Meet the trainers of Blacksburg Boxing and Fitness! Whether you’re looking to improve your boxing skills or shed some pounds and build muscle, we’ve got the perfect trainer for you!
Matt– Our “Young Buck!”
Matt Dennis was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia where he attended Woodson High School.
He grew up with a passion for fitness and athleticism that has carried over into his professional career. During his senior year, he took a visit to Virginia Tech and instantly felt welcomed by the vibrant community. Now, Matt is a sophomore at Virginia Tech pursuing a Master’s degree in the Science of Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise (HNFE). In May of 2016, he earned his Personal Training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has been working 1 on 1 with clients and teaching group exercise classes ever since. Matt strives to teach his individual clients the importance of a balanced exercise routine and proper nutrition. He loves to promote high energy and camaraderie in his classes. Matt’s goal is to help you find a workout routine that you thoroughly enjoy and can stick with. He is confident that no matter what your background is or what your interests are, he can design a program to fit your goals. Call or text Matt at 703-286-9035 or shoot him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to set up your first session!
Brant — Our “Technical Skills” Expert!
Brantley Thomas, or “Brant” as he goes by, grew up in Fairfax Virginia where he participated in many sports but pursued baseball and basketball at Woodson High School. He enrolled at Virginia Tech in the fall of 2012 as a business major. Without many opportunities to play the organized sports he had played growing up, he was encouraged to try mixed martial arts by a friend. He started training at the VT MMA Club on campus and was instantly hooked. Because of his training and desire to improve, Brant became passionate about nutrition and physical performance. This led him to switch his major to Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise and received his diploma in the summer of 2016. Brant also became a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has experience working with clients of all different ages and skill levels one on one. Since he began training martial arts he has trained at a variety of gyms for boxing, Muay Thai, wrestling and submission grappling. He continued working out at the MMA Club where he taught techniques to other members and helped them grow in both their health and fitness, and also their striking ability. Brant loves boxing because it is practical from a self-defense perspective as well as a great way to provide an excellent workout. Boxing is a sport that always presents new challenges and pushes you to improve, whether you’ve been boxing for one month or ten years, there’s a part of your game that can always be improved upon. If you are looking for someone to teach you the technical aspects of boxing or just want a new, fun and exciting way to get in the best shape of your life, Brant is an excellent trainer for you. Call or text Brant at 571-765-0560 or shoot him an email at BrantBBoxing@gmail.com with questions or to set up your first session!
Coach Dennis — Our “Fight Club” Coach!
Dennis Kiernan, “Coach D” to the B’burg Boxing family, was born in Harlem, NYC and grew up in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and NJ. His father, James, played semi-pro baseball and basketball but was drafted to serve as an instructor in self-defense and unarmed combat upon the outbreak of WWII. Following the war, he was asked to pitch in the Majors but passed since he had a stable job at a candy factory and a family/daughter to provide for. This was understandable for the son of Irish immigrants and a family of 12, with no money and jobs scarce. Living in B’klyn, Dennis and friends were brought to the local PAL to learn boxing, etc to keep them from mischief. Early training and competition against other PALs gave Dennis a lifelong love for the sport. Following a serious bout of measles, vision problems prevented him from further competition. He had 2 unsanctioned bouts at 18 yrs old at a youth camp in Michigan with his cornerman, a Native American boxer named Wilbur Spotted Wolf. With friends at NYC gyms, including Gleason’s in Manhattan, often driving trainers to bouts in NJ, listening and learning, he stayed involved and observed many fighters train, inc. Roberto Duran, Holmes, Wepner, Bobby Halpern (fellow Brx gang member of his cousin Donald). A deep appreciation for the skill and dedication needed to succeed evolved. In his 20s, Dennis caught the travel bug from his “Viking” mother, who came to the US at age 24. Working various jobs to prolong travel (inc. on tankers as a Merchant Marine), he’s been to Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan, Micronesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, etc. Returning to the US in his 30s, he went back to school, got a MS from Lehigh in Chem Eng., and took a job in the NRV. Soon he hooked up with Maynard Quesenberry, working as ass’t coach at the Boxing Club of Virginia Tech. He’s trained and worked corners for top amateurs and pros for 25+ yrs. He has the desire and know-how to teach anyone the skills and mindset needed for boxing success! Coach D was one of the first people Kevin met when he trained back in 2011. When they closed the Tech gym, being a single parent of a special son, no local options arose until B’burg Boxing and Fitness opened. He was one of the first people to visit and has stayed to continue his passion for boxing! He loves the new ring and, as a certified USA Boxing level 2 Coach, he can coach up anyone in a sane, safe, and fun manner. Whether for fun/fitness, or competition, he’s your man! Contact him to set up a 1 on 1 training session to truly learn the sweet science and the art of all that is real BOXING! Call or text Coach Dennis at 540-250-7400 or shoot him an email at Jimmyahc@aol.com with questions or to set up your first session!
