Martial Arts Fitness Could Extend Your Life… And Just Might Save It

Everyone knows someone who’s made a New Year’s resolution to get healthy, right? Of course! We all have. In fact, everyone could always use to feel better, wouldn’t you agree? Luckily, martial arts fitness could extend your life… and just might save it!

At Invictus, we know that you want to be healthy and strong! We also know that in order to do that, you need to feel confident that the choices you’re making today will not only support your goals now but also help you in the long term… and perhaps even extend your life!

The problem is you’re not even really sure if you’re on the right track or even where to begin to make that positive change. Sadly, this can make you feel doubtful that you’re truly making the right decision for you to accomplish your wellness goals.

We believe that self-care doesn’t have to be self-ish and that a person really can make progress on achieving their health and fitness goals with the right support from the right coaches. And best of all, you can start today. We understand that it requires more than just a simple wish to improve and that it will take dedication and consistent effort which is why we always do our best to not only educate our members on their options but also coach and support their goals every step of the way.

Here’s how we do it…


The Cooper Institute in Dallas Texas & University of Texas Southwestern Medical School studied 66,000 participants and found some surprising results. People who exhibited exceptional health and fitness had the following in common:

Men aged 50 -> run a mile in 8:00 or less
Women aged 50 -> run a mile in 9:00 or less

However, when a person couldn’t break a 12-minute mile for men or a 15-minute mile for women then they were considered low fitness and high-risk for a shortened life span and other chronic diseases.

Dr. Bary, a Cardiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas says, “If you are fit in mid-life, you double your chance of living to 85.”

Furthermore, a 10-year Harvard study of 1,000 healthy firefighters reveals that a person 40 years old who can perform 40 push-ups is 96% less likely to develop a cardiovascular problem than one who can’t do 10.

Fortunately for members of Invictus, we regularly practice push-ups at all ages and at all ranks and levels giving you the support you need to strengthen your cardiovascular health. You can be confident knowing that Invictus coaches and instructors always make sure to invest time and effort into your durability and strength to help you live your best life now.


We get it. This may be an uncomfortable conversation right now and we’ve had to deal with it too. But the way we see it, we can ignore the truth, deny the truth, or accept the truth. At Invictus, we have decided to deal with reality but refuse to be defined by it. We also understand that data is simply information. So, let’s take a look at the information impacting our health and wellness today.

From the CDC…

  • 71.6% of adults aged 20 and over are overweight (this includes obesity)
  • 20.6%  of adolescents aged 12-19 years are obese
  • 18.4% of children aged 6-11 years are obese
  • 13.9% of children aged 2-5 years are obese

Sadly, more than 2/3 of the American population is overweight or obese with almost half of all Americans falling into the obese range. Yes, it’s shocking and sobering. That means about 1 in 2 (or almost 150 million) of us are in this category. Did you know a person who is 5’9″ and weighs more than 170 lbs is considered overweight? Furthermore, a person 5’9″ and weighing more than 205 lbs is considered obese (see chart below).

Unsurprisingly, obesity is also linked to impaired immune function. Based on a meta-analysis study of 399,000 patients, “people with obesity who contracted SARS-CoV-2 were 113% more likely than people of healthy weight to land in the hospital, 74% more likely to be admitted to an ICU, and 48% more likely to die.”

In fact, most of us regularly hear these days how someone seemed perfectly healthy but then got severely sick and then struggled to recover from their illness.  We’re not going to say that they weren’t seemingly healthy because perhaps they did appear to be doing okay but what we will say is that the most common health problems that develop due to obesity are: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, some cancers, dyslipidemia, and stroke. Most of which have also been proven to contribute to a weakened immune system and a higher likelihood of mortality due to certain viral infections.

Thankfully, experts agree that regular fitness activity, like the martial arts training members at Invictus receive, has been shown to reduce- and in some instances, reverse- the comorbid effects of obesity. This is why we believe that martial arts fitness could extend your life… and just might save it! One member shared with us, “I’ve lost over 20 pounds and at least a couple of inches on my waistline. I have more energy and focus…” With results like that, why wait?


