Malakai Black and Zelina Vega recently started a new venture, opening their own training school to help up-and-coming and current pro wrestlers. The school started a couple of months ago, but just opened to a more broader public.
Not only does the school focus on wrestling, but there is focus on technical aspects of kickboxing, nutrition, and more.
Speaking to Jeremy Lambert & Joel Pearl on In The Weeds, Dream Girl Ellie discussed her training at the Dark Arts Gym.
"We've been there for two months, and he's only been training active wrestlers to get his footing. It's so crazy because you would think, with him, 'Oh, I'm going to learn all these crazy spots and moves.' We worked on leg kicks and violence. He cares more about wrestling, but it's not just wrestling. There is so much psychology and so much that goes into it, 'Oh, I'm not just going to have a match.' He's so smart. [Zelina] is too. They are geniuses when it comes to different things. 'There are 18,000 different ways to leg kick someone, and I'll show you all of them.' His big thing is making us athletes, so we work out for two hours with him. He has a nutrition for us and all of these things to help us not just become better wrestlers, but become better athletes too, which is really cool. He wants every aspect to get better and not just 'let's just do a Canadian Destroyer,'" she said.
Ellie continued, discussing the training schedule for the gym.
"He basically has it open seven days a week. Monday and Tuesday are training, where it's two hours of training and two hours of working out, strength and conditioning. The ring is in a gym. There is open ring where you can work on things you want to work on with him and he'll help with ideas. He does promos. Saturdays, his Muay-Thai coach comes in the morning and teaches Muay-Thai. Fridays, he does recovery with a bunch of stretches and spine decompression, just recovering your body from getting beat up all week and going to shows on weekends. He does all these things to help us become better athletes all around. We walked out (after the recovery class) with so much energy. We were there for three and a half to four hours and had so much energy because the recovery class is still a workout, but it's also getting blood flowing to places without wearing yourself out. We get there 30 minutes early, and he's like, 'You're going to stretch, you're going to foam roll, and do these things to warm up your body because I'll be damned if you're going to get hurt during training or working out.' Injuries are bound to happen, but he doesn't want them happening at our school," she said.
Fans can learn more about the school by clicking here.
Elsewhere during the interview, Ellie discussed "Wrestlers" on Netflix. You can find her full comments by clicking here.
Watch the full interview with Ellie in the video above.