John Cook is the owner of Evolve Performance Fitness. With almost 20 years experience training athletes of all ages he has personally worked with thousands of clients. John has used the Evolve method of training with great success to help individuals unleash their true potential. His fundamental and common sense approach to physical development has helped people take their performance to the next level.
A standout athlete his entire life, John has competed in Wrestling, Power lifting, Mixed Martial Arts, Grappling and Jiu Jitsu. He has always believed that in order to be successful at coaching it is very important that you have also competed at a high level. You must have a true understanding of what is really necessary to be optimally prepared to compete.
"I believe that you must first instill confidence in someone before you can really tap into their potential. Physical and mental conditioning must be a staple of the training program, if an individual is not strong and in excellent condition, they will never have confidence in their ability. So many trainers today focus too much on the technical aspect of training, they forget the importance of teaching fundamentals and hard work"
"Shaun is an excellent asset to our performance team. His coaching style is very effective with athletes of all ages and abilities. He has the ability to push our kids to their limit, and they still like him when the session is over!" John Cook.
Brian is the newest addition to the Evolve Coaching Staff. He is a highly skilled Athlete Development Coach and accomplished College Athlete. A gifted communicator and highly educated performance trainer, Brian specializes in Athlete Development with a focus on Explosive Power, Speed and Agility. A multi-sport athlete is entire life, Brian knows exactly what it takes to become a high level athlete.
Early Life: Grew up in coaching family (Dad HS Baseball Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator in Football, Strength Coach for Football) Played Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track & Field (High School 2 time All-State in Football)
2011: Kent State University Graduate B.S-Sports Administration (Minor-Business)
Masters in Progress: Sports & Recreation Management
2007-2011: Kent State Football player (Safety) (Special Teams)
2010: 1 of 3 Athletes from Kent State selected to attend NCAA Athletes Career in Sports Seminar (5 Day Seminar at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis)
Spring 2011: Kent State University Strength & Conditioning Intern (Football, Baseball, Softball, M&W Track & Field, W Soccer, Field Hockey)
2011-Spring 2013: Defensive Football Quality Control & Graduate Assistant Coach (Secondary-2011/2012, Defensive Line 2013)
Married to Hannah (Johnson) Hummer, resides in Akron.
Future: Wants to help people succeed and reach their goals/dreams. If its losing weight, gaining weight, making it to college/pros, or just staying healthy. No matter what it is I want to help push, motivate, and guide people toward their goals/dreams
Steve Traczyk heads up our World Class Striking Program. Steve has been training in boxing and kickboxing for many years and brings an intangible passion for the Martial Arts to his students. Coach Traczyk teaches our evening Fundamentals and Advanced training program and also offers private sessions for students wishing to work on specific skills individually. He is a leader and an excellent instructor.
A tireless coach, Steve is known for spending hours working with individuals on the side so they may reach their highest potential. Steve also is a Fight Day coach for our Competiton team and has extensive experience as a corner man.
With many so called coaches out there that spend more time showing than teaching, Steve sets himself apart with his passion, drive and overall dedication to his students and Team Evolve.
Jeffery Pelton has an amazing record as a top wrestler. Jeffery was a 2 Time High School All-American, 3 Time State Finalist, and a State Champion. He was a 4 Time All-American and a National Champion for Notre Dame College. Jeffery Pelton is also an assistant wrestling coach at Notre Dame College.
Coach Pelton, with his experience as an MMA competitor, wrestling champion, and collegiate coach is a very valuable asset to Evolve students of all age levels and experiences.
Ryan Arce is 28 years old and has 10 Years of Boxing Experience. Arce has run Evolve's Youth Boxing Program, offers Personal Training and heads up our White Collar Boxing Program.
Coach Arce is a true professional coach with 8 MMA Fights and has earned his Brown Level in Muay Thai Kickboxing under Steve Traczyk.