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

Hi Mara, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
The value that matters most to me is staying true to myself and having my clients stay true to themselves. In the fitness industry, it is so easy to get wrapped up with different types of work outs, diets, and feeling pressure to achieve a certain body type. I want people who work with me to know that they do not need to give into those pressures, and that it is more than okay to be different and have different preferences than what society is telling them.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I grew up in the fitness industry; my mom was a successful personal trainer with many different business ventures. I, of course, never thought I would want to follow in her foot steps and went on to study child development. Turns out, working as a preschool teacher was not my jam. I started weight training during this time of transition, figuring out what I’m meant to do in this life. Weight training became my special time where I could really work on myself. As I became stronger physically, I started to become stronger mentally and finally felt a feeling of confidence that I had never felt before. I quit my teaching job and went full force into personal training, going back to school to get my fitness specialist certification in personal training through NASM. Since being certified, I have been able to help people find their own strength, and it is the greatest feeling ever. I will continue to help people build their physical and inner strength, to change the ideas that society has forced on us.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love this question! First, I would start the day off with a hike to Griffith Observatory. Whenever I am feeling down, I like to hike to the Observatory and it turns my mood right around. After our hike, I would take us for brunch at Little Doms…. best potatoes ever! After brunch I would probably take us for a bike ride up PCH, I love riding bikes along the beach. I would definitely end the night at the Echo. Saturday nights they have Funky Sole, which is a soul music dance party and so much fun! I love dancing, it is one of the things that I miss the most since Covid has happened.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, I want to thank my boyfriend, Joey, for always supporting me, my ideas, and my actions. Thank you Joey for letting me talk your ear off, and bouncing ideas back and forth with me. Thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone, even if I am hesitant some of the time. I am extremely grateful for your companionship and support. I would also like to shout out my three sisters, who are always more than willing to help me when I am in need. I don’t know where I would be without you guys.

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