Born and raised in the 305, Anthony Mendez is a Cuban American who has worked his way up through the fitness profession here in Miami. Mendez is now an independent Personal Trainer helping clients reach their goals. We caught up with Mendez for a Quick 10 interview powered by HALO Sport, but you can also follow him on Instagram – @mendezfitness.

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Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?

Born and raised in Miami Native – I love my city. I am a Cuban American.

How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?

I got started in fitness training at Bally’s Total Fitness and moved on from there. Also, LA Fitness, Equinox, and now an independent Personal Trainer.

How would you describe your classes?

My sessions are meant to challenge people both mentally and physically. Using your body and mind together to drive success and also learn more about yourself. Find weaknesses, find strengths, find new movements, and build confidence.

What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?

You can’t target “fat” – you can’t just do abs and think that it’s going to burn the fat in that area. You need to train the whole body.

Tell us a little bit more about your specialty.

I specialize in loaded and unloaded movement training. This unique style consists of unconventional tools, bodyweight, flows, and correctives.

Besides fitness, what’s one thing you’re passionate about?

Learning, growing, and diving into social media and how it keeps expanding.

What is a long-term goal you are working towards or would love to achieve?

Becoming an expert who can teach others to build a powerful and sustaining business.

What is the one thing you do every day to stay fit?

The one thing I do is make sure I follow my healthy habits in the morning every day, avoid sitting for long hours and stay plugged into self-development.

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

I stayed plugged into podcasts, attend seminars, events, listen to webinars and mentors. I build my mental knowledge and health. Also making sure to eat the right foods and learn new skills to challenge my mind.

What do you love about the South Florida fitness/health & wellness community?

I love how diverse the culture is and love that there’s so much potential here.