Ownership duo Nate Church and Eric Romo bring 50 years of martial arts experience with additional instructor certification and training to their new studio at 3481 Kurtz St.
Having taught small-group fitness classes since 2012, On Track Wellness now provides small-group fitness, personal training, all-ages martial arts, cardio kickboxing, athlete performance training, weightlifting, body transformation programs, nutritional guidance, performance/recovery/pain relief products and fitness retail.
Church said their business model has evolved.
“I started On Track seven years ago as a part-time business focusing on fitness,” said Church, who had been working nearly 20 years in the corporate world. “In 2016, I was sharing floor space with a cheer gym when I decided to launch my full program.”
After meeting business partner Romo by chance, Church realized they shared career goals.
“I started doing martial arts at age 5 and earned a junior black belt,” noted Romo. He described opening his own martial arts facility as “a lifelong passion.”
Romo had taken a year off to tour with a buddy’s band doing driving and unloading when a mutual friend introduced him to Church. Shortly thereafter, they decided to “do something together.”
Church added their business has since morphed “into a total wellness center for the whole family,” adding, “We signed a lease in March and worked tirelessly for 40 days to prepare the space.”
Romo agreed their new studio in Midway’s warehouse district is ideally situated. “We’re trying to be part of the positive change happening in that area, part of a vibrant receptive community of things they’ve got going on back there,” he said.
Church pointed out he and Romo have contrasting martial-arts styles. “He comes from Korean, and I come from Japanese Shotokan,” Church said, adding their new training program is “a blend of our martial arts histories and influences.”
On Track Wellness’ hybrid style incorporates aspects of both Japanese and Korean arts teaching self-defense, take-downs, throws, awareness, strength, stamina and progression into more advanced techniques.
Under the On Track Wellness United Martial Arts program, students age 4 and beyond learn the fundamentals of Karate including traditional forms, strikes, blocks and weaponry.
On Track Wellness also has added a dedicated weight room rivaling larger gyms. Class sizes are capped to keep the group small for individual attention, and so members always have the equipment and tools they need. Thirty-five minute fitness classes give clients their daily cardio and strength training without cutting into their busy schedules.
“We have no long-term contracts, it’s month-to-month,” said Romo of their business model. “We try to keep it (program) as focused as possible for retention, and to build confidence.”
The hybrid martial arts/fitness studio is hosting a grand opening celebration Saturday, June 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. with live entertainment, face painting, a photo booth, prizes, specials and local vendors.
On Track Wellness
3481 Kurtz St.