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UFC Gym in Dallas Opens Under Fitness Guru Manny Hernando ~ Explosive Gym Workouts Inspired by UFC Athletes

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 16, 2015

UFC Gym® in Dallas will open its doors for business on May 2nd, 2015 under the management of Manny Hernando, a household name when it comes to fitness in Dallas.

The gym combines the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) and fitness in an explosive workout environment. The cutting-edge training techniques are inspired by UFC athletes and provides members with everything needed for the entire family to sweat, move, live and TRAIN DIFFERENT®.

Before joining UFC Gym, located in White Rock, Hernando had been the general manager of Maple Ave Boxing Gym since 2009. Manny has over 18 years’ experience in personal training and group fitness and currently trains professional boxers, triathletes, marathon runners, professional hockey players, MMA fighters and other professional athletes. He was the former Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Dallas Stars Hockey Team (2004-2009), Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Iowa Stars (2005-2007) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas and a Masters degree from SMU.

He is a certified NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditions Specialist (CSCS), NASM-Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Group Fitness certifications from Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), American Council on Exercise (ACE) and holds Level II Coaching and Training from USA Boxing. Additionally he is certified in TRX Suspension Trainer Level 1, Schwinn Cycle Trainer, Yoga – Yoga Fit (ACE), and has his CPR/AED Certification. Manny is also a Nike NTC Trainer and Brand Ambassador for the Dallas Metroplex.

UFC Gym Dallas joins more than 100 UFC GYM clubs and 100,000 members worldwide. The 13,000 Sq. Ft. facility features a 24 foot Octagon, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, bag area, top-of-the-line strength training and cardio machines, battling ropes, agility ladders, 25 yard indoor training turf, weighted sled, rolling monkey bars and other functional training equipment for dynamic workouts.

UFC Gym® will provide workouts for all levels — from stay-at-home moms, to fitness fanatics, to big-time brawlers who can keep pace with MMA champs — under the careful guidance of Hernando, former Dallas Stars Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. You can expect to burn 800-1,000 calories in a 60-minute class.

“This gym is meant to provide fitness training for both the beginner and the ultimate athlete,” said Jeff Matthews, UFC Gym White Rock owner. “I wanted to give the White Rock and surrounding communities something different and special. We are a family at this gym and you feel it the moment you walk in the door.” Matthews goes on to say, “I’m also the owner of the gym in Flower Mound and I’m seeing both athletes and beginners get true results. Our gym is different and our members are going through transformations, learning powerful techniques and re-defining how fitness and training should be experienced.”

UFC GYM located at 7324 Gaston Ave Ste. 300 Dallas, TX 75214 will replace the former YMCA near White Rock Lake.

UFC GYM membership includes unlimited access to UFC Gym’s signature classes such as Daily Ultimate Training (DUT), MMA, MATRX, and Kickboxing. There are also youth fitness classes and mixed martial arts including Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to name a few.

For more information about UFC GYM Dallas, visit

Like us at or call (469) 729-8940. Hernando can be emailed at whiterockgm(at)ufcgym(dot)com.

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Harkcon, Inc. and ABS Group Sign Agreement under DHS Mentor-Prot

Fredericksburg, VA (PRWEB) March 23, 2015

Harkcon, Inc. and ABS Group are proud to announce establishment of a Mentor-Protégé relationship under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Utilization (OSDBU) program. Harkcon is looking forward to building a closer relationship with ABS Consulting who have agreed to share their extensive experience and expertise in a wide variety of areas including: management guidance, financial management, organizational management, business management/development, and technical assistance.

Harkcon and ABS Consulting have successfully worked together on a wide variety of contracts for government agencies including: U. S. Coast Guard, DHS Office of Infrastructure Protections, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, (BSEE) and GSA Performance Management and Continuous Process Improvement (PM/CPI) BPA.

In discussing the DHS Mentor Protégé program, John Duncan, Vice President for Government Services stated that “ABS Group looks forward to extending the productive and successful relationship we have built with Harkcon to deliver excellence to Government agencies. Harkcon’s training development and organizational services are industry leading and complement the range of services offered by ABS Group.”

Dr. Kevin Harkins, CEO of Harkcon confirmed the relationship by saying “We are most grateful for this opportunity to work closely with ABS Consulting, a world class organization with amazing capabilities and a corporate culture that is a good fit for us. We recognize the importance and potential of this relationship and look forward to learning from them, as well as supporting them in any way possible.”

The Mentor Protégé Program assists DHS through the establishment of long-term business relationships between large and small business contractors. The program is designed to motivate and encourage large business prime contractor firms to provide mutually beneficial developmental assistance to small businesses and to improve the success of contracts and subcontracts.


Harkcon, Inc. provides a wide range of comprehensive organizational and workforce performance analysis and customized, innovative solutions in the public and private sectors. Focusing on analysis and solutions that improve worker, workplace, and organizational performance, Harkcon specializes in identifying the needs of a workforce and the appropriate organizational, leadership, and management interventions required to bring motivation and performance to unprecedented levels.

A veteran-owned small business founded in 2005 and based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Harkcon was named Diversity Business’s “Top Veteran Owned Business” for the fourth consecutive year (2013), made the Inc. 500/5000 List for the fifth consecutive year (2014), and was recognized on Virginia Business and VA Chamber of Commerce’s “Fantastic 50” list for the third consecutive year (2013).

For more information on Harkcon, Inc. and the services they provide, please visit

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LearningRx Builds the Smart Mom’s Toy Box: 25 Brain-Building Toys & Games Under $20

(PRWEB) December 03, 2014

For parents in search of toys that are both fun and educational, brain training company LearningRx has put together “The Smart Mom’s Toy Box.” The toys have all been selected by Dr. Toy (Stevanne Auerbach) for inclusion in her Magic Toy Box (, and every toy is under $ 20. Her Magic Toy Box is a collection of handpicked educational, development, and skill-building products that have made one of her four annual award programs, including Best Vacation Toys, Best Green Toys, Best Classic Toy, and Best Toys for that year.

    “Parents don’t need to break the bank to get quality toys that build cognitive skills,” says Tanya Mitchell of LearningRx Colorado Springs. “All of the toys in the Smart Mom’s Toy Box cost less than $ 20 and you can help strengthen a child’s processing speed by using a stopwatch for certain activities. These 25 games have been chosen for their educational benefits; they help strengthen a variety of cognitive skills—like memory, auditory and visual processing, attention, processing speed, and logic & reasoning—which are the essential tools needed to learn, memorize, process, and recall information. But to kids—they’re just fun toys!”

Here’s a sample of some items from “The 2014 Smart Mom’s Toy Box”:

1.    Classic Peg Game by ToySmith ($ 2.99)

Jump pegs, removing them as you go, with a goal to get down to just one remaining peg.

Cognitive skills: logic & reasoning, planning, strategy, attention

2.    Show Me the Kwan by Griddly Games ($ 19.99)

Roll the dice and be the first to choose the letter that matches the category for that round. Then earn points as you call out words where either the first, second or last letter corresponds to the letter that was rolled.

Cognitive skills: auditory & visual processing, attention, processing speed

For a list of games and the skills they strengthen, visit: For the full version of the Smart Mom’s Toy Box, call (719) 264-8808 or visit

About LearningRx

LearningRx brain training specializes in treating the cause––not the symptoms––of learning struggles. The programs’ game-like exercises and one-to-one trainer-to-student ratios provide lasting and dramatic improvement in as little as 12 to 24 weeks. With 90 centers across the country, LearningRx brain training can help anyone—from 5 to 85— enjoy the life-changing benefits of better brain performance.

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