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. 

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"Great information and knowledge. Enjoy Danielle's consistent follow ups and check ins. They keep you accountable. Really like her use of multiple communication methods (videos, pictures, messenger, mobile app, and live video chats). It creates a very dynamic program and you can see what works best for your lifestyle. She is kind and approachable which is great. Always positive and encouraging."
"Danielle's extremely personal and willing to work with you from wherever you're at."
"Danielle is always organized, detailed, on time, reliable and highly supportive. Heather is knowledgeable and always answers questions thoroughly.
"I think Danielle is overall a very honest and real person. I feel like she genuinely wants to help us ladies accomplish our fitness goals."
"Coach Heather really adds a big plus with the program covering nutrition. I learn important information from reading her blogs."
"I love Heather's blogs and the vast amount of information in them. I like that you give both concrete numbers and guidelines. I think having the nutritional info in both forms has helped me so much. I can use the concrete numbers and guidelines together to really understand where I should be rather than always guessing if I only have guidelines or being so overwhelmed with strict numbers if I only had that. You are so energetic and happy and sweet and it’s so nice because nutrition can sometimes be dreaded but not with you! Always available and responds quickly!"
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