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Greetings! I am Rory Singer, one of the co-owners here at Athens Fitness and Mixed Martial Arts. We appreciate the time you've invested in viewing our site. Please take a little more time to read our testimonials and see how we have changed thousands of people's lives and allow us to begin to change yours.
"Beginners Always Welcome!" - these are the three words we live by at Athens Fitness and MMA. Nobody is born a champion. Hard work, repetitions, and a positive learning environment are the key ingredients for crafting novices into future champions. Whether you are looking to compete or simply regain a new physique, we can help you reach your goals.
Since 2001, I have personally fought on four different continents for various MMA organizations including MFC, Pride, and UFC (TUF 3 Finale, 66, 72, and Ortiz v. Shamrock III). Before participating in UFC bouts, I appeared on the Spike TV reality show The Ultimate Fighter Recently, in April 2009, I gained a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under the tutelage of Master Roberto Traven, a Sixth Degree Black Belt BJJ World Champion.
Not only will YOU benefit from my experience and teaching, but the head coach at Athens Fitness and MMA is my older brother Adam Singer. Master Coach Adam also earned a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Master Roberto Traven. Besides being my personal coach, Adam has trained two world champions (Forrest Griffin and Brian Bowles) and is a featured writer for Fight! Magazine.
"The HCG showed me what MMA is as well as how to train for it and how to learn it. The HCG covers the fundamentals of training in every aspect of MMA from the most basic to the expert. They can teach anyone from the newbie to the expert they can teach you well. Adam and Rory Singer have the ability to breakdown MMA and explain and teach it to anyone."
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
Brian Bowles shocks the MMA world with his brutal knockout of Miguel Torres in Round 1 at WEC 42. Brian Bowles began training with Adam and Rory in 2005. By 2009, Bowles achieved ultimate MMA success following the Mixed Martial Arts blueprint laid out by the Singer brothers.
Have you ever been in a martial arts class and wondered why you didn't get as much attention as some of the other students? More often then not, the most talented students and those students needing the most help are the ones who are given the most attention. Our experienced instructors are trained to make sure that everyone else in class doesn't get lost in the shuffle. As with any physically demanding activity, each student develops at ones own on pace. It is our belief that EVERYONE can become a BJJ Black Belt and MMA Champion. No student is left behind at Athens Fitness and Mixed Martial Arts and this philosophy has helped to create multiple Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts and World Champions.
"I started at The HardCore Gym weighing 258 pounds and over a course of twelve months I am holding around 210 pounds. Just to make the math easy that is 48 pounds lost. Let's just say I also have a new wardrobe now and feel better than I have in years. To be forty seven years old let's just say it has been a long time since I have felt this good. Thanks to The HardCore Gym for being there and to all the coaches that made me feel so comfortable."
"My name is Tim and with the help of the friendly staff at The HardCore Gym in Athens I have lost 100 pounds (310 lbs. to 210 lbs.) in only 10 months of time.
I initially joined here because I was tired of "going through the motions" on boring stationary exercise equipment at another local gym. I was a fan of MMA
before and after hearing numerous stories of people losing massive amounts of weight through MMA training I decided to take a new approach to fitness. By
simply attending the beginner-level classes offered to gym members and taking the advice given to me regarding nutrition I have achieved a level of fitness
that I haven't seen myself in for years. I still have some ways to go regarding my fitness goals but I will be sticking with the friendly people at The HardCore
Gym to help me achieve them and sincerely recommend them to anyone else wishing to improve their fitness as well."
"I began training at The HardCore Gym of Athens, GA in October of 2010. At the time, I was playing poker professionally and was just looking for something to get me out of the house. Physical fitness has and will always be very important to me so when my buddy, a fellow poker player, asked if I’d be interested in giving it a shot with him I thought, “Why not?”. Although I grew up playing competitive organized sports, I had never trained for anything in the genre of fighting. My only MMA reference, prior to this point, had been what I had witnessed on television. So, it goes without saying that I was slightly anxious coming into the gym for the first time.
Never would I have imagined that The HardCore Gym of Athens would become my fitness home like it did. From the moment I began training, I knew that there was something unique about this place. All of the coaches and masters were friendly, patient and most importantly, took their craft seriously. The intensity in the gym was contagious. Not only was I able to get in great shape, but I also learned a very useful life skill.
Unfortunately, after roughly a year of training, I had to make a career move to St. Louis and leaving The HardCore Gym was not easy for me, to say the least. The training experience, focus and respect for fellow training members I gained during my time there was unlike anything I ever anticipated going in. Without my experience at The HardCore Gym, I would never be able to say that MMA is and will continue being a part of my life. Let's just say, I'm hooked. I am in better shape, standing taller, and not to mention the fact that I actually enjoy punching people in the face! HA - kidding….but seriously."
