I practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and having to stop training was a low point; every week I would ask Max if I could go back. I ended up having to stay off the mat for 9 months. The first day back was scary. I was finally off all pain medication and feeling great but petrified of screwing that up by being thrown funny. The biggest compliment I get is how strong I am. My jiu-jitsu is getting better because my body is at near peak performance. I can actually do techniques I’ve never attempted before because of my back/leg nerve injury. I’m excited that I’m getting better at jiu-jitsu and am thrilled to be training again. I recently received my purple belt.
Thank you Max, Mike, and Brian. Your hard work and encouragement on my behalf has given me my life back.
In the workshop he is not performing before us as an audience of consumer clients; he is addressing us as individual persons with integrity and potential for physical, intellectual, and spiritual development. Here is a man of uncommon natural physical endowments combined with an uncanny intuitive grasp of what is at the heart of all meaningful human intercourse telling us that we matter to him, and asking us to stand up and be counted as individuals who do matter. Anything less than my best effort will be an affront to this remarkable trainer and his desire for this workshop to make us all better, including himself. Max Shank has some access to ancient energies that graced martial arts in times past, and he has an uncommon aptitude for bequeathing that access to his apprentices.
By now you probably have surmised that I hold Max Shank in the highest possible regard. You may, however, wonder why I have gone around my elbow to get to my thumb in advising you of the nature and degree of my respect for this hen’s teeth rare trainer who has the innate genius and desire to combine the strengths of both a gifted athlete and the benevolent sage in one personality. I use the term sage advisedly because Max is only twenty-six years old, but has a knowledge base and wisdom well beyond his age. I am aware his human odyssey lies before him in which he will have to choose himself into being over against cultural giants who want to devour him as fuel for their own tunnel-vision appetites, sirens of fame and fortune that promise to dash his bountiful potential if he can’t coerce those closest to him to tie him to the mast, lotus eating supporters and groupies who can make him forget who he is and what is calling him home by expecting him to walk on water and pressuring him to conform to a humanity that requires him to settle for being less than he is in the name of market and profit. But, for now, Max has himself under control, in touch both with his humanity and ancient energies that make for a balanced personality and a distinctive, exceptional manner of training. He seems to be aware of his own strengths and weaknesses, and how to harmonize them with the personalities of his workshop participants in order to accomplish the desired, and often remarkable, results. To praise a trainer of this caliber with sound bytes, regardless of their effusive nature, would be faint praise indeed. I am not a betting man, nor do I have a family farm to wager, but I will bet all the money I brung with me that if you attend one of his workshops you will agree, plus you will be a better kettlebell practitioner, a better trainer, and a better person in the bargain.
These guys are great! I had the good fortune to work with Max & Mike while visiting San Diego, and I cannot recommend them enough. Highly knowledgeable, great communication skills, extremely professional, and truly inspiring to say the least. If you live, work, or visit Encinitas, do yourself a favor and train with these guys!
Max has worked with me on weight loss, overall fitness, toning, strength, and rehab from shoulder surgery. Results? Amazing! In a remarkable period of time, I lost 60 pounds and did it in a healthy manner. I am strong and have boundless energy. With Maxs help, I have maintained my weight loss for over one year now, even while I was recovering from shoulder surgery. But in addition to Max helping me reach my fitness goals, I have a lot of fun with Max. He is a true professional, skillfully guiding my workouts and making it enjoyable.
Maxs instruction and expertise is a perfect fit for just about any athletic level, training style, and personality. He has that unique ability of adapting his own style to meet his clients needs. His knowledge of body mechanics, form, and function combined with a true desire to serve his clients to the best of his ability makes him a top-notch trainer with a heart of gold. Thanks for the many years of encouragement, wisdom, education, and friendship, Max. Youre the best.
Max has taken my strength and physical form to a new level. I am a mother of three and wanted to get my body back and my strength. He has helped me achieve my goals. He is very knowledgeable. I highly recommend him. Of all the trainers I have worked with I achieved my goals with Max and very quickly.
After working with Max for approximately 1.5 months, I was surprised at the level of flexibility and strength that I had developed. What was even more compelling was that I noticed a difference within my posture and core strength as well. Max has a unique approach to his training in that he focuses on areas that are pertinent to the individual. As a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it becomes very apparent that flexibility and stamina are key components in developing a more well rounded game. That being the case, Max was able to greatly impact these areas for me and not only did he do it in a short period of time, but rather made it fun at the same time. The only problem that I know face is that his classes are addictive and I have found that missing a class lends itself to disappointment. If you are looking to increase your strength, flexibility and overall well being, please give Max a call. I can assure you, you will not be let down.
I was referred to Max after a long and particularly unsuccessful year of physical therapy for shoulder and knee injuries due to trauma from skateboarding.
Right away Max was able to identify the weaknesses in my movements (using the Functional Movement Screen) that were contributing to my chronic pain and stiffness. In two sessions he had me confidently pressing a weight over my head (more than I had lifted in a year) and squatting deep without pain in my knee.He puts a lot of emphasis on teaching perfect form which helped greatly. Max keeps training simple, efficient and above all effective. He has an eye for what will be beneficial nothing superficial.
I really liked how approachable he was as a trainer. He understood that I was skater desperately trying to get back to pursuing my passion and he tailored a program to get me thrashing again.
Ambition Athletics is The Place for smart and efficient training. Learning from Max is always refreshing and rejuvenating. I recommend this program to everyone who wants great fitness results.
I started training with Max at Ambition Athletics a couple of months ago. I have had 2 children in the last 3 years and I am also an athlete. In the last 2 months my strength has increased by leaps and bounds. I am doing things now that I didnt think were possible, and my body is moving so much better. I highly recommend training at Ambition Athletics.
In 1982 I was awarded high personal fitness score in my battallion(320 marines) in Parris Island at Marine Corps boot camp. 25 years of construction and partying had broken me down pretty hard. All my attempts to get back into shape were derailed by shoulder injuries. After the past 15 years of having debilitating shoulder injuries and constant pain, I gave up.6 weeks with max and Im stronger than I would have believed possible! I have ZERO shoulder hiderances to my workouts, and my overall attitude towards coming each week is great! I recommend Max for any athlete who wants to get strong and move well.
I started training with Max to increase my conditioning for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After 2 months, 2 hours per week, Ive noticed a big difference in my overall strength and conditioning. I find the kettlebell work very effective in strengthening the joints, especially the shoulders. Ive also noticed increased strength in my grip, glutes, hamstrings, and hips, which transfers over perfectly for Jiu Jistsu. Very knowledgeable trainer, can spot your weaknesses and push you to develop them.