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Mountainside Fitness Founder, Tom Hatten, Releases “Dream On” For Charity

Posted: January 8, 2019 in Chains

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Dream On by Tom HattenDream On by Tom Hatten

PHOENIX, AZ – In 1991, Mountainside Fitness Owner, Tom Hatten, had just $2,000 to his name and a dream to open his own gym. He was just 22-years-old and a student at Arizona State University at the time, but thanks to family and friends and a perseverance to succeed, Hatten would go on to owning and operating Arizona’s biggest fitness empire.

Now, 30 years and 17 Mountainside Fitness locations later, Hatten reflects in his new memoir, “Dream On,” about this remarkable journey and what it takes to build a business from the ground up. Hatten tells all, from the highs of starting his own business to the crashing lows including bankruptcy, jail time and a horrific personal tragedy.

“‘Dream On’ is a true and a very raw look at what it takes, the sacrifices we make and also the poor decisions that can threaten to take it all away,” said Hatten. “I didn’t want to hold anything back when I wrote this book, so it’s peppered with inspirational moments and humorous anecdotes, and really a no-holds-barred narrative of this rollercoaster ride to fulfill ones’ dream.”

As the former Chairman for Make-A-Wish Arizona and a huge supporter of numerous Valley nonprofits, Hatten says 100-percent of proceeds from the book sales will go to Make-A-Wish Arizona and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Hatten, who leaves no stone unturned in his fascinating and, at times, poignant memoir, says life experiences inspire the creative potential that lies hidden in all of us, motivating us to follow our own burning desires and to continue to “Dream On.”

“My first gym was designed exactly like the dream, it was like ‘cut and paste.’ What would happen along the way, I could have never imagined, but with every turn and twist, I’d like to say it’s made me and Mountainside what it is today,” said Hatten.

Book Release Details:

  • “Dream On” is available in both digital and paperback. Purchase a copy on Amazon at or on AmazonKindle at;
  • The book is also available at Mountainside Fitness locations.

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