This all sounds great, right? But how can you guarantee you’ll actually see results and improvement? Commitment. At Invictus, we only work with people who commit to their results. Why? Because we’ll give our best to encourage and champion you but it is up to you to do the work. Yes, we’ll be there to help and assist you but…

We can’t do the push-ups for you.

We can’t make healthy food choices for you.

We can’t force you to do anything you’re not ready to do for yourself.

We CAN support you. Whether it’s through our Small Group In-Person sessions (under 18 per session), LIVE-Stream training (from wherever you are), Invictus Online program (on-demand and on-the-go), Private Coaching (1:1), or Semi-Private Coaching (1:4), we have options to meet you right where you are and help you get to where you want to go.

So, when you’re ready to commit to discovering how martial arts fitness could extend your life… and just might save it, schedule a FREE Private Consultation with us to see how we can help you transform your goals into results. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and check out our Invictus Conditioning: Garage Gym Athlete program to begin accelerating your health and wellness today.

When you decide to train with Invictus, you will finally begin to get the results you truly deserve. So, join our MMA training now so you can stop wishing that “one-day” life will get better and instead make your “one day” today and become harder to kill.

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Is It Safe To Go To The Gym

Is It Safe To Go To The Gym?

At Invictus Martial Arts, we know that you want to feel your best and everyone knows that going to the gym is always an essential part of any healthy lifestyle. But in order to do that, you need to feel confident that you’ve clearly made the right choice to get training again. The problem is there’s so much contradicting information out there regarding the safety of training at a gym which makes you feel confused and unsure of what information is even reliable.

We believe investing in your health always includes a commitment to exercise well-being. Fortunately, fitness training has been not only scientifically proven to reduce stress AND boost your immune system but making an educated decision about returning to the gym really shouldn’t be that hard. And we understand your concerns about keeping proper spacing, hand hygiene, etc, which is why we’ve taken bold action steps to ensure that you and your family will always have wellness-supported, enjoyable training sessions here at Invictus Martial Arts.

Here’s how we do it…

Smart Spacing

Committed to going above and beyond the minimum guidelines, we at Invictus Martial Arts have smartly spaced dots on our training mats that maintain a distance of at least 2 meters (6’ 6”). As an added benefit, all our group training sessions leverage a small group training philosophy allowing up to 18 pre-registered participants per session. If you’re like us you’ll love how easily you can now train together while maintaining proper distance and getting in a great workout!

Fresh Air Supply

Pushing the boundaries of what martial arts training can be, Invictus Martial Arts utilizes a transformative fresh air supply system giving you confidence and peace of mind. During typical use, our fresh air supply system lets you benefit from hospital-grade MERV-14 air filters to prevent the transfer of bacteria and infectious diseases removing particles as small as 1/300 the diameter of human hair. To us, wellness isn’t just a phase or passing cliche, it’s the air we breathe.

Health-Conscious Flooring

Now, this may not be relevant to you but members at Invictus Martial Arts always love knowing that even their training floor helps keep them healthy. Our Dollamur Swain Hybrid mats aren’t just great for balance and safety at an enormous 1-1/2” thick, they’re also fantastic for supporting your healthy lifestyle. From Dollamur:

Instead of utilizing an antimicrobial additive in the vinyl surface of our sport mats, Dollamur infuses a biocidal additive which is registered with the EPA under FIFRA. Rather than focusing only on treating surface microbes, biocides protect Dollamur sports mats by eliminating potential microorganisms within the vinyl surface itself.

So, we invite you to CONTACT US today to re-ignite your passion for fitness by training In-Person with Invictus Martial Arts. And in the meantime, CLICK THIS LINK to discover all the ways we’re invested in supporting your wellness so you can stop worrying if it’s safe to workout and simply enjoy getting stronger and more skilled at Invictus Martial Arts.


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Health Is A Superpower

Health Is A Superpower

With so much focus in recent months on building strong immune systems and prioritizing well-being, experts agree that one of the BEST ways to bolster your body’s natural defenses is by investing in your health through nutrition and fitness.

