At Contenders Gym, we focus on the FIGHT. For some this may be inside the cage, in the ring, or on the mat. For others, this means fighting to live a healthy and goal oriented lifestyle. Contenders welcomes a versatile group of people ranging from those looking to get in shape to professional athletes -- in our gym we all train together. Whatever your goal may be we want you to fight for it.
Contenders Gym has been Keene's #1 MMA facility for over 4 years. We have evolved from a small, garage type training area to a 3,000 square foot MMA powerhouse located right in the heart of Keene. Our gym is home to many fighters and Golden Gloves champions.
At Contenders gym the fundamental aspects of boxing are emphasized, from this foundation more advanced techniques are trained. While boxing is considered an individual sport, at our gym we thrive off of each otherÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s energy and often train as a team.
Jump rope is an important part of boxing, simultaneously working conditioning, footwork, speed, agility, balance, timing and rhythm. However, this exercise is not just useful for boxers, this is a great aerobic workout, burning calories and keeping your heart rate elevated for an extended period of time.
Kickboxing is one pillar of our Mixed Martial Arts training. In our kickboxing class, we pull from classic kickboxing as well as Muay Thai. Kickboxing is not only a great workout but is a skill set you can use in the cage, the ring, or in a self-defense scenario.
Cardio boxing is the most popular class at Contenders. The attendance is always high, and you can count on a grueling workout that teaches you fundamental movements of boxing. Cardio Kickboxing demands ability to throw power and speed while mixing up different combinations.
Open Gym is an excellent opportunity for practitioners to get some real time experience to go head to head against other teammates. Sparring is very controlled and usually paced between 40-70% power. We encourage all teammates to get outside their comfort zone and pit their skills against others.
Conditioning is a great way to start your day off. Come in on a Saturday and get moving in our conditioning class with Mark.
Mark is the co-owner and strength and conditioning coach at Contenders. Mark is knowledgable of the gym operations and all the disciplines it offers. When Mark is not running the show, he is a BJJ practitioner, training for competition and helping others learn the wonders of BJJ.
Ari has been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Sambo for ten years with a submission fighting record of 42 wins and 10 losses. He has been teaching Jiu-Jitsu for six years producing many gold medalist fighters. He also dabbles in boxing and kickboxing, and is a personal trainer and yoga instructor.
Alli began studying martial arts at 5 with karate lessons. This lead to a lifelong love of combat sports and a cumulative 10+ years of experience primarily in Kempo Karate, MMA, and boxing. At 15 she earned her black belt and recently won her first amateur boxing fight. She is passionate about self-defense and loves teaching people how to protect themselves.
Rob has been a part of the Contenders team since the beginning. He has been practicing boxing for the better part of a decade with a primary focus on fundamentals, conditioning, and technique.
Jen is a two-time New England champion, a national runner-up, and Ringside world finalist. She competes at the highest level of female amateur boxing and often trains with other elite female fighters. Throughout Jen's training, she has put an emphasis on conditioning and solid fundamentals.
A long time boxer, Ricky has been competing since the age of 12. As a New England Golden Gloves champion, Junior Olympic champion, and Ringside finalist, Ricky knows the ins and outs of being in the ring. With over 80 amateur boxing fights he has acquired an immense amount of shareable knowledge.
3000 square foot facility equipped with heavy bags, double end bags, and a caged in grappling/sparring area. The gym is well padded making stretching and exercise convenient, with full size mirrors for boxing drills. Male and female restrooms make dressing comfortable. Friends and family are welcome to observe from seating area.