Syndicate MMA: Now this is a F*cking Gym!
I’ve walked into thousand’s of gyms across America and many in Europe… and I’m so glad I live in Las Vegas. I get to go every afternoon to the best gym I’ve ever been in. When I first started going I was looking for a place that I could throw around some iron and hit the heavy bag… I’ve been itching to put the gloves back on. No, I don’t have “unfinished business down in the basement”. If you don’t get the reference and live under a fucking rock… go watch Rocky Balboa (Rocky VI). No, I have always felt that when I was banging on the heavy bag I was in the best shape aerobically. My two favorite conditioning training tools are my 18 speed road bike and a heavy bag… well, and a jump rope… so, three. Now I can hear all you assholes out there saying well just go buy a heavy bag… and I was going too, until I spotted Syndicate MMA out of the corner of my eye.
I met one of the instructors at a coffee shop about 8 months back. I started talking to him because he was wearing a “Syndicate MMA” t-shirt (fitness pros take note). He had told me it was off of Warm Springs Rd. and I combed Warm Springs all the way from Eastern all the way up to Durango… no Syndicate MMA… shit, where the fuck is it? It just so happened I was going to my bank and I noticed the logo out of the corner of my eye. When he said “off” Warm Springs, I didn’t think he meant it literally. It is really off behind a row of Light Industrial buildings “off” Warm Springs.
Now that I found it… after 8 months of procrastination, excuses and not knowing where the fuck it was, I was finally here and it was only 7 minutes from my house. I could ride my bike or if I was feeling a little frisky… actually, no that would never happen. I don’t even run when I’m being chased by the cops… so riding my bike it is. I walked through the doors… and it was like GOD built a gym and invited me.
The second I walked in I was greeted by Casey, the general manager and was shown around the place… it’s a pretty big place so it took a while. Everyone was doing something… instructors were teaching Muay Thai to adults and kids, I think. I watched a young girl kick the shit out of a boy that was bigger than her… I couldn’t help but smile when I walked past. Casey showed me the locker rooms… they were clean. I was impressed, you can tell a lot about a gym with clean bathrooms… other than they’re clean, it shows attention to detail.
Directly to my right I was able to see all stages of combatants banging and kicking on about 20 or so 8ft heavy bags, girls, women, champion MMA fighters, I didn’t know their names (I’m not a huge fan) but everyone else did. Call me the odd man out. This is probably the second gym I’ve had a membership to in 35 years… you all know my escapades with the Planet Fitness down the street from me when I lived in Albuquerque, NM. If you don’t here’s a link to my column.
I walked passed a crowd of people on bleachers watching their son’s and daughters practicing what I think was Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. They were all in Gi’s flipping each other onto the mat. As a former wrestler, I’m thinking about putting the singlet back on, Ok, maybe not singlet, a Gi would be more appropriate or maybe the Spider Man looking outfit that Casey is wearing for his workout. Did I say the place is huge, maybe I didn’t… the place is fucking huge. It’s got a regulation size boxing/muay thai ring, about 5000 square ft of mats, a 32 ft regulation UFC Octagon Cage and more iron than any gym should have. I counted 3 squat racks, 4 deadlift platforms, benches, hammer strength ground based stuff, ropes, probably 15 tires of all sizes inside and out… and my favorite, the 800lb Gorrilla. Or that’s what I call the 800lb truck tire that was calling my name in the softest of whispers, Rocco… Rocco… I eluded the temptress.
When I was walking through the weight area I almost bumped into what I can best describe as a human mountain named, Norm Turner… he’s gotta be 6′ 4″ 300lbs. I’m afraid to know what he throws up on a bench for reps… I’ll keep playing with my 80lb dumbbells and not get in Norm’s way. BTW… he’s the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Syndicate MMA. I’m glad because I was hoping he wasn’t going to be my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach… that would kinda suck. I’m 5′ 9″ 225lb… and not as fast as I once was.
This was really cool about Syndicate MMA…
I was shocked to find out that Syndicate MMA has current MMA champions, former MMA champs and many professional up and comers as their instructors. I got to watch a blonde girl train with “Daddy’s Girl” on her shorts… she made doing high kicks look so easy. It was awesome to see her do 15 kicks in a row and then switch feet like it was nothing. Trust me, I don’t have any delusions of grandeur… and her coach kept pushing her and she kept giving it back – niiiice!
Whenever you’re in Vegas or if you are a local you need to come down to Syndicate MMA and take part in their 3 day free trial. I really didn’t need the free trial to see how awesome the place was. As long as I live in Vegas… I’m training here.