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Check out what some of our recent Primal athletes had to say about their training and their accomplishments.

Track Race

My son Brandon competes in track for CLCF as well as Tollgate High School. In less than 6 months of training with Matt, Brandon has gone from jumping 4’10″ to 5’2″ on his high jump, from jumping 14’7″ to 16’5″ on his long jump, and from throwing 23’2″ to 33″ on his shot put. He has also set the indoor track freshman record at his high school in 55 hurdles and high jump and hopes to add the long jump before the end of the season. 

Matt and the trainers at Primal set individual workouts according to the athletes sport, experience, and goals. Brandon set a goal for himself of competing in the decathlon at Junior Olympics this summer so workouts are formulated with this goal in mind. Form and technique are a priority as well as enforcing proper diet and adequate rest, which has kept Brandon injury free even while training so many events. Brandon feels stronger and more confident in himself and it has shown on the track. I highly recommend Matt and the trainers at Primal for any athlete who is serious about unlocking their full potential and remaining healthy in the process.”
Wendy Rios,
   Mom of Primal athlete Brandon Rios

Lifting Barbell

In 2013, my daughter Corinne approached me about possibly doing some athletic training. We took in a couple of sessions and talked with Matt about all of our concerns. Our hope was that her best interests would be put as a priority. That she would enjoy it enough to stick with it. That she would see results on and off the field with regards to strength, confidence, and mobility.

Well, 3+ years later and Corinne is still an active member of Primal and is seeing progressive goals hit in her athletic endeavors and her strength. Matt has become like a big brother to Corinne and Primal has become a bit of a second family. Her confidence and results have shown to many members of her softball organization what Primal can do for them.


Hopefully people reading this realize that she was not an elite athlete before training at Primal, but the good one. This training is for every kid that wants to become stronger physically, mentally, and confidence wise. Big advocate for Matt, hopefully your children will check it out also. Thank you Matt!


Craig Rose,
   Dad of Primal athlete Corinne Rose

Football Tackle

My son started going to Primal at 11 years old after seeing an advertisement for an age-based program. He had said to me a few weeks earlier, “Dad, I want to get better for next season.” This was after a few months earlier he had told me he wanted to take a break from football. Over the next few months I watched my son transform. Not only did he become stronger and shed some weight, but he became more confident!

Over the next few months I watched my son transform. Not only did he become stronger and shed some weight, he became more confident. This transformation was noticed not just by us, but also by his football and lacrosse coaches. Without a doubt Coach Matt and his staff were, and continue to be, a huge influence on him.
After seeing the results of Primal’s programs firsthand, I was very vocal in recommending them to both my son’s teammates as well as the football players I coached. I again witnessed Primal’s effect on my players as they grew stronger, more mature, and more confident as athletes and also young men. Without a doubt these athletes will be more prepared as they enter high school sports next year because of the work ethic and fundamentals they learned at Primal ATC.
Coach John Rocchio, CLCF Football,
   Dad of Primal athletes Derek and
   Jason Rocchio

Track Race

Whenever I think about Primal, I immediately think dedication, passion and performance. As a parent of an athlete who is a newcomer to Track & Field, I noticed right away how Matt Ellis is determined to help all individuals who attend his gym be successful. Even though the athletes come from all over RI, MA, CT and are in competition with one another, they still work together respectfully and are like a family following the trials and tribulations of each other. It is evident that his passion for the sport is what drives him and that same expectation is transferred to his students in an environment that is conducive to learning and development. Despite Coach Ellis’ tireless efforts at the gym weekly, attending as many various meets as possible on weekends and sharing his knowledge at seminars or camps, he still manages to be considerate, compassionate and willing to communicate his knowledge about his sport. Matt makes demands in a supportive way which allowed my daughter, Katja Neves, to not only want to train but also to achieve fantastic results in her performance which gave her the confidence that she was struggling to find. I am most appreciative to Hope Coach, Tom Spann for referring us to Matt and I can see why he did – excellence knows excellence. We can’t thank you enough Matt! Looking forward to continued success throughout the end of the year.


Marjorie Santos
   (proud parent from the Primal Family)

Lifting Barbell

Thank you Matt!


I sent my daughter to you this summer, as a developing thrower and soon to be sophomore.  She made incredible gains in both strength and technique.  Not all coaches can work well with men, women, boys, and . . . teenage girls.  But you gave her the skill, strength, and confidence to succeed.  For every time you have pushed her to be better and she responded with giving you more; THANK YOU!   Though, it was not intended, she looks up to you as a mentor and strives to do her best to make you proud. You have been an example of hard work and determination with a side of compassion and understanding.  Now as a sophomore and being ranked as number one in the state for indoor shot, I only foresee you being part of her road to New England’s, National’s, and beyond.


– Jenn Rose,
   Mom of 2012 Indoor Shot Put State
   Champion Tori Rose Ebert

Football Tackle

I have had many coaches and trainers throughout my sports career. Some have been good, some have been bad, and there have been those few who have left a mark on my life that will never fade. One of those coaches is Coach Matt Ellis at Primal Athlete Training Center. His training is tiring, difficult, and strenuous but each week I look forward to each practice with him. That has never happened on any team that I have ever been on. He has made me physically stronger and faster but also has helped me develop my mental toughness. Coach Ellis is one of those few people in the world who can decipher what a person’s strengths and weaknesses are and improve the strengths and eliminate the weaknesses. I have large goals for my future, goals that stretch far beyond the world of sports, and I believe Coach Ellis is the one who will help me get there.


– Derek F.,
   Cranston West Wrestler

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