Learn The Art Of Boxing In Eldersburg, Maryland

If you are looking for a boxing fitness class nowadays you can find one in most gyms.  There have even been some boxing fitness gyms opening up.  All are good workouts in their own right, but do they actually teach the art of boxing? The truth of the matter is most of the gyms hire aerobic instructors to teach boxing like movements to do to aerobic dance music.  But they don’t actually teach boxing. Shaddock MMA Fitness is something different.

Coach Shaddock has been involved in boxing for over 30 years.  A USA Boxing Certified coach John’s  class teaches the basics of boxing from soup to nuts.  You will learn footwork, basic punches, defense and how to hit the various bags that hang at the gym.  So you will not only get a fantastic workout but you will also learn how to defend yourself through the art of boxing.

The best thing about any of the classes is they are for all ages, all fitness levels, and is good for beginners and advanced students alike.  There is something for everyone in the family.   Before you sign up at any of the other gyms, come try the best first, Shaddock MMA Fitness.   To make sure you feel comfortable taking the class I am offering a FREE one on one training session and orientation on the equipment.  Just go to shaddockmma.com and fill out the contact form and I will contact you to set up your FREE training session.  I hope to see you in the gym.


What To Look For In A Boxing Fitness Gym In Sykesville Maryland

The Money crashers blog stated that the 5 benefits of a boxing fitness class are

  1. Enhanced Cardiovascular Health
  2. Improved Total-Body Strength
  3. Better Hand-Eye Coordination
  4.  Decreased Stress
  5. Improved Body Composition

Well Shaddock MMA Fitness does focus on all of these and I will show you how.

Enhanced Cardiovascular Health- All of the classes at Shaddock MMA Fitness focus on cardiovascular health.  We have a variety of classes to get your heart pumping.  We have FITBOX, IRONBOX, GIRLBOX AND GRAPPLEBOX, each is a great cardio workout.

Improved Total-Body Strength- Our Fitbox and Girlbox classes build body strength through exercises like push ups and sit ups.  GrappleBox uses functional exercises that relate to grappling to build strength.  IronBox uses traditional and non- traditional weight exercises to build muscle and strength.

Better Hand-Eye Coordination- This is probably the biggest area that separates Shaddock MMA from the competition.  While shadow boxing and heavy bag training can help with hand-eye coordination, there is no substitute for the light bags.  At Shaddock MMA Fitness we not only have a variety of different heavy bags, but we have speed bags, double end bags and slipping bags which focus on hand eye coordination.

Decreased Stress- Working out in general will reduce your stress level, but nothing will get rid of your stress like punching out a heavy bag.

Improved Body Composition- Although people say they want to lose weight, ideally they want an improved body composition.  What that means is low fat and increased toned muscle.  All of the classes at Shaddock MMA Fitness will achieve that.


Need Motivation, Get A Workout Partner In Sykesville, MD

In the past motivation was never a problem.  I was always training for an event or had a goal.  From making the football team, to winning the states at wrestling, to winning the Golden Gloves championships. There was always something to shoot for, so to get up and run and lift was no problem at all.

As we get older the goals change, they are not quite as sexy.  “I want to lose weight”, “I want to lower my cholesterol”, Basically “I don’t want to die”.  Well goals like this are important but they aren’t measurable, there seems to be no end game and so it’s just hard to get pumped up for in the morning.  All of us, especially former athletes need that push.

One of the best ways to make it easier to get started is to get a workout partner.  Someone to push you and make you work harder.  Someone to get you up even when you don’t want to someone to push you.  I went out and got myself a workout partner Mac.  Mac is my Australian cattle dog.  Mac wakes me up in the morning to run, and take him on multiple walks/runs throughout the day.  Mac is the perfect training partner as he doesn’t care if it’s raining, or what he will get me to run with him anyhow.

If you don’t want to get a dog you can get a friend to train with you, keep you honest.  The key is you want to make sure your friend has the same work ethic as you. The other way to go is to get yourself a trainer.  I will not only train you but will keep in contact and motivate you to come in even when you don’t want to.  If you are interested in training with me, or joining my gym with a friend go to shaddockmma.com and fill out the contact form.  I will give you a FREE 30 minute session with me.

I hope to see you in the gym,  keep your hands up.


John “Bones” Shaddock

Why Do Boxing Fitness, In Sykesville, MD?

There are all types of workouts out there now a days.  There are a lot of trendy ones like Zumba and Pilates but the one that has stood the test of time is Boxing fitness. There are quite a few reasons why you might want to try a boxing fitness class and here they are.

Boxing Fitness is one of the best all around full body workouts around.  According to factsof health.com “a boxer’s training session will work nearly every muscle in the body, it focuses on the muscles of the upper arms, core, chest, hips and calves”.  Most people don’t realize that in boxing you work your legs and core as much if not more than your upper body.

