Hey there, my name is Armando… lotsa people call me Mondo… I am a fitness professional living in Torrance, CA. I am the founder of The Gym South Bay & Fitness & Fun Boot Camp. I absolutely love my job as a personal trainer/fitness instructor/writer/motivator/and teacher in the South Bay. I love helping everyone (women/men/kids) I come in contact with get in better shape. I especially enjoy working with women of all types especially moms. My goal is to help them look even better than before having kids.
I also help both women and men reduce stress, increase health performance, lose fat, and boost metabolism in the body. I am very serious about building long-term relationships, achieving positive results and upholding my commitment to excellence.
I got certified as a personal trainer in 1994 and the following year (in my early twenties) I opened up “The Gym” in Hermosa Beach CA. Now I am proud to say that I am a South bay Personal Trainer as well, helping people from all over L.A. County.
Since then I have been helping South Bay residents in Torrance, Redondo, Palos Verdes, Hermosa, Manhattan Beach & now people all over the world just like you achieve some amazing results and lose hundreds and even thousands of pounds. (And that is not an exaggeration.)
I’ve also consulted and worked with many people that have lost well over 100lbs…
…And I’ve helped everyone in between.
I’ve found that I enjoy working with women & men who need to lose a lot of weight (100+) or even the last 20lbs. Motivating people to be their best is my specialty and I have developed all of the tools to get you their. Believe me I work with with many different types of people as you will see from reading my blog – and their are different reasons that have instigated my continued passion to be the best at what I do.
First I want to say that my biggest hero is my father who is a Hall of Fame Boxer that taught me to not only follow my dreams like he did but also taught me hard work, discipline, and compassion as well as other success principles. The only problem was that my dad loved to eat red-meat and ate it at least 3 times per day. He ended up passing of stomach cancer that I feel was caused by the amount of red meat he consumed as well as the chemicals and hormones in the beef. He passed one week before my eldest sister Sylvia and she died of a heart attack caused by diabetes and a lifestyle that was not very healthy. These were the first deaths that I had ever had to deal with from a family member and to lose two of the closest people to me just devastated me. These are two reasons for my passion to help others live happier healthier lives.
My mom is another one of my hero’s that raised my 4 sisters, my brother, and me, along with my dad. She worked hard and devoted her life to her children and still found time to take care of herself -not to mention doing so much for her 6 children. Looking back, I realized that she spent so much time taking care of her kids that she didn’t take time for herself. I also realized that she didn’t have a good support group of other mothers who were motivated to get in shape and lose the baby fat. I was very blessed to have a mom that was health conscious and cooked very healthy (most of the time). I learned a lot from her as she taught me and my sisters what it meant to eat well and stay active. I have also realized that when I can help a mom change the foods that she buys for her family and begins to exercise, her kids want to do what she is doing! So not only do I get to help the mother out, but I get to help out the kids and maybe the husband (once in awhile) out as well.
For me this site is about giving back as well as saying thank you to my clients, friends, family, and an industry that has been so damn good to me.
Since 1995, as a passionate “South Bay Personal Trainer” I have been actively researching fitness and fat loss. I have tried every idiotic diet there is & every crazy workout style I could find. And yes in those early years I used many of clients as guinea pigs…
Now my team & I are so excited for you because we do have the formula to get you in amazing shape! But like anything else, it takes courage, persistence, dedication, and commitment and nothing can stop you from getting the results you want. But let’s get real here. What I am sure about is “you are either going to get in shape with me or quit.” I am here for the long hall and I have a whatever it takes philosophy mixed with a plan. I want you to succeed and if it takes a month great and if it takes a year that is fine with me!
This site is meant to give you the tools do do so! And if you want personal training, online coaching or even phone coaching I am here for you & experienced at all three.
Working with Kids is One of My Favorite Joys
Giving a Lecture on “Ethics & Attitude” in Personal Training to New P/T Grads
My Dad – My Hero
June and the family is so proud of him. Although he passed away in 2001 he still finds a way
to be such a positive force in the family. He was a kind and gentle man even though he got
paid to beat people up but was known for his class as a professional athlete as well as one of the
greatest fighters of his time. He taught us all the values of hard work, courage, persistence, honesty and love. I was always surrounded by boxing afficionados as well as gym equipment of some kind.
I remember lifting weights and drinking eggs (Lol) since the age of 9 years old.
I built my life around fitness and my goal is to get 10000 people in the South Bay, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes & Hermosa Beach area involved in a fitness program and feel what it is like to be fit by 2015!!!
Everything I am and everything I will become, I owe to my parents.
Committed to Your Health & Fitness,
South Bay Personal Trainer