Tony believed in his idea and was determined to be successful. Armed with faith and confidence in his program, he drummed up his last spark of passion and drive, and went to find out what it would take to make an exercise television show where he could promote his one-on-one approach. A local cable company told him that it would take at least $15,000 to produce a limited local access program, so he started a company cleaning health clubs to raise the necessary capital. This show became a hit. Finally, in 1987, Tony met the President and Founder of Home Shopping Network, and they struck a deal. If Tony could sell 400 of his videos in four airings, then they could work together on other projects. It worked; Tony sold all 400 videos in four minutes! His success was due to the fact that he was the first person to spend the majority of the time on his video discussing motivational exercise technique along with muscle group information. Solid, sound advice became his trademark.
His devotion to helping others combined with his dynamic personality, energy levels beyond reality and personal before and after story have made Tony a favorite among both the public and the media as he continues to capture the attention of audiences worldwide. He has appeared on everything from late night and daytime talk shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and RickiLake to prominent news broadcasts including CNN and ABC World News Tonight among others. Tony has also been featured in such reputable print media as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times as well as 100s of health, fitness, general interest and celebrity publications.
Today, Tony is still breaking records as he continues to bring the fitness world new ways to get off the couch and get back in shape. His current accolades include 14 Platinum Video Awards, 9 Gold Video Awards, Record-Breaking infomercials throughout eighty-one countries. More than 45,000,000 people worldwide have benefited from his exercise programs. Without a doubt, Tony knows the formula for success. His life has been a painful one at times, but his attitude on overcoming obstacles is simple, "Conceive, Believe and Achieve™"
America's Personal Trainer, Tony Little Honored by National Fitness Hall of Fame, City of Tampa
CLEARWATER, Fla., March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The "First in Fitness" award is a new honor created to mark the 15th anniversary of the National Fitness Hall of Fame by paying tribute to 15 fitness luminaries drawn from the roster of Hall of Fame Inductees. Tony Little joins a roster of honorees that includes Jack LaLanne, Vic Tanny, Judi Sheppard Missett, Paige Palmer and Dr. Kenneth Cooper, MD – each of whom are responsible for famous Firsts in Fitness.
Tony Little, who was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2006 for his exemplary career in the health and fitness industry is recognized as the "First Person to bring Personal Training to the Masses" and help create the Modern-Day personal training industry.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn honored Little with an award from the city for all he has done for fitness as well as the city itself. He not only helped to put Tampa on the map, but also get Tampa residents excited about fitness.
"I think this may be the biggest thing I've ever had", said Little. "I'm just happy that I was lucky enough to be picked".
Tony Little has helped shape the bodies of millions the world over with his personal training DVD's and workouts and exercise gear such as the renowned Gazelle – and helped shape the very way in which fitness product are marketed worldwide. His direct involvement in product development, singular expertise in direct marketing, unparalleled skills as America's top TV salesman and personal integrity that has engendered tremendous consumer trust throughout his storied career serve as the key ingredients underlying the impressive continued growth and diversification of the Tony Little brand.
Today, the Tony Little brand stands for excellence in fitness, health and well-being products, functional foods and lifestyle fashion including Cheeks - Tony's famous footwear that looks great while promoting fitness with every step, along with his all natural Gobble Up Turkey Burgers, all available on HSN. Tony's collection also includes a line of frozen foods that combine great taste and good health.