Why I Chose UFC GYM

Hey there! My name’s Candice Becker, 30 year old mom of two (Jackson and Camdyn) and wife to Brett. I’ve been involved in the fitness industry either for work or by passion for the past 12 years. I’ve seen and tried it all. After moving back to Orange County from Atlanta, and ready to pop with Camdyn, I found myself struggling with which gym to join after moving back. I knew we needed a kids club, but wasn’t crazy about the large gym chains near us...the memberships were pricey once we factored in the kids’ memberships on top of ours and the classes were never that challenging. I loved the idea of joining a boutique gym, but the prices were high, they didn’t offer kids club and the class selections were so small... I was stuck. It wasn’t until my husband asked for a UFC GYM membership for Christmas that I’d even considered walking into one of their gyms. After seeing the presentation in the pre-sale office, I knew this option would work for my entire family! They had so many class options, kids were included, and the price was right!

After joining, I had been itching so bad to get Camdyn (Cammie) into a gym so I could workout, I literally took her in the day she turned 6 months old. Within a few gym visits, I had met all the staff, and each time I came to pick up the kids, the staff filled me in on their activities that day. There is a tremendous amount of value I’ve felt from the beginning at UFC GYM in having great staff and a fun area for my kids to play for FREE with my membership! 

Most of my time spent in the gym is spent taking classes. I’ve tried many, but my favorites still seem to be D.U.T, Boxing and Kickboxing Conditioning, and MATRX. The best part of the classes is that they’re never the same workout. Every time I go it’s something new, a different circuit, different combo... it keeps things exciting, and I’m never left wanting more. I work out often, and these classes kick my butt... every time! They are run by “coaches” not trainers, and they do exactly that, they coach and motivate everyone, and get the members to do the same. Everyone in the class becomes your teammate. It’s so much fun to have people you recognize coming to get their butt kicked with you over and over again! I love that each coach has their own unique background and skill set. The company has really done a great job finding great talent and encouraging them to bring in their own referrals to keep the team growing. UFC GYM brings in the best of the best!

One of the things I took away from our time living in Atlanta was the word “community” and what it meant to incorporate that into our lives. I’d never really had that in a neighborhood, or gym for that matter... Now, every time I walk into our UFC GYM I have a smile on my face. I know I’ll run into people I know, catch up with new friends, get a hello and good bye from the front desk staff, and be cheered on by my teammates. If I miss days at the gym, people take time to check up on me, and I do the same for others. A big part of that sense of community starts the minute you join the gym. Most of the locations also have a Facebook page. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to the group, and find others you have common interests with. People post questions, post transformations, etc. It’s really motivating to be put in a group of so many with same interests and goals, working together. I’ve never had that feeling or involvement from any of the other gyms or boutique places I’ve worked out at before.

For me to be consistent at a gym or studio and  not get bored after a few months, there have to be “it” factors, and UFC GYM’s, and the people in them are what keep me going. I may try new concepts here and there, but I’m glad that I have this as my home base, and second family for my family and I. 

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At Home D.U.T Inspired Workout

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You’re having “one of those days” when all you want to do is go home, but you know you need to work out. No gym mojo today? No problem! We have an at-home workout inspired by UFC GYM’s world-famous Daily Ultimate Training (D.U.T) class that delivers the perfect full-body challenge. We get it. Not everyone can make it to the gym every day, but don’t let that sabotage your goals. Use this at-home D.U.T inspired workout to keep you on track during those busy days when you just can’t make it into UFC GYM. So, who’s ready to get sweaty?

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Fit for Survival

UFC GYM Partners with Bear Grylls Survival Challenge

The inaugural Bear Grylls Survival Challenge event will take place April 28 and 29, 2018, at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita, California. Participants will compete on a four-mile, off-road journey that will take them through 18 unique survival scenario challenges. The course will run across five distinct environments: apocalyptic highway, cave complex, deserted village, mountain ascent/descent and snake infested swamp. Together, we are working to elevate the sport of survival.

Refer to win your BGSC Tickets

Dying to compete in the challenge but don't quite have it in the budget? We got your back! We will be offering 2 tickets & a fully paid trip to Santa Clarita to one lucky winner who refers a friend to UFC GYM using the UFC GYM app. Winner will receive:

  • 2 Tickets for the BGSC
  • 2 Round trip tickets to Santa Clarita
  • 2 Night hotel stay
  • Transportation costs covered
  • $25/day per person for food/drink

Exclusive Deal for UFC GYM Members

Take on the Bear Grylls Survival Challenge – purchase your solo or adventure team ticket using promo code UFCBG for 10% off! Code not valid on Ultimate Explorer (VIP) tickets. Tickets can be purchased using the link below and make sure to use the promo code during the registration process.

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What to Expect in a UFC GYM D.U.T Class

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Sweat is dripping, your heart is pounding, and your legs are shaking. You hear the Coach yell, “One more minute”. That’s one more minute for you to burn those calories, melt away the fat, and leave feeling satisfied. Your teammate next to you gives you a pat on the back and says, “let’s do this”. You grab your kettlebell and go to work. This is UFC GYM’s Daily Ultimate Training (D.U.T), a functional workout targeting your entire body, and sure to deliver results. D.U.T class has become a member favorite due to its challenging and interactive environment. Here are some things you can expect to see and feel in a UFC GYM Daily Ultimate Training class:

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Why Kickboxing is My Go To Workout

Hello, my name is Vinay and I have been a member at UFC GYM Costa Mesa, CA for about 2 years now. I truly love the environment, workouts, facility, and Coaches. My experiences have been excellent as the training has drastically improved my ability as an athlete teaching proper form, new and exciting exercises, and increasing my stamina as well as strength. While I have tried many classes and areas of training at UFC GYM, Kickboxing is my main focus as I generally train it six times a week. 