Dylan grew up in Danville, Virginia where he graduated from Chatham High School. He participated in sports, such as football, basketball and baseball. Dylan is now a senior at Virginia Tech pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science Engineering and Green Engineering. After being overweight and not following any type of nutritional plan in his early years in college, Dylan knew he needed a lifestyle change. He was looking for a way to mix up his training by doing something both fun, and functional, so after some thought he decided to give Boxing a try! Back in January 2016 Dylan began working 1 on 1 with Kevin at Blacksburg Boxing and fell in love with boxing and the Blacksburg Boxing family. After a few solid months working together, and a new found self of confidence, Dylan decided to officially join the gym as our newest Member back in September of 2016 where he began to look and feel comfortable training amongst the rest of the members here at the gym. Dylan is now even both a registered USA Boxing Coach and Athlete, and a certified BodyPump and GroupPower instructor. Dylan enjoys sparring and sharing his love and passion of boxing and fitness with others. Boxing has truly changed his life and now he is on a mission to help as many others as possible, do the same! Through Dylan’s own fitness journey, he can really relate to all of his clients on where they currently are, and knows what it takes to get them to where they want to be! Dylan loves to motivate and encourage you to do your best regardless of where YOU are and would love to have the opportunity to show you how! Call or text Dylan at 434-728-4030 or shoot him an email at email@example.com with questions or to set up your first session.
Hunter Reynolds, 21 year old Virginia Tech student pursuing Dual Degrees in Accounting and Finance with a relentless passion for health and fitness, has personally tested just about every resistance training and nutritional method out there. With 5+ years of training and strategic nutrition experience, Hunter has put on roughly 50 pounds of mass while maintaining a healthy body fat composition. When he first discovered boxing through Blacksburg Boxing and Fitness he fell in love with the high intensity gut check style workout that was totally different and more fun than anything he had tried before. His passion for health and fitness radiates whenever he talks about the lifestyle and he can’t wait to get started helping you achieve and surpass your goals. Unlike many other trainers at large corporate gyms, Hunter wants to not only train you to achieve your goals, but equip you with the knowledge and experience to continue the journey on your own. He believes health and fitness is a lifelong continuous journey that benefits all aspects of one’s life when operated correctly. Hunter is confident Blacksburg Boxing and Fitness is the perfect place to get an eclectic personal training experience and find out exactly what training styles and nutritional approaches works best for you. Call or text Hunter at 703-638-0876 or shoot him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to set up your first session. You can also follow him on Instagram @hreynoldsfit
Jimmy Ivory is one of our awesome volunteer Coaches that we are so blessed to have here at Blacksburg Boxing! Ivory enjoyed in his words, “An uneventful, but modestly successful, novice amateur boxing career in the 1990s, with a 5-1 record in USA-ABF/USA Boxing sanctioned bouts.” Put humbly, he also won the Junior Olympic State Championships in his home state of Wyoming, and has retained an interest in the sport of boxing ever since. Ivory is currently registered with USA Boxing as a Level I coach and athlete. Among other sporting interests, Ivory played rugby union in college on a University of Wyoming men’s team that were national Collegiate Division I runners-up in 2000 and multiple national Collegiate Division I “Sweet 16” contenders. At the tail end of his competitive sporting career, Ivory was also a player and captain on the local Blacksburg community rugby union team, which were USA Rugby Senior Men’s Division III national quarterfinalists in 2009. Ivory also serves as a part-time volunteer assistant coach for the Virginia Tech men’s rugby union team, was as an assistant coach for the Chapel Hill Highlanders youth rugby team that appeared at the USA Rugby youth national tournament in 2005, and briefly coached the University of Wyoming women’s rugby union team. A resident of Blacksburg since 2005, Ivory works as an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech. Ivory still enjoys hopping in the ring with our younger boxers at the gym, and is able to work well with boxers of all experience and skill levels to work up, or tone it down, to make sure that each session is a positive learning experience for all. Although Jimmy is extremely modest and soft-spoken, we are more than happy to do some bragging on his behalf. Jimmy is an extremely valuable asset to us here at Blacksburg Boxing as he can always be found volunteering his time and funds for the betterment of our young boxers to succeed both in and out of the ring. We are extremely grateful to have Jimmy here as a Volunteer Coach where since joining us as a member back in 2016, he has been lending a helping hand at every turn to the success of our boxers and the gym as a whole. Jimmy has even helped us by volunteering to lead our “Fundamentals of Competitive Boxing” classes alongside other experienced boxers, to show the next generation how boxing should look! If you are looking for Jimmy, this is the best way to find him! We highly recommend trying it out sometime if you really want to know what it takes to box at a high level! If you see Jimmy at the gym, please be sure to thank him for all that he does here, and pick his brain on all things Boxing and Fitness!