A personal and progressive approach to fitness.
The concept of A3 started off as a simple one: make a facility that was open to EVERYONE, regardless of ability, economic status, or experience, as well as a place that provides athletes the BEST athletic performance training in existence, with the ultimate goal of increasing HEATLH, FITNESS, and PERFORMANCE for EVERYONE.
Owner Ryan Beckwith first had this dream (and completed his thesis project on it) when he was pursuing his Master of Education Degree at the University of Georgia. He wanted to create a learning center founded on science-based educational principles that encouraged anyone and everyone to feel comfortable in the pursuit of their personal goals. Ryan explains, “I was fortunate enough to compete in sports in college and decided that I needed to pay if forward.”
Thus, A3 was born. From the day to day operations providing its members the most progressive fitness approach around, to the 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides education, inspiration, and competition to athletes of all levels and abilities, EVERYONE is welcome here and crafting better athletes is what we do.
The nonprofit Athletes’ Advantage Academy, Inc. was always part of the dream, with an original mission to provide student athletes who have aspirations of going to college, but not necessarily the financial means to afford elite performance training services, with a place to receive the best sports performance training, mentorship, and education in order to prepare them for collegiate sports and success beyond college.
In addition to providing some of the most progressive athletic performance solutions around, we recognize that elite-level athleticism also requires character. We teach all of our athletes leadership skills, integrity, and personal development.
Coach Ryan is the owner of A3 Bakersfield. His family’s roots are in Georgia but as a child of a military family, he moved all over the country until middle school, at which time his family settled in Southern California. Ryan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge while playing football and competing in track and field. He then transferred to the University of Georgia where he competed in track and field while earning his Master of Education degree in Sport Management.
Ryan began his career at the University of Georgia as he served as the Associate Director of the Georgia G-Club as well as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, where he assisted in the teaching of Speed Mechanics to the UGA Football Program. Ryan then moved back to the west coast to work at UCLA in the Athletic Department as a Marketing Manager. He then moved into his real love of coaching, and served as the Head Strength Coach for various teams including Soccer, Tennis, and Track, Rowing, and the Assistant Strength Coach for Football and Basketball. While at UCLA, Ryan also served as a guest lecturer for Exercise Science with UCLA Extension. After several successful seasons, Ryan accepted a position as the first ever Director of Speed, Strength, and Conditioning at the prominent Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, CA, where he was also the Sprint Coach for Varsity Track. Ryan later served as the Assistant Track and Field Coach and Strength at Conditioning Coach for Basketball at the College of San Mateo, in addition to being an Adjunct Instructor. He has also been a personal fitness trainer at an elite sports club and a Director of Athletic Performance at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
After 11 years on a career path, Ryan made the difficult decision to pursue his long-held dream of competing in the Olympics as a Decathlete. He committed to training full time as a professional athlete. He continued to train and compete after meeting his wife and moving to Bakersfield. Once living in Bakersfield, Ryan accepted the position as Director of Athletics at Bakersfield College and “retired the spikes”. After two years as a college administrator, Ryan greatly missed having a direct impact on student-athletes as a coach. Therefore, he decided to leave the desk job and return to doing what he loves most (coaching, developing, teaching, and inspiring athletes).
He founded A3 Sports & Wellness, Inc. in 2013 and the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Athletes’ Advantage Academy, Inc. became official in 2014. Both allow him to live out his passion for coaching, community, and education and give back to student-athletes, military service personnel/veterans, and individuals of all abilities, paying tribute to his greatest influencers.
Coach Mario is a Sports Performance Coach at A3 Sports & Wellness. He was born in Sacramento, CA where he attended Antelope High School and was a multi-sport student-athlete - including Baseball, Basketball, Wrestling, and Football. After high school Mario decided to attend California State University, Monterey Bay where he found his calling in sports - RUGBY. Coach Mario excelled immediately in Rugby where he was a 4 year starter and CSUMB Rugby Team Captain for 2 out of the 4 years!
