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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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