Monday, September 6, 2010

Getting in on the act

Someone once asked me, "How many times can you sit on a treadmill?"

While treadmills are typically used for running, not sitting, I understood his point in the context of the conversation we were having. As people become more health conscious and express a greater desire to get in shape, the monotonous prospect of jogging in place on a treadmill day after day does not exactly inspire some people to get off the couch.

I have written at length about the incorporation of mixed martial arts into fitness at places like Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg. But now other Maryland MMA gyms seem to be capitalizing on the growing desire of the public to find new ways to get in shape while also combining with MMA, which is becoming more and more popular and part of the mainstream itself as days go by.

Shaddock MMA in Eldersburg has their "Caveman Workout," which according to their website starts at 6 a.m. (not the most desirable start time in my opinion, unless you're a true fitness freak) and boasts several exercises found in the MMA regimen, including flipping giant tires used on tractor trailers and hitting them with sledgehammers. I have done the latter myself and let me tell you, it is defintely good exercise.

Method MMA in Forest Hill is also offering its own MMA fitness class for the fall season. According to a recent e-newsletter by the gym, the class "will consist of many different conditioning methods that will be useful for grappling competition, MMA competition or weight loss."

The class will also cost only $10 per session, which is quite the bargain.

Other gyms offering actual MMA training, but those are typically reserved for individuals who specifically want to become fighters and compete on the amateur and professional circuit. While I have no doubt MMA training is a fantastic workout, if you would rather just get in shape instead of learning how to pummel someone, it would behoove you to make sure any classes you sign up to take are specifically centered on fitness rather than possible bonebreaking.

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