Mira Gracia

profilephoto01-001370000076XkEAAUMira Gracia is a native New Yorker who moved to Oregon over a decade ago in search for a better quality of life and an environment that supported her active lifestyle and passions. Beginning her athletic endeavors, in Tae Kwon-Do learning from her father and 8 years of competitive gymnastics as a child, she now focuses her efforts in strength training with kettlebells and barbells and competitive olympic weightlifting.

Over the last 10 years her passion, focus and practice of strength training has transformed into a journey to empower women all over the world. Being a first hand witness to the powerful physical, mental and emotional outcomes strength training enables, is why she advocates its importance especially for the female.

Mira currently works with all levels of athletes, coaches, trainers, and academics in the strength community in an effort to build lasting results, durability and resiliency in her students. She is most recently a StrongFirst Team Leader and currently holds 4 national level and 9 Oregon state master’s weightlifting titles. In addition to being the co-founder of Industrial Strength, she is the head coach for the weightlifting (aka “Olympic Lifting”) program and competition team.

On her off days Mira enjoys many of Portland’s fine coffee brews and enjoying the Pacific Northwest with her husband Tony and two Victorian bulldogs Suh and Dimas.

Experience and Credentials

Gold medalist 2017 Masters Weightlifting Nationals 63kg
Gold medalist 2017 Masters American Open 63kg
Holds 9 Oregon state records in weightlifting 53-63kg class


Mira is great! From taking her kettlebell classes and watching her weightlifting ones, you can easily see how engaged she is in the class, making sure everyone is doing things right. Even in a busy class, she's able to make sure people are swinging/lifting appropriately. She's enthusiastic, engaging, and fun in class. She's also an inspiration as she's always pushing herself to get better and seeing her lift is a great motivator to keep myself going.

Alexis Allan
I have been working with Mira for over three years. She is a tremendous coach who is the perfect blend of pushing you to reach your goals and test your limits while helping you be mindful of your body and staying safe. Mira was instrumental in helping me recover from a back injury, she helped me retrain my body, breaking down the simplest to most complex movements in an easy to understand fashion which allowed me to heal and ensure proper form to avoid injury in the future. Mira did all this while working closely with my physical therapist to create a holistic program that would keep my body safe and me in the gym for years to come. I absolutely adore Mira, she takes what she does seriously and requires that from her clients while being easy to talk to, a tree of knowledge, and fun! If you work with Mira you’ve found yourself a champion, someone who will inspire you, push you to achieve new goals and rally beside you each step of the way. I am lucky to have found her!

Dr Tyna Moore
I can't say enough about Coach Mira and her skills as a Strength and Conditioning coach. Through the use of kettlebells, she helped me navigate through a horrible hip/back injury. As a Chiropractor and rehab specialist, I have been the worst client at time, not listening and doing my own programming. Coach Mira pulled me back on track, through the injury and kept me strong throughout the process. She inspires me, routes for me, sometimes yells at me (I need it somedays) and always keeps me on the path of continued strength. She is an inspiration as both a woman and a coach. I simply adore this woman.

Sage Dillon
I recently started training with Mira and would highly recommend working with her! Her level of expertise and knowledge has helped me gain confidence with form and technique while having fun! Regardless if the classes are small or large, she makes sure to give everyone her full attention in order to make small detailed changes to our form that allow us to get stronger without hurting ourselves along the way. She will also make time outside of class for any questions and clearly cares for all her students. If you get a chance to work with her get ready to be motivated to get strong while having fun in a positive environment!

Alena Rott
I thoroughly enjoy my time working with Mira! She inspires, encourages and teaches. I got super lucky to be a part of Mira’s gym and community!

She helps in the most encouragable way to overcome any physical or “mind” obstacles that we, as her students, build around our physical abilities. I appreciate her scientific approach to the body mechanics that allows building fitness and health routines that motivate to gradually and consistently change and grow as an athlete.

She is a dedicated and knowledgeable coach and an all-around great and fun person!

