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Kaveh Gorgani, a certified personal trainer at Diakadi Body and KMG Fitness, missed last year’s competition—much to the dismay of clients and a few fellow trainers. "We gave him a hard time for it," one told us. When Kaveh [pronounced kah-vay] is not helping others perfect their Turkish kettlebell getups, he’s out there hosting hikes, bike rides, and tearing up the dance floor as a DJ. (Read on about his big gig.)
Kaveh grew up in Marin, graduated from U.C. Davis and worked in real estate for a few years until he packed on a few too many pounds (thanks to being chained to a desk job). Becoming a personal trainer in 2010 busted him out of that physical stagnancy, and today he’s living the dream of helping others achieve good health and work-life balance.
In one sentence, tell us about yourself.
I like to think of myself as a fun, energetic and adventurous person who wants to see and do it all.
What inspired you to become a trainer/fitness instructor?
Before working in fitness, I worked in finance for many years and realized that sitting at a desk was not something that fulfilled me. During this time, I was always giving health and fitness advice to my friends and colleagues. I was consistently praised for my knowledge and ability to motivate others. I came to a realization that nothing made me happier than helping people. Thus, the inspiration.
What advice would you offer to someone who is just starting in your class?
Be ready to have fun and do the best you can. Consistency is key, so keep with it. You will soon be feeling better than you ever imagined.
I’m also a DJ and just got flown to Washington, D.C. to do the opening set for one of my favorite deejays of all time. It was awesome and I rocked it.
If you weren’t in fitness, what would you be doing?
I would be on a tropical island teaching scuba diving during the day and deejaying at night.
What are your top three workout jams?
"They Don’t Know" by The Disciples; "Rap A Verse" by Sofia Zlatko; and "No Eyes" by Claptone.
Learn more about Kaveh at kmgfitness.com and follow him on Instagram: @kavehgorgani.