Dragon Fitness Reviews & Success Stories

I have always been motivated to be physically fit but did not really enjoy lifting weights. I knew I had to take my fitness routine to a higher level in order to reach my fitness goals. My goals were simple; to maintain a high level of cardiovascular fitness, and to increase my strength. I had been thinking about personal training when I met Nick Jackson at a boot camp class he was teaching. I liked his energy and the way he encouraged me to push myself. I knew I had met the trainer I wanted to work with. I have been training with Nick for 3 years and can’t imagine not having him as a part of my fitness routine. I find that he motivates and pushes me in a very positive way with great results. As a 55 year old woman I am in better shape than most women my age, and those much younger. My training sessions are challenging, yet fun. Nick has helped me realize that I am capable of way more than I ever thought possible. I recommend him highly for anyone interested in reaching their physical potential. Even though I am 55, I feel 25!
Dana Trocino, RN, CIC

I’ve been taking the Indian Clubs class at the Vancouver 24 Hour Fitness for a few months, and want to tell you how pleased

I am with the class and the two excellent instructors, Donavan and Travis. It has far exceeded my expectations in so many ways. Originally I signed-up with the goal of gaining more mobility and decreasing pain in my shoulder, which is recovering from an injury. But little did I know that I would achieve that, plus receive benefits for the rest of my body as well, including my hips and back. Indeed, Indian Clubs has turned into a total bodywork out for me, and I look forward to the class each week.

At first I was worried that the clubs would reinjure my shoulder, but the movement routines which Travis and Donavan taught me were safe and well within my capabilities. In fact, learning to swing the clubs is fun and challenging, it’s quite graceful, and creates flexibility and strength. The instructors started with the basic upper body movements, and add more each week, eventually involving the legs, thighs, back, gluts – every part of the body. I haven’t felt this good in years, and I can’t recommend this class enough!

Scott, At previous employer
I was 25 lbs overweight and having problems loosing weight on my own. I met with Nick Jackson to discuss my fitness and weight goals. He came up with an exercise plan that required working out 6 days a week with 3 days of those being Nick providing one-on-one training and the other three workouts that I could do on my own. He started me out at a slower pace and as my muscles got stronger increased the intensity of the workouts. He also gave me a diet plan that would help me build muscle, which in turn would help me burn fat and increase my metabolism. He pushed hard and took no excuses when I had difficulty doing some of the exercises which helped me accomplish my goals sooner. If I had issues or concerns he adjusted my exercises to address the concerns. When I would reach a plateau, he would change the exercises to try to get me past the hump. I have lost 20 lbs in the last 6 months as well as 2 clothes sizes. I have the strength and stamina that I did not have before I started. Thanks you so much Nick for keeping me motivated and on track when I felt like quitting and giving up. I feel much better and I know I am much healthier because of it.
Karen Shoop

On November 2, 2010, I woke up paralyzed from my shoulders down. At first, I thought I was having a bad dream, but I soon realized that it was not a dream. I was stuck in my bed and couldn’t feel or move my torso, arms, or legs. I later learned that the paralysis was caused by a spinal infection. The doctors were not hopeful, and said I would probably be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.

Because I am a man of faith, I chose to exercise faith in the healing powers of God, rather than rely on the words of man. Thus, the healing process began. I was determined not to spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. I couldn’t see myself in a wheelchair. In fact, I would rather be dead than be in a wheelchair! I began to visualize myself walking, running, and going to the gym again.

Within a month, after my release from the hospital, I was out of the wheelchair and was walking with the assistance of a walker. Soon after that I progressed to a cane. I thought that once I got back to the gym I would regain the muscle and strength that I lost. Though, I did make gains in strength and muscle, it was hard for me to keep my balance, and I dragged my right leg when I walked. I talked to one of the trainers at 24 hours about exercises to improve my coordination and balance. He suggested that I get a personal trainer. I didn’t think I needed a personal trainer, since I had been training with weights since I was 16 years old. Since 24 hour had a special package for personal training I decided to give it a try.

I was matched up with Donavan. Donavan has a background in wrestling, and marital arts. I thought it would be interesting to learn some new training methods from him. I must admit, at first, I found his unconventional methods of training odd, and wonder if I had made a mistake. But, as time passed the results could not be denied. I noticed that my posture had changed. My core was getting tighter, and my balance was improving. I spent the next six months working with Donovan and now I am jumping rope, running, (though not as fast as I would like) and I am not tripping over myself, when I walk.

What I appreciated the most about working with Donavan, is that he explained the reasons for the exercises we were doing, and it provided me with the understanding, I needed to motivate myself to continue training. I would highly recommend Donavan, Brandon, or Travis to anyone that wants to learn how to be more functional or mobile in their movements. Just go with an open mind because they have plenty of knowledge to share.

Keith E. Jackson, MA, MFT

Nick’s been my personal trainer for 4 years, and I wouldn’t trade him for anything!  During this time, he has not only helped develop me physically, but mentally and emotionally, as well.  He challenges and motivates me to go beyond my perceived limits, while being open to adjusting my workouts accordingly.  Nick is also extremely personable and has an unlimited amount of energy, which makes him a true pleasure to work with!  Having worked with other personal trainers, I can definitely say that he is one of the best!”

Chelyncia S


I hired a personal trainer because I needed a change. All the ways I was trying to make myself healthy and motivate myself we not working. I had experience in working in gyms and with trainers; I had played sports in high school. But I was quickly finding out that my 30 year old body was not the same as it was when I was 16! One of my BIG hurdles was an ATV accident in July 2005, which left me with a torn labrum in my left hip. This had always been a huge excuse for me, “oh, I can’t do this/that exercise because of my hip” or “I can’t lift, bend, stretch, because of my hip.” Something had to change. I was in pain everyday.

I finally made the mental decision to hire a trainer. I walked in, sat down, and Brandon came down and sat in front of me. He asked me my goals. I gave it a moment to define what I wanted (which I probably should have thought about before I walked into the gym that afternoon). I wanted to FEEL healthy and no longer let my hip direct my health pathways. As a female, sure the number on the scale mattered, but I wanted to feel and look strong. And be EVEN! My hip had all my balance so off!

“You will not be running” was music to my ears when Brandon told me this. Then informed me that I would be doing kettlebell (kb) swings. Something so entirely different than I had ever tried!

We started VERY small…so small, in fact, I didn’t think I was EVER going to make progress. Simple stretching and balancing exercises were very challenging for me. But Brandon drove my determination and showed me the little improvements I was making. It was a snowball process! I gained confidence and strength rapidly, with his encouragement.

In four short months: I have no more pain in my hip. I’m more flexible. I started with a 28# kb, to work on my swing. I’m not successfully swinging the 88# kb. I’m more balanced. I can now bench press 55# (couldn’t even do the bar before); I can overhead shoulder press 55# (I couldn’t press 30#); my deadlift went from 60# to 133# in 4 weeks! Overall I’ve lost 15 lbs, but I know I’ve lost more than that and gained muscle. Clothes fit very differently.

I have found support, encouragement, and motivation through personal training. And even with a few set backs here and there, my trainer is always there to educated, adjust, and help me along the way. I feel better than I did when I was 16! Stronger too!

Amber Robbins