Ricky Jackson

Ricky Jackson

Houston, TX

16 years in service

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Lose weight and improve strength with fitness plans from private personal trainer Ricky Jackson. He provides personal training and conditioning programs for individuals, athletes and sporting teams.

About Ricky Jackson

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Ricky Jackson 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's Awards Program 2014 & 2015 Houston Personal Trainer of the Year, and we've only improved our services and offerings since then.

We now provide strength training and conditioning services that are specific to certain sports, including baseball, softball, distance running, track and field, volleyball, basketball, football, tennis, boxing, golf and soccer. We also train bodybuilders and offer body weight training programs. This sport-specific training ensures that our athletes are training the right muscle groups for peak performance and endurance on "game day." Not many fitness training companies in Houston provides such specialized services.

Over the last year, we've focused even more strongly on meeting our customers' needs, wherever they are. We offer personal training in our gym or in the client's home -- some people feel self-conscious at the gym or just don't like the gym environment, so we go to them and help them workout in the comfort and convenience of their own home.

Our personal trainers work with young people, adults and the elderly -- our youngest clients are in elementary school, and our oldest clients are in their 70s. We create individualized training plans for each client, assessing their individual abilities and needs to help them improve their strength and fitness safely. It's inspiring to see our elderly clients' commitment to staying fit and healthy! We also offer small-group personal training sessions, so friends or family members can work out together or new arrival can receive personal training at a more affordable price -- and perhaps meet some new friends in the process.

As the founder of Ricky Jackson, I feel proud that my company is helping hundreds of Houston locals to stay fit and healthy. We're constantly innovating and bringing the latest science and equipment into the gym, but the basics remain the same -- to improve your fitness and strength, you need to put in some hard work. My staff and I are there to motivate our customers to push themselves a little further every time they work out. After more than thirty years as a professional athlete and collegiate and professional strength and conditioning coach, you'd think I'd be sick of all things fitness. Instead, I feel like the luckiest man in the world watching my clients achieve new personal bests every day.

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 regimens that will push the limits on the physical capability of each individual he trains through fitness. Getting each client to his or her own optimal fitness level in the shortest period of time is always Ricky's goal and objective.

Ricky's boxing training programs are designed to teach the fundamental skills of the sweet science of boxing, such as jabbing, combinations, boxing stance, shadow boxing techniques, hand-pad drills, along with heavy bag and speed bag exercises. Boxing is the one of the best fitness-related active for both youth and adults to develop balance and coordination and improve your strength and conditioning deficits.

His experiences are as follows:

* Memorial Herman Wellness Center Certified Personal Trainer
* Member of National Strength and Conditioning Association NSCA
* Member of Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association CSCCA


Houston, TX 77008

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  • 5/5 stars March 23, 2015

  • 5/5 stars February 7, 2015

    Only 3 weeks in but already feeling more like myself. Excited about what future holds :-)

  • 4/5 stars January 4, 2015

  • 4/5 stars October 12, 2014

    Ricky is the right guy!

  • 4/5 stars August 24, 2014

    Ricky was great with getting me fit. I loved the boxing. I would recommend him to others!

  • 5/5 stars August 5, 2014

  • 5/5 stars April 8, 2014

    Mr. Ricky is AWESOME!!! He keeps his clients focused in their goal through positive motivation and encouragement. He has a high level of knowledge in regards to the client he is working with. He knows what he is teaching. He mixes different exercises together including BOXING which makes it more fun( you won't get bored at all :). We all have different needs when it comes to fitness and Mr. Ricky is the right trainer who can help us to reach the needs or desired goals. I am glad that I chose the right trainer who can help me to reach my goal :)


  • 5/5 stars January 25, 2014

  • 5/5 stars January 24, 2014

    ricky is awesome.

  • 5/5 stars September 4, 2013

    Ricky is a very personable, professional and reliable personal trainer who is helping me achieve my goals of long term weight loss and strength training. He tailors fitness regimes to the individual and varies the routine on a weekly basis so it never becomes tedious. I highly recommend Ricky if you are serious about getting fit and want a trainer who will go that extra mile to help you reach your goals.

