Henry Agallar has more than a decade of experience as a martial arts coach and is an expert in both Brazilian jiujutsu and NoGi grappling. He also is a widely recognized high school wrestling coach. Agallar has coached both future MMA fighters and everyday people who want to use martial arts as a way to grow their confidence and improve their fitness. Agallar is known for his belief that people of all ages and fitness levels can use martial arts as a way to develop strength and discipline in both the mind and the body.
As a coach, Henry Agallar works with clients to help them develop all aspects of their fitness and knows that it can feel daunting to start with a white belt in a martial arts setting. Agallar believes in meeting clients where they’re at, helping them develop the basic skills that will help them succeed at a high level in martial arts. When clients walk into a training session with Agallar, they’re made to feel comfortable, even if it’s their first time going through a martial arts workout.
Agallar helps clients set realistic goals that are challenging and achievable. As clients and students meet and exceed their goals, Agallar regularly reevaluates their progress, setting new goals to help them push forward. While many clients think about hitting the next belt as the ultimate goal, Agallar helps clients break down smaller steps that need to be achieved before moving forward to the next belt, helping clients and students grow in their confidence as they work their way through the ranks. He believes in helping clients and students stay just out of their comfort zones, pushing them to the next level of accomplishment.
In addition to using martial arts to develop fitness, Agallar also coaches clients and students in strength training and nutrition. Fueling the body properly is important in moving forward with fitness, and Agallar works to stay on top of the latest sports nutrition research to help his clients and students succeed.
Henry Agallar has spent years training in martial arts and has learned the importance of mastering the fundamentals before moving on to more complicated skills. His patience and dedication transfer to his students, one session at a time. Clients and students have confidence in Agallar’s abilities and see their progression over time as an indication of his coaching ability.
In addition to his martial arts training, Henry Agallar earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and his master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University. Agallar uses his formal education to inform his coaching practice.
Henry Agallar is also well-versed in economics and stays on top of trends in the retirement, cryptocurrency, real estate, and stock markets. Agallar believes that financial education is key for living a healthy, happy life, and enjoys learning more about today’s ever-changing economic world.
What is your hobby?
I have a ton of hobbies but within the last couple years I have really found an appreciation for motorsports. In particular, I have developed a love of ATV and UTV trail riding.
How did you get started with this hobby?
I purchased a cabin in Adams County, Wisconsin. The idea was to actually be close to Castle Rock Lake so the family could enjoy boating. The town allows atvs and utvs to use the road ways so I thought it would be a good idea to pick up a couple machines for the family to ride around the neighborhood. Ultimately, we discovered Dyracuse Offroad Park in Rome, Wisconsin and nearby trails in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Once we started riding, our love for the sport grew and the boat was replaced with Atvs and UTVs.
Tell us what you love about your hobby.
It is just a ton of fun to run one of the machines through a giant mud pit. At Dyracuse Park, trails are designed to be one way and allow for some very “spirited” riding. It’s like being on a dirt race track with an occasional mud obstacle. The sound of the engines revving, the thrill of hitting a jump at speed and even getting stuck are all things that make for a great day of off-roading. When I trail ride at Black River Falls, the trails are generally two way traffic so driving the same way would be reckless and dangerous. On those trails, the focus is more on seeing nature. Black River Falls is especially fun after heavy rain as challenging muddy areas can quickly form.
What types of things/equipment have you spent money on for your hobby?
I started with just a cheap, used ATV thatI picked up for less than $2000. It is a Trailboss 330 that I actually still own. I pretty much just drive that around the neighborhood since it is a two-wheel drive machine. From there I added an Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail UTV. This is a two-seater, sport-oriented machine that is great fun on the twisty trails. I also own a Polaris ACE 570 which is unique in that it is a one-seater UTV. My son, Kai started on a 90cc BRP and now rides a Honda TRX 250. Of course, I also had to buy a trailer and truck.
What are some of your favorite places to shop for your hobby?
Right now is not a great time to buy a new machine or probably anything for that matter. With the current supply issues and increased demand for recreational activities, prices have skyrocketed. Most dealers are going to have very similar prices on new machines. I would caution you to get a quote in writing and also ask for their “prep” fees. Dealers add some arbitrary amount to “assemble” the machines even though they are shipped mostly assembled. I would think a typical dealer tries to charge between $600-$900 which is mostly extra profit.
How much money have you invested into this? How much would a beginner have to invest to get started?
The trailer I purchased new was roughly $3000. The Wildcat was slightly used for $8000 and came with a winch and some other upgrades. The trail boss was $2000, and my son’s Honda was roughly $3000. The ACE was about $8000 plus another $1000 in accessories like a winch and plow. I am thinking about trading in some of the machines for a 4 seater but those usually start around $20,000 and can easily cost as much as $30,000.
Are there any good books for beginners?
Are there any online videos you recommend to help beginners?
Here is a video of the Wildcat taking on some swampy/muddy trails at DyracusePark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f70DDqPkOfg
Here is a video of my son and I riding on sandy trails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJMGFF_cD5g
Here is a video that demonstrates how well the ACE plows snow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AGjtQBmYwk
How has your hobby changed your life?
ATV/UTV riding is something the whole family can enjoy together. It has given us something we can do as a family. It is also a great way to relieve stress.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
Find a cheap machine and see if you like riding. So many people are selling very expensive machines after only having them one season because they really don’t have the time to ride. So, start small and if it is something you love to do and can actually make time to do, work your way up to the sort of machine that matches your riding style.