EP. 081

Anthony Renna


Anthony Renna has been a personal trainer since 2004, first working with Equinox, then on his own at different facilities before opening his own gym, Five Iron Fitness, in 2008. He sold Five Iron in 2016 so he could focus on his true passion of providing educational resources for fitness professionals to excel in the profession. His mission is to help them find success and make an impact in the world by sharing all he has learned from the best of the best.

As the founder and host of both the Strength Coach Podcast and Strength Coach TV, he has interviewed hundreds of strength coaches, fitness professionals, physical therapists and gym owners. He applies what he learned by helping fitness professionals in his personal coaching and accountability group.

Anthony still trains clients a few hours a week and is a partner with Michael Boyle in StrengthCoach.com and BodyByBoyleOnline.com

His new book Be Like the Best: A Guide to Reaching the Top in the Fitness Profession is out October 18.  www.BeLiketheBest.com


Show Notes:

Websites and Social Media Links

Website – continuefit.com

Website – strengthcoach.com

Website – strengthcoachpodcast.com

Facebook – Anthony Renna

Twitter – @CONTINUEfit

Instagram – antrenna


Books Mentioned:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

Everything is Fucked

Do The Work

Tribes of Mentors

Tools of Titans

The War of Art


Anthony’s Book Recommendations

Delivering Happiness


On the Road

Why Sinatra Matters

The Drinking Life


People and Resources mentioned:

Gray Cook

Mark Verstegen 

Mike Boyle

PT on the Net



Nick Winkelman

Sean Croxton

Paul Chek

Sally Fallon

David Getoff

Weston A. Price

Perform Better

Erin McGirr

Steven Pressfield

Tim Ferriss

Tony Robbins

Richard Branson

Stephen King

Don Saladino

Ron McKeefery

Geralyn Coopersmith

Toast Masters

Patrick Ward

Jason Ferruggia

Derek Hansen

Laree Draper

Frank Nash

Darcy Norman


Molly Galbraith

Girls Gone Strong

David Epstein

Mark Fisher

Alwyn Cosgrove

Tuff Girl Fitness

Tony Hsieh

Christa Doran

Chicken soup for the soul 

Jack Kerouac

Pete Hamill

Frank Sinatra

Wayne Gretzky

Gordie Howe

Ken Dryden

Denis Potvin

Stevie Ray Vaughan



0:00 – 9:35 – Robbie intro’s the show and asks Anthony about his background

9:36 – 11:03 – Robbie asks Anthony was closing his facility scary?

11:04 – 15:37 – Robbie asks Anthony about his podcasting career

15:38 – 21:07 – Robbie asks Anthony why did he decide to write his book “Be Like The Best”?

21:08 – 24:10 – Robbie asks Anthony how his book went from a minor to major project?

24:11 – 29:19 – Robbie asks Anthony about the structure of the book

29:30 – 36:32 – Robbie asks Anthony about the similarities and differences between all the individuals he interviewed for his book?

36:33 – 38:38 – Robbie asks Anthony what was his biggest takeaways from writing this book?

38:39 – 42:57 – Robbie asks Anthony if he feels the diversity between the goal setting habits of the individuals he interviewed for his book should be something to be embraced?

42:58 – 42:52 – Robbie asks what’s next for Anthony Renna?

42:53 – 47:59 – Robbie asks Anthony, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

48:00 – 50:23 – Robbie asks Anthony where people can find out more about him and his book?

50:24 – 51:58 – Robbie wraps up the show!