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Soccer Game Changer: Thomas Pighin

At Champion’s QUEST, we are always excited to hear from our parents about how much their athlete has improved and the changes that they have seen in their athlete since beginning their journey at the Athlete Academy. Sometimes the improvements are physical, other times the changes are mental but it is always amazing to hear when it is both.

thomas-pighin“I’ve seen Thomas become a more confident and competent soccer player. He only played one season when he was six and some loosely organized play at school. He wanted to try something other than baseball so we set him up with the CQ Soccer camp and a Coerver camp to help him at least have some soccer skills. I’m very happy with the conditioning Thomas is getting at CQ. His endurance has really increased and this is very important on the bigger soccer field. He has improved his speed, which had always been an issue for him. At school they are preparing for fitness testing and Thomas is well above most other kids. In fact he and Cameron (another CQ athlete) kinda leave the others behind.” -Chris Pighin

When Thomas comes to train at Champion’s QUEST, he attends the B.A.S.E, Soccer, and Baseball clinics to develop his athleticism along with the technical skills needed to excel in his games. Currently, Thomas plays forward, defender and goalkeeper for his AYSO-Cypress team. Thomas has short-term goals of improving his speed, strength and dribbling for soccer and a long-term goal of playing soccer professionally.

“He’s doing well so far with his team. Thomas has to play up because his birthday is three days before the cutoff so his friends are all U10 and he’s a U12. He’s hanging in there playing multiple positions, including goalie and forward and even scored the tying goal in a game. We will transition to baseball soon. One of the things I love about CQ is that he can get quality instruction in a variety of sports- along with conditioning. He’s excited to his re-testing this week and can’t stop talking about improving his scores!” -Chris Pighin

I’m also excited to see how much Thomas’ hard work has paid off and also to continue to follow his success on the soccer and baseball field. Keep it up Thomas!

Kyle Ertel Champions Quest

Testimonial:”A Parent’s Excitement”

The Confidence of Jacob Ahumada:


We are always excited when we have a parent share the success of their child here at Champion’s Quest Athlete Academy. Alicia was so excited about her son’s Jacob’s  confidence that she decided to share. See below and experience “A Parent’s Excitement”:

“Hi Coach Reggie!

“Omg you have no idea how much your message meant to Jacob! He had the biggest smile on his face & he rarely smiles that big lol. It really means a lot to us as well! He says Hello & thank you so much & he does remember UCLA & says he wants to continue a Bruin all the way!

He says you have an invite for any of his games forever! Lol! We really were blessed to have spent time & get to know you! Thank You because in a very short time you made a big impact in Jacobs life! You should see his confidence & his drive & that was thanks to you! Thank you!! Thank You!!

May God Bless you & your family because God really did put you in our paths when we needed it the most. Many Blessings! Stay Real! It is an honor to know you! Keep in touch & I hope one day if you have a chance Im sure Jacob would love to see you. If u are ever in wilson Jacob plays at 3pm on Thursdays! Stay Blessed!

The Ahumadas!
Jacob, Alicia , Cruz & Michael too lol!

Wow these words were uplifting, strong and shows the power of teamwork between the athlete, parent and the Coach.  So, I say bravo to this family for allowing Champion’s Quest to help Jacob believe in his abilities on and off the field.”

“Keep Living Like a Champion”

Coach Reggie Ward

Champion’s Quest Academy

Athletic Director





“The Athlete’s Law of Appreciation”

new-way-of-thinkingWhy is the law of appreciation important for today’s athlete?

It is important to today’s athlete because it is a constant reminder of balance, perspective and how valuable opportunities are during competition. In the world’s largest online dictionary—Wikipedia states the meaning of The Law of Appreciation below:

“The Law of Appreciation is yet another New Age so-called “natural law” that basically states “What you appreciate gets bigger, what you don’t appreciate gets smaller. Appreciation builds, evolves and creates harmony. Lack of appreciation motivates self consciousness, self depreciation and self destruction. There is nothing to change, only something to appreciate. You cannot change, you can only appreciate yourself as you are. Appreciation is an attractive force, depreciation is a repulsive force.”[1] In other words, if you appreciate something, you get more of it.[2]”

Now let’s take a closer look at “The Law of Appreciation” through the eyes of an athlete.

A    Approachable Personality
P    Powerful Behavior—“Actions speak louder than words”
P    Purpose Driven—Knowing why athletics are important
R    Respect yourself,the game and others
E    Excellence—Essential to achieve Success
C    Calm Confidence—Internal Belief
I     Inspired Life-style—Be a role model to others
A   Accepting of challenges and role on & off the field
T   Thankfulness filled with gratitude
I    Inviting/open to critical teaching and correction
O  Optimistic Viewpoint —always looking at life in a positive manner
N  Never-ending quest to pursue dreams and goals

Each athlete must remind themselves of these unique qualities to be more than an athlete, but a better human being and by doing this, they can be greater than they could have ever imagined.  Therefore, young athletes, embrace “The Law of Appreciation”and remember, the more you appreciate, the  more life will offer you on and off the field!!appreciationquote

“Keep Living Like A Champion”

Coach Reggie Ward

Champion’s Quest Athlete Academy

Assistant Athletic Director




Confidence is Key: Isabel Pixa

Isabel Pixa walked through the doors of Champion’s QUEST back in May of 2016 with goals of improving her speed, strength, and ball skills so that she could do her best for her Los Al High School soccer tryouts. Her long-term goals are to be a starter on the Los Al High School team and also to attend Stanford University.isabel

