"What we teach goes way beyond what you’ll do at a gym or even in the studio. You’ll use these skills in LIFE!​"

Kona Pilates Chino Hills
1400 Carbon Canyon Rd, Ste 102 Chino Hills, CA 91709 US
Phone: 8087561628 Website: http://konapilates.com/
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"We offer custom designed Mind-Body Fitness Personal Training sessions & classes in our tranquil private studio. Discover new and fun ways to reduce stress, be active, fit, and ENJOY a life of health & wellness

(while aging gracefully).

In other words...We change LIVES."

(read our Client Miracle Stories to learn how)

​​FUN Fitness that feels FABulous

Prepare to be nurtured, inspired and invigorated with Kona Pilates' Mind-Body Fitness sessions that will literally change your life.


Join us in our tranquil private studio for an hour or so of bliss, while you take time to focus on YOU.


Breathe. Connect. Lengthen. Unwind. Arch. Curl. Spiral. Evolve. Thrive.

Experience The Kona Pilates & GYROTONICof Chino Hills difference...

​​​Aloha and Welcome   Kona Pilates Chino Hills

We believe...

  • ​Eliminating and reducing stress is a vital part of getting healthy and living a balanced life. At Kona Pilates we see Stress Reduction as the most essential feature of our Mind-Body Fitness studio offerings.
  • Today there are more reasons (and ways) than ever to get fit and healthy. We believe for a fitness program to be the most effective, your body AND your mind need to be engaged. ALL sessions at Kona Pilates focus on the mind-body connection and provide equal portions of fun, learning, and physical challenge. When you engage your whole being, your mind and your body respond with greater ease and with increased energy levels, better function and improved stamina, allowing you to achieve more in life! 
  • It’s no secret that a regular practice of the Mind-Body Fitness programs of Contemporary STOTT Pilates, The GYROTONIC Method, Bootie Barre, and Chi Kung/Breathwork keep you younger—both in terms of the energy you have and your physical ability to keep doing the things you love. This powerful trifecta of Mind-Body Fitness programs act like a youth serum as your Mind-Body Fitness level affects how youthful you look, the way you move, and your ability to do whatever you want, whenever you want.
  • Personal Training in a one-on-one environment is the fastest way to the results you want. We are a "different breed" of Personal Trainers. Rather than working inside a crowded loud gym, we offer our Mind-Body Fitness sessions in our private tranquil and supportive studio environment where it is easier to focus on you and your needs. We utilize different equipment too, that is designed to "reform the body from the inside out." 
  • Investing in your health is the greatest gift you can give yourself and your loved ones
  • Quality is more important than quantity, both in terms of numbers of students in class to number of repetitions of an exercise. We specialize in Private and Duet instruction along with boutique class sizes so small, it feels like your own personal training hour. You'll never get lost in the masses with us; 
  • The Mind-Body Fitness programs at Kona Pilates are more cost effective while giving you the most for your investment. Our programs fill the gap in health allowing you to get where you want to be quicker, with greater ease on the body, while reducing stress and improving the quality of your life. Every sport, activity, and daily life skill can be improved through our unique combination of modalities and our Mind-Body focus.
  • Education is IMPORTANT: Both of our instructor/owners have thousands of hours of movement arts education and 25+ years of experience across multiple disciplines. Our instructor/owners are both licensed medical massage therapists with extensive training in injury prevention and rehabilitative exercise, making us two of the most educated movement arts professionals in all of Southern California and the world and Laura is a Master Teacher teaching the instructors of tomorrow,
  • You're smart, your exercise should be tooWe teach Intelligent Exercise which yields powerful results. As movement arts educators, we believe in teaching you exactly which muscles you're supposed to be using in each exercise (and which ones should be at rest), and what the goal of each exercise is, so that you'll get the most out of your workouts with us. We are constantly told how differently we teach and how that style helps the exercises & concepts make sense; 
  • Knowledge is power—the more you know about your body, the more you'll feel confident making decisions about your health and take what you learn in the studio out into your life;
  • We've been there: Our owners turned to Contemporary STOTT Pilates and GYROTONIC exercise to rehabilitate injuries themselves (as physical therapy did not). They understand injury and they understand what a body goes through as it ages (gracefully). We are not a studio of "young" instructors,
  • Time is money. We believe in "the honest hour" ~ our lessons are either a full 60 or 75 mins depending on the session type giving you the most value for your money;;
  • Comprehensive studio offerings keep your workouts interesting and fun while helping you achieve your fitness and wellness goals;
  • We offer an exceptional selection of stress reducing Mind-Body Fitness sessions that will rejuvenate your muscles, relax your body and make you feel, and look, years younger;
  • Experience fitness like you’ve never experienced before. Our highly trained instructors will teach you the tricks of the trade in each session so you’ll leave the studio knowing a few new and essential tips to take from the studio and into your life!
  • Services personalized for your unique needs: from fitness and athletic performance enhancement to rehabilitating from injury, from surgery, or an accident (including TBI, stroke, whiplash);
  • Your workout is supposed be enjoyable and something you look forward to doing;
  • Transformation is possible no matter where you are starting and where you desire to go. We don't believe in "never" and neither should you!  Together, we’ll get you where you want to be.

