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Local athlete offers boot camp
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Anthony Harding times his clients during a 6 a.m. workout at Christoffersen Park on Friday. - photo by FRANKIE TOVAR / The Journal

Anthony Harding’s interest in physical fitness was born many years ago when he was just a kid on the football field. It grew as he attended Pitman High, where he became a two-sport varsity standout, flourished at Fresno State University, where Harding majored in Kinesiology and served as the Bulldog’s running back, and finally took a hold of him during his preparation for the NFL combines after graduation.

After four years in the white and red and a team workout for the Green Bay Packers, Harding made his way back home where he decided to take his knowledge and passion for physical fitness and put it to use by passing it on to others. His first step was to join the Pitman Pride coaching staff, serving as the running back coach for the football team. Recently, Harding took his second step, creating Harding’s Get Fit Boot Camp where the former Pitman star can be found whipping his clients into shape every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 a.m.

“I’ve always thought about doing this, it’s always appealed to me,” Harding said. “I’ve been an athlete my whole life so I know the importance of feeling and looking good and I like to help other people feel good about themselves.”

Similar to his role as football coach, Harding can be found watching his clients, critiquing their workouts, and offering encouragement and motivation to push themselves further. Whether the goal is a summer beach body or to simply shape up, those who attend Harding’s Get Fit Boot Camp can count on effective training regimes which include strength training, cardio, calisthenics, and Plyometrics.

“I just wanted to learn, about myself and how my body works, and the more I learned the more I wanted to share with people,” Harding said. "Give me 100 percent and you’ll get 100 percent of the results you want. That’s what I tell them."

Harding currently trains eight to 11 individuals each session, young and old, male and female. Eager to expand, Harding encourages anybody interested in getting fit to contact him via e-mail at

“I want this to get big, it’s what I love to do and I want to chase it,” Harding said. “It’s my passion and I’m going to do my best to help it grow so whoever wants to step up to the challenge can come out here.”