Body Wise Fitness Staff Bios

Our staff consists of certified fitness professionals with varied backgrounds. Areas of expertise include working with seniors, diabetics, stroke survivors, pre-teens, athletes, competitive bodybuilders, wheelchair-bound, and physical therapy. Any needs can be met.

Picture of Gill Yurly, Owner and master trainer at Body Wise Fitness

Gil Yurly | Owner, Manager, Master Trainer

Gil has been the proud owner of Body Wise Fitness since its inception in 2002. He entered the fitness industry upon graduating from Chapman University and has been assisting all ages successfully for 30 years. Gil played baseball at Chapman University and has a strong interest in working with sports specific athletes. An accomplished “Natural Bodybuilder” and judge, Gil has five titles to his resume, most notably winning the Mr. Natural California novice division in 1992 and ten years later recapturing the 2002 overall open division of the Mr. Natural California contest. Gil was a regular on the nationally broadcast “Infinite Power Workout” T.V. show for 2.5 years, teaming up with Frank Zane and Willie Gault. This past year, Gil has started a Youth’s Performance Program for kids ages 8 to 12 years old, teaching the motor skills necessary for athletic success. Gil’s weight loss program has now helped 700 new clients over the past 10 years lose over 7 tons of fat! "If you have the will, Gil has the way”

  • 2 x Mr. California Natural
  • 2 x Mr. Baldwin Hills
  • Mr. Sampson
Laurel Yurly, Co-Owner and Master Trainer at Body Wise Fitness, Costa Mesa, CA

Laurel Yurly | Owner, Master Trainer

Laurel entered the fitness craze in 1986. Her background has enabled her to teach a wide variety of exercise classes ranging from spinning to water aerobics. Her certifications are from AFAA, AEA, and in 2009, she became Pilates certified. She enjoys training groups of people of all ages, and is well versed in assisting the physical physically challenged. Also a fitness competitor, her accomplishments include winning the Ms. Baldwin Hills bodybuilding contest and taking runner up in the prestigious Iron Woman Natural. Laurel was a regular on the nationally broadcast “Infinite Power Workout Fitness” T.V. show. Laurel’s attention to detail and quest for knowledge has made her into an elite trainer!