One of the most frequently asked questions from people interested in training at Derby City concerns the difference between Derby City Mixed Martial Arts and a traditional weight lifting gym. These people are primarily interested in the health and fitness benefits of training. They have tried traditional fitness clubs in the past and want to know how our gym will help them get what they want.
There are numerous differences but I will focus on the 2 that I think are the most important regarding someone reaching their fitness goals and sticking with training. Because consistency is one of the most important aspects of training no matter the gym, maybe the most important.
- Professional Instruction – When you go to a traditional gym you’re dropped into the middle of a gym with no real instruction. There are personal trainers but you have to pay extra for this. If you stick it out and maybe befriend an experienced lifter to get pointers you might make some headway. But most people honestly have no idea how to train properly to reach their goals. They either take workouts from magazines or online and they lack the guidance of a good coach and most often they fall short of their aims. At Derby City MMA and CrossFit West Louisville we have professional instructors in all of our classes. Whether you want to lift weights, learn to box, wrestle, take up Brazilian Jiu-jitsu or jump into kickboxing you’ll be guided from the beginning. You’ll have a coach guiding you step by step in order for you to learn the proper techniques. They can actively correct mistakes you make and they can keep you on the right path for your personal goals. Whether this is fitness, competition or otherwise
- Community – When you go into a traditional gym you’ll notice everyone is typically separated and alone. You’ll see an occasional group of 2-3 people lifting and maybe a little conversation somewhere, but for the most part everyone is compartmentalized. Walk into our gym and you’ll notice anywhere from 5-20+ people gathered around talking. All of the classes at our gym are group classes. This is helpful because being surrounded by people doing the same thing (trying to improve) is motivating. You are guaranteed training partners and a side benefit is that you get to know these people and build friendships. All my best friends are people from the gym. Being able to see your friends in the gym and knowing that they are expecting you is a strong motivator. Try not showing up to the gym after receiving a, “you training tonight?” text. I think this strong positive community atmosphere is something our gym has that many types of gyms lack. I feel like the gym is a big family rather than just an impersonal fitness club.
Again, there are numerous benefits to taking part in a gym like ours, but these are the 2 biggest reasons (I personally believe) that we end up having members for years and years. You’re learning something step by step, improving your fitness and becoming a part of a greater community, something bigger than yourself.
If you’re interested in trying a class at Derby City Mixed Martial Arts or West Louisville CrossFit, give us a call at (502)418-5523, or sign up to try a free class on our website.