Fitness Director Anthony Munkholm is currently our TRX, Kettlebell, SBT and now Pilates King. Find out a little more about him and how he got to be here.
“My dad got my first set of dumbbells when I was about 8 years old and I began doing really simple exercises like crunches, presses, and squats. He knew it was a great way for me to channel my energy.
I began lifting weights my junior year in high school when I joined the after-school weight lifting program. In about one year I packed on 15 pounds of muscle. Of course my mother was thrilled because I was eating every morsel of food in the house.
Fast forward to my time in the Military. I scored excellent on all of my physical readiness tests topping out at 118 push-ups in two minutes. I was put in charge of physical readiness for the battalion I was stationed with. Being stationed overseas, there is never much to do, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan, so we lifted all the time.
Finally when I know I was going to get out of the military, I became friends with the director at the local gym in California and he told me that I would be a great trainer. So, I went out and got certified…and the rest is history. Between my leadership training in the military, my passion for a healthy lifestyle and my education, I worked my way up into management where I could have the best of both worlds (leadership and training).
I currently have a bachelors degree in exercise science, and a masters degree in public health. I am certified through the National Academy of Sports and Medicine as a certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, and a fitness nutrition specialist. Also I am certified as a primal blueprint health coach, have been certified in TRX, Kettlebells, PowerCORE, and am currently ursuing STOTT PILATES reformer training and NASM’s behavior change specialist.
At the SweatShop, working as the director, my time is split primarily betweeen 15-20 hours of private training and classes per week, running the day-to-day operations (schedules for trainers, sales with clients, keeping the place organized, etc), and planning (where we should go next, what’s the next hot trend, where we can get new leads). I also spend a lot of time coaching and growing junior trainers; this is potentially the best part of the job.
My favorite day of the week to work is Saturday. There is nothing better than getting all pumped up to teach the Saturday power line-up, have folks come in all fired up to work hard. We crank the music and I challenge individuals to see what their body is capable of in 25 minutes!
When I started at the SweatShop, I know next to nothing about Pilates and was not overly impressed with it. However, I could tell right away those that worked here were very passionate about it. I could hear our clients and how great they thought it was, and of course it was obviously one of our biggest revenue drives. So, I dove in with a reasonable open mind and after about 6 months of doing Pilates, I had significantly less back pain. I severely injured my back while on Tour in Afghanistan and had sorta just accepted that back pain was going to be part of my life. Now, 2.5 years later, I can go several days without back pain. There are a lot of reasons for this but doing Pilates 1-3x per week is a big reason why.
I recently went through the IR training and appreciate the detail that STOTT PILATES puts into the training and the ITs I get to work with are without a doubt top-notch. Learning has been a slow process as I work a lot, however, I try to get in at least 2 hours of practice each week and plan to be proficient by the end of 2017.”