana is a wife and a mom of 3 young kids, and a busy professional who is passionate about empowering people to value their health through holistic and active living. She has been involved in health and fitness for the past 17 years, serving as a certified fitness trainer and health educator, Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology at Azusa Pacific University and essential oil educator. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Health, a Master's Degree in Education and has developed a variety of health promotion and prevention programs designed to combat childhood obesity. She loves teaching all kinds of fitness classes, especially cardio kickboxing, strength training workouts, Zumba and fitness for seniors
Tami has been a resident of Glendora since 1998 and has immersed herself in the raising of her children and community service. She is the Founder of both The MOMS Club of Glendora East & Home School Families of So Cal. Tami is also a practicing Sous Chef in Duarte.
Tami is well versed on all Pilates apparatus and is available for private training at Studio 66 Pilates. She is well versed in modifications for RA, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis and injuries and enjoys helping people feel better through movement. Her favorite and main Pilates focus is on Mat Exercises. She teaches Mat Classes at various venues. Her Mat sessions at Studio 66 Pilates can incorporate the use of Stability Ball, Sponge Ball and resistance bands. Tami's love for Pilates grows from her 140 lb weight loss back in 2011. She immersed herself in Aqua Aerobics, Zumba and Pilates and credits the Pilates for getting her back in shape and back in control of her health. Tami uses her knowledge and experience with her weight to help with nutritional support to those who have had bariatric surgery as well as support for those having weight related issues due to menopause and other life changes.
Tami received her Pilates Teacher Training through POLESTAR PILATES®. She is a member of PMA® (Pilates Method Alliance) and holds Pilates Teacher Certification through both POLESTAR® & PMA®
Tara started doing Pilates in high school when she was 15. She was sick and tired of feeling unhealthy and lethargic every day, so she decided to
completely change her lifestyle. She then swapped soda for water, frozen food
to home-cooked meals, and sweets to fruit. She started working out every
night and slowly watched her body transform in the most beautiful ways over time. Six years later she can honestly say that this was the best decision she had ever made.
Tara has a background in dance that carried on from middle school
to college. Tara learned flexibility and training techniques as well as recovery methods
for sore muscles that she use to this day. Dance has taught her
discipline and that resting is just as important as pushing yourself
to new limits. Finding balance within her body helped her find
balance in her life, and for that she is forever grateful.
Now she uses everything she has learned from this journey to enrich her students lives through the teaching of Pop Pilates .
Toni has always been interested in health and fitness after her second child was born she really focused on getting herself back into shape by eating whole foods and exercise. She fell in love with Piyo immediately and loved how she saw her body transform. She was certified in 2015 through a Beachbody Master Trainer.