We had the good fortune of connecting with Garrisen Reese and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Garrisen, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I feel like taking risks are necessary in order to be successful. I don’t think any highly successful person got where they are by staying in their comfort zone and taking the easy route. I took a huge risk going into business for myself last year. In March of 2020 I was laid off from the gym I worked at due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Although I was able to retain a handful of my clients, the thought of no longer having a steady source of income began to weigh on me as the uncertainty in my future in LA began to set in. It wasn’t until one of my clients reminded me that I had made a name for myself in a very exclusive “market” of clients and had the support of the right people that doubts began to fade and I was more confident in going into business for myself. A couple months after I was laid off, I was asked to return to the gym. After a long thought process I made the decision that I would not be returning and would be starting my own business. It was definitely the biggest risk I’ve taken since moving to LA, seeing how that was the only gym I’d worked for in my 5 years here, but it was completely necessary and I would do it all over again if i had to. 5 years ago I took a risk moving to LA with no job or a place to stay and I’ve made it this far. Something tells me I’m going to be just fine and I highly encourage anyone who’s feeling that they could be doing more with themselves to take that leap of faith and don’t look back. I promise you won’t regret it!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am extremely proud of where I am today in my career. When I moved to LA 5 years ago, I had one goal in mind– to make the biggest possible impact on as many lives as possible and to do so on the biggest stage. I think its safe to say that I’m definitely headed in the right direction. My first job here was at a company that had just opened their first gym in Los Angeles, after moving from Canada, and was looking to get off the ground. I was successfully able to help them grow into arguably one of the top training facilities in the Beverly HIlls/West Hollywood area. It was a great experience, but as time went on I began to wonder if there was more waiting for me in LA. Granted, COVID-19 forced me to explore those options sooner than expected, I’m glad it did as I feel I would’ve been in the same place in my career– wondering what’s next. It hasn’t always been easy but it shouldn’t be. All the nights sleeping on a couch, 3:30am wakeup calls just to ride the bus for an hour to the gym, and unpaid work made it all worth it. One of my clients said “the kinks in a man’s armor shows he’s battle-tested.” I couldn’t agree more.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Man haha Los Angeles is such a big city! I always recommend going to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood first just to get it out of the way. While its not my absolute favorite, its something everyone should experience at least once when here. Then a nice drive through Beverly HIlls is always nice for people who don’t get to drive through there often. I think a MUST is taking the PCH to Malibu. I have a convertible so the top down on a drive along the coast is the best! Two of my favorite restaurants are also in Malibu– Mastro’s Steakhouse and Nobu. Of the Santa Monica Beach Pier is also a star attraction, but my favorite beach is probably Laguna Beach. The water is warmer and the rock formations and tide pools are amazing.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shoutout goes out to each and every one of my clients! There is no chance I would be where I am today if I never had the opportunity to train people I have. The beauty about being a trainer is the bond you form with the people you work with while helping them achieve their goals. It’s a relationship that goes beyond the gym. I think the best part about working for myself is that I have the pleasure of not only working with the people of my choice, but I actually look at my clients as friends– some even family. My friends back home laugh when i tell them that some of my closest friends in LA are my clients, but its the truth. I can’t tell you the amount of times my clients have been there for me on a bad day, loss in the family, etc. These people are the reason I get up and do what i do everyday and they all bring true joy to my life and if I haven’t told you all individually, THANK YOU!

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