Dana Perri changes lives every day through her unique Mind Body Spirit approach to fitness, and her ability to connect with and adapt to her clients and students. Dana is a true innovator and motivates those around helping them see their true potential and defy their limitations.
She is a Master Ambassador for Fabletics, Lorna Jane and Lululemon, and is part of the Campowerment Expert Team. She has been featured on CBS, KTLA, EXTRA, as well as in SHAPE Magazine, LA Times and SELF Magazine. She had the honor of training JK Simmons for his role in the movie Whiplash, for which he won Best Supporting Actor at the 2015 Oscars and Golden Globes, and where he thanked her during his acceptance speeches!
In 2012 Dana developed SHIFT and taught classes for 3 years out of a martial arts studio in the NOHO Arts District. Every time a client walks into the studio, it is a reminder to her that personal dreams are achieved when performed with love, determination, and vision. Continue reading the interview below to learn more about Dana and her passion for inspiring others.
NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority?
Dana Perri (DA): Yes, 100%; it’s part of my DNA. I was a competitive swimmer and gymnast by age 5 and started dancing at age 11. Being physical was how I identified myself. After I graduated from college, I started working professionally as a dancer I began to feel the incredible pressure of “looking the part!” I have always had an athletic build, and unfortunately, that wasn’t what “they” were looking for at the time. Feeling frustrated I started to focus more on healthy eating and consistent exercise outside of dance class and auditioning. I loved how I was feeling so much that it inspired me to get certified as a trainer. My entire approach changed. I was more confident, had more energy and felt completely in my skin!
NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?
DA: WATER, peanut butter and 1/2 apple, raw almonds and (no sugar added) dried apricots, 2 boiled eggs, peanut cookie LARA bar, hummus and broccoli, frozen red grapes, walnuts and Greek yogurt, dark chocolate.
NMF: How do you train your mind and stay motivated?
DA: I always choose workouts that make me feel strong and inspired! I love running, high-interval circuit training and hot yoga. I make sure the environments I put myself in are positive. I switch up my routine weekly to stay motivated. If I wake up tired or in a bad mood, I choose to move my body anyway. “You will never regret a workout!”
NMF: How do you change your body? What are your fitness favorites?
DA: Mind, body, and spirit! Shaping How I Feel Today is the philosophy of SHIFT; a methodology I have created and teach at my studio in Sherman Oaks. It’s also an acronym that underscores my belief that everyone – and every day – is unique. When you walk into a group fitness class or take a hike, you’re choosing to make yourself a priority. Setting a mental intention and creating realistic goals are great keys to staying successful!
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