Welcome to a Different Kind of Fitness

Shaddock MMA Fitness is different than any place around; it's not a martial arts dojo and it's not a health club. John wanted to build a place that he would like to workout in himself. Having worked in the fitness business for over 25 years, he found weight lifting and aerobics classes to be boring. John had enjoyed the training involved in martial arts, but was never a fan of the hollow bowing or giving out of arbitrary belts to show progress. He believed in teaching fitness and respect without any of that. He designed martial-arts-based fitness classes that people of all levels can do to get fit. He picked the Western or European arts of Boxing, Wrestling, Catch-wrestling and Kickboxing to teach.

If you want a fancy health spa, then this is not the place for you.
If you need to get a best once a month to show your prowess, then this is not the place for you.

BUT if you want to get a great workout, sweat, and learn how to defend yourself, then Shaddock MMA Fitness is the place for you.

Our Fitness Stories

Boxing is something that I love to do - it makes you feel good to know that you've worked hard and gave it your all.

John says, “compete with yourself”

...being fit again, can’t beat that – no matter how old you are.

Having other people, young, old, large, small, different fitness levels; the group dynamics cannot be found at any other gym.

John really knows what he's doing when it comes to boxing and exercise

Izzy's Story

Joining Shaddock MMA was like joining a family. At first, it's a little bit scary because everybody is so close, but then you start to realize that they're all really nice people. Everybody jokes around, and it's a great environment to be in.

Not to mention that it's a very unique workout. John really knows what he's doing when it comes to boxing and exercise, and I know that I can trust him to know what's best for me. Boxing is something that I love to do - it makes you feel good to know that you've worked hard and gave it your all. It's also a great stress reliever, even if you're not fighting another person.

John is great with kids and adults, and he makes the workout a great experience for everyone. "No pain, no brains."

Izzy

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Dave & Debbie's Story

My wife Debbie and I have been fit training with John Shaddock now for just over one year. Although not fighters, the classes we take have the cardio and strength training we are looking for. Back about 10 years ago, I became interested in fit and kick boxing (non-contact) at Bally’s Fitness with a couple of different personal trainers, of course trainers come and go at the large gyms. After my father became ill and other financial reasons it became hard for me to continue on a regular basis at a gym in Rockville, MD. Of course when you stop, what happens, well – I just wasn’t again going to go up another pants size, out of shape, feeling terrible it was time. Debbie and I tried to go back to a large gym in Germantown. Still 40-minutes from where we live, personal trainers cut from the mold, boring equipment, no fitness boxing, Pilates (come on), it just was not working for us.

Then we found Shaddock MMA, walked in one Saturday afternoon after searching fit boxing on the internet, met John and have been regulars since. Look, if you’re looking for glitz, “brick” bodies, people on tread mills catching up on their iPhones, maybe this is not the place for you. Debbie and I go to usually four group classes a week, circuit training Mondays and Wednesdays and fit boxing, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Well a long story short, Debbie really loves it (and goes to the women’s class John has on Tuesday and Thursday during the day when she can), I’ve lost over 30 pounds and probably shouldn’t say this publically, Debbie is as hot as the day we met in 1976. I guess you now know we are not the youngest in the group, but being fit again, can’t beat that – no matter how old you are.

Although as John says, “compete with yourself”, having other people, young, old, large, small, different fitness levels; the group dynamics cannot be found at any other gym. Debbie and I also on occasion do a personal training session with John. I don’t know if any of the husbands out there have ever sparred with their wife, let me tell you when their eyes go narrow – look out! So much for non-contact.

Those who want contact, John has that too. Please take a moment and look at the Shaddock MMA schedule. And don’t forget the kids, John kid’s classes are before ours. I’m about to be a grandfather and have already bought the boxing gloves for him. Hope to see you there...

Signed “Sucks to be Dave” – I guess you’ll have to go to understand that.

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Deb's Story

I have been working out at Shaddock MMA Fitness Academy since Mid-Sept of 2012. Even as hectic as my work and volunteer schedules can be, I usually make it to at least a couple of classes every week. John Shaddock makes it easy since he has such a diverse schedule consisting of some morning classes, evening classes and even some one on one training.

I have been looking for a place like Shaddock MMA for nearly 10 years. Until I joined, I had been to gym after gym with absolutely no luck. I just felt like either a number or like I didn't belong at other places, but here I feel like part of a team. Being at Shaddock MMA has boosted my stamina, my skill, my strength, and my confidence substancially. I now have the tools to shed the weight I had set out to lose so long ago, so that maybe I can live a long, healthy life. I am slowly creeping towards my goal weight, but I have a long way to go. If I am going to accomplish that goal, I know it will be here, at Shaddock MMA.

I would recommend Shaddock MMA to anyone! I hope to see you all there!

Deb

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Pat's Story

My name is Patricia and I have been a member of Shaddock MMA Fitness for 2 ½ years. In April of 2012, my son joined and for six months I watched him work out. He was having such a good time working out that I decided to join. I thought I was in pretty good shape since I had been running for almost 18 years.

I thought the workout would be easy, but I was wrong. I discovered muscles I didn't know I had. It was a different kind of workout that I had never done before. Instead of getting on machines and working out, we used ourselves doing calisthenics to warm up and then put on boxing gloves to hit the boxing bags. We also got to listen to some of our favorite tunes. Not everyone in the class works out at the same pace, but he will push you a little harder, which is great. I do like the fact that I do not have to have shoes while working out on the mat. It's so much easier on my joints. You need to come and try Shaddock MMA yourself and you need to do more than just one class to see if you like it.

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