The Traits That Make Ideal Training Partners

The Traits That Make Ideal Training Partners

By Elisabeth Clay  When you first start training, everyone is better than you, for the most part. The aspect to training that should receive the largest focus is having an exceptional professor to teach you correct technique. As you learn and grow in the sport, the...
Showing Appreciation for Our Dedicated Team

Showing Appreciation for Our Dedicated Team

By Kyle Fisher As the President of Zebra Athletics, one of the best parts of my job is working with my team. I can openly admit that throughout my management career I have struggled to adequately show my appreciation for my staff, but as we take time out this month to...
Martial Arts Mat Layout Options for Any Facility

Martial Arts Mat Layout Options for Any Facility

When it comes to designing your MMA or martial arts facility, the fun part is realizing that you get to decide where everything goes, and how it all looks. The space you make for your martial arts mats is a key part of the design of your entire facility. Each gym...
Instruments, Not Ornaments: Body Image and Sport

Instruments, Not Ornaments: Body Image and Sport

By Kaitlin Young My first job out of college was working as a strength and conditioning coach at a volleyball club. I trained 272 girls from ages 11-18. Being so close in age to them was both a help and a hinderance, but there were many lessons to be taken from my...
Make the Winter Blahs Work for Your Gym

Make the Winter Blahs Work for Your Gym

No matter which part of the country you live in, by the end of February, most of us will be tired of the colder weather and cloudy skies. Cooler temps and shorter days keep us inside more often during the winter and severely limit our activities. As a gym owner, you...
7 Things Every Martial Arts Gym Should Have

7 Things Every Martial Arts Gym Should Have

By Elisabeth Clay So, today’s thoughts… while I have always fought the idea of someday opening a school, and still have no real plans to, I am beginning to have an opinion on what is important for opening a school. I am sure that as time goes on, I will change some...
3 Ways You Can Increase Gym Revenue with Couples Classes

3 Ways You Can Increase Gym Revenue with Couples Classes

Couples that train together, stay together, right? Even if it’s not true, it’s great to have couples at your facility. Having couples at your gym also provides you with a unique opportunity to create extra events, programs, and promotions that can increase your...
Show Your Stripes: Vida Hot Yoga

Show Your Stripes: Vida Hot Yoga

Located in Kingsport, TN, Vida Hot Yoga seeks to provide a challenging, yet approachable, fitness experience and an environment that celebrates each individual for showing up and striving to improve their health and fitness. Owners Ashley and Nate Davis reached out to...
Creating A Family Environment In Your Gym

Creating A Family Environment In Your Gym

Martial arts gyms are often considered the home of tough, unstoppable, hardcore athletes. And they absolutely are, but all too often, especially in gyms that may have a lot of MMA fighters or competitive jiu jitsu athletes, it may be difficult for the gym owner to...
No Excuses, Only Priorities

No Excuses, Only Priorities

By Kaitlin Young In the not so distant past, I split my time between training for fights and working as a personal trainer. It’s a profession that goes hand in hand with fighting very well. Sessions can be scheduled around practices easily.  We’re usually accustomed...
Why I Think Warm-Ups are Important for Every Class

Why I Think Warm-Ups are Important for Every Class

By Elisabeth Clay Every sport has warm-ups — getting the muscles warm and more pliable, thereby reducing injury. Some of these warm-ups are sport specific and are used to learn basic movements utilized in each sport. Why Warm-Ups Are Important I’m sure a lot of...