In 2010, Kru Yai Mark Nardone received a blessing to open SitSuphan Muay Thai Boran Academy—the first of its kind in the world. The blessing came from Arjarn Suphan Chabairam, who lent his name to the facility after a legendary career that included more than 300 fights and championship belts at the Featherweight and Bantamweight levels.
Today, Kru Mark and his team of mized martial artists continue to carry on Suphan’s legacy at Suphan LLC, a 3,000-square training facility in Braintree. Much of their curriculum is built around Muay Thai, the ancient fighting art that originated in Thailand some 2,000 years ago. Instead of having students swing at cardboard cutouts of childhood bullies, Kru Mark and his instructors incorporate elements of shadowboxing, padwork, and heavy bag training into their classes. They also utilize their facility’s numerous training amenities, including a full-size boxing ring.
Channeling more than 60 years of experience in the health-and-fitness industry, Abington and Quincy Athletic Club's management staff has built two family-friendly facilities that aim to bestow each guest with personal treatment. Each building houses at least 20,000 square feet of workout space, including hardwood studios for group classes such as Zumba, Pilates, and Les Mills BodyPump. Cardio and strength gear from Nautilus, Magnum, FreeMotion, and Star Trac accommodates physiques of all fitness levels, from exercise amateurs to those who would rather wall-sit during movie dates. A squad of certified personal trainers and nutrition counselors steers patrons onto a custom pathway to wellness, and childcare services and senior programs broadcast welcoming vibes to club guests of all ages.
Fists fly amid a regulation sized boxing ring as the stern commands of an on looking coach keep the fighters in check. Though there may be gravel in his voice, each demand is intended to motivate students of all levels as they hone their boxing skills during small group boxing sessions at Peter Welch's Gym. And leading the pack of coaches who "… will motivate you, but never intimidate you," as told to the Boston Common by Melinda Sarkis—is the owner himself, Peter Welch, a Golden Gloves champion and fighting coach for UFC fighters Kenny Florian and Brock Lesnar. With decades of "old school" boxing experience tucked into his belt, Peter has developed a hands-on boxing program that teaches novice fighters using the same workout as professionals, while instilling confidence through effective conditioning and coaching.
His namesake gym recently moved to a new location that boasts a free weight area, flat screen TVs, and spacious locker rooms. The gym's week-long schedule is open to all including men and women of any age, and has even had visitors such as Anthony Bourdain.
The fighting Florian brothers lend their family name to Florian Martial Arts, where they apply expert skill and professional experience to their martial-arts programs. Classes include everything from Brazilian jujitsu to a junior samurai program for boys and girls aged 6–15. Beginners may be interested in the fundamentals program, which teaches the "Florian way," a method of simple but highly effective techniques.
With a roster of female-only classes, Women’s Fitness of Boston aims to create an unintimidating environment for women to reach personal fitness goals. Group fitness classes such as salsa-inspired Zumba and Tae Box Flex—a kickboxing class that blends tae kwon do with traditional boxing moves—help ladies sculpt muscles and—when taken as part of a complete regimen—help them win full-contact dance-offs. Along with classes, club members can take advantage of weight-loss programs and personal training, as well as the two tanning booths, which help further beautify newly buff bods.