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Knockout Boxing and Fitness opens in Nottingham

04/18/2016 06:19PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Brandon Sheffield, Jonathan Gainey, and Ted Mercer, the partners in Knockout Boxing and Fitness, have been developing a successful program for their fitness organization since 2010. That program includes everything from MMA training, boxing, and grappling to cardio-kickboxing, sports conditioning, and personal training.

Earlier this month, Knockout Boxing and Fitness opened its second location in Nottingham, and Gainey was enthusiastic about the opportunity to provide Pennsylvania and Maryland residents with the same fitness experience—including top-notch striking instruction, cardio classes, and personal training—that has been the hallmark of the Newark facility.

“We want to bring some of what we offer in Newark to this facility,” said Gainey, adding that the programs offered at the Nottingham facility will designed specifically for the area. Getting healthy and staying in shape can certainly be a challenge, so there are programs and classes to fit every personality—and every schedule.

Gainey, an experienced mixed martial artist, specializes in providing weight loss programs and personal training classes designed to improve sports performance. He can also provide training for mixed martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing.

Sheffield, a retired professional boxer who holds a black belt in kickboxing and Tang Soo Do, has been training people in the Oxford area at the Team Defiant gym for the last seven years, and many of those people have moved to the new facility.

“We already have a wide variety of people who come here to train,” Gainey said.

Women's cardio-kickboxing classes are already enormously popular. Sheffield also trains youth, high school, and adult wrestlers. Wrestling is a very popular sport in Pennsylvania, and grapplers from about ten different high schools in the area train with Team Defiant. The Nottingham facility is also home to Revolution Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Gainey, who trained as a mixed martial arts fighter under Sheffield, said that his colleague is a very good trainer who can develop a program specifically to a person's physical needs.

“He's definitely one of the best coaches I know,” Gainey explained. “He's really qualified to do this.”

Mixed martial arts is extremely popular right now, and while the trainers at Knockout Boxing have the experience necessary to train people for amateur or even professional mixed martial arts or boxing contests, they can also train those people who just want to incorporate boxing or mixed martial arts conditioning into their routine. There are people at all fitness levels at Knockout Boxing and Fitness.

“We can train those people who work 9 to 5 and then come here in to work out in a friendly environment,” Gainey explained.

Having experienced and highly knowledgeable trainers to oversee workouts is a major advantage for fitness enthusiasts because it ensures that they are working out safely, and they are also maximizing the benefits from their workouts.

As Gainey explained, “When the technique gets better, you see better conditioning and you get better results.”

Gainey said that they expect to draw people from Chester County and neighboring Cecil County to the new 2,800-square-foot facility in Nottingham. They will add or modify classes to ensure that they are meeting the needs of everyone who is using the facility.

Gainey said that they are looking for ways to become a part of the community. They have started making preliminary plans for a 5K run, likely at the Nottingham Park, that will benefit a non-profit organization—perhaps one that supports military veterans.

Knockout Boxing and Fitness is located at 476 West Christine Road in Nottingham. More information about the facility and the classes that are available can be found at

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