Wrestling may have been Trey Travis’ first love, but the former two-time state champion has evolved well beyond simply offering his services on the mat over the past few years.
As owner and operations director of The Complex Training Center in Carrollton, the 2010 Bremen High School graduate and Auburn University alum had a vision of turning his business into more than just a wrestling factory when it originally opened its doors in 2013.
Of course, that’s still an important element of his clientele in giving back to the sport he holds dear to his heart for a new generation of grapplers. But after recently celebrating its five-year anniversary, The Complex has truly become a full-fledged training center to the point where it’s roughly 50/50 when it comes to members who are wrestlers and those who don’t even step foot on the mat and strictly come for weight training/fitness purposes.
With an accomplished staff of certified personal trainers and fitness/nutrition specialists, The Complex continues to raise the bar in what it can provide from its Columbia Drive headquarters.
Along with the wrestling room, the facility has experienced tremendous growth in recent years with the addition of two units for OTz and another training/fitness room. Travis and Co. most recently expanded into a fourth unit upon partnering with Strong House Foundation, which is set to open its doors this fall and cater to underprivileged children and introduce them to sports and strength training, while also offering educational support and, most importantly, developing a stronger spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ.
Strong House will be under the direction of Suzanne Young, whose husband, Matt, is a lead instructor for OTz at The Complex.
“It’s Matt and Suzanne’s brainchild. Matt and I talked about it years and years ago when we started talking about Complex. Suzanne is the one that’s actually making it happen. She took a huge leap of faith and quit a very steady job because she felt a calling to come do this,” Travis said. “It’s just kind of grown and we are one step away from being functional. We’ve got to file our federal paperwork and then we are ready to raise money and operate as a non-profit for Strong House.”
It is the mission of Suzanne Young to target at-risk children and alter their future in a positive manner through the faith-based organization.
“That can be academically, on a social level and especially those children who are headed down a path of juvenile delinquency,” Suzanne Young said. “We want to intervene as soon as we can and re-direct their path and get them on the right course. The older they are when we reach them, the more set they are in their ways and the harder it is to change their behavior. So if we can catch them while they’re younger, we can modify that behavior and put them on the right path.
“We want to make sure every child and every household has a Bible they can take home with them. We want to make sure they know the Word of God and let that transform their lives.”
The Complex is holding its fifth anniversary party on Saturday, Aug. 25, where it will introduce the community to Strong House and also celebrate five years of operating in the west Georgia area.
“We’re going to have a big party. It will be an all-day event. We’ll have bounce houses out here for the kids, free food for anybody that stops in,” Travis said. “It’s going to be a celebration for turning 5 and a refocus for where we’ll be in the next five years.”
When it comes to the personal training side of the business, Matt Young and Wynter McKinley spearhead that charge with OTz and other forms of fitness. Ryan Gallo, a former state champion wrestler from Arizona, has also come on board to help coach with Travis.
OTz are offered Monday-Thursday and again on Saturday, along with some Friday availability by appointment. They also offer one-on-one training, group training and some newer initiatives such as the “Mommy and Me” class, where mothers literally use their toddlers as a weight by holding them and performing different exercises.
“We also have mobile training, where we’ll come to you if you meet our criteria. If you have enough people, we’ll come to you and do workouts,” added Travis.
The Complex also enjoyed a banner year with its wrestling program, highlighted by 11 state-placers and three state champions this spring, marking the first time they’ve had multiple state champions.
Andrew Voiles finished as the 105-pound state champ in the 14U division, while Gabe Swann was the 10U state champ in the 58-pound division. They also had a state champion in the girls’ competition with Lilianna McKinley, Wynter’s daughter, reaching the top of the podium, followed by Sawyer Mitchell in third place for girls’ state to go along with a sixth-place finish in the boys’ state tournament.
Travis noted how the growth of girls’ wrestling in the state of Georgia is something that is really catching on, and he’s proud to have two of his own serve as trend-setters to help gain exposure for the cause.
“It’s getting big enough now and there’s enough competition that the GHSA is starting to recognize it. They’re several years away from having a girls’ state championship in high school just because all the little girls that are starting out have to get up to that age group. But they have started doing a girls’ state championship for elementary and middle school,” Travis said. “I think it will eventually work their way up to high school.”
Runner-up state finishes were recorded by Aaron Sheffield in the 14U 150-pound class and Tripp Palmer in the 8U 68-pound bracket.
Earning third-place finishes were Alan Cordero, Braden Sauls and Sutton White, while Colt Mitchell, Joey Berry and William White placed fifth.
“We had the best year we’ve ever had, percentage-wise. Of the 15 kids who qualified for state, 11 of them brought home a medal,” Travis said. “Percentage-wise, we’re up there with the top training centers in the state. Now some of those training centers, they take 100 kids to state. But from a percentage-wise perspective, we had our best year ever.”
For more information about The Complex Training Center, contact Travis at 404-889-2612 or [email protected] You can also visit their website at http://complextrainingcenter.com.