Evolution Health & Fitness provides fitness enthusiasts, athletes, public safety officers, and military personnel a training facility that will prepare them both physically and mentally for the ever-changing conditions of this world, while improving the overall quality of their safety, health, and fitness.

Evolution H&F strives to be known as the training facility whose clients are confident and their efforts are being rewarded in reality-based training followed by recordable, visible, and repeatable results. Evolution H&F believes that our strength and conditioning sessions coupled with nutrition coaching will drastically improve the quality of life and aesthetics of the everyday fitness individual.

We will have the public safety officers and military achieve their maximum potential so that no matter what challenge duty calls, they will be prepared. We will also set our athletes up for success as they train in the off season of their respected sport keeping them mobile and injury free for their upcoming season.

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Lance H.
Lance H.Owner Head Trainer

Lance began his military career in 1994 serving in units such as 3/75th Ranger Regiment, 10th Special Forces Group, and is currently serving in the 20th Special Forces Group. Upon leaving active service, Lance began working for the US Government as a Protective Specialist in high threat environments around the world.

During this time, Lance sought out the instruction of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and fitness mentorship at the highest level. Several years in the making Lance is proud to bring to the area Evolution Health & Fitness.

Educated/Mentored in Fitness By:

Joe Defranco and Jim Smith

EXOS (Formerly Athlete’s Performance)

Gym Jones

Educated/Mentored in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu By:

Kaliffa Oliveira

Romero “Jacare” Calvacanti

Leonardo Nogueira

Lucas Lepri

Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles

Jonathan “Macarrao” Thomas

  • CPPS (Certified Physical Preparation Specialist) Joe Defranco and Jim Smith
  • EXOS Performance Specialist
  • EXOS Tactical Training Systems
  • Functional Movement Screening (FMS) Certified
  • Crossfit Level 1 Coach
  • USA Weightlifting (USAW) Sports Performance Level 1 Coach
  • Certified Personal Trainer (AFPA)
  • Precision Nutrition Exercise Nutrition Coach
  • Special Operations Combatives Program (SOCP) Instructor
  • Alliance Fundamentals & Intermediate Coach certified
  • Gracie Jiu Jitsu Combatives Instructor for Military/Law Enforcement
John Madrigal
John MadrigalAssistant Jiu Jitsu Instructor, Children's Jiu Jitsu Instructor

John began his training in Jiu Jitsu under a Roger Costa affiliation where he received a rank of blue belt. John has been involved with Jiu Jitsu since 2004 but until recently had to travel great distances in order to train. He has competed in NAGA tournaments and looks forward to the opportunity to compete under the Gracie Barra banner in the future.

John has a great deal of experience working with children and knows how to gain their attention. He makes the classes fun which makes a great environment for the children to learn.

John has a bachelor of science degree in Physical Education and has been teaching/coaching for the past six years. John is currently a Physical Education Teacher/Coach for grades K-5. He spent 2 years with the Calhoun County Board of Education and has been with the Jefferson County Board of Ed. for the past 4 years.

He has coached many different sports during his six years of teaching/coaching. John was the defensive coach for Clay Chalkville High School in 2014 and assisted in leading the team to a 6A State Championship.

  • Gracie Barra Instructors Course
Stephen Owens
Stephen OwensProgram Director, Assistant Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Stephen has been training Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu since 2015, and has competed in both NAGA and Newbreed tournaments (a total of three gold, and one bronze medals), and in most cases has competed against men above his own weight division.

Some of Stephen’s goals are to continue growing his skills in Jiu-Jitsu, to further challenge himself through competition, and to further prove (as many have before) that the smaller man can defeat even the largest of opponents.

Stephen is also an accomplished skateboarder, poet, and enjoys free-running.

Jacoby Dove
Jacoby DoveCardio Boxing Instructor
Jacoby began his journey with martial arts in 2005 starting with wrestling in middle school, which lead him to transitioning to MMA at the age of 16. He has competed twice in the ring as well as cornering numerous fighters in their own bouts. He has also placed at Naga and the Alabama State Grappling tournaments placing second in both respectively. A passion for the sport has seen him leading classes at several establishments, focusing on technique and cardio. Along with martial arts, He is also a competitive runner, participating in 5ks through half marathons, OCRs, and competitive trail races.

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