In what was once an old clothing factory, fighters train using the requisite equipment found in even the most barebones establishment: an assortment of exercise machines, a half a dozen punching bags, an octagonal fighting cage, and a lone ring. The gym is the innovation of Greg Ardon, a former champion Thai and amateur boxer, a coach at establishments as reputable as Gleason’s Gym, and one-time trainer of actress Hillary Swank for her role in Million Dollar Baby.
Mr. Ardon, possesses a patient, quiet training style that makes imparting his deep knowledge of the sport a pleasant and enriching experience, for amateurs and professionals alike. He charges $150 a month, but waives the fee on a case-by-case basis. This modest payment guarantees students of the sport a one-hour window everyday in order to train with either Mr. Ardon himself or one of the gym’s other three trainers. After receiving one-on-one mentoring, fighters are welcome to stay in the gym as long as they wish, and most do.