Jennifer Lopez is known not only for her acting and singing skills, but also her amazing fitness level. Everything about her seems to belie her actual age, and tons of women are trying to figure out what this star's secrets are. Does she have some kind of magical fountain of youth that keeps her looking like she's in her thirties? Does she have some kind of secret technology known only to celebs? The truth is actually far more simple – she works out, and she works out hard. And she doesn't just visit any old gym when she really wants to break a sweat. Her favorite gym in Miami, and maybe even the entire world, is an amazing establishment called the UFC gym. It wasn't too long ago when this place opened up, and guess who started it? None other than her current boyfriend, ex-baseball pro Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez.
Fans of J-Lo know that the star loves kickboxing and fight training when it comes to staying in shape, and A-Rod's new UFC gym is the perfect place to do just that. Complete with a full-sized Octagon, plenty of machines, and specialized classes catered to every age and gender, this is one gym that tons of people just like you are getting excited about. Why does J-Lo love this gym so much? Read on to find out.
15 It's A UFC Gym
The most important thing you need to know about J-Lo's favorite gym is that it's a UFC gym. This was a big reason why A-Rod invested the big bucks into it, and people are loving it right now. UFC as a brand has come a long way since being an obscure sport that pretty much had no rules or organization, and now it's gone totally mainstream. People like A-Rod are cashing in on the UFC craze, and it's a sound business decision.
The fact that it's a UFC gym means that it's a little different from other gyms. The focus is of course on Mixed Martial Arts training, and fighting in general. Of course, you don't have to be a UFC fighter to get a lot out of this gym. MMA training is probably one of the best ways to get in great shape, and that's what this gym offers.
14 Jennifer Lopez Loves To Show Off Her Boxing Skills While There
One girl who loves kickboxing and fighting training in general is J-Lo. You've probably seen some of her skills in a few of her movies, such as Enough, or her TV series, Shades Of Blue. There's no doubt that J-Lo has a love for kickboxing and fight training, and it's probably a big reason why she's in such amazing shape for her age. There's probably other factors involved, like her genetics, but if you want to look as good as J-Lo into your 50s, kickboxing probably isn't a bad choice.
J-Lo had the opportunity to travel to A-Rod's UFC gym to check it out for herself, and he posted a video of her workout session on Instagram. Speaking of the experience, the actress and musician said, “I always liked it. It’s always been a tough workout.” She wasn't there for the grand opening, but she's probably going to be hitting this gym up quite a bit.
13 A-Rod And J Lo Love To Work Out Together There
And if you pop into this gym, you might just spot A-Rod and J-Lo working out together, something which they've enjoyed doing since the very beginning of their living relationship. They say couples who play together stay together, but the same might just be true for working out. And one thing's definitely true - most guys would do anything for a workout session alongside J-Lo. It seems like this has become a real bonding activity for the couple.
Speaking about their workout sessions together, A-Rod said, “Jennifer and I work out together, and I can’t wait to bring her here to my new gym. She is a great jock, a former track star in school, and I enjoy working out with her. Jennifer and I mix it up. We like to lift, and we enjoy bike riding.”
12 The Gym Offers Huge Variety
One thing that all gym junkies know is that you must always strive to include variety in your workout sessions. There's no point in working out just one or two muscle groups – in fact that can actually be damaging. If you want to look good, everything needs to be in proportion. This means that the top gyms must always offer a variety of different machines, classes, and techniques so you can get a well-rounded figure.
This is something that the UFC gym does really well. You might think that with a name like "UFC Gym," the establishment wouldn't have much in the way of variety, instead focusing heavily on simply boxing and fight training. But the reality is that UFC fighters work out in a variety of different ways, and this is reflected in the gym's many classes, machines, and activities.
11 It's In Miami
Another thing you need to know about J-Lo's new favorite gym is that it's located in Miami. This might make it hard for some of you to work out there regularly. But for Miami natives, it might just be a gym that you could check out sometime in the future. But for those who don't live in Miami, you might still be able to check it out. Seeing as Miami is a popular tourist destination, you could easily add it in to your itinerary the next time you're visiting.
Miami is actually a great place to set up a gym, because the people there are famously obsessed with their appearances. Not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact, it's actually a great thing to be health-conscious. But it definitely makes sense that people in such a hot location are so concerned about their bodies, because it's permanently bikini weather over there!
10 There Might Be More Of These Gyms Opening Up Across America
But if you live miles away from Miami, and have no plans to ever visit, you shouldn't lose hope. A UFC gym might actually be opening in a city near you soon. That's because A-Rod has big plans for the UFC gym franchise, and has essentially bought up the rights to expand the gym chain all over America. It's a savvy business move, and it might just make the ex-baseball pro a very wealthy man indeed.
If you do end up going to a UFC gym in a local city rather than in Miami, you probably won't be able to experience the thrill in working out in the same gym as J-Lo and A-Rod. But if you're getting a great workout, it won't really matter if the machines you're using have beads of sweat that might have been left behind by J-Lo.
9 It's Actually Affordable
Probably the most surprising thing about A-Rod's new UFC gym is that it's pretty affordable. And to be honest, this is also one of the best things about it. You might expect a gym opened by a big name celebrity like A-Rod would be really exclusive and expensive - basically catering only to other celebrities and the one percent. But that just isn't the case.
A quick internet search will tell you that the prices for this gym are actually very reasonable. For an adult basic membership, the monthly price is less that $50. And this basically gets you everything you need for a killer workout. Obviously specialized classes and activities are extra, but that baseline price is still pretty good. It's a sign that A-Rod is appealing to the average person on an average income, which is awesome news.
