Monday, July 11, 2011

Shedding those pounds for summer

We're in the midst of beach season so it's a safe bet that many people (myself included) have been working out as much as possible in order to not horrify the masses when they take their shirt off once they step on the sand.

There are many forms of exercise, obviously. Some focus purely on cardio. Some focus entirely on lifting weights and building muscle. Some do a mix of both, while others focus are more unconventional methods of working out. Zumba is a craze that has overtaken the country recently. Basically you move or dance nonstop for an hour to loud Latin music while being directed by someone wearing a giant headset with a microphone that makes it look like they have a giant black mole growing out of their cheek.

But as I have pointed out in the past, mixed martial arts is also becoming a popular form of exercise as well. Those who read these blog regularly know that I have dabbled in such endeavors previously at Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg. And I am hopeful to return to it before too long. But Evolve is not alone in offering MMA as a form of exercise for those who want to get in shape but find walking on a treadmill or lifting 10-pound dumbbells as exciting as public television on a Saturday afternoon (seriously, watch it sometime. It's mind-numbingly boring).

Ground Control Baltimore is another gym that offers MMA to the masses as a way to work out, joining other gyms like Shaddock MMA in Eldersburg. Ground Control's efforts drew the attention of The Baltimore Sun, which wrote an article on the gym offering MMA training for fitness purposes.

People who go to Ground Control to train MMA but don't want to become fighters themselves still have the opportunity to train with local fighters, including Ryan Mackin, who has competed at the bi-annual Shogun Fights in Baltimore.

So if your annual trip to the beach is coming up and you still have that spare tire that you didn't realize you were cultivating while sitting at your desk eating donuts (which I have been known to do on occasion, so I am not criticizing), and you don't want to share space with meatheads who could probably create a mosaic on their backs due to the startling amount of bacne-inducing steroids they probably inject daily, MMA may be the ticket. It's a terrible cliché, but it's a hell of a workout.

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