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$19 for five adult or kids’ Zumba, cardio-kickboxing, or mixed martial-arts classes (up to a $75 value)
$49 for five personal-training sessions (a $200 value)<p>
Mixed martial-arts classes combine numerous styles, including boxing, muay thai, and jujitsu, and include cardio conditioning, training drills, and sparring. Instructors also lead cardio-kickboxing classes, which the owner describes as “just nonstop conditioning for a whole hour.” In addition to helming group classes, such as Zumba dance-fitness sessions, they lead one-on-one training sessions that can focus on general fitness, mixed martial arts, boxing skills, or circuit training. See the schedule.<p>
Northport’s MMA Fitness Center
While working together at a personal training facility, professional MMA fighter Jimmy Boudourakis and Chris Oddsen—a trainer with 10 years of experience—dreamed about one day opening their own business. After the establishment they worked for closed down, they brought Vincent DeRiso—a mixed-martial-arts student of Jimmy's—on board to realize their dream, eventually opening the doors to Northport’s MMA Fitness Center.
The trio of owners empathizes with the members who know they need a lifestyle change. This rings especially true for DeRiso, who—after being active all of his life and playing football—went through what he describes as “a rough patch,” hitting 290 pounds. With hard work and the right training, he dropped to 225 pounds and eventually became an MMA fighter. This mixture of empathy and diligence is the bedrock of their business model, which even extends to how they greet their patrons at the door. “The first thing we ask them is, ‘How has your day been?'” said DeRiso. And although the MMA workouts may be difficult, he says that they welcome people and video-game bosses of all fitness levels to attend, work hard, and challenge themselves.
One of the perks of the job for DeRiso is that they get to help kids develop good habits early on, including an overweight 15-year-old who dropped 20 pounds in his first month and impressed his coaches on his most recent football evaluation. The trainers offer classes to teenagers and kids to not only introduce them to mixed martial arts, but to also help them learn discipline in other areas of life. “We feel that kids should definitely learn discipline, because it's not just for the sport,” DeRiso said. “They also bring it back to home and school.”