Go big or go home: Evolution MMA is one of the best gyms of its kind in South Africa

BY GRAEME LUND - SEPTEMBER 12, 2015

Andrew Garai, the owner of Evolution MMA, is a man of vision and he has fulfilled his dream in establishing the Evolution MMA gym. Andrew does nothing in half measures and the Evo gym is testament to his philosophy of ‘go big or go home’.

Having started teaching Jui Jitsu and running fitness classes from rented mat space some years ago, he progressed to a small gym of his own in Heugh Road, Walmer. His training methods and fitness classes were so successful that, in a few short years, the Walmer gym was bursting at the seams with members and Andrew decided to go big.

And BIG he certainly went with the new premises at 1 Lower Valley Road, Baakens Valley. With 250 square metres of mat space for the fitness and martial arts classes, over 30 punch bags, a comprehensive selection of weight machines and free weights, a coffee shop and showers, this gym is arguably the best of its kind in South Africa.

Mat space, for the uninitiated, is a floor area covered in soft mats that reduces injuries when training Judo, Jui Jitsu, Karate, Taekwondo, Boxing and Thai Kickboxing, all of which are taught at Evolution MMA.

The fitness classes remain hugely popular. Andrew says, “I believe in training everybody to a professional athlete level, whether you are a stay at home mom or professional cage fighter, I train you the same. New members work within their ability but I push them just as hard as the pros. In this manner, I can turn a couch potato into an athlete within a few months.”

All the classes, including the weight classes, are taught by people with years of experience, some of them professional, others having achieved provincial or national colours in their chosen sport. The Evo staff also includes a bio-kineticist.

The facilities at Evolution MMA are fantastic. There are plenty of showers for those going to the early morning fitness classes and wanting to head straight to work from the gym.

Urban Athlete is the name of the coffee shop at Evolution MMA and it serves breakfast, lunch and some of the best coffee in town.

As if all this is not enough, there are also regular trail runs, self-defence classes and fitness and martial arts seminars and once a month a top international athlete visits Evolution MMA to impart their wisdom and experience.

Evolution MMA is just a fun place to be. The staff and members love what they do and this imparts a great atmosphere. Membership varies between R375 and R450 a month and this gives you access to every class. Private training can also be arranged at an hourly rate.

If you are wanting to get in shape, get fit, learn to fight, lose weight, gain muscle or just burn off a few calories, Evolution MMA is, without a doubt, the place to be. For more information, visit www.evolutionmma.co.za or call Andrew on 083 334 3324.