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Keep Your 'Get Fit' Resolution With Martial Arts

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The New Year is right around the corner, meaning many will be making their yearly resolutions. Each year, many resolve to get in shape.

Some anguish at the idea of hitting the gym, but the good news is there are other options. Martial arts can be a fun and exciting way for people of all ages to work on their physical fitness.

It builds muscle strength and stamina. While your ultimate goals may be to lose weight and gain muscle mass, once you go inside the ring, the only thing you worry about is the skill you've learned.

"It's not about how much you lift," said Josh Fowler, a trainer at Ground Zero Fighting Systems. "It's almost like they sneak up on you. One day, you look in the mirror and say, 'Man, I have lost a lot of weight doing this,' or you pick up a heavy box at work and go, 'Man that was easy.'"

About eight years ago, Fowler decided it was time to get active again. He found martial arts was his calling.

"Once I started doing martial arts again, I kind of picked back up on it and realized how much better I felt doing some physical activity," he said.

Now Fowler works with and trains a professional Mixed Martial Arts competitor.

Karate, kick boxing, and jiu-jitsu are just a few types of martial arts. The physically and mentally demanding workouts have almost nothing to do with your typical gym workout.

"You're not hopping on a bike and riding around, you're not hopping on what I call the gerbil machines and where you stand stationary and run in place," said Fowler. "You learn something as you do it, and that's what kind of makes it more fun or challenging."

West Virginia University student Ben Virgin said his workouts are also stress-relievers.

"Definitely tires you out," said Virgin. "I like it a little better than going to gym because I get bored at the gym a lot easier than here. It's more fun to me."

There are many different forms of martial arts, but all will get you into shape. All month long, WBOY will continue showcasing fun ways to stay fit this winter season.