Meet Graciela Perez of Hollywood Fitness International in West Hollywood
Today we’d like to introduce you to Graciela Perez.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Graciela. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Born in Argentina always passionate to travel and interact with different cultures worldwide.
Coming from a family in healthcare and artists. I had a passion for sports, fitness and plastic arts. Always taking dance classes, practicing sports and fitness.
However, family mandates where a strong influence at that stage of life and attended Law school and graduated at an early age and sought in international business a way of canalizing her cosmopolitan spirit.
After practicing law for some years, I had the possibility of visiting Europe, South Africa and the USA which opened new doors to relate to new cultures and discovered her possibilities, life missions and innate creativeness.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, I found the multicultural population and the need to incorporate health and fitness in people’s busy and hectic lifestyle to help them not only with the body but also with their overall lifestyle and well being.
I started in 2003 as a fitness trainer and group fitness instructor at a Hollywood gym, teaching a variety of classes from Yoga, Pilates, Aqua fitness, Cardio dance, and Barre works.
Among the institutions where I taught classes and conducted training sessions are: The Palazzo, Americana at Brand Hollywood Production centers, LA Fitness, Beverly Hills country club, Toluca lake country club and US army corps of engineers, CASULA, Be Well program.
Being a breast cancer survivor since 2008, she helps with rehabilitation after surgery and healthy lymphatic flow through exercises in land and water.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. I had to many obstacles especially with the lack of support for fitness by corporations and people in charge of adding a fitness program to their facilities because they think of fitness as a luxury and extra service so is the first thing to cut when budgeting.
Also, it’s still not considered part of healthcare like nutrition and physical therapy but is equally important and health insurances should cover or add classes on site .Some are doing it.
I had a major fall when I got sick and lost all the classes. It took me a couple of years to be in the same position but I came stronger, renovated and more convinced of the need to improve people lifestyles.See Article