We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Parisi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthony, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Fitness, health, and rehabilitation have always been my passion. As a young boy I played sports, and unfortunately/fortunately sports led to injury. It was my experience at physical therapy that led me to love Fitness, Performance, and Rehabilitation. I originally went to school to become a physical therapist, but my mentors encouraged me to go in a slightly different route; athletic training. I am glad I took their advice because it led me down a path of success & feeling of purpose. My education was full of clinical hours on and off the courts and field. I was able to help athletes the same way the physical therapists helped me when I injured myself. My initial plan was to go to grad school to become a Dr in Physical Therapy; however after my undergrad, I studied and became a certified personal training (CPT) while also working at a physical therapy clinic. I fell in love with fitness and performance even more, and I found that as a personal trainer I was able to apply all of my knowledge as a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and a physical therapy aid and develop a dynamic program called Parisi Fitness and Rehabilitation. I originally started training clients one on one, but was getting so busy I started training clients at the same time. I noticed that each client was getting individual attention, yet they seemed to be working harder because of the camaraderie of working with a workout buddy. Their results were great, and a light bulb went off. I asked myself, “How can I go from helping 20 clients reach their fitness and health goals to helping 200 clients?” That’s when I found Fit Body Boot Camp, a supportive fitness franchise that believed in high quality training and customer service. They spoke of a fitness family culture and they encouraged me to visit many different locations before making a decision. I resonated with their culture: warm, accepting, positive, energy rich, and magical. I also resonated with their core values: inspiring fitness and changing lives every day. It was this common belief that inspired me to become a gym owner. It is a challenging industry, and I am always “working,” but if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. The satisfaction I get from working with a motivated team that shares in the same goals drives me. I love being a part of something bigger than just me. Now as a team, we have hit my first goal of helping 200 members. So we have raised the bar and the goal is 300. When we hit that goal, we will strive for a bigger one. My mentors always taught me to never settle, but to always stay humble and kind. We will do just that.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We specialize in a 40 minute total body workout that targets your whole body every workout. We believe in adaptation for the mind and body so every workout is different. Our goal is to be the best part of your day. The road to get to where I am today was not easy, but with perseverance and support, I was able to overcome adversity. What I’ve learned is you cant do it alone. You need a team and you need mentors. We work hard every day to provide our members with an unparalleled workout experience.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love going to Stonehaus in Westlake Village for an outdoor social environment. When friends visit I love taking them to the iconic Santa Monica Pier.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Mentors are the key to anyone’s success. I am thankful for my parents, wife, friends, family, team members, teachers, clinical instructors, and fellow fitness professionals. You have all inspired me and continue to inspire me. I am a student and will never stop learning from all of you!