Former College of Miami footballer Daimond Dixon and his spouse Regina Dixon opened a brand new exercise facility that brings collectively athletes and nonathletes alike.
Alpha Human Efficiency, 3233 Jap Ave., focuses on coaching athletes from center college age to skilled sports activities gamers in addition to providing coaching to former athletes and adults who wish to practice like an athlete.
“We wish to name it human efficiency. We cope with athletes, mainstream populations, youth to adults,” Dixon mentioned. “Our premise is working with our 4 pillars: mindset, coaching, restoration and efficiency.”
The ability doesn’t resemble the standard sports activities membership with traces of treadmills and ellipticals all over the place. As a substitute, it’s an open, 6,500-square-foot industrial house divided into two sections — the efficiency flooring and the power flooring. Dixon mentioned on the efficiency aspect, shoppers carry out agility drills and use instruments like sleds, whereas the power coaching aspect consists of dumbbells and weight racks.
“We don’t have a bunch of health machines,” he mentioned. “We’ve extra issues which might be useful.”
Much less stationary tools makes it simple for the house to be reconfigured as wanted. That’s significantly vital, as a result of Alpha Human Efficiency is a class-based fitness center. “It’s much less of a drop-in exercise well being membership and extra of a facility the place it’s all courses and arrange for coaching.”
Throughout courses, that are capped at 15 individuals, the teacher works with the contributors individually, slightly than utilizing a headset to name out strikes.
Dixon mentioned Alpha Efficiency Health is a mirrored image of the pattern he started to note a number of years in the past the place conventional fitness center exercises started to shift and resemble extra of the athlete training-type exercises.
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“Because the early ’90s, I’ve been coaching athletes … with at the moment’s tech and train science, the hole between athletes and the mainstream inhabitants began to blur,” he mentioned. “They’re type of doing the identical factor, so my spouse and I, we have been speaking about in an ideal world, how might we create one thing to work with all three populations (athletes, former athletes and nonathletes) all in-house.”
The couple and their 4 sons trip yearly at Anna Marie Island in Florida and have become aware of IMG Academy, a boarding college for student-athletes, and thought “if we might create that type of facility or model in Michigan, that might be nice.”
Dixon added, “It doesn’t need to be on an enormous scale, however one thing that may facilitate the necessity that’s on the market right here in West Michigan.”
The Dixons additionally used their very own household as inspiration, pondering “what can be the very best facility for our household?”
Dixon’s 4 sons — 8-year-old twins, a freshman and a junior in highschool — play a variety of sports activities together with soccer, lacrosse and soccer, and his spouse is a former highschool soccer participant.
Alpha Efficiency Health permits the entire household to obtain the coaching they every require all beneath one roof.
The ability additionally affords a restoration program, which is housed on the mezzanine degree and features a partnership with NovaCare, a bodily remedy supplier that gives free damage assessments to members.
And, for members who can’t make it to the ability, there’s an Alpha Human Efficiency app obtainable that provides on-line exercises.
Dixon mentioned he hopes the ability turns into a hub for athletes and nonathletes alike, the place they will come and uncover their “inside alpha” and get the coaching that makes them really feel just like the athlete they as soon as have been or at all times needed to be.
This story will be discovered within the February 2021 problem of Grand Rapids Journal. To get extra tales like this delivered to your mailbox every month, subscribe right here.