Slow down. Speed hides deficiencies in movement and technique while also leaving you vulnerable to injury. When learning a new skill, it pays to be very methodical and precise about everything you do. 1 bad rep takes 3 good reps to remedy.
— Coach Gavin

Gavin Teragawa

Born in rural Pennsylvania, Gavin grew up in an idyllic, all-American setting; living on his family’s farm and riding horses. As a teen, Gavin had to learn self-defense as means to combat bullying. He trained in MMA with a group of guys in their 20s and 30s in a typical combat sports atmosphere: the attic of a tanning salon. The training was intense, with daily sparring that quickly toughened him up. With this gritty background, Gavin began coaching Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at a formal gym.

Two years ago, Gavin moved to Los Angeles to pursue a full-time career in fitness. He was drawn to Prevail’s hybrid approach - the old school technique and theories of combat gyms without the intimidating elements of that environment. Gavin isn’t as serious as he may seem; his coaching style is all about (tough) love. He takes the time to get to know you, learn your skillset and drop some serious knowledge. With a style that is technique-driven, his personal dedication and truly ridiculous level of athleticism inspires you to push yourself in every class.

When he’s not making burpees look like a walk in the park, Gavin enjoys hiking, yoga and balance exercises. His passion for fitness can only be matched by his passion for all things food. You’ll find him cooking insane feasts (just check his Instagram stories) or out in Little Tokyo with a belly full of Ramen.


PREVAIL SENIOR COACH / NASM Personal Training Cert / Purple Belt in BJJ / CPR/AED