Blair Ferguson, MATRx, RTSm, B.S. Kinesiology
Blair is the CEO and founder of Ventura Training and Athletics training studio in Ventura, CA. He has been in the trenches training clients, educating and mentoring other trainers and researching the latest science since 1998. After many years of frustration with clients, he was left with nothing but questions. Questions like how do we know what we are doing with a client is doing what it’s supposed to be doing or are we just creating problems? or how are we assessing our clients to get an idea of the status of their neuromuscular system and a starting point? or why do these tightnesses just stay tight or get tighter? or why when I do something with one client that seems like a positive outcome but if I do the same with another client then I sometimes get a negative one? Then enters Greg Roskopf’s Muscle Activation Techniques™. MAT™ started to answer a lot of these questions.
Blair’s progressive training approach combines the knowledge of extensive education with experiential wisdom to ensure that his clients and athletes get the best training and service that science and experience has to offer. Blair customizes programs based on needs of the individual, from aging adults to young athletes to seasoned pros. Blair’s innovative style of working with the human body continues to set new standards in athletic development and achievement. Blair specializes in correcting the muscle and joint imbalance that contribute to chronic pain an injury. He does this in a variety of ways including MAT™ and custom designed resistance training strategies to restore the body’s alignment.
Realizing that most successful people have average genetics and limited time – but also a competitive desire to look and feel their best – Blair tailored his protocols so that busy professionals could achieve exceptional results safely and without the unreasonable time commitment that so often derails health and fitness ambitions. Blair’s passion is to help VTA’s clients attain the physical and mental joy that he has achieved for himself. His revolutionary training program has inspired a passionate loyalty from his clients.
Fun fact | One of Blair’s favorite weekly activities is disc golfing. He is looking forward to the day when he’ll be able to disc golf with his little boy Beckett.
B.S. Kinesiology Exercise Science Cal State University Northridge, June 1998
Certified Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist, June 2008
Resistance Training Specialist Mastery, October 2011
Muscle Activation Techniques Master Specialist, June 2012
Muscle Activation Techniques RX Hand and Foot, March 2015
Muscle Activation Techniques RX Whole body, February 2017
Muscle Activation Techniques Instructor
Resistance Training Specialist Instructor
Jeff Wright, MATcs
Jeff Wright is a Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist and Mental & Physical Strength and Conditioning coach for Los Angeles Pierce College Baseball Team. He was inspired to become a MAT™ practitioner after it had allowed him to play baseball at Pierce College as a 27 year old freshman after an 8 year career in the US Army as a paratrooper.
Prior to joining VTA, Jeff served in the United States Army as a paratrooper and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. During two combat deployments and a multitude of training, Jeff learned how to overcome obstacles in even the most trying of times. Jeff’s ability to accomplish the mission despite a lack of resources and in extremely adverse conditions is transplanted into the way he helps his clients identify and overcome their imbalances.
Jeff is committed to continuing education through Muscle Activation Techniques™ and Resistance Training Specialist.
Fun Fact: Jeff once backpacked with over 85 lbs. in high-altitude (7k plus) 385 miles in 25 days.
Certified Muscle Activation Technique Specialist, February 2017
Pierce College Mental and Physical Strength & Conditioning Coach, 2014- Present
US Army Advanced Leader Course, 2011
US Army Warrior Leader Course, 2010
Paul Lugar, MATcs, ACE CPT, USA CYCLING COACH LEVEL 2
Paul is a certified Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist, Personal Trainer and Cycling Coach. Paul has been working with a variety of clients for about 13 years. Paul was compelled to leave the pharmaceutical industry because of his desire to help others excel in wellness. Paul started training clients and coaching cyclists out of his love for sport and movement and the places it has taken him. Paul has been playing sports since the age of seven and over the years transitioned into cycling. Paul started mountain biking in 1988 and has raced in many of the various disciplines of cycling.
Paul developed an interest in helping others develop strength and resilience so they can take on almost any activity they desire. While being able to help others Paul knew there was more to learn. He felt like MAT was the future of exercise. MAT opened up a whole new thought process in working with the human body.
Certified Muscle Activation Technique Specialist, 2017
Bachelors of Science Marketing, East Tennessee State University