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.
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.
Fear, we’ve all experienced it, especially when it comes to joining a fitness or martial arts center. We call it procrastination, but it’s really just fear. Some are fear of looking stupid (don’t know how to use the equipment). There is fear of looking like a Klutz. There is what is termed physique anxiety( afraid you’ll look too fat, too skinny or otherwise). There is also fear of the high pressure sale. With a lot of gyms and martial arts studios these fears are justified but not at my gym.
At Shaddock MMA Fitness I have decided to give every NEW member a FREE 30 minute session with me in which I explain how to use all the equipment in class. As far as the physique anxiety goes I encourage anyone to come to one of my classes. and just watch. We have people of all shapes and sizes, ages and walks of life. For the final fear, high pressure sales, I do all sales and service. I don’t believe in high pressure sales. You will not be pressured.
I have a pretty lofty goal myself. My goal is to get Carroll County Fit, one person at a time. This April we will be celebrating my 10th anniversary in business. This is do to a great and understanding wife and kids, as well as loyal membership base. I want to invite you in to experience my gym and become part of the Shaddock MMA Fitness family. Go to shaddockmma.com and fill out the contact form. I will contact you for your FREE, no obligation, 30 minute training session.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Advanced Shadow Boxing And Footwork
Advanced Punching Bag Drills
Combination Punching And Using Them On The Bags
Counter Punching And Reaction Punching
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.