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Who is Liz Hilliard?

A walking testament to her Method and mantra Be Powerful

Liz Hilliard, author, motivational speaker, podcast co-host and owner & creator of Hilliard Studio Method (HSM) – an internationally-renowned, core-centric, total-body workout described as “Pilates on steroids” – uses that mantra daily to empower and encourage women of all generations and fitness levels to accept themselves as they are and keep moving.

Since 2007, followers around the world have changed the way they look and feel by using her unique, proven, and unparalleled Method which gets the heart rate pumping and the sweat dripping while being equally safe and effective. An entrepreneur and business owner who established HSM in her 50s, Liz helps women at any stage and any age of life to sculpt strong, healthy, beautiful bodies and minds. She inspires people around the world to chase their dreams. She is known for her creativity, business acumen, vibrant energy, and for creating  inclusive and welcoming communities for all. 

Available in all 50 states as well as internationally with an on-demand streaming platform, live HSM at Home Zoom classes, and fully stocked wellness boutique out of the flagship studio in Charlotte, NC, the HSM brand continues to grow and evolve and now includes the wildly popular podcast Be Powerful with Liz & Lee which she co-hosts with HSM Director of Training, Lee Kennelly. 

Liz’s first book, Be Powerful: Find Your Strength at Any Age is not only the story of how she created her signature Method, but also how she found the strength to overcome one of her most challenging life events and inspires others to find their

authentic and most powerful selves. She has continued to write and speak about her life story and was most recently featured as a guest writer for the Huffington Post in which her article received over a million views in the first two days of publication. She was subsequently featured on The Tamron Hall Show of ABC and was the closing speaker at the two day summit Grab Life by the Goals at which she spoke of leading an authentic and purpose-driven life by walking through fear and finding courage. Additional media features include national publications Well + Good, Yahoo! Lifestyle, Oxygen Magazine, Muscle and Fitness Hers, Shape Magazine, Healthy Advantage, Self, The Sun, Parade, Readers Digest and Huffington Post.

In the past, Liz has spoken locally, regionally and nationally at corporate executive events hosted by Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Neiman Marcus Charlotte. Liz has served as keynote speaker of Wells Fargo Executive Women in Business events, and as an expert panelist on various national stages, including BrandShop events in Charlotte and New Orleans, alongside Anna Kaiser and Taryn Toomey. She hosts health and wellness seminars in-studio and virtually for businesses like BECO. Liz was the recipient of the SmartCEO Charlotte Corporate Culture Award and voted one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential Women.

Liz has officially launched her Hilliard Studio Method Licensing Agreement Program in which she empowers and trains those interested in opening their own HSM studios. Hilliard Studio Method Winston-Salem will be opening in Spring 2023 with several more in the works. She understands that being an entrepreneur doesn’t result in immediate success, and that failure and rejection come with growth. “I learned early to handle success and failure with an even hand. I honor my failures and learn from them. Failure is not fatal, and success is not final.”

A walking testament to her Method and mantra, Liz reaches deep into the souls of her audience with great passion and energy to help each of them achieve their fitness, overall wellness, and lifestyle goals. Come to class, stream Hilliard Studio Method workouts from anywhere in the world, read Liz’s message within the pages of her book, listen to her podcast and experience her engaging and positive energy to become your healthiest, most powerful self.



The Workout - Hilliard Studio Method group classes are designed to be taken on a regular daily basis. Each class is different, utilizing a variety of powerful movements and workout tools. Classes available at our flagship Myers Park location, via HSM Live Zoom and HSM On Demand. BOOK HERE

The Podcast - Be Powerful with Liz & Lee is focused on helping you find your inner power and to share thoughts on society, culture, and current events. As the team behind Hilliard Studio Method, we love all things wellness and living your healthiest life. LISTEN HERE

Shop - Shop Liz’s book, her Signature HSM Smoothie ingredients and a curated collection of her favorite health and beauty products, activewear, athleisure and equipment. SHOP HERE

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