We had the good fortune of connecting with Gil Correa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gil, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to be independent and still do what I love and have been doing since 13 years ago. I have a mixed background of activities when it comes to fitness, from weights to yoga and tai chi and I wanted it to be part of what I offer as a business. The idea is to teach people how to properly execute the exercises according to their strengths and limitations. I seek to find what needs to be improved so we can have a harmonic body development and achieve results without injuries. I wanted to fully apply what I believe it’s good for the people I work with based on my studies and experience and working for myself allowed me to reach that potencial.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What I really love about my business is the opportunity to connect with different people from different backgrounds. To understand their patterns and empower them to get where they want to. I’m always thinking on what else I can improve to my clients and what’s the best solution for our challenge. It makes me extremely happy when I see that they took part of what I taught and applied to their lives, improving their health. The start of my business wasn’t easy as I was “burned” from it as I moved to LA. There was so much going on, new country, new city and people. It took me some time to realize what I really wanted and to believe I could achieve it. Once I had my mind set and clear I was able to move more efficiently and things unfolded along the way. Opportunities and growth. Today I stand in my business as more than just a trainer. I want to instruct, teach and provide my clients all the assistance they need to reach their goals, wether is exercise, nutrition or motivation and I am there for them not just during the sessions but at any moment they need.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many places. I would be happy to take them to Santa Monica Píer, Venice and Malibu ending the day in a nice restaurant in the area. Hiking in lake Hollywood or Pacific Palisades can be a great choice for those who have never been to LA. Would definitely have a night at the bars in West Hollywood so they could see the nightlife and also a nice dinner in downtown. Universal Studios and Six Flags sounds amazing for a bit of adrenaline and Catalina Island would be a great place to spend a day.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are many people. From all my teachers in Brazil at college to my bosses at work (specially “Núcleo de Arte e Dança” in Brazil). My coworkers taught me more than I could ever expect and gave me the tools I needed to pursue my goals. The time I spend in Canada was also precious where I met many great professionals I worked with. I can say the same for LA where I was able to meet the right people that were fundamental to my journey and of course my beautiful family and friends that were always by my side.