We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Hamanaka and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Michael, how are you impacting the world?
In my opinion, community is one of the most important aspects being lost in today’s society. Not even considering the global pandemic we’re in, the increase of prescription antidepressants and cardiovascular disease is shocking. People are always on their phones or in their houses and I think there’s a huge opportunity of connecting with other people that we’re missing out on. Screens are ruining our ability to interact with each other. To come to a place where you don’t check your phone for an hour, you laugh with like minded people who become your friends and you actually increase your happiness and confidence and decrease many of the health concerns that plague our country is invaluable. Our motto used to be “Move Stronger. Move Faster. Move Smarter.” but was recently changed to “Culture. Community. Fitness.” because I felt pulled to take the “family” we have here and put them and their experience first.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve found my passion in creating a community of people brought together through fitness. I’ve always loved people and learning their stories and this is the best way I can imagine spending my life. What I’m most proud of is giving people a space to create friendships, business partnerships and relationships that extend far beyond the four walls of this gym. You can get a great workout anywhere but the people are what make this place really special. I’m very excited to be able to stay open during this round of government shutdowns. I got so lucky with the outdoor space and being able to pivot our workouts to being fully outside. We are able to give our people the workout they expect and deserve while maintaining social distancing keeping people safe and healthy. Along the way, I’ve learned the most important thing is the people you surround yourself with. I know I seem like I’m repeating myself but I’m a huge proponent of human connection. If you have people you trust and want the best for your business and you take care of them financially, mentally and show them you care, everybody wins. If I could tell the world something coming from the heart of The Movement Warehouse, it would be that people are everything. Without people, this would just be 3,000 square feet of turf, no dancing, no rolling around laughing and no sweat.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
La Jolla Cove – Caves/Kayaking/Torrey Pines Hike Pacific Beach – Powerhaus Pizza/Beach Mission Bay- Stand Up Paddleboarding/Sailing Torrey Pines Golf Course Little Italy – Barbusa/Iron Side/Born&Raised/Nolita Hall Temecula – Doffo Winery

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There have been so many people that have impacted my success so it’s hard to pinpoint one group or mentor. From my family’s support, to the gym I interned at Fitness Quest 10 and really fell in love with training, to friends that helped me paint and set up the facility, to my trainers and all the people that donated money to keep us fed and giving us a reason to wake up during the shutdown earlier this year. But, if I have to choose one person to attribute most of my success, it’s Rosanna Balistreri. She was the one who initially motivated me to start my own business. She was a client at a studio I trained at and she saw something I didn’t even see in myself yet. She still remains to be a trusted friend and member and she won’t agree but I owe her all of my success.

Website: mvmtwarehouse.com
Instagram: mvmtwarehouse
Facebook: The Movement Warehouse
Yelp: The Movement Warehouse

Image Credits
Daniel Hernandez Photography

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