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Strength, resilience, and acceptance: Anthony’s story


Anthony's story is one of perseverance and self-discovery. Growing up in a household where his true identity felt like a closely guarded secret, sports became his refuge. Eventually, he discovered Freeletics, which offered him a sense of community.

Freeletics unlocked a new world for Anthony. It connected him with like-minded athletes to train with and complemented his running. The result? A well-rounded training regimen that helped his confidence soar.

"I did not feel comfortable coming out."

"I was a VERY skinny kid... bullied and made fun of because of my lack of muscle."

These words echo the silent battles Anthony fought within himself. Despite the challenges, he found solace and strength in sports, pushing himself on the basketball court and conquering miles on the track. Through determination and resilience, Anthony not only overcame physical obstacles like winning a spot on his college basketball team but also became a role model for others in the LGBTQ+ community.

"I started running as a sport, became a marathon runner, and then ultimately decided to get certified as a running coach, personal trainer, and fitness trainer," Anthony said.

In the face of adversity, Anthony discovered his purpose—to break down barriers and inspire others to embrace their true selves. As a successful coach and athlete, he challenges norms in the college and broader fitness communities, empowering all minority groups to feel seen and motivated.


"My role has allowed me to motivate, empower, and inspire other LGBTQ+ athletes to achieve their goals.”

Yet, amidst his achievements, Anthony grappled with doubt—a silent struggle that lingered in the background. It was during these moments of vulnerability that he found solace in running, where the rhythm of his footsteps reinforced the resilience of his spirit.

Through running, Anthony found redemption and purpose. With each marathon conquered, he shattered personal records and embraced the journey of self-discovery. Alongside his running journey, Anthony recognized the importance of a comprehensive training program like that of Freeletics, including strength and flexibility training.

“Freeletics helped me explore the world of calisthenics and stay on top of my workouts."

Discovering Freeletics was a turning point for Anthony. The app provided a platform for him to explore calisthenics and maintain accountability in his training routine. With each workout completed, Anthony found liberation and strength, transforming his fitness journey into one of self-empowerment.


"Fitness and striving to be better each day helped me cope with these difficult times."

As he stands on the brink of his tenth marathon, his second time in the New York City Marathon, Anthony reflects on his journey and offers these words of encouragement and advice to those facing similar challenges:

"Freeletics eliminates the intimidation factor that keeps many people from joining a fitness program. It’s truly an app for everyone. Adjust the level of intensity of the workouts, and make them fit into your work and life schedules. If you put the work in, you will see results after a few weeks!"

Anthony's story serves as a reminder that within each of us lies the power to break free from social constraints and embrace our true selves. With courage, conviction, and unwavering pride, we can embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, rewriting the narrative of our lives with every step forward.

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