  • 5/5 stars July 29, 2013

    Ricky is great! My boyfriend and I have been doing group in home training (so convenient) with Ricky 2-3 times a week for the past few months and I've really noticed a difference in my overall fitness and strength. His scheduling is very flexible so just about anytime I want to work out, he's available.

    Ricky's style is very different than working out alone. He works the whole body using a mixture of approaches that keeps me from getting bored or falling into a rut. Also, I LOVE the boxing.

    Also, Ricky's a nice guy. But be warned: he's tough. The first month I felt like I wanted to throw up - and that was just after the warm up!

    I'd highly recommend Ricky for anyone looking to increase strength and muscle tone as well as cardio training and conditioning.

  • 5/5 stars July 25, 2013

    Just through luck I found Ricky via a Google search and I am so glad that I did. I have worked out off and on over the past several years but wanted to get back being the best I could be. Ricky has been the great getting me to give my all, and the results I have gotten in just a few months really show it. Ricky takes great pride in his profession and is a real pleasure to work with, now my wife has also seen the light and she is working out with us as well. There is no way I would be able to attain what I have to date without Ricky's help, he is worth every penny. Thanks!!

  • 5/5 stars July 10, 2013

    In order to get back into the gym after a year of injuries, I was referred to Ricky by a friend, being told that he’d know exactly what to do and how hard to push me. It’s difficult to start all over! I took the advice and trained with Ricky for a while. By designing a varied and challenging regiment including elements of strength training, cardio and nutrition, as well as meeting at some pre-dawn time (not sure that was by design!), Ricky helped me make significant changes in my fitness level and body shape in a relatively short period of time. Ricky gave me 200% of his effort and focus each time we worked together . . .and provided the inspiration and motivation for me so that I could reach my goals. One of the best moves I ever made!

    Chryl Hoz
    Executive Assistant, The Sterling Group

  • 5/5 stars July 8, 2013

    When it comes to reaching your full potential of physical fitness Coach Jackson will help you to reach and obtain your desired goals. He improved my 40yd dash from 4.72 to 4.41, with speed and strength drills that are second to none. Regardless of your sport or profession his knowledge is on point. Coach Jackson helped me to obtain all American status in college while also being in top shape playing in Europe. I would not put my physical conditioning in another coaches hands.

    Stacey Thomas 
    2006 Walter Camp DIV. 1-AA 
    All-American DB, 
    SWAC Defensive Player of the Year, 
    All-SWAC Defensive Player of the Year 
    Former NFL Buffalo Bills 
    European Football League

  • 5/5 stars July 7, 2013

    Training with Ricky increased my overall fitness level and helped to incorporate regular fitness as a "habit" into my schedule. During our training course I lost approximately 30 pounds from training 3 times per week consistently. For the first time in my life I saw the benefits of strength training as well as cardio workouts. I've always been aware of healthy eating and fitness (ie. cardio), however, strength training with Ricky has giving me the confidence and the skills to go to the gym to and do my routine knowing I am benefiting instead of spinning my wheels. I am proud of my results and lifestyle change and I feel great as a result.

    Kris C.
    Flight Attendant

  • 5/5 stars July 5, 2013

    Ricky Jackson was my collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach at Texas Southern University where he help paved the way for my success in the NFL.

    Thanks Coach J.

    Oliver Celestine 
    Former New York Jets (DB)

  • 5/5 stars July 4, 2013

    I have been training with Ricky Jackson for over 10 years. I first started when I began training for the Golden Gloves. My goal was to win my age group in my weight division. Ricky had the unique background of being a former professional world class fighter and a body builder. His skills in both areas helped me accomplish my goal and I won the Houston championship.

    I have continued to train with Ricky and introduced my 2 daughters who now train with him also. They are both in outstanding shape and capable of being personal trainers themselves. One of my daughters became an ODP level soccer player who now plays Division 1 soccer.

    Whether you want to become an accomplished athlete or just attain your highest level of fitness Ricky has a program he can design and implement for you. I must warn you thought that Ricky is just as committed to your goals and will make sure you are advancing and progressing daily. He is a trainer for all levels of fitness and ages.

    More importantly he is an amazing person and I am proud to call him my best friend!

