Dana Perri-Where It All Began

Dana Perri has always been an athlete.  She got her start in swimming and gymnastics when she was very young and found it was a great outlet for physical expression.             It kept her disciplined and focused through difficult changes in her family dynamics, and helped her to gain confidence in herself. A late bloomer, …

A History of SHIFT

Dana Perri got her start in dance, theater and choreography very early in life when she attended a performing arts school. She then went on to major in dance at UC Irvine.  Her career as a performer and choreographer has been extensive. She has also added fitness entrepreneur to her resume. In 1999, while working in the performance industry for …

Dana Perri’s Recipe for Results

When Dana Perri started SHIFT five years ago, she didn’t set out to revolutionize the fitness industry. However, Dana’s workout system at SHIFT is truly a recipe for results.  Now it’s time for the rest of the world to find out about it! SHIFT combines aerobic and resistance exercise in a non-stop, choreographed routine with intricate pacing, sequences, and intervals.  …

The Importance of Stretching

Remember gym class in school?  The class got in lines and did a series of stretches to warm up? Everyone knows at least a few stretches. Often there’s a token effort to stretch before a workout or a run. Stretching is a very important part of a fitness routine. It is important for range of motion, flexibility, and injury prevention.  …

Low Fat Food Alternatives for the Holidays

      The holiday season is fast approaching, and fears of weight gain start to rise to the surface. It’s time to face the holiday weight gain fears head on.  Be proactive and don’t leave yourself vulnerable.  Here’s some great alternatives to high fat holiday foods. When you’re sitting around waiting for dinner, snacking on appetizers is the thing …

Exercise and Depression

Millions of Americans suffer from depression. Estimates show nearly 10% of the United States population suffers from varying degrees of depression.  Feelings of depression and negative moods can also surge during the holiday season.  Exercise has been shown to be an effective and natural treatment for depression. Studies show exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as medications …

Your Holiday Workout Plan

The holidays are a busy time and its hard to keep your workout schedule intact. Travel schedules, family visits and all that shopping can wreak havoc on your fitness routine.  Not to mention all the delicious holiday food you’re bound to eat. You don’t have to abandon your fitness goals over the holiday.  You can enjoy this special time of …

Working Out in the Winter Months

The winter months can be a tough time to work out.  This time of year will challenge all of your senses and dangles every goodie in front of you. The weather turns colder and some of us must deal with rain, show, sleet and ice.  Regardless of where you live, wintertime can affect your fitness goals. You shouldn’t let winter …

Jane Fonda- Not Just A Fitness Icon

Last May here at SHIFT we hosted an event to benefit Equality Now, an organization that promotes gender equality worldwide.  The event was in partnership with Jane Fonda who has had an amazing career as an actress, fitness icon and social activist.  Our event was just one of many she continues to promote and support in a life that has …

Eating For Energy

Are you experiencing afternoon burnout at work or not feeling like you can give your best efforts at the gym?  Maybe you are not eating the right foods.  See below for a few healthy, low fat and energy boosting foods you can try to get the most out of your day. One of the easiest and cheapest foods for an …