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Martel mixes both Pilates and strength training with his clients. Having an NFL level expertise in strength training, he brings a unique skill set to his clients. Speed training is Martel’s specialty, being that he has recorded a 4.3 second 40-yard dash time. Adding an emphasis on agility and explosion, Martel helps athletes of all sports to reach the next level of performance. Working with athletes of all ages and skill levels, Martel offers a diverse range of training skills.

Training Experience
Personal
Martel was born in Tyler, Texas. When his mother was pregnant she contracted chicken pox causing Martel to be born deaf. He pursued his education without ever attending a deaf resident school, but learned sign language in preschool. Martel exceled at all sports but found football to be his true calling. During his senior year at Robert E. Lee high school, Coach Les Miles came to visit and liked what he saw in Martel, leading to a scholarship at Oklahoma State University.

After college Martel went on to pursue his football career by playing in the AFL for three years and then trying out with multiple NFL teams. In the end, he decided to pursue other options and return home to Tyler and give back to his community by helping local athletes.
Education
Certifications
Training Skills
  • Sport Pilates 100 %
  • Speed and Agility 100 %
  • Strength and Conditioning 100 %

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Training The love of movement led Stacie Walker to Pilates as a student of the method almost 15 years ago. Because of her love of training, she became a Pilates instructor and has been with Balance Tyler for 2 years. As an instructor, Stacie combines her two passions: movement and her love of teaching. Stacie’s early classical training as a ballerina gives her a deep understanding of the principles of movement that are the foundation of the Pilates method. She uses her knowledge to help clients achieve their physical goals.
    Training Style As a classically trained ballerina and retired modern dancer, Kira Tutaki is intimately aware of the foundational principles of movement found in the Pilates method.  Kira has been practicing Pilates for over ten years and continues to enjoy coaching her clients to better health.  Kira’s passion for movement is realized through the work of Joseph Pilates, and she finds it a joy to facilitate others in experiencing freedom of movement through his work.
      Nick comes from the fitness business world. Previously co-owning a gym that specialized in functional movement, he knew he wanted to pursue a management career. During his time at that facility, Nick also completed his Masters of Business Administration. Having previously completed an internship in Tyler, Nick was contacted in 2015 to return as the Director of Sports Medicine for Texas Spine & Joint Hospital. Balance was purchased by the hospital and is now part of the new Sports Medicine program. Nick is excited to see where this amazing facility can go in the future.