So, when a person finally decides to take ownership of their own wellness, all kinds of amazing things always begin to happen! Here are three for you to consider:

Reduced Risk of Chronic Illness

Chronic conditions like the following are some of the largest contributors to underlying health issues:

Obesity (33.8% of all Americans)

Heart disease (the leading cause of death in the US at 23%)

And even some forms of cancer (21.3% of all US deaths)

Of course, these days there’s no shortage of diet fads and health tips. But it is definitely possible for a person like you to invest in your health by hiring a nutritionist/dietician, seeking the medical advice of your doctor, or spending 30-minutes a day learning about all the great ways to empower your body through a balanced approach to food.

Simply put, food is fuel.

But remember: the standard American diet will give you the standard American diseases. So, if you want a better output you need better input.

Luckily, it’s easier today than it’s ever been to adopt a healthy lifestyle as long as a person like you is willing to make a personal investment to take the initiative and begin now.

Upgraded Stress Response

It’s no secret that being active reduces stress.

According to Harvard Medical School, “Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.”

When you move more, you feel better.

Fortunately, it’s easy to get in GREAT shape with martial arts training.

Not only will this help you reduce stress but it will also give you a fantastic sense of accomplishment. When a person like you advances in your martial arts training, you quickly learn new skills increasing your confidence, developing laser-like focus, and encouraging good habit formation.

Improved Mental Health

Mental health expert, Stephanie Gilbert, writes, “Mental health heavily influences our quality of life. So it makes sense that mental health, just like physical health, needs to be taken care of and maintained. And one way that it can be maintained is through finding a sense of community.”

So, as you read this, imagine one of your greatest accomplishments. Perhaps it was getting that grade you really wanted or perhaps it was that promotion you worked really hard for or perhaps it was finishing at the top in the competition. You might agree that you didn’t do any of it alone. There was always someone who believed in you, helping you.

That is the power of belonging to a community of like-minded people!

You more easily find purpose and meaning in a community of like-minded people because you know that you are supported to accomplish your goals… which always feels really good. In fact, experience shows that people who invest in martial arts at Invictus always transform their goals into results.

So, how will you take charge of activating your superpowers?

Perhaps for you, it will be making that smart food choice at your next meal or maybe deciding to move more this next week or even practicing daily mindfulness. Whatever you choose, your inner superpower is just waiting to be unleashed!

So why not BEGIN TODAY?


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How To Get In Shape With Mixed Martial Arts Training

How can you get in shape with mixed martial arts? First, let’s consider this: what image comes to mind when you think about mixed martial arts?


Is it two sweaty people clobbering each other?

Is it a chain-link cage and bloodied individuals?

Is it a boxing ring with unfamiliar rituals?


What if that was only a small portion of it?

What if mixed martial arts was actually more?

What if it was a modern evolution of an ancient tradition?


Mixed Martial Arts (or MMA) is a multi-discipline practice that pulls from many warrior traditions, and, as you may be aware, that means its application can be quickly applied to many facets of daily life. In fact, a person who regularly trains in MMA always benefits from boosted wellness to improved fitness while learning new skills to stay safe and secure.


Fortunately, this can be easily accomplished when the instructors focus on your goals and what you hope to accomplish with an MMA program. By listening to a person’s needs, an MMA coach can effectively tailor Private Coaching sessions or even group classes to help you quickly make the progress you want. Whether it’s a sense of renewed confidence, shedding a few unwanted pounds, making new strength gains, or even meeting other like-minded individuals, choosing an MMA program for self-defense and fitness is always a great choice to make.


So, how exactly does a person get in shape with MMA training?


MMA training helps develop the strength and stamina you need to feel powerful and help you conquer your day. Each training session at Invictus begins with a High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) performance warm-up focusing on full-body, body-weight aerobic strength conditioning for agility which is immediately followed up by a durability session focusing on proprioceptive balance and muscular elasticity for flexibility.


