PRESS & MEDIA

I completed my first interview in 2013, and have been interviewed by or featured in a handful of other various outlets since. Enjoy reading the interviews and articles below.

Fox 6 News (2015)

Watch and read the original interview HERE.

Published by Fox 6 News on November 8th:

MEQUON — For his whole life, Anthony Moro wanted to serve in the Marine Corps, but after eight years of service, he was forced to take a different route in life.

Moro now serves as a fitness coach, and he says he’s exactly where he always wanted to be.

 

“Honestly, I could just never see myself at a regular job. I needed to be standing up and moving around and doing something exciting and helping people,” Moro said.

While he’s a seasoned personal trainer, this is Moro’s second career.

After high school, Moro shipped off to boot camp and joined the Marines.

“I was in 0321 which is a recon man and that was my job was amphibious reconnaissance,” Moro said.

Putting on the uniform and serving his country was a dream come true, Moro says.

“Ever since I was a little kid I never dressed up as anything but an Army guy or a soldier or a Marine for Halloween. It was always my go-to costume,” Moro said.

 

But seven years into his service, life threw Moro a curve-ball that changed everything.

“I was having trouble walking. I couldn’t write my name right. I wouldn’t be able to work out for more than 20 seconds at a time before I would have to call in sick even for work that day. I had no energy,” Moro said.

Then, one weekend, Moro’s vision began to blur.

“I thought that I had been looking at a computer screen too long,” Moro said.

 

“Anthony being Anthony tried to eat carrots to try to correct his vision that weekend which didn’t work,” Lisa Wishmann, Moro’s girlfriend said.

“It got worse the next day and the day after and until I couldn’t read a cell phone in front of my face,” Moro said.

Wishmann, who now co-owns Moro Performance with Anthony, took him to the eye doctor, and they were sent to the emergency room.

“It took about 12 hours for them to finally ask me to get a couple of MRIs and I did — and it was awkward because when the guy came in to tell me, it was more of a ‘by the way you have MS’ kinda thing rather than sit me down,” Moro said.

The abrupt diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, a disease which attacks the central nervous system, came as a shock.

“I wasn’t thinking. I didn’t know what MS was. I had heard of it, and my first question was’ how long do i have to live?'” Moro said.

“It was really hard to see someone who you look up to and who was an athlete their whole life and who always worked really hard at everything all of a sudden be told that they’re diagnosed with something that could affect their movement,” Wishmann said.

It also meant Moro could not re-enlist.

“That was my dream was to be a Marine forever. I loved what I was doing and there really, there was no other option for me,” Moro said.

But as it turned out, there was another option. Another life-long dream would become reality for Moro: His gym, Moro Performance.

The Marine now spends his time coaching CrossFit with Wishmann and his service dog Pablo, training athletes and helping others living with MS to live their life to the fullest.

“I’m 100% an advocate for training and re-learning the motor function, similar to if someone gets into a car accident and they’re told they can’t walk again and you’re told the success story about how just through determination and dedication eventually they’re able to. That’s kind of the approach I take,” Moro said.

 

Moro’s approach also combines his Marine Corps. background.

The motto at Moro Performance is “Be Uncommon.”

“Be Uncommon comes from Admiral Nimitz and the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. It was the largest all Marine battle and his quote was ‘uncommon valor was a common virtue.’ So go the extra mile. Don’t do what everyone else is doing. If you do have MS — get off the couch. Go outside. Walk around. Come back in. If you’re an athlete, work harder than your competition. It’s all-encompassing,” Moro said.

“It’s really cool to hear the dialogue he has with his clients and how motivating he is and encouraging and it’s a really good feeling to know that that’s my business partner and my boyfriend as well,” Wishmann said.

Moro Performance has been open for about six months.

Moro is celebrating this Veterans Day by hosting the “Vet-mazing Race” — a fundraiser for the Recon and Sniper Foundation.

 

CLICK HERE to learn more about Moro Performance.

Email: info.moroperformance@gmail.com

Phone: (414) 614-1492

Facebook: facebook.com/moroperformance

Personal website: train-ms.com

Warrior Outreach Radio (2015)

Listen to the original interview HERE.

