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Brian Whelan

Brian Whelan

Foothill Gym, Monrovia CA

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Brian's work combines: Business, Entrepreneurship, and Problem Solving

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Day In The Life

Owner / CEO

I own a gym and am a personal trainer

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Exercise Trainers & Group Fitness Instructors:

High School

Bachelor's Degree


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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Excellent in sales, but was never happy.

  • 2.

    Quit smoking and joined Foothill Gym.

  • 3.

    Competed in a bodybuilding contest and loved the gym atmosphere.

  • 4.

    Merged what I was good at (business & sales) with what I loved (gym).

  • 5.

    Purchased a bankrupt Laguna Health Club and in two years turned it into a success.

  • 6.

    Sold Laguna to purchase Foothill Gym.

  • 7.

    Had both legs crushed and was in wheelchair for over a year, learned to overcome and succeed.

  • 8.

    Worked hard, worked smart, studied all about business, gyms, people.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    You cant succeed, you aren't good enough. (Father) People thought "he will fail." (Members at the beginning)

  • How I responded:

    I joke that I am stupid and they are wise. You see, they know I will fail, but I am too stupid to realize it and so I succeed. The truth is, if you have blind faith in the outcome then you will take the steps to success. If you doubt or live in fear then you will hesitate and not take the steps to succeed. You have one life to live, it's not a dress rehearsal. No matter what you do you won't come out of this life alive, do what you love. You will teach your kids how to be happy versus just rich.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • When the economy crashed I almost lost everything, including my home. We have 4 kids. I focused and worked hard everyday and leaned on blind faith. I tried and never quit and slowly things turned for the better. Bottom line, I never quit.

  • My father was an alcoholic,I grew up being told negative stuff about myself and occasional violence. When I turned 18 I decided that I am now resposible for me and cannot blame my actions or mindset on anyone or anything else. Dump the self pity.

  • I arrived in the US with $95. I walked around on day one and got offered 3 jobs. I took an inside sales job and 3 months later I got promoted to outside sales when I told them I had a car. I lied, I had a bicycle. I pedaled everywhere. Was #1 rep.

  • I have difficulty reading and comprehending. I don't learn visually. So I read everything onto tapes and listened in my car.

  • I had my legs crushed and was in a wheelchair for over a year and took several years to fully recover. I challenged myself.