We had the good fortune of connecting with Julian Anya and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Julian, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My purpose. My purpose on this earth is to help others realize how great they are. Growing up, I was the guy who everybody counted on or when they needed someone to re-ignite their fire. As a trainer, my purpose is to guide and show my clients how to live a healthier, fitter life. The best way to do that is by creating a service. My personal training business for me is an obligation to give back. I’ve tried every diet and workout program you can think of. Also, with my bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and years of training clients, I have gained enough experience to help anyone to achieve their fitness goals. I know most people build a business to make money, however there’s a unique joy you feel knowing that you built a business that is changing the way people live their lives. I want to train as many clients as I can to be great. Once, I gathered the knowledge I knew it was time to go to the next level. How many people can I impact? How many people can I get in shape? It’s like a fun game but you are actually making your community better in the process. There wasn’t much to think about in terms of if I was going to start a business, is was just a matter of when. So back in 2018, I went full time in personal training and haven’t looked back. My next goal is go back to school and get my Doctorate in Physical Therapy because therapy is another passion of mine

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.
Honestly, what sets me apart from others is my passion. Passion is almost a rare thing nowadays. Most people look for the monetary value of what they do which is cool. However, I want the lasting impact of my guidance. I want my clients to use the skills they have learnt from me and apply them the rest of their lives. I get excited seeing my clients progress and feel an energy they have never felt before. Every new client is like a new born baby. I have to teach them how to crawl, walk, then run. I live by the saying “Teach em how to fish, they’ll eat forever”.

In college I knew I wanted to have a professional career in both Fitness and Therapy. I chose to start with fitness because of the quick impact. After I graduated college, I got certified as a trainer and got hired at 24 Hour Fitness. I worked there for about 2 years then landed a Physical Therapy Tech job. That job was a game changer because I was working with great therapists who gave me an in depth experience into the physical therapy world. Still this day, I used all the knowledge that I gained from my therapy job in my fitness training. After that job, I went full time as a trainer. I’ve always maintained a steady number of clients at a time still to this day. I can honestly say my journey has been smooth. I’ve faced a lot challenges during the years but I always figure things out. I’ve learned that you have to be consistent, dedicated, and patient in order to see great results. The Academy of Fitness and Athletic Performance is a training brand that trains people to be fit and athletes to perform their best

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Places to eat: anywhere near montrose Party: downtown, Washington Avenue
I highly recommended to go see one the sports teams play, it’s always a good time.
Houston has a lot of great parks: Herman, Memorial, and Buffalo Bayou

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my madre (mom) who has provided with great examples of hard work and determination

Website: jaapparel21.com

Instagram: @all_hail_the_academy

Image Credits
Michael Ma Jordan Garza Jeremy Paul Bentulan

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