A lot of people go mainly for weight loss so burning calories is important.  According to factsofhealth.com “a boxer will burn between 420 and 650 calories in a 60-minute boxing workout,”   If you want to get the best bank for your buck go with a boxing fitness class.

Right now Shaddock MMA Fitness is offering a chance to try a FREE 30 minute session to  learn how to use the boxing equipment before you do class.  All you have to do is go to shaddockmma.com and fill out the contact form to set up your first FREE 30 minute session.  I hope to hear from you soon.

Keep your hands up,

John “Bones” Shaddock

Is Mayweather’s “0” About To Go?

Many say Conor McGregor’s chances are small.  Some, like Max Kellerman,  say Conor won’t even land a punch, but history says the chance is quite real.  When we examine the great champions coming back they have lost to what I consider less formidable opponents than the Notorious one.  Remember Floyd is 40+ and he is close to 3 years removed from competition.  I think he is ready for his “0” to go.

I remember ‘The Greatest” losing to a much unheralded Trevor Berbick, a fighter who couldn’t even carry Ali’s jock but age caught up with even the Greatest.  How about Sugar Ray Leonard.  Sugar Ray did have some successful comebacks but his final fight to be TKO’d by Macho Camacho, who Ray would have destroyed in his prime,was a disgrace. The most interesting of the comebacks is one of the best fighters I have seen, Roy Jones Jr.  Unfortunately Roy is still fighting today,  KO losses to Danny Green and Dennis Lebedev were unnecessary.  It all comes down to money.  Does Floyd really want to come back or does he need the money?

Even if you think Conor doesn’t have a chance do know that history is on his side.  When fighters comeback not for the love of the game but financial reasons it usually ends badly.  I know I am probably in the minority but I do believe that Money Mayweather is prime for a loss and Conor is the wrong fighter for him.  A lot of folks say they will not be watching August 26th but I will be watching.   You heard it here first.

Keep your hands up,

John “Bones” Shaddock

Can McGregor Do The Impossible?

Throughout history athletes have always done what they say could not.   Joe Namath and his famous “Deal with the devil” promised the Jets would be victorious over the unbeatable Colts and they were.  In the 2000 Olympics Rulan Gardner stopped a 10 year winning streak when he beat Alexander Kerelin for olympic gold.  1980 saw team USA do the Miracle on Ice as they beat the formidable Russian hockey team.  Did we forget after only 8 fights, Leon Spinks beat the Greatest of all time in Muhammad Ali ,but probably the biggest upset of my generation was when a 40-1 underdog in James “Buster” Douglas defeated the unbeatable Mike Tyson.

Take into effect that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is 41 and McGregor is in the prime of his career at 29.  McGregor is taller, has a bigger reach and walking around  about 170 pounds is just a bigger man.  He throws punches from weird angles and with precision.  Mayweather has trouble with southpaws, oh did I mention Conor was a southpaw.  Most importantly is the mental factor.  Is Conor McGregor going to get into Floyd’s head?

This is a paragraph written by Bas Rutten on his thoughts on the fight. “I know if Conor could beat Floyd it will be the greatest upset in sports history, and that’s what I’m hoping for. If you break everything down, let’s start with the trash talking. He’s going to get into Mayweather’s head. Then with Mayweather, he’s going to have way too much pressure on him. I say it’s almost like fighting a girl. Mayweather can not lose this. If he does, he loses to a guy who’s had his first professional boxing match. If he wins, well, he was supposed to beat the guy. Floyd wants the 50-0, and everyone he’s meeting, they’re going to tell him how easy a fight this is going to be. Every fighter knows this, the more people tell you how easy it’s going to be, the more pressure you’re going to get, because now you better do what they say.

So I know my boxing friends are going to give me hell for this article.  I have always been one to bet with my heart and not my head, but I think the kid has a shot.  I am not a Mayweather fan so on August 26th I will be pulling for the Irishman.

Keep your hands up,

John ‘Bones” Shaddock

A Workout That Burns A Lot Of Calories In Sykesville, Maryland

If you are looking for a workout to burn off lots of calories then you need to look for a boxing fitness class.  At Shaddock MMA Fitness are fitness classes all include some form of boxing fitness.  We don’t just do shadow boxing like the “Tae Bo” style of class but actually punch bags like at a traditional boxing gym. As most boxing fitness classes are taught by aerobics instructors, the classes at Shaddock MMA Fitness are taught by former Golden gloves boxer and New England Diamond Belt champion John Shaddock.

The Live Strong Blog says that a boxing class can burn up to “800 calories”.  I invite you to come try any of my classes for a great workout.  We have FitBoxing, IronBoxing, and GrappleBoxing.  Come in and try one of our classes and find out what it’s all about.  Just go to our website shaddockmma.com for our schedule of classes.

Whether you want to fight in the ring or just look like you can Shaddock MMA Fitness is the gym for you.  I hope to see you in the gym.  You can email me with any questions at Shaddockmma@comcast.net.

Keep your hands up,

John “Bones” Shaddock