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FROM THE OWNER

I started a small one-on-one training gym in my garage to help a few friends that were having health issues. It slowly grew from from 30 to 200 friends, to an 8,000 square foot facility. Now, I pass along the fitness knowledge that I have gained from coaching a high school wrestling program for the last 21 years of my life. I grew my fitness knowledge through multiple certifications: CrossFit, Gymnastics, Krav Maga, RKC Kettlebell, and Olympic lifting. For me fitness is a never-ending passion that I love doing every day while surrounded by family and friends.

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Nacho Franco

Owner

My name is Ignacio Franco. I’m 40 years old, married to Manya Franco, and we have two beautiful children: Nico and Mia Franco. All my years of life as long as I can remember, I spent most of the day doing things outside and pushing myself to try any activity. The older I got, I involved myself in every sport you can think of from soccer, boxing, basketball, dodgeball, track, swimming, wrestling and football. As I got older, my passion for football and wrestling drove me even more to be the best, out work anybody, and achieve my own greatness in the sports I loved.

I took my passion for wrestling and wrestled at the Junior College level where I became an All American at the California State Championships, placing 8th for the Santa Rosa Bear Cubs. With lots of ups and downs, I never stopped working hard and believed in every second of work that I put in to make me a better man.

In 1997, I took over the High School wrestling program at my Alma Mater, Napa High School, where I am still currently the head wrestling coach. I continue to pass along my work ethic with every athlete that I train. Never a day went by that I wasn’t working out myself or training people and sharing my secrets to fitness, which is how I started my personal business in my garage. After running it for a few years, I decided to grow and open up Franco Fitness, which is now on its third year of business and going strong. The community that supports me is just another blessing that I have and enjoy every day.

I love working with people and seeing them achieve their goals. I am always continuing to pursue more knowledge of how amazing the human body is and how capable it can be to achieve anything you push it to do with the right mental attitude. I currently hold certifications in Kettlebells, CrossFit, Crossfit Football, CrossFit Gymnastics, Krav Maga, CrossFit Mobility, and I have 20 years of experience as a Head Wrestling Coach with a lifetime of hands on, hard training and do-work attitude.

Health and fitness is my life, and I’m blessed to have the ability to play in my gym every day. My mantra is: Never a day of rest, enjoy every second that I train, and share my passion to train hard with my Franco Fitness Family. Never Quit Attitude!

Manya Franco

I have always been passionate about fitness and exercise. Since a young age, I was following my Mom along to the gym while she taught aerobics in the 80s!
I got my own gym membership when I was only 15, and made fitness a part of my daily routine.
I graduated from SDSU with a B.S. in Kinesiology, with a specialization in Fitness, Nutrition & Health. I also have an A.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences. 
Along the way, I acquired several personal training certificates and taught various fitness classes at several gyms in Southern California.
After moving back to Napa, I continued teaching at local gyms and decided to go to massage school.  
While working as a massage therapist, I went back to school to earn my CA State Teaching Credential.  
I have been employed as a Physical Education teacher with NVUSD since 2000. 
I also believe very strongly in the importance of holistic Health and healing, and am a certified Reiki Master.
Once introduced to CrossFit, I was hooked! We started with training a small group of people in our garage and eventually outgrew the space to eventually build what we have today. 
Mostly, I manage the paperwork side of Franco Fitness, while Nacho does the hands-on training and all the programming. However, occasionally, outside of the school day, I will step in and help out with training when needed.  
Our 2 children, Nico & Mia, keep us busy with their schedules of 4-H, Water Polo, Basketball, Track & Field, Volleyball, and Dance. 
I love the community we have created at Franco Fitness, and feel so blessed to be a part of helping people, kids and adults, make positive changes in their lives.
We are truly grateful for the opportunity to share our passion for health and fitness, and encourage others to do the same.

Grant Wright

Grant Wright has been with Franco Fitness for 8+ years and joined the coaching staff in 2020. Grant majored in Agriculture Business and is a former DII athlete, playing baseball at Chico State University where he was named team captain.

Grant is the son of Scott and Nancy Wright and has 5 siblings. Jordan, Garrett, Gianna, Jacob, and Isabella. All who have played high school sports and 2 others, along with Grant, are former college athletes. Scott, Grant’s dad, is a former D1 baseball champion from Cal State Fullerton in 1984.
While working out at Franco Fitness Grant has seen incredible improvements to his fitness and constant PRs. Grant loves the community and friendships he has made throughout the years the most.
Grant Wright has his CFL1 certificate as well as his First Aid/CPR Certificates.

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