8 The Gym Has Its Own 24-Foot Octagon
And what UFC gym would be complete without a real octagon? This is definitely one of the highlights of the gym, and definitely a selling point for those fitness freaks who want to know what it feels like to get inside the octagon, just like their favorite fighters. And this stunning feature is not just for show. Sparring, ju-jitsu training, and even practice fights are held in A-Rod's very own octagon.
It's unknown whether or not A-Rod or J-Lo have set foot in the octagon for sparring sessions. Who knows, maybe they even had a husband wife UFC match! That would be one match that a lot of people would probably pay to see. And who knows, maybe the future generation of UFC fighters will learn their craft in octagons like these before making it big in the UFC.
7 The Gym Offers Self-Defence Classes For Women
We previously stated that the gym has tons of variety, but there's really not enough words to describe how many classes this gym actually offers. Even though you might get the impression that this UFC gym caters only to huge, bulking male fighters who want to train themselves in the art of kicking people's heads in, that's just not the case. In fact, A-Rod's UFC gym makes it a point to cater specifically to women in some classes.
A-Rod has revealed that women's self-defence classes are a big part of his plans at his gym, and this is a great move. As we've said, UFC is going completely mainstream, and not just with guys. The success of fighters like Ronda Rousey have ensured that the female side of UFC and MMA fighting is more active than ever, and A-Rod is looking to teach these women some useful self-defence skills – something that J-Lo would no doubt be very supportive of.
6 It's In Kendall, Where J-Rod Grew Up
Perhaps the most heart-warming story about J-Lo's new favorite gym is that it's located in a place very close to A-Rod's past. He's not shy about sharing the fact that he actually grew up in Kendall, the Miami suburb in which this gym is located. It's awesome that A-Rod is choosing to open his first American gym in a place which obviously holds so many childhood memories for him.
It's also probably a really smart business move. A-Rod probably has a lot of friends and contacts in this area, people who would no doubt come out and join his gym. In addition, it's awesome that A-Rod is actually giving back to his community by making this gym accessible to the average person, as it's pretty affordable and in no way catered only to rich celebs in the area.
5 The Gym Comes Equipped With Battle Ropes
One of the most popular training methods these days is the use of something called "battle ropes." For the longest time, this was considered an obscure and secretive method that UFC fighters used to get in seriously amazing shape before fights. But nowadays, it's going more and more mainstream, and J-Lo's new favorite gym in Miami is one of the first gyms that comes readily equipped with this new fitness sensation.
The creator of battle ropes, John Brookfield, explains the benefit of this unique exercise system: "The key to their effectiveness is that they work each arm independently, eliminating strength imbalances as they sculpt your muscle." You're basically moving the ropes in different directions with your arms, which helps to make sure that both arms are equally strong.
4 A-Rod's Daughters Love The Gym
Two people who are excited about J-Rod's new gym are his own daughters, Ella and Natasha. These two adorable little girls were there during A-Rod's grand opening ceremony for his UFC gym, and they posed with their father while wearing boxing gloves. As it turns out, exercise is a key part of their bonding experience with their father, which is pretty much what you would expect from an ex-pro athlete father.
His daughters say they love to exercise with their father, adding, "And when we are home, we play with him on the trampoline or in the pool, and we all like basketball.” But they also shared some tidbits about their father's diet, confessing, “My dad loves Cheetos, any kind of chips and chewing gum. When he has a dessert, it’s some kind of chips."
3 It Comes Equipped With A Dry Sauna
For such an affordable gym, you might expect that A-Rod would cut back a little on the extra luxury features. But that simply isn't the case. One of the big selling points for this gym is the inclusion of a dry sauna, a perfect way to end your workout and relax at the same time. A basic membership gets you access to the sauna, so there's no need to pay extra for this luxury.
True fitness lovers know that there are some serious benefits to stepping into a sauna after a tough workout. The most obvious benefit is that it encourages you to sweat. Sweating removes toxins from your skin and body that might have built up in recent months. There's also compelling evidence that going in a sauna improves your heart health, among other things.
2 They Offer Family Workout Classes
One thing's for sure; A-Rod and J-Lo are starting to look more like one happy family. This is becoming more true every day, and people are wondering if this is one relationship that will last for the foreseeable future. You can never be quite sure what's going to happen, but everything looks pretty rosy from where we're standing, and a big part of that is probably due to the importance both celebs place on family values.
And those family values are reflected in A-Rod's UFC gym. One of the gym's most popular classes is the "Family DUT," or "Daily Ultimate Training." The gym's official website warns families to "Be prepared to sweat as a family through speed, agility, quickness, core strength, body weight, and circuit drills incorporating equipment such as battle ropes, jump ropes, TRX suspension trainer, plyo boxes, kettle bells, medicine balls, and free weights."
1 A-Rod Already Has Experience With Running Gyms
But some of you might be wondering, "What exactly does A-Rod know about running a gym?" Sure, he's an ex pro-athlete, but how exactly does that translate into fitness knowledge, especially an area as specialized as UFC training? And we all know that baseball players are on average definitely not as fit as athletes from other sports, such as the UFC or even soccer and rugby.
But for all you doubters out there, you can rest assured that A-Rod actually has tons of experience when it comes to running gyms. That's because the star baseball player already opened several gyms in Mexico, and these were a pretty big success. But unlike his newest gym, these establishments were catered towards high class celebrities and wealthy individuals. This is a stark contrast to his UFC gym, which is aimed towards the average joe. But still, it's good enough for J-Lo!
Sources: miamiherald.com, people.com