Changing your workout routine to Impact MMA may be scary, but very beneficial (BLOG)

If you're like me, you have a typical gym membership and the thought of signing up for an MMA gym isn't at the top of your list. 

The idea of cage fighting just seemed a little primitive, so Valley native and current UFC fighter Jamie Varner put a spin on his gym, Impact MMA. 

"Our youngest student here is 3 years old and our oldest is 67 and 9 months," Varner said.

In fact, nine-year-old Bella showed up to train while we were there. "Today I'm here to train Muay Thai where we usually just kick and practice our jabs and our roundhouses."

"It's so much fun I probably won't stop anytime soon. It's so much fun when you really get into it and you know you're things and how to do stuff. It's really amazing when you're kind of sit there and you're watching yourself through camera's people have and you're sitting there like wow, I'm doing all that and a long time ago I never thought I'd be able to do that," added 13-year-old Jamie. "It kinda gives me a nice sense that girls can do anything the boys can do and maybe even better."

The exercise programs aren't just about fighting – there are options for your entire family. For 8-year-old Michael, it's a chance to blow off a little steam after school.

"We ask what we did in school the first time we get there and then do some jumping jacks, push-ups, sit ups, and stuff like that."

These students, both young and old, are learning some valuable life lessons.

"Learning self-defense, picking up a martial art which promotes confidence and discipline and also leading a more structured lifestyle," said Varner.

And if you're like me, it's about burning some calories and maybe losing a few pounds.

Varner's classes are only "…35 minutes long and you can burn up, anywhere from 600 to a thousand calories in 35 minutes."

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