Set High Goals For Yourself, They Will Keep You Alive

This weekend I achieved one of the many goals on my bucket list.  Seems silly but one of the goals was to run the stairs that Rocky did in the movie.  I have been fortunate enough to achieve a lot of what I set out to do. Four years ago I flew across to Latvia in Europe and was one of only 10 or so Americans to fight in the Team fighting championships. Even though I was 46 at the time, I was getting up every morning at 4 am running and training.  I had set an impossible goal and did it, and you can too.

This past year has been a rough one.  Not only did my Mom pass away, and soon afterward, my father in law passed as well. As devastating as this was, in reflection it taught me to never stop dreaming. what I am saying to you is life is short, follow your dreams as you don’t know what day will be your last.  Keeping yourself fit should be a priority for you. We all tend to prioritize everything else but our health and well being but that is the first thing you should focus on.

I have a goal for my business that I hope you can help me with.  I am looking to make Carroll County fit one person at a time.  Now I have a small martial arts studio, and compared to most fitness centers even smaller but the goal is to get Sykesville/Eldersburg on a fitness program.  I hope to have 100 members by 2019, a lofty but attainable one.  We are a small gym but we make up for it in customer service, creativity and a fun atmosphere.

This trip has recently inspired me to set some more outrageous personal goals for myself (don’t tell my wife).  I hope training with others is something I can be doing for the rest of my life.  Won’t you join me at my gym here in Sykesville/Eldersburg MD.  I think you will be glad you did. Go to Shaddockmma.com and fill out the contact form.  I will call you myself and set up an appointment to meet and see if we can help you reach your goals.

Keep your hands up,

Coach John “Bones” Shaddock

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Getting Back To The Future In Sykesville MD Means Getting The Family Fit

In an age of magic phones that seem to do everything for us, Amongst other things entertain us constantly, there is a lack in human interaction.  With self driving cars, online shopping, and on demand movies it’s  a wonder people will ever leave their homes in the future.  Shaddock MMA Fitness has got a way to get you and your family to actively interact again.

One of the biggest concerns today is the fitness of America.  We get fatter and fatter every year.  The addition of new technology has not helped.  A new trend at my gym has been families that are doing group training.  Whether they show up for a class or have a private session it’s been nice to see families interacting in the gym. I have no electronic devices or high tech sound system ( i’m stuck in 70’s and 80’s Rock and Roll) .  We have old fashioned sweat and tears mixed with weights and boxing leather.  It’s great to see different generations training together on the same equipment and enjoying it. Your family will learn fitness and basic self defense, a necessity in this day and age.

So when you want to think of something different for the family to do, contact me at shaddockmma.com.  They do say “A family that trains together stays together.”   Contact me for a free 30 minute fitness session and equipment orientation with the family.  You’ll be glad you did.

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.

 

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

You don’t have to be afraid to be a member at our gym in Sykesville, MD

Almost 20 years ago when I was working at Gold’s Gym in Charlotte North Carolina I remember having a conversation with the manager.  The manager I was speaking with was a former college football player.  Gerald had a body builders build, this guy was jacked.  I was surprised when he told me about when he was thinking of joining a gym, but waited in the parking lot for over an hour before he set foot in the gym.  This guy was actually scared to go in the gym.  He was afraid of what others would think about him.  Then I thought, wow, what does the average person think when they come into a gym, who has never worked out before?  We take all of that into consideration at Shaddock MMA Fitness. When you come in we try and make you feel at home.

Although the name may seem intimidating, Shaddock Mixed Martial Arts, I assure you the classes are not. You will get a great workout, but we encourage you to compete with yourself at your own pace. You will notice we have people in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s all working out together in the same class.  The other day I signed up a woman in her 70s.  The beauty of the design of the classes is they are set up so all levels can workout at the same time.  If you want a real “no judgment zone”, then come into our gym and try it out.  We have a great promotion going on right now for April Fools where you could win 3 personal training half hours by just registering on shaddockmma.com (put Facebook contest in the comments).  If you don’t win you will still receive one 30 minute session.  Give it a shot, all you have to lose is some unwanted pounds.

 

Keep your hands up,

John “Bones” Shaddock

I Want To Get In Shape Before I Join A Gym In Sykesville, MD

People always tell me “I want to get in shape before I join the gym.”  It sounds like a smart idea, but truth is most don’t follow through.  Let’s face it, if you could get in shape on your own, you would have by now. I get it, no one wants to be the NEW person in the gym who is out of shape.  All you really need is a little extra guidance and to pace yourself when you first start.  Unfortunately, most of the big name gyms forget about you once you join.  A lot of health clubs have 2,000 plus members which is hard to keep track of everyones attendance.  Once you sign on the dotted line you become just a number, not a name.  But we do things a little different at Shaddock MMA Fitness.

At Shaddock MMA Fitness, we are similar to Cheers in the fact that “everybody knows your name.”  We do group personal training in small intimate classes between 5-15 people.  We have members of all fitness levels, and as old as 75 yrs old. All of our classes are done on a time basis.  You do however many repetitions you can do in a set amount of time.  Whether you do 5 or 50 in that minute it’s all up to you.  You really do compete with yourself.  My goal is to get Sykesville fit one person at a time.  So come on in and try us out.  You will be glad you did. Contact me at shaddockmma@comcast.net for a FREE trial membership.

Keep your hands up,

John “Bones” Shaddock