Anthony Munoz

Anthony Munoz

Owner/Personal Trainer


Elite Fitness Corps

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I signed up for the Marine Corps after high school; I served for six years, from 1992 to 1998.
After returning home, I went into the workforce right away rather than going back to school.
I worked in international logistics, then in the mortgage industry for a few years.
I went through a divorce that forced me to reevaluate what I wanted to do with my life.
I realized that my true passions had to do with health and fitness.
I went back to school at Fullerton College to get my Trainer Credential.
The program at Fullerton was incredible; my professors were knowledgeable and I met so many mentors.
I started my own personal training facility called Elite Fitness Corps.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
certification
Certification/License
Athletic Training/Trainer
Fullerton College
Career

Career

Owner/Personal Trainer

I help my clients reach their strength and training goals and improve their overall wellness.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Sports
Sports
Armed Services
Armed Services
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

For me, a great day is a busy day. We'd have clients coming in on time and eager to get started. A lot of the time you'll have to jumpstart the client's motivation, so having a client come in ready to go is always great. We'll usually train six to eight clients a day, which is six to eight straight hours of physical work. Each training session will usually have a set workout, but sometimes you'll have to switch things up and get creative, depending on your client.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Gain as much knowledge as possible when it comes to anatomy and physiology. I'm currently volunteering at VA hospital to get more experience with adaptive athletes and individuals with special needs. For example, when I started out, I didn't have much experience working with people with prosthetic limbs, so I'm trying to learn more about how to engage these individuals in physical training. I'm constantly looking for ways to better myself and be better prepared to accommodate any client.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Choose classes that interest you, not just classes that are going to fulfill a certain requirement. If you start off taking classes just because you have to take them, they're not going to hold your interest, and you might get discouraged. If you start with what interests you, you can then figure out where to go from there and what kind of degree or certificate you actually want to pursue.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

certification
Certification/License
Athletic Training/Trainer
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You can't do it."

My original Marine Corps unit and master sergeant were all extremely supportive. But when I was going through my divorce, I had to switch units so that I could spend more time with my son. It was tough to leave my unit, but I knew I had to do it. Unfortunately, the leader of my new unit was extremely demoralizing. I really needed support at the time, but all I had was this toxic person. But ultimately, this motivated me to leave the Corps, which freed me up to pursue my other passions.