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Review: UFC Gym BJ Penn

The review I’ve been waiting to write, The UFC Gym BJ Penn!

Located at the old Pipeline Cafe, this gym is 37,000 sq. ft, which is the entire block!  I remember going to their show room back in January and I could not wait to see the final building and layout.

I love working out.  Throughout the years I’ve shifted my focus from working out because of sports to just working out for my own general fitness and well being.  This shift in fitness “style” has taken me from traditional (heavy) weight lifting to multi-movement full body circuit training.

I’m not sure about you, but I get bored fast doing the same routine over and over again.  What I love about the UFC Gym are the variety of classes.  It’s pretty much all the classes offered at a 24 Hour Fitness plus a dedicated MMA gym (boxing, BJJ, MMA training, and muay thai just to name a few).  There is something for everyone, check the list out here.

I didn’t bring any of my gloves or wraps back, so I’ve been doing the Daily Ultimate Training, or D.U.T.  D.U.T.’s are a 40-50 minute straight cardio/strength attack.  Because it’s taught by different instructors, the exercises can greatly range (which I love).  Here are two examples of D.U.T.’s I did:

Are these difficult?  Yes.  You know theses are tough when fellow coaches are struggling with them.  The coaches will encourage to push yourself but will recognize when you’re struggling knowing that everyone’s fitness level is different.

My last point, and one my friends always ask about is what’s the attitude like?  You would assume that being a UFC gym, everyone in there are fighters, “wannabe” fighters, or got a chip on their shoulder cause they “train”.  NOPE, not the case here, or at leas from my observation and interactions.  Everyone is very nice, especially the staff, and humble.  There’s also a comradery within the gym.  You see people cheering others on, helping push others through exercises, there really is a sense of community and family here.

Here are a few pictures of the facility:


Koko Head Railway Trail & Adidas

Yeah, my post titles are all random, but I’m just blogging about what I’ve done THAT day while on my vacation.

Oh Koko Head.  This is easily one of those love-hate relationships I have in my life.  I love working out just as much as the next guy, but this “hike” always kills my legs.  It’s more of a 1,000+ step stairmaster than a hike!  It has also received a lot of attention in the last years from a number of good and bad reasons:


1.  Awesome workout

2.  Lots of parking

3.  Free

4.  Amazing views


1.  people getting STABBED!

Prior to my ankle fracture I actually came here around noon so I can really get a full workout with the sun beating down on me.  One time I even wore one of those sweat/trash bag jackets…yeah, idk what I was thinking.

I got a bunch of friends who try to PR this thing on a weekly basis, something like 15 minutes and under.  My goal:  just finish the damn thing!  After “X” time, I finally made it to the top.

You’ll work for it, but the top of the hike will offer great views, and it’s very breezy to help cool you off.

Ok, now for a total change on topic.  As you know, I love working out and that requires work out clothes.  I’m not very particular with the brand of gear I wear, just as long as they do for what I need them to do.  I got Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, and Lulu Lemon…and yes, I mix and match them ALL the time.

Fortunately, my uncle is an Adidas rep and let me borrow his employee discount card to use at the Waikele Outlets.  The damage?

I try to only wear Dry Fit/Climacool type gear when I workout.  On top of that, I ALWAYS wear compression shorts when I workout or play any type of sports.

My Drug: Fitness

Its been a little over a year since my ankle fracture.  As many of you know, it was nearly 6 months after the surgery until I could place my full weight on it.  By this time, and to no surprise, I gained a lot of weight and lost a lot of muscle, especially  in my right leg.

Although the timing was coincidental, by late December I felt that I was ready to start working out and eating healthier to get my weight back down.  I wanted to get back to 180 lbs., a weight I haven’t seen since pre-2008.

When I returned back to Seattle, I wanted to track my progress through pictures.


To make a long story short, over the next 6 months this was my plan:

This was my second time implementing the slow carb diet, and here it is:

  1. Avoid “white” carbs
  2. Eat the same few meals over and over again
  3. Don’t drink calories
  4. Take one day off per week

for more details, go here.

I wasn’t 100% true to the diet, but for the most part I did follow the rules.  However, I did work out constantly, almost 4-5 days a week for months!  Looking at weight is a bad metric to measure success, but since I can’t calculate % body fat it’s the only metric I can use aside from how I look and feel.  Today, I now weigh 184 lbs.

Although I lost a good amount of weight, I still feel limited because of my ankle.    Traditionally, my legs are the strongest part of my body.  However, I have a difficult time doing “explosive” workouts such as sprints, box jumps, etc.  Due to this, my cardio and leg strength/endurance isn’t where I’d like.