    Scott Bowers
    UBS Financial Services Inc.
    Senior Vice President

  • 5/5 stars July 4, 2013

    My experience with Ricky Jackson was a great one! My whole family used Ricky to improve our physical appearance. I was never a very strong or toned person until I got with Ricky and he showed me how to improve my workouts and build muscle. Ricky not only became my personal trainer but part of my family. He is a great trainer with a good heart.

    Allison Piccirillo
    Bay Ltd.
    Exec Assistant/Receptionist

  • 5/5 stars July 3, 2013

    When looking for a personal trainer I wanted to find someone who would take a personal interest in my success and push me beyond what "I" think my capabilities are. Ricky does this and more. He has a great workout program but he goes above and beyond to make sure your nutritional needs are being met as well. In less than three months I saw a significant change in the way I looked and felt. What I love most about Ricky's program is the mix of exercises. For example, Ricky will use boxing as cardio vs. running on the treadmill, he will mix in the ab work so you won't be overwhelmed doing them all at once, and he uses a mix of body, machine and free weights to keep your body guessing! Not to mention, if you are an athlete like myself he adds an entirely different realm of workouts in the mix. Ricky is by far one of the best trainers in the business!

    Shonta Greenwood
    Engineer/Professional Athlete

  • 5/5 stars July 3, 2013

    Coach Jackson has been my Strength and Conditioning Coach since my collegiate day at TSU as wells as the NFL. He is a huge part of my continued success in league.

    Cortez Hankton 
    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers (WR)

  • 5/5 stars July 3, 2013

    I began a workout regime with Ricky Jackson in May of 2009. At that time I didn’t have a real weight issue, however I didn’t have any muscle tone and I could definitely benefit from exercising, if for no other reason than to be healthy. I worked out with Ricky from May of 2009 until approximately August of 2010. When I began the workout program I weighed 142 pounds and I currently weigh 132 pounds. So I lost 10 pounds which I have managed to keep off by continuing to work out on my own at least three times a week, and I have developed muscle tone all over my body. What I have really appreciated from Ricky’s training is that he always made sure you not just worked out for the sake of working out, but he also made sure that you understood each machine you used, what muscle(s) it worked and how it benefited your body. Therefore when I travel (which I do quite often with my job) I can walk into a Fitness Center and know just what to do. I am grateful to him for imparting his knowledge which has helped me to be more conscious of not only the importance of exercising but also the importance of your food intake…your daily diet/food choices. When it comes to his training program, Ricky takes a very professional, serious, approach and provides a pleasant workout environment. This was my first and only time working out with a professional trainer and I am so glad that I had this opportunity, it has benefited me greatly! 

    Stephanie Francis
    United Airlines 
    Senior HR Manager

  • 5/5 stars April 25, 2013

    Fantastic! Couldn't be happier with Ricky. Highly recommend his services.

  • 5/5 stars February 15, 2013

    I have been training with Ricky for a little over 3 years now. When I started with him I was 10 months post-op from having an L5-S1 Anterior Lumbar Fusion (back surgery). For ten years I had issues with my back, throughout my entire 20's I felt like I had the body of an unhealthy 80 year old. I was in pain all the time. I could not exercise or do most things people my age were doing without "paying for it" during the following weeks. I had heard about Ricky from some friends and they all spoke of him very highly. I was very skeptical about training because of my history with back pain, but eventually I was talked into at least giving it a try.

    The first time I worked out with Ricky, we talked extensively about my concerns and about my surgery. He developed a program to help me strengthen my core to help support my back and lessen the pain. When I started I couldn't run more than a couple of minutes, could barely squat 85 lbs. more than once and was still dealing with back pain. Within 6 months of training with Ricky I was running 2 miles, squatting 225 lbs 10 times and I no longer had back pain 24/7.

    Due to a new job and hectic travel schedule, I had to take a 10 month hiatus from the gym. However, I've since returned to the gym and part of that decision was due to that "sneaky" back pain I felt returning. Since being back in the gym the last 3 months, I am doing things I never thought possible. I am already up to running 3 miles every workout and I feel great. My strength is also returning rapidly.

