Former college football player Carlos Williams takes a 2nd chance in his life to open a Houston Explosive Fitness gym for kids

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Carlos Williams didn’t think he would walk or talk again, let alone open his own gym in the city where he grew up.

Williams, co-owner of Houston Explosive Fitness in south Houston, opened a gym to train young athletes in the area with dreams of turning pro.

“I grew up maybe two or three miles away. I just want to get back to my neighborhood and my community to help out,” Williams said.

About eight years ago, Williams was practicing football in college when he suffered a heat stroke. He was taken to the hospital to be told by doctors the news had changed his life.

“My kidneys stopped working, I was in a coma for six weeks. The doctors said I probably wouldn’t be able to walk again,” Williams said.

Two years later, he was able to play college football again, which he thought would be impossible. But that led him to pursue his true passion and what he aspired to grow up in south Houston.

“For a while, I was in their shoes. That’s why I opened the gym, to give them a chance to lift the bar. For me, it’s when I train and train to try. played football in college, I said Williams.

Athletes who train with Williams say his story encourages them to believe in themselves and do better. Harrison Black, a basketball player at Louisiana State University of Alexandria said practicing with Williams and hearing his story made all the difference.

“All the things that he went through and overcame, he just kept working to get where he is today,” Black said.

One of Williams’ other athletes is 9-year-old Isabella, a regional flag and softball player, who says she enjoys every time she trains with him.

“He had a lot of fun drills. He was tough on us but very good. He pushed us to be really good,” said Isabella.

Williams is grateful to those who believed in his passion, and he thanked former high school football coach Ryan Butler, who now brings his two children to practice with Williams.

“These kids learn life lessons from Carlos. It’s really a blessing that they get to be here. A lot of these kids don’t get the chance to go to other places to get fit. Now. Now with this facility, they have that opportunity,” Butler said.

Williams said he’s lucky to be where he is now and to be able to go back to where it all started to help young athletes in his community.

“Everything happens for a reason, and I feel this is my purpose. In life, you will encounter different obstacles. You can overcome them,” Williams said.

For more information, visit Houston Explosive Fitness Website.

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