ULTIMATE POWER WORKOUT: Evolution MMA will get you fitter, stronger and healthier

BY GRAEME LUND - JULY 29, 2014

I have always been relatively fit and actively participated in various sporting events and competitions. I’ve trained on my own, as part of a group, with the assistance of a personal trainer and under the supervision of a biokineticist but nobody has ever pushed me harder than Evolution MMA. 

Andrew Garai, the owner of Evolution MMA, is supremely fit himself and has competed worldwide in various martial arts competitions. However, it is his ability to inspire the people in his fitness classes to push themselves to new limits that really makes the difference.

Perhaps the best endorsement that I can give to Evolution MMA is that, thanks to my praises, two people from my office, my wife and two friends have recently joined Evolution. One of the ladies from my office that joined brought along her mother, sister and a friend!

The fitness classes last one hour and you will achieve more in that hour than you ever imagined you were capable of – and it is fun. A biokineticist, who is a regular attendee of the fitness class, says that she has measured that between 800 and 1200 calories are burnt in the hour.

Evolution MMA’s gym, located on the corner of 6th Ave and Heugh Rd, Walmer, has a sponge floor, known as a tatami, plenty of punch bags, speedballs and a couple of large fans. Spinning bikes, weights and other fitness aids are not necessary because, seriously, they slow you down.

No two classes that I have attended so far are the same and new muscles get used with every visit. I have lost a net weight of four kilograms in three weeks but added muscle, definition and tone. My wife, who goes to class three times a week, now has abs not unlike an Olympic swimmer.

Surprisingly, Evolution MMA’s membership is slightly more women than men in all age groups from teens to people in their late sixties. There are also a couple of professional MMA competitors in the fitness classes. I have found them a great benchmark to gauge your personal level of fitness.

Evolution MMA membership costs just R350 a month with a R150 joining fee that includes a free T-Shirt and you can attend every class. There are fitness classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 5.45 to 6.45 and from 8.00 to 9.00 every Tuesday and Thursday.  Evening classes are from 17.15 to 18.30. 

Included in the monthly fee are Jiu Jitsu, MMA and boxing classes for those wanting to toughen-up or become MMA competitors. As I have said, Andrew is an excellent teacher and, thanks to his personal experiences, can teach most martial artists a thing or two.

If you’re looking to get fit fast, lose weight quickly or just toughen up, Evolution MMA is absolutely the place for you. Their slogan, “For a fitter body, healthier mind and stronger spirit” is spot on.

After each class, I always feel my body is in a better shape than before; I have a great sense of achievement and I can feel the endorphins coursing through my bloodstream. I may be tired and sweaty but I always have a smile.

To try out Evolution MMA, contact Andrew Garai on 083 334 3324 today.