The benefits of MMA training are truly endless but here are a few great reasons to start today:



Training in MMA requires exquisite attention to performing the task at hand with focus and intention. Fortunately, anyone can learn how to develop increased attentiveness through a simple process known as breath control. Navy SEALs and elite athletes easily leverage this skill by activating their parasympathetic nervous system which conserves energy as it slows the heart rate and reduces adrenaline production keeping a person calm and centered. To do this, a person simply focuses on inhaling and exhaling through their nose slowly and always returns to their calm breathing technique even while performing bag drills, sparring, or HIIT training.

Body Composition

MMA training is a full-body, aerobic activity that uses body-weight resistance training thus improving the following areas (a) :

      • Develops strong bones
      • Assists weight management
      • Enhances quality of life
      • Helps manage chronic conditions
      • Sharpens thinking skills

Fortunately, whatever your training objective, most people use MMA training to help them achieve their goals and even increase their metabolism. In fact, anyone can see that MMA training is a great way to get in shape and have fun while quickly learning new skills to keep them safe and secure.


Everyone knows that much of a person’s wellness depends on the ability to quickly recover from difficulties whether physical, mental, or emotional. The best way to develop resiliency is by persevering through challenges forcing our neuromuscular system to adapt to the new and varying stimuli thus creating lasting change. Luckily, MMA training boosts self-confidence, and, over time, improves a person’s mental and emotional neuroplasticity through physical endurance and stamina. From skill progression to improved fitness abilities, the impacts of MMA training on a person’s adaptability continues to improve with each belt rank advancement.


And best of all, this is just the beginning! The best way to find out more is to experience it for yourself. Regardless of how you choose to train with us to get in shape (online or in-person), now is a great time to get started in MMA training! So, if you’re ready to have MMA training make a difference in your life, it’s easy to GET STARTED with Invictus and we would love to help you accomplish your goals!




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How We Prioritize Your Well-Being

Since the inception of Invictus Martial Arts, the well-being of our martial arts community has clearly been a focus and priority. The intentional design of our state-of-the-art Academy was created to foster togetherness where friends and family alike can train with one another while enjoying all the benefits of a safe environment. Our role and dedication to you, our martial arts community, will be to continue in this vigilance to make ongoing decisions with courage always informed by the latest scientifically-based data and guided by our Creed.

You may be aware that we have taken a series of preventative steps in response to the developing public health concerns, including increased additional cleaning and disinfecting procedures for our industry-leading Dollamur mats as well as the training pads and gear.

In addition to her extensive martial arts training, Mrs. Garza has spent the last 15 years as an Analytical Chemist specializing in clinical diagnostic testing and wisely chooses non-toxic, low-volatile disinfectants that effectively reduce potential contagions.

It’s important to Invictus Martial Arts and to you, our community, that we take every precaution to minimize the impact of potentially irritating fumes and vapors that are often found in harsh industrial solvents by using more natural, organic solutions like essential oils.

Fortunately, our bathrooms support your well-being by having touchless toilets, hands-free faucets, motion-sensing LED lights, and automatic soap and towel dispensers. Bathroom garbages are conveniently located near the exit of each of our spacious bathrooms so that a paper towel can be used to sanitarily exit.

Additionally, every member is required to purchase their own gear to not only encourage continuous improvement through practice and training at home but to also help support good health by reducing borrowing gear. This empowers each member of our community to take charge of their own wellness knowing that clearly Invictus supports your health and happiness.

Lastly, since opening, Invictus Martial Arts has conveniently installed two touchless hand sanitizer stations with highly-effective, foaming hand sanitizer biocide (superior to leading alcohol-based equivalents) which leaves no unpleasant scent or uncomfortable residue. The therapeutic properties of the hand sanitizer we use is anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial as recognized by the FDA & EPA. It easily and quickly kills up to 99.99% of germs and keeps working for 3+ hours after application.

Obviously, we care about our members’ sense of wellness and we will continue to monitor the developing public health concerns, but, at Invictus Martial Arts, you can confidently train knowing that we prioritize your well-being.

At Invictus Martial Arts, you belong.

Ready to experience the Invictus difference for yourself? CLICK HERE for a complimentary lesson.


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