Katie Mollica is the co-owner of Anato-Me, a strength and conditioning gym in Arcadia. Mollica says it is “a space where people come to challenge themselves physically, learn how to perform exercises that drive results, nourish their bodies and become fundamentally stronger than they were before.” Learn about Katie Mollica…
First job: Lifeguard at Westin Kierland Resort.
Favorite ways to spend your free time in AZ: I love being outside, and spending time with my family is an important part of my life, so visiting my parents and exploring northern Arizona where they live is a perfect way to combine both! My parents moved up to Prescott a few years back. It’s been a nice excuse to leave the city, relax, connect and explore places I haven’t been before. Plus, Prescott is the cutest town.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: Starting Anato-Me and bringing my dream to reality. I have always known I wanted to have my own gym. After working for several fitness companies over the years, I wanted to create a space that promoted everything that has helped me in the way I approach health and wellness. I’m so proud to have a space centered around science-backed strength-training programs rather than just the new fad fitness approach. Strength training has been and always will be the most effective way to change your body!
The biggest obstacle you overcame: Going against the grain. It is not easy to be different, but I knew for our success it was important to be something completely different from every other gym, and I had to trust the process. There is this industry myth that you need to get annihilated every time you take a fitness class or it wasn’t impactful, and that’s a misconception we need to forget! We work hard and challenge ourselves, but you don’t need to destroy yourself physically and mentally every class to get the results you want. I love that we are changing the stigma.
Someone who inspires you and why: When I was first getting into spin and yoga back in 2012 in Los Angeles, I met a trainer by the name of Nicole Sciacca. She has been my biggest inspiration in my fitness journey. She showed me that being yourself is the only way to make it in the fitness industry. She is real and raw about all of her successes and failures, and she always shows up with a smile. I always try to embody her energy and optimism when training my clients or interacting with people at the gym.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Whether you have an audience of five or 500, show up for them and remember they are there because they trust you and are looking to you to help better their day. Leave your ego at the door and simply have fun with them. If they have fun in your class and feel confident because of the support and guidance you provide, they will come back for more.
Favorite quote: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” -Anais Nin
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I was a high school and college cheerleader. For some reason, no one believes me when I say that.
What makes someone fabulous: They wake up every day and think to themselves “how can I be one percent better today?” They keep their chin up through it all.