Former Raiders players Jerry Robinson and Jeff Barnes joined business partners Vance Mueller and Joe Shanley, to celebrate the Grand Opening of Mueller’s Elite Athletic Training Academy in Martell. “To be at the top of your game, you need to be in top physical condition,” they explained. “At Mueller’s Elite Athletic Training Academy, we work with you to develop a fitness program to fit your sport and your body. Whatever your sport, we can help you train.”

Regularly working with all age demographics and fitness levels, athletic aficionados Mueller and Shanley have dedicated their time to the fitness industry for years; inspiring others to be fit, healthy and live their life to the utmost. “I grew up here and went to school when Argonaut was called Jackson High School, where I did football, basketball and track,” Mueller explained. “I love our area; but I went away to college, came back and after being home, I realized that we never had anything like this as a kid when I was here. I just really wanted to be able to be involved in our community, back working with our kids, doing clinics and stuff like that…so that is sort of the whole emphasis that I want to give to the community: Mueller’s Elite Athletic Training Academy offers specialized training to everyone in our community of Amador and Calaveras, from beginners to serious athletes.”

“If you miss class or prefer to exercise solo, there are targeted workouts listed on the wall, which change daily,” he continued. “And, if for example, someone doesn’t know what a burpee crossover is, they can ask Joe or I and we will help them so they have correct form…so they can basically get a free personal training session thrown in. And we go the extra mile for each individual client because everyone has their own unique body and desired results…it’s the dynamic smaller classes and personalized one-on-one training that make us different.”

Mueller’s Elite Athletic Training Academy is open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, by appointment only. For more information on memberships, visit their website at or call the academy at (209) 257-3164. Mueller’s Elite Athletic Training Academy is located at 12180 Industry Boulevard, Suite #51, Jackson, CA 95642 (in the Safeway shopping center).