Matthew Ludwick is a man of many passions. His tireless work ethic and commitment to giving his all with every project can be seen in everything he does, whether he’s working as a counselor, personal trainer or just practicing MMA. He has extensive experience in the fields of counseling, fitness and parks and recreation, and MMA.
Matthew Ludwick began his experience with parks and recreation back in 1998, when he was still in high school. From 1998 until 2003, he worked with the City of Winchester, starting out as a lifeguard before he climbed up the ladder to become the Assistant Manager of Aquatics. This work involved scheduling and hiring lifeguards, as well as developing and scheduling aquatic programming for the center. Later, between 2012 and 2014, he worked as the Recreation Specialist for the Parks and Recreation Department in Virginia Beach. Here, he supervised all of the recreational operations staff, planning and implementing special recreation events, supervising the cost-recovery policy, writing specifications for new equipment acquisition and budgeting city resources. He also served on the Board of Directors for Capital Improvement within the Department.
This work in parks and recreation, with an emphasis on the “recreation” side, ties in with another one of Matthew Ludwick’s great loves: fitness. While studying at Old Dominion University, Matthew was the manager of the Recreational Sports Department, which meant supervising a 25-person student staff and the multiple workout facilities on campus. Between 2006 and 2008, he worked as a personal trainer and lifeguard at the YMCA in Norfolk, VA, which meant managing the various fitness programs in place, as well as evaluating members’ fitness levels and goals while setting up individual exercise programs for them. For five years between 2007 and 2012, Matthew Ludwick worked as the fitness manager at Norfolk State University, where he was responsible for hiring and managing a staff of 15-20 employees, developing wellness programs for the University Community and handling such duties as budgeting and equipment acquisition. During his tenure there, Matthew procured a $3.5 million budget to work alongside T&M Architects and facilities management to outline, develop, design and furnish a new student wellness center. When the facility opened, it tripled fitness participation among the NSU community. To this day, Matthew Ludwick counts this as one of his greatest accomplishments.
When he isn’t busy working, Matthew has a great interest in MMA. He first started training four years earlier, in an effort to check it off of his bucket list. Training under the Gracie Method of fighting, designed to beat bigger opponents, Matthew entered the cage for the first time in April of 2013, fighting in the Spartyka Fight League competition. Matthew continues to pursue MMA, and is eager for the day that he gets to jump back into the cage.