Taking That First Step Is The Hardest In Sykesville, Maryland

No matter what you do in life, trying something for the first time is scary.  Meeting new people and doing a new activity is very frightening.  It’s because of this reason that we have created the FREE 30 minute session.  I want to make it as easy and comfortable for you to come try the gym. During your session I basically walk you through a class.  We go over footwork, how to throw a punch, and how to hit the bags.   This way when you come to class you will feel at ease that you know the basics.

When you do come to class, I recommend doing half of the time that the other students are doing.  You should compete with yourself and not anyone else.   When you come in to our class you will find they are everyday people.  We have some heavy people trying to lose weight, some skinny people trying to gain muscle, and some people who are just trying to work on their cardiovascular endurance.

The hardest thing about doing my class you will find is just taking that first step.  Go to my website shaddockmma.com, click on the contact button, scroll down to the contact form and fill it out.  Then I will call, set an appointment and you actually need to show up.  I promise you, you will be glad you did.  So come on and take the plunge.  I hope to see you in the gym.

Keep your hands up,

Coach John “Bones” Shaddock

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.

Sincerely,

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

What Has Stopped You From Joining A Fitness Center In Sykesville, MD

I worked for other health clubs for close to 20 years and have owned my own martial arts and fitness center for close to 10 years.  Over the years I have noticed there are many reasons why people don’t join a fitness center or health club.  Hopefully I can help you make a good decision and get you on the road to a fitness lifestyle. The following are the biggest reasons people don’t join.

#1 Procrastination– Let’s face it we’ve all done it.  In fact you may be doing it now.  Working out is just what it says, work, but in the right case can be kinda fun. Take your time to find the right place but when you do, get started and get yourself fit.

#2 Commitment– Commitment is a big one.  Most people fear to commit to anything, especially something that requires working out on a regular basis. Most health club and fitness centers require at least a one year commitment, sometimes more.  Make sure the place you are looking at has short term options.

#3 Competition– I know a lot of people who want to check out the competition.  They will literally go on free passes at every gym in town.  That is your right and it’s a great idea, unless you never join.  Write down your criteria for your gym and weight you options.  Make the decision that’s best for you. Make sure you are comfortable with the members and the instructor.

#4 Spouse– “I want to talk to my spouse”, this is usually what people say  when pressured to get out of the office.  If this is the real reason, find a place that is a good place to workout for you and your spouse.

#5 Price– Well price is kind of tricky.  Unfortunately in this economy it is the first thing people look at.  The real big gyms can offer extremely low prices because they bank on the fact that you are not going to use their gym so they can get more people that are going to use the gym.  These gyms are selling space and not service.  Make sure the people are attentive to you when you come in. So more so than price what kind of value is the gym giving you?

OK here comes my SHAMELESS PLUG.  I want to offer you a chance to come into my gym and test out all of the reasons I spoke of and hopefully get you as a new member. Just go to shaddockmma.com, then go to the contact section and fill out the contact form.  I will give you the option to try a class or better yet get a one on one session with me for free.

So if you want great service, a place you can take your wife to, a gym you will be comfortable with, with short term commitment, and at an affordable price, come see me.

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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Why Are Women Boxing In Sykesville, Maryland

Boxing is a fantastic workout.  It will help you physically, Mentally and spiritually.  At Shaddock’s MMA And Fitness a large percentage of our classes are boxing related.  Lately I have noticed more and more women coming in the door to take my classes . The Huffington Post helps to demonstrate why more women are boxing in their blog.

PHYSICALLY– “Boxing burns 500 calories/hour builds lean muscle, develops stamina and endurance, and ramps up metabolism” according to the post.  The Fitboxing and Girlboxing classes at my gym get you in shape through boxing footwork drills and calisthenics as well as bag work.  The IronBoxing class combines weight training with training on the punching bags at the gym.

MENTALLY- The post blog suggest “The research on successful aging urges us to learn something new, strategic and to keep testing ourselves with new sequences and moves.” In our classes there are a variety of skills and drills that not only work you out physically but mentally as well. Each class has different stations and different drills, my classes train your body and your mind.

SPIRITUALLY– In the post they stated “nothing works one’s complete attention and concentration”  Boxing takes focus.  A lot of the skills require extreme focus.  A portion of my class my students participate in meditation.

Some boxing facilities turn women away, we welcome that.  In fact we have a women’s ONLY boxing class called GirlBoxing on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Come in and give us a try.

Keep your hands up,

John “Bones” Shaddock

Shaddock MMA Fitness To Celebrate 10th Anniversary

My name is John Shaddock and I am the owner of Shaddock MMA Fitness. I am proud to announce the April 2018 will be our tenth year in business. I do want to thank all of the residents in Carroll County and the surrounding areas. I understand that coming in to a new gym can be hard and coming into an MMA and boxing gym can be even more difficult. A lot of people want to learn how to box but don’t want to look stupid not knowing how to use the equipment right off. To help out I have created Fitbox101 which is a 30 minute instructional class that will go over the all of the basic movements of class without being
too tough of a workout. Beginning May 1st the class will meet twice a week for 30 minutes (530-6 Mon and Weds) for 8 classes. The most exciting thing is the price! Because the community has been so good to me I am going to do the trial for ONLY $20. I will be limiting this class to ONLY 10 people so don’t procrastinate. Pre-sale for this class begins April 1st.
To set up a time to register early email  me at shaddockmma@comcast.net.
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Keep your hands up,
John Shaddock
Owner Shaddock MMA Fitness