8XTrainer of the Year (Houston Awards Program and BBB (2013-2020) Ricky Jackson, the owner of ELITE PERSONAL TRAINING, is a one-stop fitness spot for strength training and conditioning, personal training, in-home training, and group boot camp training. We were honored to be named the Houston 50 HOTTEST FITNESS PROS 2017, Better Business Bureau/Houston's Awards Program 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, & 2020 Houston Personal Trainer of the Year, and we've only improved our services and offerings since then.
Coach Jackson, Ricky spent 5 years at the helm of the Strength and Conditioning program at Texas Southern University responsible for eighteen different sports in the athletic program. He was praised for the development of the university’s weight room into a fully functional facility for all eighteen sports while providing personal training for university students and employees. He was also responsible for dietary programs for weight loss/gain, and educating athletes about nourishment to achieve optimal performance.
“Coach” Jackson has played an integral part in the following successes during his tenure:
•2006 Men’s and Women’s Tennis SWAC Championship
•2005 & 2006 Women’s Bowling SWAC Championship (ranked #9 in the nation by the NCAA)
•2004 Baseball SWAC Championship/NCAA appearance
•2004 & 2005 Women’s Basketball SWAC Tournament appearances
•2003 Men’s Basketball SWAC Tournament Championship/NCAA appearance;
Prior to his stint at TSU, “Coach” Jackson was a professional prizefighter from 1989 until retiring in 2001. He bypassed the amateur ranks, and began competing on the professional level. He turned heads with an impressive record of 26 wins, 4 losses with 18 KOs. Achievements during his illustrious boxing career include:
•Texas Cruiserweight Championship Title 1994
•Texas Heavyweight Champion from 1994-2001 (Emeritus)
•World rankings with the WBU (#8), NAFB (#12), WBC (#16), and WBA (#22).
He also made boxing history by fighting for the first-ever WBU World Supercruiserweight Title.
As a free agent, Ricky Jackson fought for some of the top promoters and trainers in the World; George Benton, Lou Duva, Eddie Futch, Emanuel Stewart, Don Turner, and Tommy Brooks, Curtis Cokes, Jessie Reid, Aaron Snowell, Cedric Kushner and the Duva’s Main Events Monitor. In 1998, he signed with boxing promoter Don King, where he remained until 2000. He attributes his exceptional strength and conditioning knowledge to the multitude and quality of coaches and personal trainers he has the privilege of working with over the years.
As a humanitarian, Ricky Jackson has demonstrated an altruistic attitude by donating his time and energy to incalculable community organizations. He was awarded the Positive Influential African American Male Award; and the Young Black Achiever Award. Former City of Houston Mayor Bob Lanier recognized him with a "Ricky Jackson Day" Proclamation. Former City Councilman Orlando Sanchez also presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation for the outstanding accomplishment of receiving the highest award attainable from the State of Texas in heavyweight boxing.
With Ricky’s many years of collegiate and professional strength and conditioning coaching and personal training, he has developed regiments that will push the limits on each individual he trains physical capability through fitness. Getting each client to their own optimal fitness level in the shortest period of time is always Ricky’s goal and objective.