Aside from climbing out of rattlesnake-infested quicksand or posing for rattlesnake-infested watercolor portraits, few activities combine the focus and physicality seen in MMA fitness training. Give fist-paintings a little martial artistry with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a fitness package (a $139 total value) at Victory MMA and Fitness, which includes:
- A one-month membership (a $99 value).
- One private training session (a $40 value).<p>
Boxing, kickboxing, jiu jitsu, and mixed martial arts converge at Victory MMA and Fitness’s 21,000-square-foot facility, where a crew of combat-savvy instructors works to transform students of all skill levels into shipshape warriors. Before kicking off the month-long fight fest, students learn the ropes of the varying styles in a private instructional lesson in which a trainer evaluates their fitness level, slings advice on the most suitable training program, and bequeaths a catchy nickname to embroider on future title belts. A weekly schedule of small group classes brings cadres of students together to greet encroaching waistlines with a series of knockout punches. Each of the offered combat disciplines offers courses that cater to beginners, requiring little to no prior experience. Fists and feet fly in one-hour boxing and kickboxing classes that bolster endurance with high-intensity cardio movements, and jiu jitsu classes, led by one of six black-belted trainers, prepare students for moments when they must defend themselves or intimidate the milk man, who refuses to wear anything but a white belt. The gym also hosts daily CrossFit workouts that give knuckles a welcome respite with a series of functional strength and conditioning exercises.
Workout rooms filled with weights and cardio equipment allow for frequent solo workouts, during which members can strap on headphones and listen to tutorials on the orthodox methodology of shirtless swaggering—a skill they will need if they are to join the gym’s list of professional MMA fighters.
Victory MMA and Fitness
Navy SEAL veteran and MMA coach Brian Sargent had a vision of a cutting-edge mixed-martial-arts facility. He knew what equipment was needed, but it was not until 2007—when he teamed with Joe Mannino, a 30-year owner and operator of a health club—that the nitty-gritty details fell into place. With Mannino’s newly envisioned facility and Sargent’s training know-how, the two built Victory MMA and Fitness, bringing on a staff of top-notch trainers to teach a burgeoning clientele of professional MMA fighters.
The sounds of pumping hearts and fists swooshing through the air that Brian and Joe love to hear can be sensed between the glass walls and doors that divide the 22,000-square-foot facility into eight training areas, and there’s room left over for a retail shop and ringside café. A 20-foot mixed-martial-arts cage and 7,000 square feet of mats host aspiring pugilists as they train their wrists and fists among a forest of hanging punching bags, while students in Jiu Jitsu and MMA classes learn the practical art of self defense. The nearby cardio and weightlifting areas are the metaphorical psychologist’s couch upon which personal trainers condition their clients, and a cordoned-off yoga studio breaks the black-and-red patterning of the gym with bright white walls and a pale hardwood floor.