For those of you who are not familiar with "America's Personal Trainer"™, Mr. Tony Little, you are about to discover the incredible story behind a man who in my opinion has one of the most inspirational stories to share. Tony's success proves that if you put your mind to something you can accomplish anything; regardless of any obstacles or how far fetched the goal may seem.
It is because of these reasons that I decided to reach out to Tony Little and ask him if I could have the honor of an interview with him since I wanted to share his story with my readers and also show how his background in bodybuilding has played a key role to his success as a business person and life in general. Tony graciously accepted the invitation and below is the result of this great interview:
Hugo Rivera: Hey good morning, Tony?
Tony Little: Hi Hugo, how are you?
Hugo: Great and you?
Tony: Sorry it took me a little bit -- one meeting ran over I wasn’t expecting.
Hugo: Not a problem I completely understand trust me, I know how that goes.
Tony: Well, sometimes you’re glad the meetings run over because it at least it means you were interesting!
Hugo: Exactly! You know thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview.
Tony: No, I appreciate it.
Hugo: I’m a really huge fan of yours and you’ve been one of my inspirations that has helped me to achieve what I have achieved in the fitness industry so I’m truly honored by you agreeing to do this.
Tony: Looks like you’ve done a lot.
Hugo: Thank you, coming from you that means a lot. Let me see, shall we begin?
Tony: I got thrown off a little bit today, I was up at 4:30 am.
Tony: I got a call last night – so I was on this morning for the Fox Business News Channel, showing them how....was it Geithner who is the Secretary of Treasury?
Tony: Showing him how to sell.
Hugo: That’s awesome!
Tony: How to sell his proposed financial bill to Capitol Hill.
Hugo: You know what’s funny? I mean, there’s such a stigma that we bodybuilders are kind of like muscle heads and there’s not much that we can do but I think there are many of us out there who completely disproved that stigma you know?
Tony: Oh yeah.
Hugo: I mean there’s you out there, there’s Arnold Schwarzenegger of course, Lee Labrada and I can keep mentioning names you know.
Tony: Yeah, there’s a lot of us.
Hugo: Yeah so thank God for that.
Tony: Yeah, no question.
Hugo: You know a lot of people who have just met you on TV may not know this but you have actually competed in bodybuilding competition quite successfully.
Tony: Yes, in my early years I was very fortunate.
Hugo: You know you were the 1980 Southern State Champion, 81 Mr. Florida and Southern USA Champion and for those people that don’t know the Southern States is a very, very strong competition.
Tony: Just like the Mr. Florida. But the thing too, which a lot of people don’t know -- I think some people know in a couple of articles -- but right after the Southern States and the Florida, I entered the Junior Nationals.
Tony: I won my class and was one point away from beating Lee.
Hugo: Lee Haney yeah.
Tony: Which was fun, but here’s an interesting story -- we shared the same dressing room, Lee and I did.
Hugo: No way! Can you elaborate on that?