Eight years ago I was in the health club business. Even though I was a salesman at a fitness center, it was very hard to workout. The reason being If you are working out and a potential sale comes in you may lose money so to be honest you don’t work out. Also you don’t have much time to eat and you eat fast food. What happened is I gained weight and was out of shape. I was like most people today, bored with weights and looking for motivation to get fit.
I had wrestled in high school so I looked into jiujitsu, and found a place near my house. The deal was if I taught the instructors students to box I could train for free. A few months into the training the owner of the jiujitsu gym asked if I wanted to go with him to Columbia and he was going to close the Sykesville gym. When I said I wanted to keep training in Sykesville he asked me if I wanted to take over the lease and Shaddock MMA Fitness was born.
Throughout my life I had been influenced by my 3 older brothers. All 3 have been state champion wrestlers and boxers. I also had the opportunity to work with them and learn about the health and fitness business. Their influence has helped me develop my gym and gym programs.
Most people today are looking for the easy way to get fit. Diet plans don’t work, once people quit them and they will, they put on more weight then they originally started the diet. Health clubs don’t work, their idea is get as many people to join the gym, that won’t use it so you can sell more memberships and it doesn’t get over crowded. Fitness videos work temporarily until you sell it on craigslist. Treadmills and elipticals turn into coat hangers a few months after their purchase. Well what’s the alternative?
The alternative is Shaddock MMA Fitness. We do personal training either one on one or group training classes. We are a small gym so you really get the one on one attention. We also have catch wrestling , boxing sparring as well as a variety of fitness classes.
Some have asked what was the biggest reason for me to get involved in Combat Athletics and fitness. The truth is my father died of a heart attack when i was 20. He never got to see any of his sons get married or meet any of his grandchildren. My goal is for me to walk my girls down the aisle, and to do so I need to keep fit. I hope this can motivate at least one person to get fit, then I know I have done my job.
Keep your hands up,