    Training with Ricky was one of the best decisions I ever made, he has changed my life! People workout with trainers for all different reasons, I chose to do it because I wanted to take control of my body and be pain free. Ricky Jackson helped me achieve this goal. In addition, working out has helped to increase my self-esteem and confidence in my abilities.

  • 5/5 stars February 14, 2013

    Ricky is excellent. He is knowledgeable and very professional in his training. Ricky has the experience to draw upon so he can design a workout program that fits my exact needs. I have been working out with Ricky for 8 months now and am completely satisfied. I have worked out with numerous other personal trainers but I have never been as well trained as I am with Ricky. I HIGHLY recommend Ricky.

  • 4/5 stars January 9, 2013

    Ricky is a great Trainer and I really enjoyed working with him. I really enjoyed the boxing with him and will most likely use him in the future. Thanks Ricky.

  • 5/5 stars December 20, 2012

    Ricky is amazing! Very motivating, knowlegeable and fun! I've been working out with Ricky for a couple of years now and have never felt better! He is great with always changing things up so that it never gets old. I've worked out with many trainers in Houston...and he is the best!

  • 5/5 stars December 20, 2012

    My experience training with Ricky Jackson has been incredible and successful. Ricky is a very knowledgable and experienced trainer! My results have been life changing for me! I have so much more strength, confidence and energy!

  • 5/5 stars December 14, 2011

    I have been working out most of my adult life but I was never REALLY satisfied with the results. I wasn't overweight but I always felt like I should lose 5 or 10 more pounds. Popular magazines with alluring articles of how to "flatten your abs, lift your butt or trim your thighs" just don't seem to work. I tried diets, the latest TV workout machine and I even tried to get a "Smokin' Hot Body" in 90 days but
    none of these methods made much of a difference or had any long term effect.
    When I started working out with Ricky I was blown away! I began to quickly see improvements. Ricky showed me what to do to get the lasting results I craved. He makes it so simple that you don't have to think about a thing. Yes, I had to work at it but believe me, MEASURABLE CHANGE is a great motivator. It's even a lot of fun especially when I try on jeans; no more "MUFFIN TOP"!

    Ricky has a wealth of knowledge about the physiology of the body. He shows you what it takes to STRENGTHEN, SHAPE and FUEL your body and mind and teaches you how it ALL works in harmony. Of all of his many qualities, my favorite is his UNPARALLELED ability to evaluate each client to specifically design a program that works to helps you achieve YOUR own individual goals.

    If you are a world class athlete looking for and edge, a busy parent who needs an efficient fitness plan, if you travel on business, if you are sick and tired of the fitness craze of the month, or EVEN if you hardly ever worked out before; let Ricky show you how to reach your potential and live your dreams.

    After working with Ricky I no longer worry about losing 5 or 10 pounds. I love the shape of my body, I feel strong, confident, and beautiful. I was so lucky to find him. I think he's the best in Houston!

  • 5/5 stars December 4, 2011

    I had a visit with Mr. Jackson and found it was truly wonderful.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Held my clients learn the fitness training process.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Lose Weight Improve Strength 4, 6, 8 week fitness programs.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. What is your background in the fitness industry?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. How commited are you to obtaining your objective, and are you willing to take the necessary steps to becoming more healthy and fit?

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. My fitness regiments stand apart from most, from my many years of service in the industry, as well as my backgroud as a professional athelete. This gives me unique ability to satisfy 95% of my clients fitness needs and request through my education and exsperiences.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Helping people of all shapes, Weight issues, physical limitations, and emotional boundaries, obtain their fitness goals.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. The question Im commonly asked about weight lost is?

How long do you think it will take for me to lose the requested amount of weight?

My response is always the same, that depends on how disciplined you are about the process of fitness.....

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. How determine I am for each of my clients to obtain their fitness goals.

Sometimes I feel I become more deteremine for my clients to obtain their goal than they are.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I was fortunate to be given an opportunity to become a Head Strength & Conditioining Coach at a Division 1 University for 5 years.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I am a member of NSCA which allow me to get my CEU's yearly through their many fitness specific lectures through out the year.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. Staying focus on the individuals objective, and finding their likes and dislikes about fitness training.

With this information, it allows me the ability to design the perfect program for each of my clients specific needs..

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