About Us
Meet Your Train Like A Gymnast Coaches
About Us
Meet Your Train Like A Gymnast Coaches
Danielle Gray, CPT & Pn1
Danielle began gymnastics when she was four years old and quickly progressed through the class program and began competing on the Junior Olympic team. She trained and competed averaging 20 hours a week until she was 15 years old. She took a break from gymnastics and ventured into acting and dancing. 

Acting provides a level of self-awareness that not many other professions can provide. After pursuing that for a few years, she realized how much she missed the sport she grew up with. She revisited the world of gymnastics by earning her judging credentials and coaching for the gym at which she used to train, working for her former coach.

Once she began college at the University of Southern California, she dedicated one to two units per semester to a physical education course to motivate herself to stay active with a busy schedule. She knew it had to be scheduled into her courses, or else she wouldn’t make the time for it. Those classes ranged from yoga, to stress management, to self-defense and MMA, to physical conditioning and weight training.

During her junior year, she discovered the world of pole and aerial arts. This developed her upper body strength, which she had never fully developed when she was a competitive gymnast. She trained recreationally for a few years and then decided to compete in 2015 and placed at both regional and national competitions. That earned her the opportunity to become a professional athlete in the sport of pole fitness. Training in all of these athletic backgrounds gave her a well-rounded approach to how she believes physical fitness should be approached and she want to share with a global community.

Now she is the founder of the growing global movement and company, Train Like A Gymnast. This movement aims to help women believe that they can physically, mentally, and emotionally do so much more than they think they can. The lifestyle company not only shows women how to use their own bodies to achieve fantastic physical results based on gymnastics strength and conditioning drills, but nutrition and mental coaching as well to ensure they have a solid foundation from which to grow.
Heather Gerrish, MS, RDN, CD, ACSM EP-C
Heather is a graduate of Washington State University where she pursued a Master of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Science from the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane, Washington. Heather is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist as well as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and has completed the national requirements to become an Exercise Physiologist-Certified, awarded by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2017. She has a passion for sports nutrition and one day hopes to pursue board certification as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics as well as continue her experience counseling and sharing nutrition education with the community. She also is a member of the Bay Area Dietetics Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  

Heather’s interest in nutrition and exercise, which lead her to pursue a dual degree program in dietetics emphasizing exercise physiology, stemmed from her Mother who was a professional figure skater and from her own personal interest as an avid runner and active individual.

Research and development in the field of nutrition and exercise is also an exciting and important component to Heather’s career. Heather is interested in sports nutrition, weight loss counseling, nutrition therapy for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and nutrition across the lifespan. Heather is excited to share her knowledge and experience as a coach of the Train Like A Gymnast team. 

Claire Mandell, Operations Manager
Claire grew up dancing, figure skating, horseback riding, playing soccer, and running track. After nearly two decades of constant athletics, she began focusing more time on work and school, and physical fitness fell by the wayside.

After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2016, Claire pursued a corporate career working with both large organizations and small businesses in a marketing, sales, and customer service capacity.

During this time, Claire found much needed reprieve from the Monday to Friday grind through a regular yoga practice, and she loves any activities involving stretching and inversions. A holistic approach to diet, health, and fitness has helped Claire overcome obstacles pertaining to mental health and to cope with the everyday stressors of life. She is passionate about helping others find their rhythm and loves supporting real, strong women.

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