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Equipment: Korr Cardio Coach, Freemotion Treadmill, Kinetic Trainer
Students should bring: Athletic Clothing, Towel, Hydration
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Matt Alva grew up in the Rocky Mountains, hiking, climbing, and pursuing other outdoor adventure sports. When life took him away from the peaks of his hometown, he turned to triathlons to fulfill his desire for intense, exciting athletics. He became invested in the triathlon community, and wanted to give back to it by helping others improve their performance. So he earned a certification as a healthcare executive, and began coaching aspiring triathletes through Tri-Fit Coaching.
To lead athletes to success, Matt offers both performance testing and on-going training, building his clients' regimens using scientific methods. He first tests their efficiency of oxygen consumption with VO2 Max testing and their resting metabolic rate. Based on this data, he creates target numbers for clients to hit during their workouts, such as exercise durations and heart rates. This method helps to best ensure rapid, effective improvement in their athletic ability, but may not effect the amount of sweating experienced during a surprise math test.
At ATA Martial Arts Academy, fourth-degree black belt Richard Rodriguez teaches three taekwondo training programs: Tiny Tigers (ages 4?6), Karate for Kids (ages 6?12), and Adult Martial Arts (ages 13 and older). Although each class incorporates different techniques, they're all designed to boost fitness, promote self-confidence, and give students the skills to defend themselves in an attack or when walking too close to tree branches.
Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson’s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." During Camp Gladiator Total Transformation, participants lose weight and gain energy in a friendly, positive environment. Over four-weeks, trainers focus on accountability, competition, motivation, and fun at multiple locations. Results are tracked during fitness assessments, body composition tests, and a fitness calendar, while nutrition counseling helps to maximize those results. Click here to view before and after images.
Davidson also leads boot camps in 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified personal trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010–2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.
What inspired you to start your own martial-arts school?
It has been a lifelong dream to teach at and own my own martial-arts school. Ever since high school, my focus has been to develop students into great people who are skilled in martial arts. When I saw people grow in confidence over weeks of training, I knew that the business of helping people was going to be my passion. When the opportunity presented itself to serve the city I grew up in, I was humbled to do so. My motivation is positively impacting the lives of students and their families.
What’s the vibe of your school like?
The vibe is a homegrown business. It’s a clean, straightforward presentation that is modest in its decoration. We keep our trophies in the corner of the room while we display our six principles—Be Polite, Be Patient, Be Alert, Be Brave, Do Your Best, Respect Yourself and Others—proudly over our mirrors.
Describe you average student.
Our average customers are people that have heard about the benefits of martial-arts training and want to see what it can do for them. They start out timid and apprehensive but, with consistent encouragement, they grow into more confident people that can stand in front of a group . . . and be themselves without being embarrassed.
What makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our school emphasizes the character development that other schools seem to lose sight of. We give our students the chance to grow in confidence and build themselves up to effectively defend themselves in a great atmosphere. We are dedicated to the goals of our students and encourage them to be the best version of themselves they can be.