Heed Fitness is a Los Angeles based company offering specialized instruction, personal training, and related services through its multi-disciplinary approach to high level fitness and functional training, yoga and acrobatics, holistic health and wellness, and a balanced lifestyle.
Heed Fitness was founded by Naheed Radfar, a health and wellness expert and certified instructor, trainer, and practitioner of multiple modalities in fitness, functional training, yoga, acrobatics, and partner acrobatics/yoga. She has over 17 years of international teaching experience across various disciplines, having taught extensively throughout major metropolitan cities in the US, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Europe, and Central America. She has worked with premiere health clubs like Equinox Fitness and Richard Branson’s Virgin Active Health Clubs, upscale yoga studios, revered rehabilitation and recovery facilities, and scenic beach and park venues. She maintains an active teaching schedule to a dedicated following of group classes and private clientele throughout Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Westwood/West LA, and Los Angeles area.
As an athlete in competitive sports like track, soccer, and gymnastics, Naheed naturally gravitated towards fitness at an early age and began teaching in 1996. Naheed holds numerous fitness certifications and specialty trainings with AFAA, Equinox, Richard Branson’s Virgin Active, Reebok, and teaches a variety of invigorating classes involving high intensity metabolic/interval training, plyometrics, calisthenics, martial arts/cardio kickbox, hand balancing, and functional training. Naheed is also certified at the 300-hour level in Yoga with Annie Carpenter, SmartFlow, and Corepower Yoga, and teaches both Haatha and Power/Vinyasa based yoga flows emphasizing inversions, handstands, arm-balancing, as well as Restorative/Yin classes emphasizing recovery and restoration.
Naheed is an avid acrobat specializing in hand-balancing, partner-based acrobatics and yoga (acroyoga, yoga acrobatics, partner acrobatics), high flying acrobatics, and other gymnastics-based routines such as the flying rings. She regularly performs and leads groups and individuals in acrobatics and performance tricks at Santa Monica Muscle Beach and incorporates these teachings into her classes and workshops.
Known for her contagious energy and enthusiasm, Naheed draws upon each of her specialties to design classes and programs to inspire and empower her students to use their mind-body awareness to reach heightened levels of fitness and health. Her methods are infused with practical information to educate her clients to intuitively listen to their bodies and minds to achieve fitness, health, and general wellness. While she passionately pursues the power of strength, exertion and effort, she equally emphasizes the need for upkeep and balance with proper nutrition, rest, and recovery. To that end, each of her disciplines incorporates opening and restorative phases to promote openness of the body, healthy tissue regeneration, prevention of injury, and calming of the mind. Her knowledge of therapeutics, myofascial release, and neuromuscular feedback are revered as invaluable techniques to maintaining lifelong practice of any discipline. Her classes are accessible, challenging, and inspiring to every level, from the first time beginner to the experienced practitioner.
Naheed holds graduate degrees in law, business, international development, and health policy. Born and raised on the East Coast, Naheed has lived, worked, studied, and traveled throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America. She believes that each of her experiences contributes largely towards her approach to health and wellness and, ultimately how she shares that with others.