Imagine starting your life out as a migrant worker, picking fruit in the hot sun for twelve hours a day. That was the reality for Edgard Corona, but he never gave up on his dream of becoming a successful businessman.

Today, Edgard is the founder and CEO of Smart Fit, a multimillion-dollar company that manufactures fitness equipment, and Bio Ritmo, a chain of upscale gyms in Brazil. Smart Fit has been featured in Forbes, and Edgard Corona was recently named one of the most influential people in the fitness industry by Men’s Health.

Born in a small town in Brazil, Edgard’s family was very poor. When he was just six years old, his father passed away, leaving his mother to raise Edgard and his two sisters on her own. To help make ends meet, Edgard started working in the fields with his mother when he was just eight years old. He would work from sunrise to sunset, picking fruit and vegetables in the hot sun. Edgard continued working in the fields until he was eighteen years old when he finally saved up enough money to move to the city.

In the city, Edgard Corona got a job as a janitor at a local gym. He was amazed by the wealthy people who came to work out and decided that he wanted to be like them. Edgard started working out himself and studying everything he could about fitness and nutrition. He eventually became a certified personal trainer and started working at the gym where he used to clean toilets.

Edgard’s big break came when he met a wealthy businessman who was looking for someone to train him. Edgard trained him for six months and helped him lose thirty pounds. The man was so impressed with Edgard’s work that he gave him a large sum of money to start his own business. Edgard used the money to open his own gym, which quickly became successful. He then started manufacturing his own line of fitness equipment. Edgard Corona’s: Facebook Page.