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Meet Hollywood Fitness: Toby TigerHeart

Today we’d like to introduce you to Toby TigerHeart.  Below you’ll find edited excerpts of our interview with Toby.

Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.

I was born and raised in Fort Shawnee Ohio a small village of 4900 people. I graduated from the University of Dayton with my Bachelors of Science and business with a marketing major and a minor in psychology. After graduating from University I move to Los Angeles California pursue true my dream of being the next internet marketing Guru. I work for shy it day one of the top advertising agencies in the world on the Nissan and Infiniti accounts until I could do it no longer and look for something bigger. I put in my two weeks went to Thailand for two months. Spoken English at a Buddhist temple and train Muay Thai every day. It was during this time that I realize my dream to teach and to empower others to find something inside of them self they may not have found otherwise. When I return from Thailand I started true warrior Fitness mixed martial arts and open my own gym on the Brea in 2008. Currently I teach a mix of personal training sessions and group classes in an effort to maximize my reach to students across Los Angeles County. I recently opened my first affiliate in Scotland and I am happy to say that that my message of serving and loving others is spreading internationally.

Has it been a smooth road?

It has never been a smooth road with many struggles along the way. Coming from one of the smallest cities in America to one of the biggest cities in America prove a challenge I was willing to accept. I have successfully adopted my small town values to a big city life style and people appreciate my honesty and empathy. In December of After 7 years at one of the best locations in the country my location was diagnosed with Airborne Asbestos and I had to leave with two days notice after many thousands of dollars in expansion and remodeling. Do to my great student base I was able to continue teaching my program in Los Angeles at various gyms throughout Hollywood. I have a genuine passion for helping others discover and develop their true warrior within and find a way to be happy and successful in life

What are your plans for the future?

Future plan is to open affiliates all over world on same curriculum. Fight club style. Already have a Scotland affiliate.

Let’s dig a little deeper into your story.  What was the hardest time you’ve had?

A few hurdles in fight career have been a broken hand, nasal/throat surgery, shin surgery, and finally HIP surgery in 2010 3 months after my UFC debut on spike TV. In 2009/2010 Transitioned to teaching and gym ownership and had the most amazing facility in  L.A. Heartbroken in November of 2014 to find out I would have to close up and relocate due to the building suspected of being contaminated w hazardous material. Since 2014 I have been focusing on my private clients and group classes hosted at another gym since I spent almost 85k in remodeling from 2008 to 2014 and was unable to salvage much from move.

I have lived my dream of fighting for UFC, my next chapter is focused on teaching and spreading my message of Love And Learning.


  • If you are interested, we offer 3 One Hour Introductory Personal training sessions for $200 total and we will cover all of the basic Punches, Kicks, Knees, and Elbows used in Muay Thai. We can do these before or after your FIRST FREE CLASS! 

Contact Info:

  • Tel: (323) 909 2769
  • Twitter: @tobytigerheart
  • Instagram: @tobyjohngrear

Check out his work below:

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