Anthony Munoz

Owner/Personal Trainer

Elite Fitness Corps

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

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Owner/Personal Trainer

foundation interest 1 interest 2

My work allows me to combine the foundation of TEACHING / MENTORING and the interests of SPORTS and ARMED SERVICES.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

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, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

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.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Owner/Personal Trainer

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Certification/License - Athletic Training/Trainer

What I studied VERY STRONGLY RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Certification/License - Fullerton College, Athletic Training/Trainer

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN COLLEGE

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.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MY PEERS

“You can't do it.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

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.

Service Background and Insight

What branch of the military did you serve in?

Marine Corps

When did you complete active military service (ETS)? Please specify the year (YYYY).

1998

What is the highest rank you reached while in the service?

E5

What are some tips you would recommend for someone transitioning into civilian life?

Socialize with neighbors outside of your military career, and outside of your usual circle of friends. Try not to press the military or your service upon your family.

As many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war. Have you experienced PTSD, combat stress, or TBI as a result of your service?

Combat Stress

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