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Meet Chai Merrell of Divinity Strength

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chai Merrell.

20 years ago, Rachel and Chai began their careers in the fitness industry. Ten years ago, Rachel met Chai when Chai began working as a personal trainer. A friendship was born and they began training together more frequently and were producing great results with the clients they took on. Years later, Chai opened her own gym and in October 2017 they went into business together opening Divinity Strength in Torrance.

The vision they had been cultivating was finally a reality and their dream gym was born. Rachel and Chai strive to empower other people to find their inner bad-ass through strongman, powerlifting, and CrossFit. Rachel was a regional Crossfit athlete and competed in both powerlifting and strongman as well. Chai studied with a high level strongman for years and also has accomplished many accolades in powerlifting.

At first, the Divinity Strength gym may seem to intimate, but we believe this type of training is great for all ages and fitness levels. We at Divinity Strength are committed to helping people reach their goals in strength, conditioning and nutrition, so that they can achieve the upmost health in body and mind. We strive to keep everyone injury free and improve their fitness level at a pace that is tailored to each individuals needs.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Obstacles are present in any business, unforeseen setbacks etc. We believe in using these challenges as learning experiences and taking any issue head on thus becoming stronger from the challenge and always evolving into a better version of ourselves.

Divinity Strength – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We specialize in making people the best version of themselves. We bring out the inner athlete in everyone from grandmas to top-level competitors. We are unique in every way at Divinity Strength we have Strongman implements that we utilize to help fix peoples muscle imbalances and weaknesses, making them stronger and more confident in day to day activities.

We are a CrossFit affiliate and use the functional training of CrossFit to both strengthen and condition our athletes. With Crossfit people tap into there inner badass and never back down from the challenge. We have a competitive Powerlifting Team that focuses on helping our athletes become super strong in the back squat, bench press, and deadlift.

We offer Olympic lifting that focuses on the very technical lifts such as the snatch and clean and jerk. If that’s not enough we also offer one on one training sessions to fine-tune your fitness program. We will also support your fitness goals with nutritional programs. Our gym has the all the tools to take you to the top of your game.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
We are looking forward to our future! We continue to build our clientele and community. We plan on expanding in the future and bringing our message of functional fitness to everyone.


  • One class per week 90.00 per month
  • Three classes per week 145.00 per month
  • unlimited classes 180.00 per month

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