With over 15 years in the fitness industry, Gabi’s journey is one of entrepreneurship, dedication, and triumph – from her early years interning back in 2007, to becoming an active trainer, and opening up a gym in 2012 – Health Body Works in Tempe, AZ – Gabi was able to build up a loyal client base tripling her business. With business booming, she purchased another gym, Pilates Tempe in 2019 and, started yet another company that combined her love for both fitness and travel in the same year. The new venture, Destination Fitcations.
Destination Fitcations is a worry-free, stress-free, all-inclusive luxurious vacation for travelers who love to stay active. Destination Fitcations allows the opportunity for clients to experience the comfort of an all-planned out, and an unforgettable pampered trip to exotic places where one can go and recharge, return home and not feel the need for another vacation after the vacation.
Every year, Destination Fitcations offers an experience like no other. A new exquisite location is carefully vetted to ensure a one-of-a-kind experience. From pristine beaches surrounded by lush greenery, high-end resorts, delightful meals, and breathtaking adventures such as hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, excursions, yoga, and massages…these are just a few of the amazing features planned for an epic exotic getaway.
Gabi’s vision is to make fitness fun again but also develop and maintain sustainable self-care practices for her clients. After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, she realized how important it is to encourage each individual on their health journey, as they work towards living better lifestyles,
“We are all made differently. Every ‘body’ is different. We all have different body types, differently-abled in their own beautiful makeup, and we should see fitness and nutrition not as an unrealistic factor to attain but one to live out and enjoy.
Gabi is a rare breed of a trainer who truly cares about every one of her clients. Gabi’s passion is helping people live their best possible lives. Watching her clients flourish in life beyond their physical health is an especially personal and professional fulfilling satisfaction Gabi gets to enjoy regularly.
When did you realize you held a passion for fitness and wellness?
I have always loved fitness and have been around it my entire life, but it wasn’t until college that I realized I was truly passionate about it and considered it as a career. I was pre-business at ASU and was really lost. I took a semester off to take a mental break as well as use the time to do things I enjoyed. Exercise, nutrition, and wellness piqued my interest and I have never looked back since.
With over 15 years in the fitness industry, what has been the most rewarding and challenging part of your journey?
The most rewarding part of the last 15 years would have to be the impact on people that I never expected. Even as clients leave you, move, or move on, I have had so many people reach out to me and tell me that I made an impact on them. You know your clients in their most vulnerable times and the happiest of times but when they tell you that something you said or did really stuck with them, as trivial as I may have thought it was, it meant something to them. That is priceless.
As far as the most challenging part of my journey…it would have to be the up and downs of being an entrepreneur. There are many times you want to give up or doubt yourself and your abilities. It isn’t easy running your own business, especially in the beginning. There are no guarantees, no benefits, and no personal hours because you are working all the time. But at the end of the day, all your hard work is worth it. Each challenge teaches you a lesson and pushes you to grow personally and professionally.
As a successful entrepreneur, what message do you hope women walk away with?
Each industry has its challenges. Many are very male-dominated, mine included, and we can sometimes lose our voice. I hope that women can find a voice and speak up, keep pushing, and don’t let little failures stop them from achieving their dreams. We need to be each other’s cheerleaders and lift each other up.
What can women expect when joining Destination Fitcations, describe the experience?
When joining one of my fitcations, you not only have an all-inclusive luxury vacation that is planned out for you, but you have the opportunity to share it with like-minded people. Each destination is carefully selected to be safe, beautiful, and a vacation your dreams are made of. Our next fitcation to Nicaragua is at a beautiful luxury ecolodge with private pools, ocean views, gourmet food is grown right on the property, active excursions, and fitness classes that are catered to you while overlooking the beach.
What’s next for Gabrielle Mazar?
The world is my oyster! I hope to be able to bring the greatest experiences to people ready to take on the world. I also would love to expand my Pilates studio and be able to bring fitness and Pilates to as many people as I can.
Connect with Gabi and explore your fitcation experience by visiting http://www.destinationfitcations.com