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Episode #8: Dominic Munnelly

Dominic Munnelly is today’s guest on our Elite Fitness podcast and was also our first interview. What better way than to start out the interviews with someone that has been training for the past 20 years in the fitness industry and comes from a fitness science background, so you know all of his muscles aren’t just for show!

As a personal trainer, Dominic is giving people the tools they need for a healthy life, rather than extreme but temporary body building. He would rather work with clients that want to live a life of fitness for a long time, regardless of what the current fitness trend is. This requires not going into the first session with a new client with a set plan, but seeing what it is that they want from their training experience which quickly establishes trust.

The mistake that Dominic sees other trainers make is focusing on “good” or “bad” trainers when we need to simply focus on the good when it comes to training. Reach out and talk to trainers that you respect, sending them a message that you appreciate the message and techniques that they share.

When asked where he sees the fitness industry going, Dominic sees fitness going back to yoga and stretching through understanding one’s own mobility. Smaller box gyms will also come back but being really real, it comes down to controlled expectations. It’s not about working 17 -18 hour days, but decide what level you want to play at.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

–Dominic Munnelly is a personal trainer with over 20+ years of experience

–Has a fitness science background with a focus on training for life in fitness for many years, rather than one specific focus such as body building or event focused training.

–Despite current trends within the fitness industry, Dominic has been able to work with his clients in a consistent fashion

–The key to maintaining a client for a long term is to establish trust as a trainer.

–“If someone isn’t feeling to work with you with enthusiasm, then fire them with enthusiasm…”

–Trainers should NEVER go in with a set plan when first working on a one to one session with a client and see what the client needs most.

–If you’re new to the fitness training game, train under a trainer that you look up to, and if you’re a trainer training, you’ll want someone to train under you that wants to train with you.

–You’ve got to be willing to pay for the services as well as charge others for your services to provide more credibility, looking the part of keeping your body in shape so that you can show through example how to do certain moves.

–Credibility significantly increases when the client sees in you as a trainer what living a fitness lifestyle looks like.

–A trend that Dominic sees coming back and staying is yoga as well as a focus on one’s mobility after how hard some have been regarding their bodies.

–Resilience within the 18-25 year range will tell Dominic a lot about what that person is capable of.

Link to contact Dominic from Today’s Podcast:



Books that Dominic Munnelly Recommends: 

Tribes by Seth Godin

Any book by Bill Bryson

Any book by Ryan Holiday

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B Cialdini

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game by Sam Sheridan

Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secret of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

How Bad Do You Want It?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle by Matt Fitzgerald


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