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Five questions with UFC Gym Commack marketing director Kristine Haugsjaa

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According to a Dec. 30 tweet from the UFC Gym, the all-time industry leader in the sport of mixed martial arts wants to know what fight fans have in mind for their 2014 new year's resolutions.

"@ufcgym wants to know what your 2014 new year resolutions are? ready...GO!" the gym tweeted from its official Twitter handle.

For many fight fans, losing weight and getting fit are part of their resolutions for the new year.

And in an exclusive interview on Dec. 30 with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden, UFC Gym Franchise Director of Marketing Kristine Haugsjaa explained why locals should get fit at her gym.

Here's what she had to say:

Q. So UFC Gym just opened on Long Island a couple months ago. How has the reception been so far?

Haugsjaa: We started off as LA Boxing in our Commack location, so the change over to UFC Gym was very exciting for our members. A lot of fun events for the members to get involved in and has definitely expanded the knowledge of UFC.

Q. Has it hurt UFC Gym Long Island at all that UFC events aren't legal yet in New York?

Haugsjaa: I wouldn't say it has hurt us, but it would definitely help expand the UFC brand in New York. Now that amatuer MMA is growing on LI it has helped our fight team expand and our fighters get more involved in competitions.

Q. The UFC Gym slogan is 'Train Different.' What does that mean?

Haugsjaa: 'Train Different' really sums up how training at our facility is different than your average gym with cardio, weights, etc. In our classes, you're doing high intensity interval training on 150 pound heavy bags.

The classes include kickboxing, boxing, muay thai and MMA with conditioning drills. Aside from the martial arts aspect, we also have boot camp classes with weight training plus a full gym. Something for everyone, no matter what your goals are.

Q. I think the average person might be skeptical of joining an MMA gym because they are afraid of getting beaten up. Can you join UFC Gym and do MMA training without getting punched in the face?

Haugsjaa: That is a misconception about UFC Gym. We are not a fighter's gym.

We do have a small group of advanced members who do compete but majority of our members are those looking to get in great shape and learn the skill of MMA. Our group training is technique based, it's only if you choose to spar will you then get in the MMA cage/boxing ring. Nothing to be afraid of!

Q. Does UFC Gym help more with weight loss or with muscle gain?

Haugsjaa: Our classes are fitness oriented. While you are burning 1,000 calories per class, you are also building healthy, lean muscle. Look at the fighters in UFC, Ronda Rousey and Chris Weidman for example, their workouts are through the same training we do and those are the results we train you to get.

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