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 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 “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 “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 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 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

Keep your hands up,

John “Bones” Shaddock

Shaddock MMA Fitness’s Home School Fitness Program. What Is It All About.

Two years ago I was contacted by a friend and former member who’s child was being bullied in school and he was looking to home school his daughter.  He asked me if I would be interested in doing a day class for home school children to full fill their P.E. requirement.  Because of this my gym started our Home School program and I am so glad we did.

The difference between our school and most martial arts classes is that we do not wear uniforms or belts so we keep the cost low.  There are also no belt tests which again keeps the cost down.  More importantly is we do teach fitness through the martial arts.  Each class begins with a warm up and calisthenics.  We teach the basics of Boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and kick boxing.

Another big difference in our school and others is we keep the kids constantly active.   Instead of doing katas or breaking board we teach the kids through games and fun skill drills.  Also we teach a variety of basics in a variety of styles.  Most schools focus on one style of martial art.  We teach a variety of styles, each week changing the curriculum so your kids never get bored.

Last but not least we cater to the Home school life style and have our classes at 12:30 pm much like a gym class at school would be.  We don’t do LONG TERM CONTRACTS.  We do short term sessions to coincide with the seasons, fall , winter, and spring.  As always we are looking to increase our enrollment and welcome new students to try our classes.  Most recently we have been looking to start a TEEN MMA and Fitness program.  If any of these are interesting to you go to the website and fill out a form at

Keep Your Hands Up,

Coach John “Bones” Shaddock

Factors that could make even the strongest Mayweather fan worry

By now a lot of my social media friends who are Mayweather fans think I am nuts.  I have been analyzing this fight for quite some time.  Some may ask what my experience is. I had fought competitively for 8 years was a two time finalist in the Vermont Golden Gloves and was the 1989 New England Diamond Belt Boxing Champion.  As a mixed martial artist I competed in the Teams Fighting Championships in Latvia ( 5 on 5 fighting).

Many will argue with boxing only rules it does seem like a mismatch, and if Floyd does what Floyd usually does in calling all of the shots it may be.   But if Conor and his team can work the negotiations this could be an extremely competitive fight and here’s how.

  1. Glove Size– Welter weights (147 pounds) can fight with 8 ounce gloves. Anything above Welter weight is 10 ounce gloves.  If they fight at Welter advantage McGregor.
  2. Glove Type– The Reyes gloves are made with horse hair.  They are known as the “punchers glove”.  If McGregor is allowed this type of glove advantage McGregor.
  3. Size of ring– I do believe that the smaller the ring the bigger advantage for Conor, but he does fight in Octagon which is bigger than a ring. But a smaller ring will help McGregor be able to get to Mayweather more often.
  4. This is probably the biggest factor.  Who the referee is will make a huge difference.  Floyd picks the referee, Conor will not be able to get rough in close situations.  He needs a referee that will be let them fight on the inside.

Other factors are the size difference.  Conor is taller, has a reach advantage and by fight time will be the much heavier man.  If the negotiations are worked correctly this could be a very interesting fight.

Keep your hands up,

John “Bones” Shaddock

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