Voyage LA 2021

Meet Melissa Gunn: Certified SuperSlow Specialist, Fitness & Nutrition Coach, Founder & CEO Pure Strength LA, Inc

We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Gunn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
It definitely stems from my childhood…
My dad passed away from lung cancer when he was in his early forties, which began my passion for taking care of myself. I believe there are many things you can do to prevent disease and have more energy, stamina, and greater well-being primarily by eating right and properly exercising. My mom was a very successful entrepreneur and retired early so I think on some level I always knew I would own my own business as well. Being around her and her confidence infused this into me.
Over the years, this passion for health and helping people kept calling me. When I first began my journey toward health and wellness, I saw what other people/facilities were doing and I thought, “there has to be something different”. I discovered that something different when I came upon this slow cadence strength training.

The more I got into this type of training and learned the science behind it I was taken. I started noticing the changes in my body and my strength. I’ve experienced how much strength affects your health and is the foundation for any type of exercise routine because it gives you the greatest benefit. Anything else you do only enhances these results.

I started Pure Strength LA in 2004 because I wanted to share my knowledge and experience. I knew how frustrating it was to try different types of exercise that didn’t produce any great benefit. I saw a lot of people injuring themselves due to poor form and not knowing what to do when they were at the gym and I wanted to guide and educate others.
I am passionate about helping people realize the benefits of proper strength training. I am inspired every day by my clients and the benefits they experience- no matter their age!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Melissa Gunn is the founder and CEO of Pure Strength La, Inc, a Certified SuperSlow Specialist, and a fitness and nutrition coach.

With over two decades of experience in the health and fitness industry, Melissa has worked with thousands of individuals over the past 20 plus years helping them to regain and rejuvenate their health and today is the founder of Pure Strength LA which focuses on helping women and men over 40 achieve optimal well-being. From her years of experience as an exercise specialist, Melissa understands the importance of fusing safe, effective and efficient exercise with overall well being as she works with her clients.
She is devoted to sharing her expertise and helping her clients stay injury-free, and feel stronger as they age!

Signature Keynote Talks:
How to Get Results – 6 Myths About Exercise & How to Avoid Them
5 Questions You Must Ask Before Joining a Fitness Studio
Supercharging Your Energy After 40
Pure Strength in Studio City, California, founded by Melissa Gunn in 2004, stands as a private, exclusive, personal training studio. Its core principles are simplicity, efficiency, and balance, to give individuals the very best personal training in a private and focused environment.
Our mission is to educate people that the goal of gaining strength is the foundation of your health regimen and the #1 factor in healthy aging.
What sets me apart- I am passionate about helping people learn to be truly healthy. I am focused on quality over quantity and know people feel this when they come to me. I want people to learn what true health is and feel this slow technique and other key elements I practice are the secret to long-term vitality.

I have been blessed with amazing clients all along the way. I am proud of sustaining and thriving and continuing to grow my company for 17 years now and am excited about where I am going to lead my company next.
Has it been easy? I stay true to my principles and put my energy into my business. When I do this, things steadily continue to grow.
Lessons I have learned along the way- learning how to become a better leader every day has been my most growthful challenge.
This type of exercise is the safest, most effective way to exercise. 20 minutes once or twice a week and it works! Having stronger muscles is the fountain of youth! This should be the main focus for anyone wanting to lose weight, have a stronger heart, build resistance to injury, reduce back and neck pain, reverse or halt osteoporosis, improve mental health, prevent disease and that’s just the beginning! Every day, a client comes in to tell me how much better they feel and this is priceless!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

The beach is one of the first places I would take them- it’s breathtaking. There are also many hidden areas in Los Angeles to hike through- these mountains are absolutely beautiful and magical. Point Dume in Malibu is a must-see.

Malibu Fig Farm has amazing food and Love Bug Creamery Ice Cream is absolutely delicious. Katsu-ya Sushi in Studio City is one of my favorite original sushi places. Library Alehouse in Santa Monica on Main Street is one of our favorite outdoor patio spots.

I would take one day to hang out and lounge by the pool- Annenberg Beach House is one of our favorite spots for the beach and pool area if you have kids.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My team at Pure Strength. I am fortunate to work with each one of you amazing individuals and I could not do this without you.

To all of my clients who have supported me over the years. It’s an honor to work with you all and we look forward to seeing you every week. Thank you for trusting us in your health!

My husband, Albert Vaca who endlessly supports me and believes in me. You are an incredibly talented acupuncturist at the Tao Of Wellness, Pasadena who keeps me healthy and stress-free!

Nada Lena Nasserdeen of Rise Up For You has guided me during this next stage of my company. Her coaching, talent and experience has helped me take my company to the next level.

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