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

Hi Heather, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
In 2020, the world shut down and it opened up a new world of opportunity for me that I never could have envisioned. I was an elementary school teacher, a mom to triplets, and a part-time Lagree Fitness instructor prior to the pandemic. In March of 2020, when places worldwide shut their doors, I had no idea the door that was about to swing wide open for me. As I found myself at home, home schooling my own kids, I missed teaching fitness to my clients, so I started teaching on zoom. At the same time, Lagree Fitness, released the at home version of the Megaformer found in studios worldwide called the Microformer. I purchased the last of the prototype version of the machine and started teaching moves on Instagram. Once, the first batch of machines were released to the public in June of 2020, I decided to create a monthly membership. I would do live zoom classes and record them to send to each person afterwards. By July of 2020, the clients were growing and I found another instructor who was doing something similar. I knew that she would either be my biggest competition or my best business partner. We decided to partner together and in July of 2020 we formed Lagreeing at Home. It was the best decision I ever made.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the co-owner of a virtual fitness company, Lagreeing at Home, that supports Lagree Fitness trainers from around the world. Our goal is to provide a community for at home Lagree users to find a place to connect and enjoy both Live and On Demand workouts from anywhere in the world. Prior to 2020, I was an elementary school teacher until I had triplet in 2010. After having kids I stayed at home with them full time. When they began Kindergarten, I decided to become certified to teach the fitness method I had fallen in love with, Lagree Fitness. I was teaching part time at a local studio near my house while the kids were in school and it was the perfect situation at the time. Then the pandemic happened and my life, like everyone else’s life, was turned upside down. I was forced to pivot. I had no idea how much that pivot would change my life course. I am extremely proud of what we have built which was created during a need during the pandemic, but has continued to grow and thrive even after people made their way back into studios. As a mom to triplets, I never thought I would be someone in the fitness industry, let alone running a business, but if this experience has taught me anything, it’s that you can’t let fear limit you and when you truly believe in yourself and your business you will succeed.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Los Angeles. I was born and raised and only left for college. There is something about LA that has a bit of magic to it. If my best friend was visiting, we would spend a day in Santa Monica, we’d climb the Santa Monica stairs and then head over to Shutters on the Beach for brunch, after brunch we would take a bike ride along the beach. We would follow it up with shopping at third street promenade and dinner at Forma. Another day would be spent in Malibu picking up smoothies at Vitamin Barn and laying on the beach for a few hours. We would grab lunch at Malibu Farm and then wrap up our Malibu day up at the Malibu Country Mart.
We couldn’t do a day in LA without spending a day in Beverly Hills. We would have brunch at Wally’s Beverly Hills, walk around the city and then go for a Korean massage at Pellequr. After our massages we would head over Avra for dinner.
On our last day we would spend a day in Hollywood, we would start with a workout at the Megaformer studio in WeHo, head over to Melrose to have brunch at Cecconi’s, head to the Grove to do some shopping, see a show at Pantages and dinner after the show at Catch.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not be where I am right now without the support of my husband. When I started this business, we had no idea where it would go, but as it grew, he would often need to help with the kids in the mornings. He stepped it up and we became an even better team. I’m grateful for the constant support he has offered me during this exciting time.

Website: https://lagreefitbyheather.com

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