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Meet Mark Estelle of Grind Academy in Compton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Estelle.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Compton. I played football at Carson High, Southwest Jc, Utah State, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, NFLE Cologne Centurions, and CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. I’m a 2x Grey Cup Champion and 3x Eastern All Star. My career ended in 2011 due to a knee injury. I started this business to mentor young kids and teach them positive life skills through athletics.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The struggle with dealing with the inner-city youth is that we do not have a lot of parental involvement. Finances is also a major issue being that a lot of our kids come from single-parent homes and the money is a little tight sometimes. But being the coaches that we are we still take care of these children because we want to see them be great and stay out of trouble.

Grind Academy – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I hold training camps, private workouts, and seven on seven teams. The purpose of this is to keep our youth busy and off the streets. Football teaches these kids discipline and a lot of life skills that will utilize when they become adults. I also teach the youth to focus on life after athletics. This is very important to me because once I ended my career due to a knee injury, I had no idea what was next because all I knew was football. So I make sure I stay on the kids and their academics so that they will always have plan B in line. What makes me the most proud is when I change a kid’s life and help him get into college. Let them know that theirs more out there then just kicking it in the hood. What sets me apart from other trainers is that I really do this football stuff. I didn’t learn everything I know on YouTube and seminars. Most importantly, I’m tough on all my kids and treat them like my own because I expect nothing but greatness from them all, and they respect me for that.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment for me is just to see kids grow, such as physical ability and mentally. When I see kids, I train to get that scholarship offer its an amazing feeling.


  • 50 per session for personal workouts
  • 35 per group session
  • 120 for 4 sessions

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 310-678-8001
  • Email:
  • Instagram: grind_academy_

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