Choosing a boxing or MMA gym is difficult. Proximity may be your only criteria, but depending on which fighting style you want to learn and whom you would like to learn it from, you might consider traveling for the best match. The reputation of a gym is built around its trainers, who attract the most driven students, who make great sparring partners. Furthermore, look at whether a gym has produced any champions or fighters whose style you want to emulate. With all these factors in mind, here is a list of the ten best fighting gyms in the United States.
American Kickboxing Academy
The AKA is located in San Jose and has been around since the 1980s. In addition to kickboxing AKA offers classes in Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. Some of the top MMA fighters to come out of this gym include Leon Edward, Daniel Cormier, and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Ultimate Fitness (Team Alpha Male)
Also, in California, but further inland in Sacramento, Ultimate fitness teaches grappling, Muay Thai, submission, boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Urijah Faber, the former WEC featherweight champion, sets the pace at what some consider to be the West Coast’s best fighting gym. Now might be a good time to check out new mortgage refinance rates.
American Top Team (ATT)
ATT is in Boca Raton, Florida, and has produced MMA stars like Amanda Nune, Jorge Masvidal, Yoel Romero. ATT trains fighters in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and boxing, but also features a specific MMA category that brings it all together. This gym is so focused that they have individual coaches for each discipline.
This Albuquerque, New Mexico based gym was formed in 1992 by MMA fighter Greg Jackson. In addition to training fighters in the traditional MMA fighting styles of grappling and submission, boxing, kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Jackson’s MMA also works on conditioning. It’s not good enough to only know how to fight. A skilled MMA combatant needs strength and endurance as well.
A former UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight champion founded Team Quest in 1999. The gym has locations in Oregon and California as well as a camp in Thailand. Fighters including Yushin Okami, Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson have come out of Team Quest, which attests to the quality of its program.
Award winning coach Rafael Cordeiro runs Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, California. Many top MMA fighters train at Kings like Kevin Gastelum, Marvin Vettori, Wanderlai Silva and Fabrico Werdum. Kings MMA focuses on Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu and is considered one of the best MMA gyms in the world due to the skill and commitment of the pro fighters who work and train there.
Professional fighter Brandon Vera started Alliance MMA in San Diego, California in 2007. Top names that have come out of Alliance are Jeremy Stevens, Cruz Dominik, Angela Hill and Alexander Gustafsson. Alliance MMA is so highly regarded that UFC organizations Bellator and Invicta FC send fighters there for training. They offer Muay Thai, boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a separate mixed-martial arts program. Like other tops gyms, they include conditioning in their training regimen.
With locations in Las Vegas, Florida and Ontario, Xtreme Couture has been hailed the “best gym on the planet” due to some of the big named fighters that have come up there. Such stars include Vinny Magalhaes, Randy Couture, Victor Belfort and Forest Griffin. Xtreme Couture trains fighters in a mix of martial arts and also wrestling, which sometimes gets overlooked but is essential for ground fighting.
American Top Team
ATT is based in Coconut Creek, Florida and has been around since 2001. Their adult program has classes in Muay Thai, Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing. ATT’s gym is 40,000 square feet of air-conditioned training space. They take fitness so seriously they have special equipment like the Versa Climber and the Reel Runner!
Longo and Weidman MMA
Last but not least, Long Island based Longo and Weidman gets credit for the success of Gian Villante and Aljamain Sterling. They are definitely the best gym in the Northeast!
So, no excuses. Get out there and train!
Mikkie is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is also a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on interior design, budgeting hacks, and DIY. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing the little ones or rock climbing at the local climbing gym.
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