Raider Project Calendar (2015)

I was featured in the 2015 Men of the Raider Project Calendar.
Top: Back row, 5th from left (3rd Recon in Afghanistan, 2011)
Below: Bottom right 2 pictures (Afghanistan, 2011)

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NBA Japan (2014)

Read the original story HERE.

Translated from Japanese:

Hello! It is Aya from the Bucks Dancers. This time we will introduce our dance team’s personal trainer, Tony. He was handpicked by our sponsor, Elite Sports Clubs.

During the audition selection this year, we were put through a boot camp he was in charge of running. We had to do physically challenging workouts outdoors under the summer sun. Tony makes us a different exercise program for each day and we cannot get tired because every time is a different workout. Even though the workouts are one hour of hard exercises, we still have fun and joke around.

In addition, he helps us with nutrition and mental support to get us through the workouts – he is the best trainer I’ve met in the United States! The body measurements we took half way through the season showed I gained about 1 kg, but it was all muscle. This is all thanks to his training.

In 2011, when he was in the U.S. Marines, he was at Schwab base in Okinawa. He said when he was in Okinawa the food he liked the most was sushi and yakitori. On rest days, he liked to go to the Churaumi Aquarium. The restaurant he went to and liked the most was Oceans Sushi. If he has another chance to go to Japan, he would like to climb Mount Fuji and see a basketball game.

Although in the photo [see website] he is easily lifting the kettlebell (that weighs 32 kilograms) in one hand, last year he was diagnosed with a disease called multiple sclerosis. He is still fighting it now.

Multiple sclerosis makes lesions occur in the brain and spinal cord. A few years after returning from Afghanistan, he temporarily lost vision in his left eye and had trouble walking. He was sent to the hospital and an examination and MRI proved it was MS.

However, Tony is mentally very strong. He was working out again only a few days after his discharge from the hospital. His dream is to open a gym and he is working hard building a career as a trainer while working toward that goal.

Another talent Tony has is that he is very professional and made us confident. Us Bucks dancers have expressed tremendous thankfulness.

More fun on the next blog!

Dragon Door (2013)

Read the original interview HERE.

Dragon Door: How did you first get involved with fitness?

Anthony Moro: I’ve been an athlete my whole life. My parents kind of pushed me in that direction—as a kid I played nearly every sport! In high school I played football and ran track. And I’ve been in the Marines since high school graduation at age 18. When I finally came into the Reserves, I went to college for a semester before I was deployed again. So during my freshman year I played football and went to Afghanistan. After I came back, I started back with football and running track right into my senior year this year.

Dragon Door: How did you discover kettlebells?

AM: I first saw them eight years ago during Recon Training in the Marine Corps. They introduced me to kettlebells even though I learned to swing them a different way. Then about two years ago, while I was working at my current gym, I saw some of the other trainers using them. They started teaching me more techniques. I started practicing and studying for a year before attending the RKC this past April.

Dragon Door: How were you using kettlebells in Recon Training?

AM: We were swinging them CrossFit style, but also used them as just a heavy weight to carry around. We all brought them to Afghanistan with us. Then, when I finally signed up for the RKC, I had been training for a while, but was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about four to six weeks before the certification workshop. I was almost useless at that time, so it took the whole three months to pass my snatch test and earn the certification.

Dragon Door: How did you decide that you wanted to do the RKC?

AM: It has a lot of prestige and seemed like the right way to go. Pavel set a good example while he was with the program, but after he left I kept meeting awesome people who really kept me interested in the RKC.

Dragon Door: How did you prepare during the previous year?

AM: I started off by basically doing my own thing, researching online, and watching YouTube videos. Then I found the Rite of Passage workout from Enter the Kettlebell. I stuck to the Rite of Passage religiously along with the football workouts from our coach. I have to tailor the football workouts, but am able to keep doing what the team does in my own way.

Dragon Door: Have kettlebells helped you cope with MS?

AM: Yes, they’re helping a lot, especially with my training on the football team. I had been slacking off of Olympic weight lifting because I was having a hard time with my grip strength. Obviously, I would still need to grip a kettlebell, but since they are lighter, I was still able to safely train with them and maintain my hip strength.

