In Memoriam: Cheryl Graves

279605_1859655892658_4570527_oIt is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we remember our beloved Cheryl who passed on December 15, 2012 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. No words can fully describe the shock of having someone so devoted to the health and wellness of others be taken so quickly from us by a terminal disease.

It was her dream in 2006 to own a studio where clients would find “A Safe Place for Health and Healing”. Starting with a single reformer in the front room, she expanded the studio to several hundred clients, an elite staff of instructors and a reputation for being the “Best in the Inland Empire”.

Once featured in Shape Magazine for her expertise as a “Cutting Edge Trainer”, Cheryl had over 25 years of experience in fitness and rehabilitation. Since 1985, she was a personal trainer in Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Malibu and Westlake Village. She received her degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Azusa Pacific University and carries National Certifications in Personal Training and Pilates (NATA, NASM, ACE and Physical Mind Institute).

In addition to her training, Cheryl pioneered a successful Sports Medicine Curriculum and Injury Prevention Program for coaches, athletes and students, while leading Cheerleaders to three State and two National titles. Sought out by a Physical Therapy Clinic in Westlake Village in 2003, Cheryl also established a successful Pilates program for injury rehabilitation.

Like most girls, Cheryl struggled with the perfect body images in front of her and tried unsuccessfully to fit in a mould that was impossible to attain. “You can’t trade your body in for a new one, you have to learn to embrace what you have and take care of it!” Through her training, Cheryl was able to transform herself from a size 16 to a size 4. Her personal struggles with diet and exercise gave her a depth of knowledge and understanding it takes to motivate others toward a better quality of life.

We miss her dearly and are committed to the high levels of excellence and vision she inspired.