The studio is located in the Safeway shopping center in Jackson/Martell. It is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including turf for sprints and sled work, a full pull-up bar station, assault bikes, rowers, weights, benches, and custom audio/video technology. It offers a friendly, competitive atmosphere for youth, adults, and families to work out and improve their strength and performance.

“We’re excited to offer personalized training for youth athletics”, says Vance Mueller. “While students get awesome training by their coaches and teams, we focus on their individual needs, strengths, and weaknesses, and help to build their bodies, minds, and spirits so they will excel in their sport.”  Until now, student athletes wanting specialized training had to go out of county for this type of customized programing. Mueller has worked with athletes in all sports, including football, baseball, soccer, motocross, volleyball, gymnastics, running, basketball and swimming.

Janae DeFazio, a UCLA Soccer player who trained with Mueller said, “Vance has a tremendous amount of knowledge and real life experience from competing at the highest levels. His advanced training techniques not only helped me improve how I train, but he also helped me with my Osgood Schlatter rehab. He was a clear top choice when I needed to prepare for the next level.”

Teamed up with Joe Shanley of Fitness Built for You and with Rock Steady Boxing, the studio offers a dynamic, fun, results-oriented workout for small groups in the mornings and evenings as well as one-on-one training. For those who want to work out but don’t know what to do, daily self-guided personal training instruction will be provided so individuals can follow the workouts on their own.

Mueller’s Elite Fitness is offering a limited number of month-to-month memberships at special pre-sale pricing of $69 for an individual, $119 per couple, or $149 for a family up to four people. The studio will be open Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 209-257-3164 or visit

Mueller’s Elite Trainers:

Vance Mueller grew up in Amador County and was a student athlete at Jackson High School and a member of the football, basketball and track teams. After High School Vance attended Occidental College where he earned his degree in Kinesiology while excelling in both football and track, earning all-American Honors eight times. After college Vance was a 4th round draft choice for the Los Angeles Raiders and was a significant contributor on special teams and as a short yardage 3rd / down specialist for six seasons. After football, Vance and his wife Lissa, formed Mueller Fitness, Inc. and have been involved in the fitness industry since 1994, offering specialized training to the fitness beginner as well as the most serious fitness competitors and team athletes.

Joe Shanley of Fitness Built For You grew up in Calaveras County, and was a member of the baseball, soccer, and basketball teams at Calaveras High School. After graduating in 1999, he pursued baseball and soccer at Sonoma State while studying Kinesiology. His passion for sports and fitness drove him to become a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2002, with an emphasis on Sports Performance. Joe has a unique training style geared to motivate, educate, and inspire people to optimal levels of performance and balance in life.  He is driven to help individuals transform and to empower them to reach their full potential regardless of where they are on their fitness and health journey.  He combines resistance training, cardio workouts, plyometrics, core training, functional fitness and flexibility to help each individual reach his or her goals.

Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact boxing inspired course that can reverse, reduce and even delay the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier and happier life.