Did you know…Physicians now agree that over 70% of diseases and illnesses are stress related and preventable? 

​​Ready to get started?

We've got you covered.  And yay you!


Since all training at the studio begins with our New Student Intro Lessons, simply book your first lesson and let's get you moving! Together we’ll chart the course for your success.


We look forward to working with you!

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LAURA CRITTENDON OWNER

​​​Kona Pilates & GYROTONIC of Chino Hills...

exclusively offering the finest in Personal Training thru the Mind Body Fitness programs of 

Stott Pilates, GYROTONIC® Exercise & Bootie Barre®, Stress Reducing Chi Kung

Nestled in Scenic, quiet Carbon Canyon, Chino Hills CA ~ Est 2003 with Aloha

​​​​​​Praise for Kona Pilates...

“I wanted to write and say thank you for the amazing massages and Yoga class Laura and Steve did for our guests during our family vacation on the Big Island. The massages were some of the best we’ve ever had. But the Yoga class blew our minds. We had tweens/teens in the class who immediately connected with Laura – they loved it! Our grandparents felt honored and respected and enjoyed the modifications Laura gave them to make Yoga accessible to them. For those of us who do Yoga on a regular basis, Laura blew our minds with how she explained each and every pose. What the pose is supposed to be doing for your body, which muscles we were to use, where we should be feeling it, and most importantly where NOT to feel it. She gave very clear instruction to create the proper feel in the body. I never knew which muscles to use before and this has completely transformed my yoga practice. Our favorite part of the class was watching our “meat-head” husbands doing Yoga for the first time. Watching the beads of sweating pouring off their brow, hearing them groan with the work, and having them love every minute of it was worth every penny. Now our husbands are interested in pursuing more Yoga with us wives.

We later found out that the only reason Laura and Steve had the time to work with us (two days of 8 massages per day plus a 1.5 hour sunset yoga class) was because they were getting ready to move away from Hawaii. If you are lucky enough you live near their new studio. Do not hesitate to work with them. They are both the finest of their craft that we’ve experienced and worth every penny they charge. Be prepared to be amazed.

Thank you both so much. We’re now talking of having our next big family vacation in Southern California so we can book the two of you again. And this time, we’ll book more massages and definitely more Yoga.”

Christine M
Detroit, MI


"I've taken Pilates and GYROTONIC® lessons all over the world (I travel for a living). I have never had the superior level of instruction that I received from Laura before. Her ability to make you feel welcome and comfortable, plus her imagery and cueing helped me embody more in a single session that I have in years of study. If you are lucky enough to have Laura as your regular instructor, you are truly blessed. Laura, how about I pack you in my suitcase and bring you home with me? Thank you so very much."

-- Kate


"Suffering from back pain for most of my life, I'm always looking for alternative methods to minimize my discomfort. Laura and Steve have made a major contribution to achieving that goal. Their knowledge of anatomy, sense of compassion, level of enthusiasm and personalized approach make every session rewarding. Doesn't matter if it's a class or a private, they seriously yet cheerfully provide you with the opportunity to learn how to re-educate your body to make it work the way it's supposed to. Pilates and GYROTONIC® have been the only workout programs whose hourly routine I look forward to and whose end comes too quickly. My doctors have watched my strength grow and my pain scale decline and fully credit my working with Steve and Laura on a regular basis for these accomplishments. I can't thank them enough for all they've done and continue to do to help me feel healthier, both physically and mentally. Thanks guys!" 
-- Mary Lou S.


