Mixed Martial Artist & Personal Trainer Zachary Manywounds
By Lynn Calf Robe
MEN – 25 year old Zachary Manywounds from Tsuu Tina First Nation is creating a name for himself in Treaty 7 as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter and personal trainer. Born in Calgary, AB and raised in Tsuu Tina, Zach describes himself as a father first and everything else second, “I am 25 years old and I am a single father to my 6 year old son Marcus.”
“Fighting is my passion” and a close second to family adds Zach, a passion that began way before his first amateur fight in January 2012 as a diehard fan of Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC.) This style of fighting known as MMA which has its roots in Brazil is the fastest growing sport in the world today thanks to the American based company. UFC is basically a competition to determine the most successful martial art for unarmed combat situations with very few rules. With one win under his belt as a professional fighter, Zach remains focused and disciplined on taking this sport as far as he can while he is still young.
His hectic schedule is like most full-time parents; combination of parenting and work which also includes heavy equipment operator and personal training, however he always makes time for the gym. If he is not with his son, or at his day or evening job, he can be found at either Dynamic MMA, Calgary’s Only Mixed Martial Arts Gym With A Full Cage or Tsuu Tina Seven Chiefs Sportsplex. His last fight was January 17th, 2014 hosted by HARD KNOCKS FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 34 in Calgary, AB. which resulted in a loss. His current professional MMA Record is 1-2-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
The MMA training not only put him in peak physical condition but it has also inspired others to train with him. His personal training gig began a year ago in Tsuu Tina but has since expanded to Siksika Nation. Considered a beginner in this profession, his rates are reasonable: $10/person for group sessions and $20/person for one to one session, each session at an hour and half. What began with only a few people eventually grew into regular training sessions as more people enjoyed and stuck with his program, “It started out being a few people who asked to train with me which eventually grew into classes, one to one training sessions and fitness challenges.”
Most of his participants are women ranging in ages from 14 to 50 years old. His last fitness challenge brought out 35 clients, most except for 6 participants finished the 5 week challenge. His personal fitness regime and preference is known as plyometrics, or jump training – a training technique created to increase muscular power. Plyometric training was designed for Olympic athletes but has since become a popular workout routine for people of all ages including MMA fighters. This combination of hopping and jumping exercises copy the motions used in sports such as football, basketball and boxing and is often used to condition professional and amateur athletes.
Having a positive attitude is everything to Zach which he says contributes to staying disciplined and focused on his goals, that and his role as a father. Not always in a positive frame of mind, Zach has overcome his own challenges many of them with the help of his family. Raised by a single father of three, Zach experiences life in similar circumstances as a single parent much like his own father whom Zach looks to as his role model and hero. A Councillor with Tsuu Tina Nation, Dean Manywounds raised his children to work hard and live a healthy lifestyle. Values that are now passed down to his own son, another major inspiration in his life whom he credits a great deal of his success to, “I want my son to always remember that I was there.”