At the beginning of the year, Vanette Guerra, 30, was getting ready to be a bridesmaid in two weddings and wanted to get in shape. A friend at church recommended Supreme Fitness Academy, a fitness and mixed martial arts gym that operates out of a warehouse owned by South Miami Martial Arts.
The weddings have passed and Guerra lost 10 pounds, but she keeps going back to the gym.
“I got addicted to this place,” she said. “There are different things every day. It keeps me entertained.”
Guerra, a practicing Christian, found what she calls a nice twist on a regular workout. After every session, trainers and founders of Supreme Fitness, Joe Perdomo and Horacio Rodriguez, both 32, lead a prayer circle.
“The prayer gives you peace at the end of the workout. You feel like you got a complete workout,” said Guerra.
Perdomo and Rodriguez founded Supreme Fitness in December 2013, hoping to leave their clients feeling fulfilled on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
“It’s an academy where you come, you get physically trained and you get that mental and spiritual well-being,” said Rodriguez. “When you walk out of here, you walk out happier, lighter, better, tired. So it’s really supreme fitness. We try to hit every aspect of the human.”
Nick Nuño, 23, has been participating in the prayers since joining the gym in March.
“The first night I came in here and saw everyone get together to praise our Lord God, it was very humbling, very enlightening for me, and empowering,” said Nuño, a nursing student and surgical assistant.
Yet, for others, Supreme Fitness is not only about faith, but also about family.
“I decided to join, not only for me, but to spend quality time with my son,” said Luis Mujica, 58. The chemistry teacher joined Supreme Fitness two months ago with his son Enzo, 14.
“My dad’s amazing,” said Enzo. “He inspires me. We’re a team. We inspire each other.”
And though faith wasn’t a factor that inspired the father and son to join, Enzo said it adds to the experience.
“Faith makes it better,” said Enzo, who became a part of Supreme Fitness’s team that will go to Coral Springs on Saturday to compete in the Newbreed Ultimate Challenge Southeast National Championship. The tournament is a grappling competition, in which the competitors use Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo and other martial arts styles to get the opponent to submit by tapping out.
Rodriguez, a judo national champion and decorated Greco-Roman wrestler, and Perdomo, a boxer trained by Olympic gold medalists, credit their clients’ success to both the spiritual and physical components of the gym. The two created a program called Mixed Training Regimen.
“MTR is a mix of grappling, striking, conditioning and strengthening. We combined our experiences to come up with our program,” said Perdomo. “It’s our baby.”
Ralph Hueso, 42, owner of South Miami Martial Arts, black belt judo teacher and former USA judo national team member, has incorporated it in his family’s training.
“We believe in MTR so much that me, my wife and two kids do it,” said Hueso.