"I have suffered with severe back pain for over 15 years. I have felt as if my life was taken away because of the pain. I have seen chiropractors, pain doctors, surgeons (I've had several surgeries), physical therapists, and massage therapists. All have given some temporary relief. Now I'm learning Pilates. I'm learning to use different muscles to move properly. This is taking the strain off the back muscles, tendons, vertebrae and discs that cause my pain. I have had physical therapy exercises prescribed before, but I never seemed to keep doing them on my own. Now I understand what is actually happening in my body with the Pilates exercises. And I can feel the results. I am doing my Pilates exercises every day. If I practice my Pilates movements daily, I keep my back pain in check. Working with Laura at Kona Pilates has given me my life back." 

-- David E.

"I work in the hospitality industry. Several years ago I hurt my back at work. I saw the doctor, received medication for the pain, and was sent to physical therapy. Yet my back pain still persisted pretty severely. Now I am doing Pilates. In the first month of Pilates lessons with Laura and Steve my back pain decreased to where it was hardly noticeable. I cannot believe the difference this has made in the quality of my life. Thank you!" 

-- Pamela D.

"As a professional athlete, I thought my body was strong and flexible. A friend suggested that I try Pilates because I had broken my ankle and could not train in my regular sport (professional surfing). I began working with Laura and Steve at Kona Pilates. Wow. What a difference this has made in my body...and my performance on my board. Thank you!" 
-- Ayako M.

Read about our Client Miracle Stories.....


Why do we refer to ourselves as Mind Body Fitness Personal Trainers? You probably already know that Pilates strengthens your core, improves your posture, increases flexibility, and makes your whole body stronger. But Pilates’ most important benefit is that is strengthens the connection between your mind and your body, even if you feel your abs shaking and your legs feel like jello. So, what does “Mind Body Connection” even mean?  (This was Laura’s focus in graduate school for Mind-Body Medicine.) Each time you focus on the things cluttering your mind (stresses, anxieties, worries, pain, your to-do list) your body responds by dumping stress chemicals into your blood stream and this negatively changes how your body functions. By learning to focus your mind on all of the details of a Kona Pilates exercise session, these “stress thoughts” fade away, giving your mind and your body a boost in endorphins and a vacation from stress. It’s no wonder so many contemplative traditions include a focus on the mind body connection. Plus Kona Pilates sessions can even help you become aware of muscles you didn’t know you had! According to the Journal of Sports Medicine, a regular Pilates practice (on the equipment) is effective in improving dynamic balance, flexibility, reaction time, and muscle strength. A regular Pilates practice was also found to decrease the propensity to fall in older women. 

Now, take a nice deep breath. And as you exhale, drop those shoulders right out of your ears. There, doesn’t that feel better?


​​​​From learning to walk again after a major accident or reducing low back pain, to getting in shape for your wedding or after child birth, returning to exercise after a break, or "simply" reducing stress and feeling younger... our Pilates Personal Training sessions and Boutique group classes have helped thousands of people experience the joy of Mind-Body Fitness at Kona Pilates (spoiler alert: we aren't your "usual" Pilates studio). Why settle for traditional gym training or large group classes where you get lost in the masses. Established in 2003, Kona Pilates & GYROTONIC® of Chino Hills is an exclusive luxury boutique Pilates studio in Chino Hills purposely kept intimate in size, so we can focus on YOU. We are the premier Orange County / Inland Empire (originally from Kailua Kona Hawaii) studio offering Stress Reduction with Chi Kung & Breathwork Practices, Contemporary STOTT Pilates, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise, Kona Pilates' Bootie Barre®, Silk Suspension Training (TRX inspired), Post Rehab Therapy, and Massage/ Manual Therapy. Our award-winning studio specializes in customized Private and Duet Personal Training along with small boutique classes of four to six students (we focus on quality over quantity). Our studio owners have the highest levels of education and training in Mind-Body Fitness and Pilates Education found anywhere in Chino Hills and Southern California which keeps your sessions educational, fresh and fun, while providing a friendly, knowledgeable and supportive environment.