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Check Out Mia Parziale’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mia Parziale.

Hi Mia, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I moved from New York (Long Island) six years ago without a plan. I didn’t have a job lined up, I didn’t know a single person and I didn’t even have a long-term place to live. I was working in the music industry in New York doing hospitality coordinating for artist dressing rooms at venues in NYC and on Long Island. I thought I would just be able to get the same kind of work here but learned quickly it wouldn’t be that easy. I jumped around jobs but ultimately hated working in an office environment. I decided to get my 500 hour program pilates certification and started as a pilates studio manager where I worked over 40 hours a week. During the pandemic, the studio closed down. I then decided to get my personal training certificate as well since I had plenty of time. I started training clients right away (masked and at a safe distance outside). I had been a member of Pharos Athletic Club for two years and began working there in March of 2021. I’m now the Director of their Sprint program where I coach classes and have my own private clients. I also train people at their homes, at Elysian park, and even at my own apartment where I have a pilates reformer.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Not at all! I had no intention of working in fitness. I had my heart set on the music industry. Not being able to make that work made me feel like I had failed. However, fitness coming into my life was a huge game-changer. The pilates program I was part of was very intensive. Working while also studying/practicing for that was difficult. Then working at the studio 40+ hours a week was a lot mentally and physically. Losing the studio during the pandemic made me feel like I was back to where I started. I thought I was going to have to move back to the east coast and live with my family, but I was determined to not let that happen.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a personal trainer and pilates instructor. I coach HIIT classes at pharos athletic club, I teach private reformer pilates at Chiropractic Remedy in Burbank as well as my apartment, I do bodyweight personal training at the park and client’s homes. I also train clients on zoom and I do programming for clients to work out on their own. My style of personal training includes weight training and endurance training. I have clients that range from 16-88 years old. I love working with clients (especially women) who may be new to working out that want to feel confident at the gym or working out on their own. I also love my athletic clients that love to be pushed past their limits. I think a mix of weight training, endurance training and pilates is the perfect combination for most people’s goals. I treat my clients as friends and pride myself on making them feel comfortable and open with me. Clients need to be able to trust their PTs with their bodies which can be very uncomfortable for people. I’m most proud of taking on the role of Director of Sprint and Pharos Athletic Club. I know write and coach all of the programming for that class.

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
Coming from the east coast, I get asked all the time which I like more. I always say I have a love-hate relationship with both and for different reasons. However, where I’m at in my life, I’m happy I live in LA. I would not have found this healthy lifestyle and career if I stayed where I was. Los Angeles makes it easy to eat well and be active if you choose to. I feel lucky that while my friends and family battle the winters on the east coast, I can still picnic on the beach or go for a hike on the west coast. I do miss the fall in NY, but I’ll choose warmer winters any day. The obvious downside to Los Angeles is the traffic and cost of living, but that hasn’t been enough for me to leave just yet.


  • Personal Training or Pilates In Person At Your Home or At A Park (55 mins) – Single Session – $100 Series of 4 – $380, Series of 8 – $720
  • Personal Training At Pharos Athletic Club – Single session – $150, Package of 5 – $550 ​
  • Combo Packages – Pilates/Personal Training – Package of 4​ – $340, Package of 8 – $640
  • Pilates/Personal Training On Zoom – Single session – $75, Series of 5 – $350
  • Programming On TrueCoach App – General 4 Week Programming – $50, Personalized 4 Week Programming – $150

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The one in front of the Pharos logo backdrop is by Joshua Shultz.

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