Taylor Bell; Former Professional Poker Player
"As a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Capoeria and a MMA fighter, I find The HardCore Gym to be a great training facility. My name is Junior Assuncao. I began training at The HardCore Gym to prepare for my fight in Brazil this past March. Being long time friends with Masters Rory and Adam Singer, I knew they would know exactly what one needs for a training camp.
As a fighter, I have trained at many pronounced gyms around the world. More specifically, when preparing for one of my U.F.C. fights, my camp was at Black House in Brazil. Even though this was a facility with many big stars, it didn't have the well-rounded quality of The HardCore Gym. The coaches have a organized program where there is an unspoken understanding that when you are training for a fight, the guys help you. Then when the guys are training for a fight, you help them. So with that method, every night there are plenty of training partner that one can count on to show up. I'm very happy with the my training progress and with this level of coaching I am ready for another shot in the UFC.
I would like to say thank you to all my coaches at The HardCore Gym and my training partners! I look forward to seeing you guys at practice soon!"
Junior Assuncao (UFC Veteran, BJJ Black Belt)
|We are a locally owned and family run business. We have been a part of the Athens community for over ten years.||They are a faceless corporate chain.|
|We train real MMA champions. Forrest Griffin beat Quinton "Rampage" Jackson to become the light heavy weight UFC world champion and is a HardCore Gym alumnus. Brian Bowles beat Miguel Torres; ending his five year, 15 fight unbeaten streak to become the bantam weight WEC world champion. It took Brian only five years to accomplish this task.||They watch us on T.V.|
|We will teach you how to change your life with personal fitness and nutritional counseling.||They treat you like a number.|
|We are the only school in Athens with three Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Black Belt instructors teaching classes.||They take seminars from BJJ Black Belts.|
|We want you to improve your fitness and grow your knowledge of BJJ, Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Strength and Conditioning. We will spend as much time with you as it takes until you are a Lean, Mean, Fitness and Fighting Machine.||They only want to grow their bank accounts and results are not part of the equation.|
|We are open, inviting and want everyone to feel like they are a part of The HardCore Gym family. We watch fights together, meet up for social functions and make sure everyone knows they are included. People speak of The HardCore Gym as their second home and second family.||They say goodbye and could care less if they ever see you again.|
|We teach children as young as 4 years old in an athletic, fun, safe and competitive atmosphere. Children gain confidence, improve self esteem, learn respect and discipline while learning worth while self defense.||They teach Far East Mysticism, antiquated martial arts and wear funny uniforms.|
|We emphasize ALIVENESS in training and drilling. You actually have to play a sport to learn the sport.||They teach prearranged Katas (dance choreography) and Ippons (prearranged and unrealistic self defense moves). Memorization doesn't keep you safe.|
|We have the only BAG JUNGLE in Athens so that every Fitness Kickboxing member has their own bag to train on.||They punch and kick at the air or ask members to hold hand pads so you miss half your workout.|
|We have the only qualified instructors (fighters) teaching Fitness Kickboxing in Athens. Safety is our number one priority.||They are definitely going to make sure you get hurt. You wouldn't let a clown fix your plumbing; don't let an aerobics instructor teach you how to hit anything.|
"I started coming to The HardCore Gym after a girlfriend insisted the classes were tough, the trainers were encouraging, and the experience and knowledge gained would be different than any other gym I had tried in the past. Over the course of eight months, I have been able to manage my weight by coming to any of the thirteen fitness kickboxing classes they offer throughout the week as well as weight training I can do on my own with their state of the art equipment. I get bored with working out on my own and need the instruction of a professional - and at The HardCore Gym, I get that. Thank you for helping me maintain my weight and even achieve new goals!"
I once stated on camera that I was a neurotic Jew from middle class New Jersey. I played some soccer and football in high school and wrestled four years. I was far from a stellar athlete. I was tall, lanky and as my brother used to say, "skinny-fat". I would never have dreamed that I would one day fight at the highest levels of Mixed Martial Arts, travel the world and achieve my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. I have done all those things because of the TRAINING METHODS and PHILOSOPHIES taught ONLY at Athens Fitness and Mixed Martial Arts. They include the I-METHOD, ALIVENESS and PROGRESSIVE RESISTANCE.
I am proof positive that anyone can accomplish those same things with HARD WORK, DEDICATION and the LEADERSHIP the staff at Athens Fitness and MMA provides daily during classes. It has worked for Forrest Griffin, Brian Bowles, Cale Yarbrough, Stephen Ledbetter, Todd Duffee, Micah Miller, Carmelo Marerro and many more. If I am not PROOF enough that YOU can achieve your Black Belt, fight at the highest levels of MMA and get in the best shape of your life (34 year old Rory makes 18 year old Rory look like a wimp) then you have nothing to lose by proving me wrong with our 30 Day FREE Trial OFFER.