“Movement should be approached like life – with enthusiasm, joy and gratitude – for movement is life, and life is movement, and we get out of it what we put into it.” -Ron Fletcher
Advanced Pilates Training: Master high level, mat and apparatus exercises which group classes cannot address. Enhance your mind and body with performance tuning methodologies unique to my teaching style. min 1 hr
Kitesurfing 101: Master land based kite flying, while learning how to leverage light wind with the use of a strapless surfboard. My method demonstrates the utility of a one kite, one board quiver. Great for fitness conditioning & coordination, even if you decide not to use a kite in the water min 2 hr
SUP: Nothing beats the year round access to the San Diego bay, and trekking across it on a stand-up paddle board will address a host of mind & body fitness needs. I will join you on the trek or provide jet ski support. min 3 hr
Executive Jiu-Jitsu: 1 on 1 "rolling" with an emphasis on total body conditioning and basic self-defense. Master fundamental gi and no-gi submission techniques in a low-impact controlled flow, with an emphasis on building confidence, stamina, and physical fitness. min 1 hr x 3
Donavan Brown, a.k.a. "trxdude", Southern California's most creative educator, guides your moves with practical, entertaining, and precise tactile adjustments, using an eclectic ballet of apparatus and somatics therapy. The end result is looking, feeling and performing your best, while tapping into the deepest layers of your core, unleashing our most abundant source of energy.
Now offering private and duet Pilates training at Tilcia Pilates Studio in the heart of Pacific Beach. TRX and Kettlebell training provided at The Russian Kettlebell Academy "Hardcore Gym" near the Mission Bay Hyatt.
$40 1 Hour Lesson
with the purchase of 10 a session package
TRX YOGA PILATES KETTLEBELLS & MORE!
Welcome to my little place on the world wide web!
My name is Donavan Andrew Brown ( keyword: trxdude )
I am a compassionate fitness educator, avid Yogi, two-time NCAA football champion, Indo Board ambassador, NAGA grappling competitor, Certified Balanced Body Pilates practitioner, USGSF Russian Kettlebell Coach, Body of Life Success Coach, TRX Specialist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Pilates Method Alliance member, and International Kiteboarding Organization student.
After more than 10 years of trial and error, I am also proud to call myself a Surfer. = )
My emphasis on board sport specific; corrective, preventative and progressive, performance training is fueled by my passion for skateboarding, snowboarding, wakesurfing, surfing, kiteboarding, wakeskating, stand-up paddle boarding and namely those sun soaked activities that require a keen sense of balance, proprioceptive awareness, extreme range of motion, and an abundant amount of energy. While that basis is nearly a small distraction from the real goal of my work, theoretically a FUNctional foundational approach to movement only makes sense.
I’ve discovered that the Pilates method will allow you to coordinate the myriad of movement patterns needed to effectively create balanced strength and mobility throughout your body. By applying and mastering the fundamental mat and apparatus work, you will feel, see, and experience life in a whole new way, which I believe was in fact Joe Pilates primary objective. For me, the Pilates method has ignited a passion for discovering my full potential as an artist, mover, searcher, scientist, yogi and most importantly as a human of infinite grace. Hopefully I can share this passion with you.
After graduating from the pre-med/health program at the University of Northern Colorado, and leaving behind a successful athletic career, I ventured to Southern California to pursue my passion for physique augmentation at the world famous Gold’s Gym Venice Beach, CA. Instantly falling in love with board sports and the “SoCal lifestyle”, I pulled myself out of the gym, and on to every type of board I could find. Surf, snow, skate, wake, you name it. Not long afterward I also jumped into the MMA scene where I meet and began training with UFC veteran Brandon Vera, whom first introduced me to the TRX Suspension Trainer.
Strength training and cardio-respiratory conditioning the "old fashion" way would always be a part of who I am; however, as I began to extend and expand my awareness through Yoga and it's derivatives, I truly experienced life changing illumination. -Donavan Brown
The Zendiego Fitness Guide
While preparing my body for the rigors of martial arts, and the complexity of my new found appreciation for Eddie Bravo's Rubber Guard Jiu-Jitsu system, the TRX became an invaluable component to my fitness education and movement awareness training. The TRX became the fountainhead and a metaphor that not only embraced my foundation in Iyengar alignment based Kurunta Yoga, but also sparked my interest in many unique forms of suspension training, including one of my now favorites, which would allow a kite to power my board of choice.
I soon began exploring multiple training modalities that encompassed the mind body awareness phenomenon I saw sweeping the country. Moving part of my functional fitness studio as close to the San Diego bay and Pacific Ocean as possible, and embracing the Balanced Bodies Pilates University studies, were just a few of the major steps I undertook toward mastering my own personal fitness quest and progressing my movement education system.
Quick History: After suffering a broken ankle from skateboarding, knee injuries from Jiu-Jitsu and wakeboarding, while simultaneously battling a plethora of injuries, plus skeletal and muscular imbalances remaining from the football days, not to mention 1000's of hours sitting in front of computers. I put together a unique, integrated movement education system, which I feel will benefit the advanced athlete, weekend warrior, or any person looking to improve their performance, health, and fitness. The system includes an eclectic combination of exercise modalities inspired by Iyengar Yoga, TRX movement education, Mixed Martial Arts, Performing Arts, Pilates Contrology, Indo Board Balance Performance, Team Sports, Russian Kettlebell Sport, Rehabilitation, and Injury Prevention.
Let me be your guide and entertainer, let me provide the incentive, inspiration, and motivation for you to cultivate a lifestyle filled with pain free movement and enhanced physical performance. My sessions last anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes, with an emphasis on teaching you my system so that you may become self-sufficient at mastering your own movement repertoire. Please contact me to setup an appointment.
Donavan A. Brown
Lena 37 Yelped: "It's great to be inspired by people who have a passion for what they do and want to share it with others. Donavan has a unique, fusion-based approach to fitness that you won't find anywhere else. I'm a fitness professional and crazy-busy mom of two, so I love that I can come to Donavan for a fun, challenging workout while acquiring skills I can use in my profession. One workout and you'll be back!
Brad 57 Yelped: "Incredible studio and experience. Donavan has put together a wholly unique studio that is really without peer. The studio offers a combination of kettlebell, TRX, and other exercise options that you just won't find anywhere else. The teaching style is outstanding and demonstrates a depth of knowledge and true caring about form and movement that is rare. If you're interested more in being trained safely and achieving true results than simply attending a cookie cutter exercise class with questionable instruction, then you have found a new home. You won't be disappointed.