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Community Highlights: Meet Zairhey Perez of Team Make Moves

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zairhey Perez.

Hi Zairhey, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
It all started with tearing my ACL, when that happened I began my gym journey. I enjoyed the way it felt when lifting weights and it was great at taking out the stress. I moved to San Diego in 2015 to attend school at SDSU as a Pre-Physical Therapy student. My heart was not there but I loved learning the science of moving the body and how the body works. I think I was looking for more than just six chemistry classes and I ended up changing my major my junior year to Sociology. I had my kid and I graduated and I was a certified personal trainer. With that being said, I struggled ditching the security of a 9-5 job and I kept telling myself I will start but I wouldn’t do it. I told myself I would start small but COVID-19 then happened and pretty much changed all my plans of finally starting.

Fast forward to the beginning of this year when my fiancé who is also an amazing personal trainer and bodybuilder really pushed me to start. Honestly, if it wasn’t for him I probably would have still been at my 9-5 job and juggling school and motherhood. This year pushed me to some uncomfortable areas for sure, I was in my second semester of graduate school (Clinical Mental Health Counseling program) at USD and I was trying to begin my journey as a personal trainer. I couldn’t afford being at a 9-5 anymore graduate school is demanding and takes so much time from you and you basically work for free for a whole year. I was scared that it wouldn’t work or that I would fail but with the support from my fiancé and basically his mentorship allowed me to be here today. In the future, I want to see how I can combine personal training and clinical counseling.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Not a smooth road at all! I had my kid during school which was probably the hardest thing I have done. I enrolled in a graduate program which also made life a little more difficult but I’m a big believer of working hard for ten years to live good for 50 years. COVID happened while I was trying to begin my journey as a personal trainer but that was a very difficult and long setback.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I am part of Team Make Moves, my fiancé started the team and built a small community for like-minded people who love working out/bodybuilding.

I am one of trainers on Team Make Moves along with obviously my fiancé. We love to help people appreciate the healthy lifestyle and open new doors for them. As well as providing them with knowledge to keep going even when they are not with us anymore.

I have flourished in the online coaching area and I basically help clients track their macros and provide them with workout plans that have videos to specifically know what the movement is. I try to provide my online clients with knowledge and self-awareness of how the body is a whole and how to not only do the physical part but also work on the mental part.

I also have my in person clients who keep me whole and in society, lol. I keep a small amount of clients because as you know, I am juggling so many things.

Team Make Moves is taking clients, our clients vary from bodybuilding to lifestyle clients and anything in between.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Just do it! I think it was tough for me to begin because there’s so many what-ifs. It’s okay to be afraid and scared especially when it’s something so new. When we grow, we tend to grow in uncomfortable situations so just go out there and do it.


  • $50 one-on-one sessions
  • $150 for online coaching

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Óscar de Garza

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