According to, 3 of the top 10 resolutions this year are fitness related. They are: 1. Find more time for fitness, 2. Lose weight,  and 3. quit smoking. Three reasons you should check out Sykesville/Eldersburg’s Shaddock MMA Fitness.

We have convenient class hours to fit your schedule during the week.  We are open 5 days a week.  If our schedule does not mesh with yours our trainers have very flexible times to meet with you and train.

Our Fitness classes combine both aerobic exercise as well as resistant training which are the two best exercises for weight loss.

As far as smoking goes the best way to get rid of a bad habit is to substitute it with a good habit.  Our classes I’ve been told can be addictive.  Come and train with us a few times a week.

Go to and fill out a contact form.  Let’s help you reach your goals.


Boxing Fitness Gym Going Strong After 10 Years In Sykesville, MD

In the small town of Sykesville, MD is a small boxing gym they call “Sykesville’s best kept secret.”  Shaddock MMA Fitness is a small MMA fitness gym.  There are a lot of fly by night boxing gyms that have opened up as of late, but here are a few reasons you may want to consider a local boxing fitness gym.

ONE ON ONE ATTENTION: Every member will receive a FREE 30 minute orientation so they feel comfortable taking the class.  Once you are a member our classes are small, imagine a gym where like the show Cheers “Everybody knows your name.”  You won’t feel like just a member but as a part of a family.  Everyone is helpful and there are know egos in the gym, just people trying to get fit.

EXPERIENCE:  Coach Shaddock is the head instructor and class designer for Shaddock MMA Fitness.  He was the New England Diamond Belt Boxing Champion and two time finalist in the Vermont State Golden Gloves.   John fought in The Original Toughman Contest and at age 46 went over to Europe and fought in the TFC’s 5 on 5 team fighting championships on the first USA team ever to compete. John is also a NAHF certified fitness trainer and USA Boxing Certified coach.

CUSTOM MEMBERSHIPS:  Shaddock MMA Fitness has a new concept.  Custom made memberships.  You use the gym once a week you pay one price, want to come everyday, you pay another price.  You tailor your membership to however long you want to train.  No one else in the industry is doing this.

INNOVATIVE CLASSES:   John Shaddock is the creator of all of the classes.  This is not a corporate gym where all of the classes and music are choreographed. Coach Shaddock custom designs classes like FITBOX, IRONBOX, and  GRAPPLEBOX.  Come try a FREE 30 minute session, you will be glad you did.





























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 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.


The Best Boxing Training Deal In Eldersburg/ Sykesville, MD

If you are looking for a deal on boxing training look no farther than Shaddock MMA Fitness.  Now others will give you 3 session for $10 (the cost of the gloves), Shaddock MMA Fitness will actually give you FREE gloves with their training packages without raising the price.

You also want to look at experience in training.  Coach Shaddock is the most experienced boxing training coach in the area.  As a New England Diamond Belt Champion and 2 time Vermont State Golden Gloves Finalist John has experience competing in boxing.  Coach Shaddock is a USA boxing certified coach and has cornered amateur boxers and professional MMA fighters.  John Shaddock has also been in the health and fitness business for over 30 years and is an NAHF certified fitness trainer.  He has also been teaching boxing fitness as long has he has been in the fitness business.

Shaddock MMA Fitness is offering $70 Hyabusa gloves for FREE with any of our personal training packages (and we are not changing our training prices). So if you are looking for quality gloves, mixed with quality training, go to and fill out the contact form.  You will get a FREE 30 minute training session and if you join you will get a FREE pair of Hyabusa gloves.


Why Do My Elements Of Boxing Workshop In Sykesville Maryland

My boxing workshop will be starting this Saturday April 1st at 4 pm.  The purpose of this workshop is to teach beginners to be able to spar.  Although this is the objective of most coming to this event, I assure you it will not just be people flailing at each other.

They way my brothers and I learned was sink or swim.  We were thrown in the ring on day one, and learned to box the hard way.  I don’t agree with this type of teaching.  What I have done is picked 6 elements of boxing that will enhance your skills and make you better at all aspects of boxing.  Each session is going to focus on a different component of the sweet science.


  1. Advanced Shadow Boxing And Footwork
  2. Advanced Punching Bag Drills
  3. Combination Punching And Using Them On The Bags
  4. Defense
  5. Counter Punching And Reaction Punching
  6. Controlled Technical Sparring

The goal of the workshop is to give people who are novices in boxing a better understanding of what it takes to spar and how to get the best out of your Fitboxing Workouts.  I hope to see you all there.

Keep Your Hands UP,

Johnny “Bones” Shaddock



What Are The Benefits Of A Boxing Workout, In Eldersburg, MD?

If you are looking for a workout that covers all aspects of fitness, mental and physical you will want to look at a boxing workout for yourself.  Money Crashers blog states that the top 5 benefits of a boxing workout are

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

Well you found the workout now where to go?   Shaddock MMA Fitness was started with just a simple Fitbox class.  Owner/operator John Shaddock has taken the best cardio boxing exercises and combined them with a variety of punching bags to make for a very unique boxing class.  Since then John has designed a new class called IronBox, which incorporates the best of boxing, with the latest weight training exercises.

If you are wondering about the instructor, John Shaddock has been involved in boxing for over 30 years as a competitor, coach and boxing fitness instructor. He was the New England Diamond Belt boxing champion and a 2 time Vermont State Golden Gloves finalist.  John was also in the health club business for 25 + years .

Come in for a FREE one week trial at Shaddock MMA Fitness.  You will be glad you did.  Just go to and check out our great schedule of classes. We hope to see you in the gym.


Price and Value Of Your Fitness and Martial Arts Membership In Sykesville MD

In these economic times, understandably people are looking for the best price in anything.  Sometimes price makes sense.  Everyone likes a deal !  In the case of your health and fitness and self defense, you should really look at the value.  There are a lot of chain health clubs and McDojos out there boasting to be the best but what are you really gaining?

When I compare price to value, it will seem confusing, but here me out.  Is a $30 a month membership to gym you join worth it?   Are you getting service, instruction, and motivation?  If you don’t want or need any of those, then yes $30 per month is awesome.  For the many people I have met who have spent $30 a month and never go, it is wasted money.  At my gym you can train in small groups (10-15), or you can do personal training.  It’s not $30 a month, but you will see results.  What is better health, a slimmer waist line, a lower heart rate worth to you?  Can you put a price on that?

As far as the McDojos, and there are a few in my area, I look at the value in a different way.  I don’t charge for testing, belts etc.  I teach fitness through self defense.  You will learn how to defend yourself and be fit.  I don’t boast a guaranteed black belt in 3 years, but you will learn to defend yourself.  You will have an owner who is the instructor.  An owner who will roll with and spar with you.  You will learn hands on.  Having an owner on site helps to make changes when necessary to make the gym and the customers experience better.

We are not the cheapest fitness center in the area, we are not the most expensive dojo in the area, what I can tell you is we are the best value in the area.  I do hope you will come on in and try my gym.  Go to for schedule of classes.

Keep your hands up,

John Shaddock

Owner Shaddock MMA Fitness