Coach Forrest is the owner of Fighting Fit Boot Camp. Obsessed with martial arts ever since he can remember, he started training in Jeet Kune Do at the age of 13. In 2011 he opened a Jeet Kune Do school, then a year later he bought Fighting Fit and combined the two. He is the primary Martial Arts instructor at Fighting Fit.
He believes training is all about having fun and he loves to help people learn new things. He's patient and meets people where they're at.
Coach Luis will inspire you to push yourself. He loves to train and when he's not teaching, you'll find him right alongside you in class.
He grew up training in martial arts, but never felt "at home" until he joined Fighting Fit. Now he loves helping others find the same joy that he finds in their own training.
Kickboxing, Bootcamp, Kickboxing/Bootcamp Combo
Coach Ivan is known around the gym for his ability to motivate and cheer his students on.
His own experience with injury and the struggle to get back in shape helped mold his positive outlook.
“I was on a roll with my boxing training until I sprinted after a ball playing soccer and herniated my back. I was depressed dealing with pain/numbness in my left leg until I decided to get surgery.” He wasn’t able to do any training for 6 weeks after the surgery. He started to gain weight from the lack of activity, and found comfort in food.
A stern realization turned the tide: “One day I told myself, ‘I’m either going to get better one day at a time or I’m going to make myself worse. The choice to make a change is my responsibility, and no one is going to make it for me.’”
That mental shift gave him the motivation he needed. His physical condition didn’t change over night. But it gave him the grit and force-of-will to show up for himself every day, “all the way to where now I’m a coach!”
This experience also gives him unique insight into what someone embarking on a new health journey experiences.
“Although much of the pain is physical, most of your success comes from your mental strength. Becoming successful requires some commitment, some sacrifice, some perseverance, and a good attitude.” His class is great place to nurture this mental strength. He designs challenging workouts. You can expect him to explain the muscles you’re working and to guide you through the movements, but then you’ll see him work out and sweat with you during the class.
“What I love about fitness training and our gym is that anytime you are there you are making some sort of progress. You’ll make friends you’ll do workouts that are more enjoyable than a treadmill, and you’ll start to build confidence in your ability to do something healthy for yourself. It’s a great way to stay strong in your body, your heart, and your mind.”
Coach Erik’s athletic career began at 9 years old with football, martial arts, and weightlifting. A devoted athlete for most of his life, he had never considered instructing until Forrest approached him about teaching some classes.
“I was tempted not to leave my comfort zone and say no. However, I realized there was something larger at stake than myself, and boy am I glad I took that leap.”
Having been a member of the Fighting Fit staff for over 3 years now, his passion for training is now firmly focused on the members. “Watching my students' progression has quickly become one of the best parts of my life.”
When you take Coach Erik’s class you can expect lots of energy and attention to technical detail. He enjoys infusing his kickboxing classes with functional strength training, and connecting techniques to the martial art they come from.
Yoga for Athletic Recovery
Coach Sarah started the yoga program at Fighting Fit. She was inspired by her own experience as an athlete-turned-yoga practitioner.
She went to her first yoga class in 2009 when a friend took her. Having played sports through high school and college, she ran regularly but didn’t know a thing about yoga - “My whole experience of training revolved around moving faster, getting my heart rate up, and lifting heavier.”
She also dealt with chronic low back pain. “As I laid in corpse pose at the end of that first class, I felt my body relax more than it had ever done before. Most importantly, my back didn’t hurt anymore.”
She left the class feeling empowered that she could so something to make her back feel better.
And the next time she went for a run, she felt great. “I began to notice a trend - when I practiced yoga, my body was ready to be pushed harder during my training sessions.”
Today, she’s inspired by the Fighting Fit members:
“I am in absolute awe of our members. We have beginners, former athletes, young, old, all sorts of people come in here - sometimes stepping way out of their comfort zones - to get in shape, move, and have fun. It’s my pleasure to help them along that path.”
When you take a class with Coach Sarah, you can expect a beginner-friendly class, with an emphasis on breathing and physical alignment within the postures. “My goal is for members to learn tools they can take off their mat to help support their health and wellness.”
Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Coach Corey is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. But don't let his friendly manner make you think that he'll go easy during the workouts... he keeps things fast-paced, energetic, and exciting.
He's competed in Kickboxing, MMA, and BJJ and currently holds 2 belts in BJJ. And he's always happy to share his knowledge with his students.
Coach Matt’s own fitness journey began with Krav Maga and Jeet Kune Do. When you take his class, you can expect these influences woven throughout his lesson plan. “I try to incorporate Krav Maga and JKD techniques to give people a taste of something they may not get in another class.”
As a former marching band instructor, he understands the importance of planning and designing engaging classes:
“I try to mix things up as much as I can - I personally hate doing the same thing day after day, week after week, so I try to be as creative as possible in my classes...you’ll rarely see the same class structure on Monday as you do on the Thursday, let alone one Monday to the next.”
He cites the gym community as his inspiration - “I believe that fitness is an ‘it-takes-a-village’ endeavor, and the people that come to work out and better themselves here really inspire me to not only come for workouts outside of the classes I teach, but to make sure the classes I coach are as high quality as I can make them. It's a wonderful positive feedback loop!”
Coach Lexi is our noon “lunch-box” queen. Members love her class for her no-nonsense approach to training:
“Pushing the members past what they thought were their physical limitations is what makes me feel successful as an instructor....and ab work...I love ab work.” :)
A veteran of physical fitness, her journey started as a kid playing year round softball and volleyball. Her fitness path also included teaching a hip-hop class during college.
But like so many of us, it’s the time we fall off that wagon that teaches us the most:
“After college, I fell off of working out for a couple of years, due to a busy work schedule, and gained quite a bit of weight in a short period of time.”
She ultimately visited a doctor when her efforts to lose the weight failed. She was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and began to lose weight with the help of a prescription.
Ever tenacious, she refused to spend the rest of her life on medication - “It wasn’t until I began eating clean that I cured my thyroid condition, and no longer need to be on medication.”
These days Coach Lexi is inspired by leading a healthy lifestyle in general. And she brings that inspiration to every class she teaches. In addition to high energy, you’re guaranteed to get at least 8 minutes of straight ab work in each class she teaches.
A side bonus - she’s Superwoman in the kitchen! She loves “the challenge of taking a gourmet meal, picking it apart by each ingredient, and coming up with a version that suits my diet.” And she’s happy to share her nutrition insights with her students.
Beginner’s Martial Arts, Jeet Kune Do, Mitt Fit
Coach Trey starting training martial arts relatively recently, but his long career as a Golf Professional
makes him a veteran of physical training.
This gives him a unique perspective of the path of a student. He knows the moment in time he finds
himself teaching a particular person is part of a bigger progression on that student’s path -- “the moment
they ‘get it’ inspires me.”
One particular experience from his time as a Golf Professional at Barton Creek still deeply affects him:
“I had an opportunity to participate in a group clinic for children from the Scottish Rite Hospital...Some
even had special golf carts designed to have the seat turn to allow them to sit upright to hit a golf ball.
Others were stricken with serious diseases and not able to participate, but came anyway.”
After showing them a short demonstration and going over the basics, he let the kids take turns swinging
at the golf balls, hoping to see maybe one good shot from each.
“I was overwhelmed to see how excited they were to be there...I never saw anything but an elated grin on
each and every one of their faces. To this day, that is still the most emotional moment in my
Trey’s passion for training shines through his classes. You can expect a fast-paced, high energy, great
music, and drills that develop perfect technique and power.
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