In just over 2 months of training at Champion’s QUEST, Isabel improved her total athleticism by 71%. Isabel showed her biggest improvements in her speed, agility, and strength. She lowered her 10-yard sprint time from 1.94s to 1.82s and also improved all of her agility scores by over a second! However, Isabel made her biggest strides in her strength by upping her push up score from 28 to 46 repetitions in a minute and improved her plank hold time by a minute!isabel-pixa-success

“Isabel’s fitness level has increased since beginning training at Champion’s QUEST. Isabel was already fit but has now taken it to another level. But the biggest change has been seen in her confidence. Isabel has increased her confidence on the field and this has also carried over to her high school where she has just started as a freshman at Los Al High School. Isabel also enjoys training with her younger brother and they like to challenge themselves to core strength competitions.” -Cecilia Pixa

Isabel recently joined a CDA Slammers FC club team coached by Krissy Grana to keep improving her level of play. She currently plays right midfield and forward for her club team where they won their opening game of league play this past weekend by a score of 4-0. Also, Isabel was also recently named to the Frosh/Soph team at Los Al High School!

Keep up all the hard work Isabel and I’m excited to watch your continued success on and off the soccer field.

Kyle Ertel Champions Quest

Soccer Testimonial: Daniel Murrietta

IMG_0356Daniel Murrietta walked through the doors of Champion’s QUEST back in January of 2016 with short-term goals of improving his speed and strength. Daniel is a 13 year old soccer player for CDA Slammers, where he plays striker and midfield. His long-term goals are to play soccer at the high school and college level. Daniel’s parents and coaches have already seen a big change in Daniel since beginning training at Champion’s QUEST.

“Daniel now plays with more confidence and aggressiveness on the field when going for the ball. He’s also more likely to throw his body around when fighting for the ball. His soccer coach has also seen this increase in confidence and told me that Daniel has been a completely different player these last few months.” -Rich MurriettaFullSizeRender 21

“I’ve seen a change in Daniel’s speed, agility, and quickness on the field. It also looks like he is stronger in his core and doesn’t get pushed off the ball as easily as before. The biggest change has been in Daniel’s confidence and I’ve been wondering what he has been doing lately.” -Daniel’s soccer coach.

FullSizeRender 20At Champion’s QUEST, Daniel attends Strength and Power clinics to develop his explosiveness on and off the ball. Daniel has already made a 67% increase in his athleticism since beginning training. He has been applying his strength and power to his soccer game and it has been paying off. Daniel competed in the Cerritos Memorial Challenge Cup this past weekend and his CDA Slammers team advanced to the Quarter Finals.

Keep up all the hard work Daniel!

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Coach Kyle Ertel, Soccer Performance Coach, CSCS USA-W USSF

Kyle@ChampionsQUEST.com       562-598-2600


Soccer Parent Testimonial: Nering Family

“After joining Champion’s QUEST our son immediately began feeling like he was part of something that was greater. He would state that he could do tougher physical things because of attending Champion’s QUEST. As time progressed he felt more and more confident both physically and mentally. However, the mental confidence that we see daily far out weighs what any physical evaluation could ever show.”Sawyer soccer

Sawyer Nering walked into the doors of Champion’s QUEST back in July 2015 with short-term goals of improving his strength, speed, and mental game. Sawyer’s long-term goal is to make the Varsity soccer team at Los Alamitos High School by his junior year. Sawyer has been attending soccer clinics to improve his physical traits along with his soccer skills. In addition, Sawyer comes into Champion’s QUEST on his own to do strength workouts using his myCQ training appmyCQ app.jpg

“With a weekly program put into place by his coach Kyle Ertel, our son began to see changes in his strength fairly quickly.  He uses an app that was set up for him that tracks his training sessions along with the amounts of weights he uses.  Just the other day he came to me telling me how he was able to increase the weights during his training session, he was so proud of himself!  Once again, the physical aspect assisted in the mental aspect.  He feels so accomplished when he finishes a tough work out!” -Jamie Nering

Keep up all the hard work Sawyer!

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Coach Kyle Ertel, Soccer Performance Coach, CSCS USA-W USSF

Kyle@ChampionsQUEST.com       562-598-2600


Soccer Parent Testimonial: Dehghi Family

Julien Dehghi“Julien really enjoys attending the soccer training on Fridays and looks forward to the assessments to see how much he has improved. Yesterday during a game his hard work paid off as he was able to run not only faster than ever, but he had the correct form! His arms were exactly as you have taught him. He has made some significant gains physically, but as a parent I am really excited about how his training at Champions Quest has impacted his confidence level. He feels stronger and it shows!  Thank you for everything!” -Farnie Dehghi

Julien Dehghi walked into the doors of Champion’s QUEST back in June of 2015 with a short-term goal of improving his running form and speed. Julien’s long-term goal is to play on the Varsity team for his high school.

Julien has been attending our Middle School Soccer training sessions to get prepared for high school soccer tryouts this upcoming summer. Keep up all the hard work Julien!

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Coach Kyle Ertel, Soccer Performance Coach, CSCS USA-W USSF

Kyle@ChampionsQUEST.com       562-598-2600