LIZA BORJA, Owner and Founder of Pilates Encore since 2005
Liza, the Mind Body Maven, started out with a career in family law and was passionate about empowering women and children as an advocate against domestic violence. Her career took a dramatic turn after she was hit by a big rig while driving to court. She found solace in Pilates as it became her only relief from months of constant pain and frustration. Pilates eventually became more than just a physical exercise to strengthen and mitigate pain; Liza discovered that the Pilates approach was an empowering tool to ultimate balance and well-being.
She was first certified in Power Pilates, a more classical style of teaching, and continued to grow learning various styles of the work. Liza is the first and only California Pilates instructor certified from NY’s Pilates on Fifth in Cardiolates, a true cardio-Pilates workout that combines the alignment principles of Pilates with the fat burning benefits of cardio for weight loss. A constant student, Liza takes weekly lessons from BASI International, which presents a more contemporary approach to Pilates. She is also a certified Hypnotherapist by the National Guild of Hypnotherapists, and includes Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and visualization in her training.
With this innovative and holistic approach to fitness and wellness, Liza combines her extensive Pilates background with EFT, alternative healing and Hypnosis to develop a contemporary method of training, bringing out the best in her students physically, mentally and spiritually.
CAROL JUE, Pilates Instructor
Carol Jue is a winning college basketball coach and remarkable Pilates instructor with over 15 years training from various master teachers. She created Cross Training and Flexibility through Pilates and also teaches Self Defense for Women at Chapman University. Her ambition is to inspire and motivate people to reach their individual goals. Carol believes in healing the body through Pilates core training and aims to help people find greater body awareness while providing a challenging workout at any fitness level.
Lisa Copple, Pilates Instructor
Lisa Copple has 8 years in experience as a pilates student. What began as a pastime, quickly evolved into a passion she has carried with her through her high school and college years. Lisa is a graduate of Chapman University where she studied Screenwriting and Women’s Studies. Shortly after, she enrolled in the Pilates Certification program at Fullerton College. Lisa and sees teaching pilates as the perfect compliment to writing because storytelling transcends written and spoken word. Stories are evident in our physical movement and personal growth. Her love for pilates stems from it’s ability to teach mindfulness and body awareness, skills that can bring empowerment to all aspects of a clients life no matter where they are in their journey.
SHADOW, Director of First Impressions, Motivational Coach, Stress Relief Therapist
Shadow is dedicated to helping clients reduce stress while working his charm to put a smile on your face. His goal is to inspire and motivate people to move, bringing his enthusiastic yet gentle energy to all who visit the studio . Studies have shown that having a therapist like Shadow around can lower blood pressure, improve people’s psychological well-being and self-esteem. Shadow has been described as sweet, attentive and compassionate. He is always working to encourage and challenge clients with a sensitivity to each individual. Although Shadow was born with a gift to lift spirits, his experience comes from years of providing comfort and joy to many.