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Meet Anna Stavaridis of Meraki Fitness in Beverly Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Stavaridis.

Anna, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Specializations
– Professional Speaker
– Weight Management and Nutrition
– Strength Training and Functional Movement

Certifications
– ACE Certified Personal Trainer
– ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
– ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
– American Heart Association CPR/AED/First Aid

A lifelong fitness enthusiast, I changed careers from years in Wealth Management to fulfilling a dream in the fitness industry. I truly believe you can do anything you put your mind to and anything worth doing is worth doing right. As I saw myself in my prior career become more sedentary and my physical health deteriorate from lack of movement and stress, I decided to make powerful changes in myself, my life, and my career.

After losing 26 pounds, finishing the LA Marathon, living a clean lifestyle, and having more positive energy….people started asking me what I was doing and if I could help them as well. I looked into the best accredited programs available and am now an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, and ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist focused on client’s goals with a results-driven enthusiasm. Stability and mobility along with functioning form are key basics I build off of to ensure quality progress towards clients goals of weight loss, toning, endurance, performance, and an appreciation for the body and mind connection.

As a result, I created Meraki Fitness as a natural path to help others to wellness. Meraki is Greek for having a passion for what you love to do. We have Meraki for the body and soul.

Meraki Fitness then started with personal training, soon adding senior fitness, and corporate wellness followed quickly given my history and contacts asking for insight for their own businesses. We add nutritional and weight management counseling into all our consultations and programs. These experiences are what I pull from in my Professional Speaking now to major corporations to help them gain a better understanding of how critical having a wellness program is to their employees, and how to do it!

We now have five trainers offering a well-rounded variety of wellness solutions such as:
* ACE Certified Personal Trainer
* ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
* ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
* NASM Certified Personal Trainers
* NASM Weight Loss Specialist
* Core Power Yoga RYS 200
* Grey Institute CAFS
* AFAA Primary Group Exercise
* AFAA Beyond Mat Science
* Silver Sneakers YogaStretch
* Barre Above Instructor
* Santa Monica Power Yoga Center – Bryan Kest’s Teachers Training Program RYT 300
* Black Dog Yoga 200 RYT Training
* Anusara 300 RYT Training
* Trauma Informed Yoga – Uprising Yoga
* Yoga, Purpose, and Action Leadership Training – Off the Mat into the World

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Everything that has happened in my life has lead me to where I am today. The positives are great, but the setbacks have let me appreciate how blessed and fortunate I am to be where I am and with the people around me that support my dreams. Each day is a gift to be able to bring someone into a better space, bring some joy into their lives, find solutions to their challenges, and feel fulfilled while doing it all with them. I have met so many connections through networking events and groups that have now become friends and we celebrate each other together. Such positive people support one another and even more good comes from it all. I have found in myself the power to be able to do anything I put my mind to, learn from my mistakes, and keep moving forward. I have been able to inspire and motivate others to make positive changes in themselves as well and I find that the most rewarding of all. When someone comes to me and says “you made a difference in my life and I never would have been able to do that if you hadn’t helped me”, I believe that is one of the important things life is all about.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Meraki Fitness – what should we know?
Meraki Fitness is your Wellness Expert specializing in Professional Speaking, Corporate Wellness and Events, Personal Training, Senior Fitness, and Nutrition.

We customize our programs to any individual or business, ensuring safety, the most current science, and life balance. Positive reinforcement is used to encourage participation and sustain programs to achieve predetermined and evolving goals.

We come to our client in their environment, their home, work, neighborhood or gym.

We travel to speaking events that desire a professional speaker who has experienced the high stress, executive roles and has now taken that experience to encourage wellness with those colleagues. A speaker who can relate and speak for the people of the businesses to the executives as an experienced peer giving the ‘why’ of wellness, moving into the ‘how’ and the ‘when’ and bringing the ‘where’ to them at their own desks.

I am proud of our clients. Without our clients, we are just people who read a lot about wellness with no one to share it with. I’m proud of a client when they are brave enough to speak up in a large audience about their nutritional questions they think are embarrassing, but soon learn many others in the conference have the same issue and need answers, too. I’m proud of clients who make life-changing decisions to get healthy for themselves and to see their daughter graduate from college before their heart gives out from extra stress from the weight around their body. I’m proud of those executives that acknowledge their employees make a difference and mean something to their business and aren’t just a means to a profitable year.

I’m proud of those same executives that join their employees in the wellness events we create after speaking in conferences at their locations, get on the floor to stretch, participate in corporate challenges, and help reward their employee’s achievements. I’m proud of the seniors who try one more time to stand up and hold the chair to do some exercises during their weekly chair exercise classes at many of the residential, assisted living, and rehabilitative care facilitates in West LA where we teach. I’m proud of the senior who just barely made it to class very sad and ended singing to music, and moving their arms and legs to the beat with a smile. I’m proud of our trainers who plan their sessions so intently, commuting to different locations, delivering first-class service with professionalism and a standard of care that is second to none. I love what has been created and every day is a gift to share it with others.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My family has been supportive of my transition from Wealth Management to creating Meraki Fitness. Even before it was fully planned out, my family knew I had in me the tools and power to be able to create anything I put my mind to and with Meraki. My sister has been a large supporter of my business on the technical side with her website and social media optimization business, Rica Designs.

My daughter and boyfriend have been supportive on a daily basis, allowing me to study, be flexible with clients, network, and bounce ideas off of them through the stages of business development, encouraging me every step of the way.

My friends have not ceased to amaze me in their support all along the way, reaching out to help me without asking, attending events with me, brainstorming ideas to develop business and be a listening ear when I need to talk something through to see if it makes sense.

I have met some amazing trainers, some who gave me that first shot, and we continue to refer each other business to this day and support each other through social media and events.

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