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Mixing martial arts will get you in shape

August 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
According to the American Council on Exercise a combination of martial arts, aerobics, boxing type program is an excellent total body workout. Are you ready to kick your fitness into high gear? Former mixed martial art or MMA contender Joseph Del Real suffered a career ending knee injury 16 years ago. That inspired him to train others in their own goals, whether they hoped to go pro or to just get in shape.

"We're hear to make you get to whatever skill level you want to be at," said Real.

Amanda Timpson joined a year ago vowing to learn marital arts as a 30th birthday present. Lizette Solis became a fan four years ago.

"I kind of got into it wanting to defend myself a lot better. Since then I'm definitely a lot more confident," said Solis.

Waiter Brent Brackett feels the workout guides him through more than fitness.

"I walked in and I weighed 330 pounds. I lost 56 pounds and it's completely changed everything," said Brackett.

Requiring fast thinking, sweat and determination there isn't a body part untouched.

"You're throwing a lot of punches and you never knew you had those muscles," said Brackett.

This particular MMA gym in Pasadena trains for Muay Thai, boxing, and Grappling -- a workout that is a mix of Brazilian jujitsu, freestyle wrestling and judo. You can't be shy and getting sweaty isn't an option.

The basic fitness principles are strength, flexibility, cardiovascular training and coordination, but this workout offers even more and its a good one. Stress release.

"It's the hardest workout I've ever done. A lot of it is just pushing through it -- definitely mind over matter," said Solis.

"You are actively using every part of your body and you're constantly using your mind because there's so many different combinations," said Real.

For those tired of the treadmill or weary of weights, $20 a session or $120 unlimited monthly can save your place on the mat.

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