Also, using kettlebells for mobility exercises helps a lot. Sometimes I wake up and will be super stiff—sometimes it feels like some muscles don’t want to be stretched at all. Windmills have seemed to help a lot, specifically.

Dragon Door: What are your favorite kettlebell exercises?

AM: Swings and overhead presses—the overhead press is kind of a “guy workout” for me. It lets me get strong and show off a little bit. But, the kettlebell swing really builds a true athlete.

Dragon Door: Who do you usually train at the gym?

AM: I work at a tennis club in the fitness department, so I train a lot of businessmen. I also work with my football team at Concordia University with pointers and cues. And, about a month ago I started training the Milwaukee Bucks dance team—and just starting them out with kettlebells.

Dragon Door: Are you also using kettlebells with your personal training clients?

AM: Yes, and for example I have two clients, both men in their mid-40s that started with about zero athletic ability. The had never played sports or really worked out, and in about four months they both completed a Tough Mudder race. Obviously there aren’t any kettlebells in the obstacle course race, but they were the main tool that I used to build their conditioning and get my clients used to facing a little bit of adversity.

We did a lot of circuit type training. I got a little creative with the kettlebells at first because I didn’t feel comfortable having them swing yet—this was also before my RKC Certification Workshop. They started out by picking up the kettlebells, performing deadlifts, and running. After I was able to teach them to develop a good swing, it just took off from there. They loved it as well. It was amazing to see them change from not being able to do one pull up to being able to complete a Tough Mudder just four months later.

Dragon Door: What’s your next goal? Obviously college graduation is soon, but what else is on the horizon in the immediate future?

AM: I want to keep on studying, learning, and continue to try to be the best coach that I can. I also want to help other people meet their goals. The next big thing I’m really looking forward to is preparing for and going to the PCC Workshop. Being diagnosed with MS made me realize that I might not be a strong man my whole life, so I need to learn how to conquer carrying around my own body.

Dragon Door: What’s your major at school?

AM: Exercise Physiology with a coaching minor. My brother and I are actually in the process of trying to open our own gym. More of a sports specific training facility For football and track. We want to bring the turf and track inside so we can train year round, since we’re in the Midwest. My brother is a year and a half younger, so we’ve always been on the same sports teams. He’s actually coaching me now and is one of the coaches here at my college. When I went to Afghanistan with the Marines, he stayed here. I’m like the old man on the team right now, and my little brother is my coach!

Dragon Door: How are things going with you and your football team?

AM: We just finished football camp last Sunday and have a scrimmage this week. The following week we’re right into the season which will be my main focus now.

Dragon Door: How do you stay balanced? You’re a student, you’re in the reserves, you’re on the football team, and you’re a personal trainer, how do you do it all?

AM: I have Google Calendar and an awesome girlfriend who reminds me about a lot of things. That is my golden secret!

Dragon Door: How are you training during this football season?

AM: I’m trying to maintain during the season and stay injury free. In general I’m going to play it a little smarter this year and not go for the gold every training session. I’ll be holding back just a little bit. Also, I won’t be going for any personal records until the football season is over.

After the season, I want to try to compete in the CrossFit games again. Last year around the time I was diagnosed with MS, I was unofficially disqualified because the symptoms stopped me from completing the workouts on time.

Dragon Door: How would you describe your current workouts?

AM: I don’t really have a typical workout. Because of my Recon background, I do something different everyday. But, I always get in some high intensity cardio and some powerlifting. Sometimes my buddies will be lifting at a different time, and if they call me I’ll go even if I’m tired!

Dragon Door: Do you have a special approach to nutrition?

AM: I’m big into vegetable juicing. It helps with the MS symptoms and helps to keep inflammation down after workouts. I usually like to make a big disgusting-looking green drink with kale, spinach, ginger, fresh turmeric, apples and oranges. I started making fresh juices because of some of the research I did after the MS diagnosis.

My girlfriend and I have been Paleo for a while, then we read about anti-inflammatory foods and how to eat more of them. I’ve had a big turnaround from eating Paleo, juicing a lot and taking the right medicines. In about eight or nine weeks, I went from having a lot of difficulty walking with my right leg, being unable to work out, and having so much trouble that I couldn’t even write my name with my right hand to where I am now—playing college football again. I did it mostly by staying active and eating healthy foods.