History of MA Fitness

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December 2010
The Beginning
MA Fitness was founded by Dave Stickler and Jim Graden. The local Seminole, FL business was an extension of a previous establishment run by Mr. Graden. It had seen better days and was in need of a change so MA Fitness was born.
December 2010
November 2011
The Hire
After taking time to rehab the training facility and get a handle on how to grow Dave placed a simple Craigslist ad for front desk help. An application was received from Matt DiPietro. He was a fresh graduate from a little known university in Canton, OH and had recently relocated to St Petersburg, FL. The interview went well and Matt began as a part time employee.
November 2011
January 2012
The Evolution
Matt had played football/track/lacrosse, trained at the college level and possessed a BA in kinesiology & community health ed so he was able to immediately add an intensity to classes along with advanced training knowledge. There was still much to learn and the next few years were spent growing in business knowledge and martial arts skill...when he wasn't cleaning toilets
January 2012
July 2013
The Expansion
Dave's vision of multiple locations was finally taking place. Matt had become a part owner and they found a run down warehouse vacancy in St Petersburg, FL. At the time, the thought of kickboxing in a warehouse was outside the box. Many said it would fail with lack of A/C
July 2013
October 2014
The Split
Jim grew unhappy with the direction of MA Fitness and decided to leave the business and take the Seminole location back under his own name. It seemed the dream of multiple locations was dashed as soon as it came about. As it unfolded though, Matt & Dave stepped up to lead the company forward.
October 2014
The Rebirth
Without a marketing budget over the next year MA Fitness began to take off shooting up to over 250 members in St Pete. Matt and Dave worked tirelessly to fine tune everything.
December 2016
The Next Step
The smaller sized, Pinellas Park studio opened it's doors in late 2016. It was a return back to the retail space roots of the original location. The main deck still can comfortably hold over 25 people and the close knit energy makes the place come alive.
December 2016
November 2017
The Unexpected
Having run Chris Sutton's COBRA Defense program since opening the St Pete School in 2013, Matt and Dave were well acquainted with Chris and his long time training center in Clearwater, FL. He was looking to turn over his establishment to local guys who would carry on his legacy. Chris approached MA Fitness about taking over his center the 2 parties soon came to an agreement. MA Fitness had it's 3rd location.
November 2017
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The Future
The goal has been to always stay local and provide the Pinellas County community with a positive training environment. Growing a great team of instructors and key team members like Marissa, Naomi, Steven and Denise have positioned MA Fitness for future growth to possibly include the Hillsborough area. We look forward to continuing our service to people through kickboxing and self defense classes.
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Martial Arts Fitness is the most trusted name in fitness kickboxing instruction and cross training since opening in 2010. We offer a wide variety of martial arts and fitness based programming for the entire family. These include the 8 Week Fitness ChallengeC.O.B.R.ATM Self Defense, strength training, and – our specialty – kickboxing. We value a welcoming environment, lead by example, promote a healthy lifestyle, provide clean and safe facilities and accessible staff, and affordable programming. Our first goal is to teach you great skills and you’ll see that in your first class as we take the time to go over all of the kickboxing techniques with you one on one. We also play an active role in the community, getting involved in local events and programs. 

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