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I grew up as a multi-sport athlete. One thing I wanted to achieve was become bigger, faster, and stronger (like any other athlete). I began looking up anything and everything about working out and sports performance. When my teammates noticed the increased muscle and quickness on the field, they wanted in on the action, so I started training them. Seeing them get similar results, my love and journey for coaching began.

Anthony Cruz



COO director of tactical performance

My Journey

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and commissioned through the United States Army from Missouri State University. Then, I completed graduate school earning a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Human Performance. I completed serving on Active Duty as an Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Army’s Master Fitness Trainer Course. There, I supervised a team certifying the Army’s top Soldiers as Master Fitness Trainers. I now serve as a Captain in the Army Reserves where I serve as Medical Operations and Intelligence Officer.

Throughout the years I have acquired a diverse background. I have enjoyed working in various industries, such as orthopedic sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and a tactical strength and conditioning.

As of today, I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). A Certified Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting (USAW) and a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

“Many veterans and people still serving, whether military, fire, or police, believe pain is a way of life. I am telling you that is not the case at all. Take ownership of your health on a daily basis and I can guarantee you will see improvements. You just have to want it and be willing to put in the effort consistently. Hydration, nutrition, stretching, PROPER resistance training…all of the things you are not doing enough are part of the equation. The question is not if you will ever feel and move better. The question is when are you willing to take control of your health to feel and move better.”

My Mission and Practice

My mission is to improve health, performance, and ultimately safety to all military, fire, and police in the Inland Valley. I currently work with over dozens of veterans, first responders, and active duty military at our Murrieta facility. I also work with these populations online all across the country to get them and keep them performing their best in their respective service fields.

Non-Profit collaborations

On Memorial Day 2021, Progressive health & Performance had a fundraising event in honor of our veterans, partnered with Heroes Movement and Carry The Load. This event was extremely special as everyone came together to complete the Murph Challenge: 1.5-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, and 1-mile run, in honor of Lt. Michael P. Murphy. Progressive Health & Performance (PHP) is proudly partnered with Heroes movement to serve the veteran community. Currently, PHP serves over 85 veterans for free in Murrieta, Temecula and Riverside County. PHP' non-profit involvements allows many individuals to have access to health and wellness services at no cost.

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