Today we’d like to introduce you to Jake Woolley.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I went to college at Portland State University where I played Linebacker on the football team. I got my B.S. in Kinesiology and graduated in 4 years. I was an intern Strength & Conditioning coach at Portland State where I got to work with the football, tennis, soccer, and golf teams. I moved back to California in 2016 where I joined Impact Sports Training in Ventura, CA. After working there for about a year I joined Athletic Gaines in Calabasas/Woodland Hills where I was apart of 2 NFL Combines and 1 NBA Combines. I worked with athletes such as Todd Gurley, Candace Parker, Trey Young, Bobby Portis, Saquon Barkley, and Mario Herzonja. Big thanks to Travelle Gaines for teaching me the ways and how to conduct myself professionally. After Gaines, I joined the crew at Mamba Sports Academy where I helped run the multidirectional work for the NFL Combine. That year we had athletes like Quinnen Williams, Dwayne Haskins, and Greedy Williams. After Mamba Sports Academy I joined the group at The Future Elite Academy where I became the Director of Performance. I still am currently there and am building the sports performance side each day. We also are a full academy for 7th grade, 8th grade, and transitional holdbacks.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been a rollercoaster the whole time. In the training industry there isn’t a lot of money to be made at times and you really have to push your way through the door to be successful. I have worked three jobs at a time just to train two hours a day. In the beginning, I used to work at a machine shop and check tiny parts starting at 4:00am ending at 3:00pm just to train from 4-6pm. I also worked at Orangetheory in my spare hours to make some extra money. It was all worth it looking back on it because it taught me how to have a work ethic and how to relentlessly pursue my dreams. I am super thankful for everything that has come along the way to get me to where I am today.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Future Elite Academy story. Tell us more about the business.
The Future Elite Academyis a 21st-century learning and elite physical training that breaks from traditional educational models and incorporates the latest in educational curriculum and sports performance training. Students and athletes are provided with the tools needed to be successful in a constantly changing world. The Future Elite Academy was founded and developed by concentrating on the principles that many academy and training facilities in the greater Los Angeles area lacked. In a city full of special training facilities, private schools and youth athletic groups, none were using all of the puzzle pieces at hand to paint a bigger picture. By integrating youth athletes, professional athletes and the modern mentality for youth and adult growth not only in sports excellence but also mental, emotional and physical, the Future has created a unique business model in a category of its own.
I am the Director of Performance for the company. I specialize in speed training from a linear, lateral, and multidirectional standpoint. I am also very huge on movement, and correctives and mobility are huge staples in my programs for my athletes. I have been around youth athletes all the way up to the greatest athletes in his or her sport and am proud of my training that has helped athletes get to the next level. My athletes are healthy, mobile, and explosive.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
During the start-up of The Future Elite Academy, COVID-19 hit during the beginning of all of our starts. Construction was barely halfway done, and we had no direction on where to go. As a team, we stuck together and truly believed we could accomplish this goal of what we wanted to do. We pushed through the virus safely and managed to get the construction all the way done and clients safely training with nothing to worry about. We opened the school portion as well and the training is going through the roof. As the coronavirus continues to elevate, we continue to adapt as a team and make things happen.
- Address: 2328 Townsgate Road Westlake Village, CA 91361
- Website: www.futureeliteacademy.com
- Phone: 8059080022
- Instagram: futureelite.academy