Aaron Sanchez
Mira is an incredibly balanced and knowledgeable coach. She has excelled over the years and offers outstanding technical coaching along with awareness of her students needs. Mira has the ability to observe a movement and find the perfect explanation on adjustments that should be made with skillful and clear instructions . Mira's likeable nature has students embrace her instruction and stay motivated throughout training. Mira operates at a high training intelligence and is capable of training anyone from novice to professional skill level.

Sheila Schaeffer
I started training with Mira after another coach I had worked with for several years retired. I didn't think I would find anyone to "fill his shoes" but after my 1st class with Mira, I felt very confident with her coaching and was impressed with her expertise and professionalism.

Regardless of the number of students in a class, Mira provides a lot of personal attention. I appreciate her acceptance of where I'm at in my individual level of training while encouraging me to build my strength. She is very detailed in her coaching, ensuring my form and moves are correct which not only helps to build my strength but keeps me safe from injury in the process. I've benefited greatly from Mira's classes and have a lot of fun in the process!

Andrew Yarborough
Training with Mira and watching Mira train over the past couple of years, I'm always impressed with her attention to the details in every movement. I've now done hundreds of Turkish get ups, but each tiny movement can still be improved by making sure each rep is done with the intention of making it a perfect rep. This is something I see every time with Mira. Consistency, an eye for details in how we move, and practicing that always. When I feel tired and just want to quickly move through and get a rep done, I refocus and move deliberately. It's an inspiring model of consistency that Mira displays every day. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to train with her.

Galen Fairbanks
As a newbie to kettlebells, I always leave Mira's classes knowing more than I did before. She has a keen ability for breaking down complicated moves and exercises in a way that makes sense and feels approachable. She's a total powerhouse and someone I admire!

Carl Sciacchitano
Mira is a wonderful teacher, and has been instrumental in my growth as a student. I had never touched a kettlebell before I walked into Mira's gym and started training, and I know that her coaching in particular has been a big reason for my progression to more difficult techniques and weights. She has a unique ability to break down movements and exercises, and to explain them in ways that really "click". Movements that first felt entirely foreign soon became comfortable, and soon, I became more confident in my ability to accomplish them. Her classes and comments are always insightful and encouraging, and I'm not sure I would have stuck with my new workout regimen if it weren't for her tutelage. Thanks Mira!

Elizabeth Raftopoulos
I've been taking (and loving) MIra Kwon's kettle bell classes at Industrial Strength Gym for a few months now. The level of specific and consistent technical instruction directed at improving my technique has benefited me enormously!
What I've also come to appreciate from Mira's keen attention to technique are the nuanced and detailed prompts for correction during the arc of a movement. They're seemingly small but very impactful observations that leave a lasting effect and have been instrumental in helping me get the absolute most from that particular movement. She knows when to push for more and when one should lessen the weight for the sake of proper technique. Mira is one of those rare instructors that sincerely cares about her students..... I so look forward to her classes!!

Ashley Fisher-Nelson
Mira is amazing (and I'm not exaggerating )! I brag about her all the time to anyone who will listen. She is everything you could want in a trainer. She has a deep knowledge and commitment to building strong, proper movement with her clients. I've significantly increased my strength and mobility as a result of working with her. She's a master motivator! I often hear her cheering/pushing me on even when I'm working on my own. And she doesn't stop the motivation or commitment to your strength at the end of your session. Mira has supported me as a whole human through injuries and health issues. She'll recommend physicians, acupuncturists, podcasts, and supplements. She's freaking sent me flowers when I had a whole month where I was out sick - what?!? She'll work with you no matter where you are or what your goals are (and trust me you'll hit those goals). She'll challenge you to be so much better, stronger, and even happier. She's patient, dedicated, and passionately committed to every client. She's an exceptional person and a truly outstanding trainer.


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Team Leader SFG
StrongFirst Elite
Kettlebell Instructor SFG II
Barbell Instructor SFL
Bodyweight Instructor SFB




City: Portland
Zip code: 97210
State: OR
Country: United States


Website: www.industrialstrengthgym.com
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