Kickboxing is my go to workout, and here is why I love Kickboxing Conditioning at UFC GYM:

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Boxing For Kids

Boxing…It’s the go-to workout for models, actors, busy moms, millennials and more. Boxing as a workout has become popular because it provides the best full body, fat burning workout and challenges you both mentally and physically. With benefits like muscle toning, torching calories, and relieving stress, it may seem like a workout fit for adults, but Boxing is actually an extremely effective workout for kids as well. Here are 4 reasons why you should consider Boxing Class for your children.

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UFC GYM Podcast Episode 01- Mike Bisping

It is here...the first ever UFC GYM Podcast, and we couldn't think of anyone better to start us off than Mr. Michael 'The Count' Bisping. UFC GYM's Podcasts will give you insight into the unique training offerings at UFC GYM, teach you things about our special guests that you would never know, and of course, provide a few laughs. In this kick-off episode, UFC GYM President, Adam Sedlack sits with Bisping to disucss the benefits of Boxing Conditioning and training at UFC GYM, how Michael turned a violent upbringing into massive personal success, his experience on TUF, and so much more. Listen closely and you'll even find out who Bisping's Hollywood crush is! 

Enjoy the entire podcast here

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Boxing For Women

I’m former professional mixed martial artist in the flyweight division with a 2-0 record, Franchise Development Associate for UFC GYM, and most importantly a mother of two amazing kids. After the back to back pregnancies of my son and daughter, I weighed only 112 pounds at 5’9” and was completely frail, depleted, and exhausted. I was bored in a traditional gym setting, so I explored my options and found a local martial arts gym that offered strength and conditioning classes (similar to UFC GYM’s Daily Ultimate Training). I tried a class and immediately signed up for a membership. I loved the diversity and challenge of training with different training apparatus like kettlebells, sledgehammers, and battle ropes. While participating in strength and conditioning classes, I always observed the different martial arts classes that were happening simultaneously on the mats on the other side of the gym and decided one day to hop into that class instead. It was boxing, and I was HOOKED! My venture as a woman in the world of mixed martial arts was born. While the reasons why I think boxing is the best workout for women are endless, here are my top three:

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What to Expect in a UFC GYM Boxing Class


It’s a new year and you’re ready to transform your body for the better. Finding the motivation to workout can be difficult, but it’s a lot easier to get yourself to the gym when you LOVE what you are doing. At UFC GYM, we understand this, so we’ve developed fitness classes that are not only going to deliver results, but make the process fun! One of the most popular exercise classes at UFC GYM is Boxing Class, and it’s easy to see why it is a member favorite.

UFC GYM Boxing Coaches take basic boxing moves and combine them into sets of killer rounds that teach you new techniques, challenge your endurance and leave you dripping in sweat. The best part - you actually get to HAVE FUN!

In our Boxing classes, you’ll spend most of your time with a 150-lb boxing bag in a matted room—from warm-up, cardio rounds, combos, core, to cool down! Here are a few other things you can ALWAYS expect to see in a UFC GYM Boxing class:

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How Boxing Changed Me

My name is Ann ‘Annimal’ Najjar. I am currently the boxing coach at the UFC GYM Mission Valley. In 2007 I was 216 pounds, unmotivated and never worked out before. My older brother was in shape, an up and coming Pro MMA fighter and furthering his higher education. I never realized how nerve racking, intense, and exciting the sport was until I went to his first fight. After attending the fight, I had never been so inspired. It was at that moment that I realized I needed to learn and understand the sport.

The next week after his fight, he asked me to join him at his training gym. I didn’t go in nervous, I went in wanting to learn. I took my first boxing class with a coach named Berlin Kerney. He was very patient and willing to help. As he was helping me, I could not help but feel like the ‘sucky’ one, but the competitor in me made me want to work harder and become one of the top dogs. Coach Berlin gave me some advice that I will never forget it: “consistency is key” and I sure took that advice.

Months went by and I was still taking boxing class 5 days a week. As a result, pounds were falling off of me and I had fallen in love with the sport. I never went into this wanting to lose weight but it was happening. To sweeten the experience even more, not only was I doing what I loved, but I got to train with my brother.

In 2015, I was still boxing consistently, 40 pounds lighter, and now managing my brother in his pro fighting career. People were noticing my weight loss and asking me how I did it, and all I told them was boxing. Being by my brother in this thriving and thrilling sport was all I wanted. A year later our gym unfortunately closed down, my brother decided to throw in the towel when it came to fighting but I didn’t want to stop. I was hoping from gym to gym, trying to find a new home for boxing, but it just wasn’t the same.

I then had an old-time friend tell me about a hiring opportunity at the UFC GYM in Mission Valley where I applied and got the job as the boxing coach. I was so passionate about the sport, that the members could feel my high energy. This support and energy kept me wanting to do more. Any hour I had free I was training, from hitting the bag to running 5 miles regularly. Members could see how zealous I was, and how much faster, better and stronger I was getting each and every day. I went from 5 people showing up to my class to over 30 people regularly. Members were asking me for help and how to get better, making me realize that I was doing what I loved and I was in the right place at the UFC GYM.

Boxing has not only transformed me physically but also mentally. When I'm having a bad day, the one thing that makes me feel better is boxing. When in the ring, all I can think about is the fight and nothing else. It is one of the best stress relievers you can ask for. It teaches you to be patient, to focus and to not focus on anything else.

Today, I am 71 pounds lighter, one of the ‘top dogs’ and couldn’t be happier with my results. My brother was my inspiration and boxing is what I love. I still am training with my coach Berlin and just like he told me, I tell my classes “consistency is key”.  

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