David Di Paolo
I have several goals for training at Stay Fly Muay Thai. One, I'd like to stay in top physical shape. The older I get the more that hurts and the harder it is to stay in shape even though I am super active and although I eat a lot, eat pretty healthy. I've always been a bit of a "Gym Rat" mainly lifting heavy and doing zero cardio, but I have changed that significantly over the last 5 years or so. I have not found any better workout than training Muay Thai regularly and mixing that with a good balance of weights and cardio. Two, the competitive side of things. I've always played sports my whole life and this is a great outlet to fill the void. I'd like to compete as much as possible in the ring over the next few years before this old man needs a walker or cane, so I am looking forward to that. Three, being a positive influence around the gym whether that be helping out with a newer member, helping anyone on the fight team getting ready for a fight, or just having a good time with other people in the camp.
I started training Muay Thai many years ago and trained Off & On through the years in between injuries and hectic work schedules. I fell in love with Muay Thai because of the striking aspect. Who doesn't like to hit shit??? but seriously it is more than that. I tried boxing, I tried BJJ, but Muay Thai really connected for me. There is a great spiritual and respect aspect of the sport that is much more universal in my opinion between fighters and people that train, and that is how it should be. Muay Thai is also a great stress reliever. I'm a business owner, so I'm constantly under stress and pressure coming from all angles. When I get to train that all goes away, and I feel much better afterwards.
Stay Fly Muay Thai is the best gym that I have trained at to date for a number of reasons: One, is our fearless Leader Justin Greskiewicz. You will not find a more genuine and helpful person in the sport, add that to his knowledge and perfection of his craft and you have everything you can ask for in a trainer that leads by example. Owe and he is a pretty cool dude too lol. Two, is the environment at the gym. No matter what your skill level or intentions for training are, you are treating with respect by everyone. It is a pretty laid back and chill place, but we put some serous work in there. Three, The people! Seriously, everyone that comes and trains there no matter what level or reasons for training is super cool, and if they are not and do not fit the culture usually leave pretty quickly. Everyone is very helpful and thankfully we do not have any assholes with a chip on their shoulder trying to take your head off at training. I'm happy to be part of the Stay Fly Family and have formed a lot of good relationships there with people I consider friends!