Mario graduated from CSUMB with a B.S. Degree in Kinesiology in 2016. He has been coaching and training since the day he walked off campus, and has experience with clients of all ages and abilities. You can see him at our main A3 facility as well as in Shafter coaching our A3 Fit Fam members at the SWAT program (Shafter Wellness & Athletic Training). Mario shares the A3 passion for helping athletes excel, and knows how to bring out the inner beast in anyone! A3 is extremely fortunate to have found Coach Mario!
Coach Serenity Sanchez, or better known as Aza, was born and raised right here in Bakersfield, California. During her childhood she competed in many sports including: basketball, softball, jiu-jitsu, and volleyball. In her senior year of high school, she was introduced to the National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer program and immediately fell in love. Immediately after she graduated high school, she continued her education in Kinesiology at California State University, Bakersfield and got certified as a Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. During her first semester at CSUB, she met owner Ryan Beckwith. His lectures and progressive view on fitness really resonated with her and she carried those views with her on into her career as a personal trainer. After working in a corporate gym for about a year, she wanted to pursue a more meaningful career in the fitness industry and sought a facility that reflected the same mindset. Athlete’s Advantage Academy was the perfect facility to practice the value of inclusion and fitness for all. Her current focus at this point in time is assisting women with their goals in the gym through education about fitness in general, equipment, and nutrition. No matter the goal, she is there to help her clients every step of the way. Coach Aza is expected to graduate with her B.S. in Kinesiology in 2021 from CSUB.
Alex is a recent CSUB graduate with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a concentration in “Exercise Science”. While at CSUB, Alex was a Division 1 athlete for the Roadrunners Track & Field team as a distance runner. Alex also completed an internship of 10 weeks in Senior Fitness and Wellness. He has coached Cross Country and Track & Field for a Division 1 high school and is currently a Track & Field coach at Wonderful Prep Academy. Alex’s passion for athletics goes deep. When he is not coaching Cross Country or Track & Field, he is working for a performance-advancing center, putting to use his knowledge and expertise in the field of exercise science to help educate and train clients on proper form and technique to avoid injuries in the future. Alex is always looking for a new challenge, new skills to learn, and opportunities to give back to the community.
Alex is a long distance, bio-mechanics coach.
“To create a lifestyle of excellence” When I became a personal trainer in 2016, there were two goals; 1. Help anyone become better than they were the day before and 2. Spread knowledge and information that is actually helpful. Currently, I hold certificates from CAMTC as a Certified Massage Therapist, from International Sport Sciences Assoc. As a Certified Personal Trainer, from National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist. My clientele includes people from all walks of life; post-op rehab to competitive athletes and the list keeps growing day after day. Each one of my clients has a story to tell, yet the story they all share, is a lifestyle of excellence.
Born in Bakersfield, Matt is a Strength Coach, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Massage Therapist.
Briannah Mariner is a former California State University- Bakersfield volleyball athlete and has played volleyball for over 10 years with a background in Kinesiology and emphasis in “Exercise Science”. Her success on the volleyball court has led her to many opportunities both athletically and academically and is now coaching young athletes across Bakersfield. Briannah has been coaching for more than 5 years and has completed an internship of 10 weeks at A3 doing personal and group training. Her passion to make everyone around her better has been a goal for her every day and believes that as a trainer it is up to them to push their athlete to their fullest potential. She welcomes all who seek to live a healthier lifestyle by educating athletes on proper technique and form, speed and agility, and volleyball skills.
Briannah Mariner is a Volleyball Coach.
Juan Gonzalez is a fitness/sports performance Coach at A3. He is a Bakersfield native, who attended South High School, and dedicated much of his time outside of class to playing baseball at the next level. He accomplished that by playing ball at Bakersfield College for 2 years before transferring to California State University, Bakersfield where he earned his B.S in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Juan jumped directly into coaching Division1 high school baseball after hanging up the cleats and is now going into his fourth-year coaching at his former high school. He uses his knowledge in exercise science and experience in athletics to help train clients of all ages. Juan can be found doing personal training, group fitness or speed and agility classes here at A3. Coach Gonzalez is passionate about fitness and coaching with hopes to motivate individuals to reach their goals and strive for self-growth.
Juan Gonzalez specializes in baseball and speed/agility coaching.