Thrive Performance And Fitness Center

Thrive Performance And Fitness Center

5.0 (9)
4 employees
4 years in business

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While many fitness "trainers" focus on systems and movements that they expect the client to fit into, we are "client focused". We realize that every human is an individual and they all have different needs based on not only their goals, but on how much they already own the movement of their body. 

Having coaches that understand functional biomechanics and how to make adjustments for each client not only with their programs, but on a day to day basis is how we help optimize each clients life, regardless of their optimized performance is life or sports focused. 

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Odenton, MD 21113
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9 Reviews


  • Jake koverman

    He is a great guy and he pushes me. I had a bad injury and from that injury I lost a lot of muscle and when I met josh and he got me so strong now and I’m thankful for him

  • Diondre Wallace

    I’ve been training at Thrive Performance And Fitness Center for a year, over that year the physical and mental changes have been unlimited. The gym is kept clean always and has everything you need for a full workout. It’s a positive and welcoming environment. Josh Ford has Also been a great mentor for me throughout the time I have known him. Always encouraging and pushing me to the limit for me to achieve success on every level. His training goes beyond just the workouts, providing help with nutrition , mobility and recovery. He pushes and focuses on my weakness to strengthen me all around. Working with Josh has been one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself

  • Mark Symmes

    In the few years that I have known Coach Josh, I can honestly say that he has changed me into a better person both mentally and physically. Josh’s in-depth knowledge of nutrition and fitness, coupled with his life experience and philosophies, allows any situation (regardless of how stubborn the person needing help for example) to be broken down to its most simplistic form and begin the basics of a plan that will change your life for the better. I initially went to Josh for a little help with my nutrition. I felt that it was impossible to have good, healthy, and consistent nutritional habits with my work lifestyle as a salesman who travels nearly half the year. Within minutes, Josh had a plan for me and I bought in immediately and was set down a road of self-betterment with Coach Josh helping me along the way. Josh is the type of person who, when you meet him and talk to him for just a few minutes you think to Yourself “this guy gets it and I want him in my life because he will help me become a better person!” As soon as Josh announced he was opening Thrive I made sure I was the first one to sign up to be a member, knowing that, with what Josh had done for me with a little nutrition coaching on the side, the possibilities were limitless when I could work out with him and receive nutrition coaching 5 days a week. As always, Coach Josh did not fail to deliver. I have recently moved into semi private personal training with Coach Josh and, once again, I don’t regret a single minute I spend with him. He makes you want to improve, not only for yourself, but also for him! Josh goes above and beyond any perception of a Coach, gym owner, personal trainer and becomes more of a mentor, life coach, and member of your family. As busy as he is, Josh is constantly making time to help anyone who asks for it with any aspect of their lives. I truly believe that Josh would give anyone he meets the shirt off his back if it would help; and those of us who are fortunate enough to know Josh would absolutely do the same for him. Josh is just the type of person who wants to leave the world (and people who’s path he crosses in this life) better than he found them. Josh has decided to do just this through his passions of fitness and nutrition coaching. Words can not adequately do justice to the type of Coach, Gym owner, and Person that Coach Josh is, but, I have lived a pretty interesting life and I can honestly say, Josh is truly one of the best people I have ever met, and anyone would be lucky to have him In their lives in any capacity.

  • Michelle Rhodes

    I love everything about Thrive Performance and Fitness Center! The caring coaches and family atmosphere, Coach Josh changed my life. I had some serious health challenges and he went above and beyond to work with me and I’m in the best shape of my life now! Thank you Coach Josh!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Each potential client first meets for a strategy session with a coach. This is where we discuss history, health, goals, and potential game plan for moving in a positive direction. We don't have a "standard" assessment as we believe each individual requires attention to who they are and where they are with their bodies. Having a "standard" assessment only targets a specific type of person, or runs the risk of challenging the body in ways it's not ready for. We then discuss what program might work best for each client and go from there. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have almost 20 years of coaching/training experience and hold many certifications in different approaches to fitness, nutrition, advanced strength & conditioning, and athletic development. I am also a certified specialist in M.A.T. (Muscle Activation Technique), which is a hands-on process that focuses on the contractile ability of muscles and improving the neuromuscular system through range of motion assessments and muscular palpations. M.A.T. also requires a very advanced understanding of not only anatomy, but functional anatomy and the orchestration of how movements in the body are all connected. 

I am also a former professional athlete and have worked in the sports performance sector for years with world class athletes. Now the focus is balanced between athletes and helping every day people live better lives. 

When not coaching at Thrive Performance and Fitness, I spend time with my wife and two amazing children, or coaching the wrestling team at Arundel High School. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

While I don't charge per session, I work with each client to discuss a personalized program that is best suited to fit their needs. The client is first and foremost, so I don't fit everyone into the same program and I approach each and every person from where they are at and progress from there.  

How did you get started teaching?

I was an athlete my entire childhood through high school in multiple sports. This sparked my interest in personal training which evolved into Advanced Strength & Conditioning paired with nutrition coaching. Adding in M.A.T. to what I can offer my clients has really helped me optimize how each person can improve.  

I have been lucky enough to mentor under many amazing coaches like Loren Landow, who is now the head Strength & Conditioning coach for the Denver Broncos NFL team. While I have many years of experience, I still like to keep myself in the mindset of a student, open to learn anything I can that will help me provide a better service to my clients. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all types of clients from high school aged athletes to amazing human beings in their 70's. Coming from a sports performance background has given me the ability to do more than just improve performance on the field. I have had to opportunity to help clients come back from devastating injuries and just learn to function better in their daily lives. If I can help someone live a better quality of life or improve their performance and safety on the field, then I'm interested. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

There are many personal trainers and coaches out there, with many certifications. I will tell you from personal experience, that most certifications are weekend courses that have very little carry over to practical application. Certifications are many times just a piece of paper in a frame. When meeting with a potential coach/trainer, look for someone who wants to focus on you and your needs, not fitting their specific program. Every person is unique and deserves the respect to be treated with attention to what they need.