Which gym would you say is San Diego’s best?

January 21, 2018 No Comments


There’s nothing finer than the feeling you get when you suddenly realize you now understand something that had been puzzling you and it is the teacher, coach, instructor who opened your eyes to it and made that glorious experience happen.

Playing around with Photoshop, yours truly created a puzzle with 12 pieces to show the attributes of the ideal gym for those involved in the fighting sports. Why have 12 pieces in our puzzle? That number kept re-surfacing every time we broke something down as far as students per class, number of coaches, experience level, number of most everything from bathrooms to showers, from minimum parking to maximum mileage from a member’s residence. The gym that ended up with the highest ranking turned out to be The Arena in Point Loma with its 26,000 sq. ft. athletic training complex designed specifically for functional training. At this facility, they have four dedicated Grappling, Striking, and Strength and Conditioning locations so multiple classes can be conducted at the same time. This is a gym that is constantly upgrading and improving their facility to make certain their members have the best training environment possible. They have over 7,000 square feet of matted area (largest in San Diego County) with 2-inch Zebra Pro Mats, the best in the business. They also have two elevated Competition Boxing rings where they’ve hosted USA Amateur Boxing shows (only facility in Southern California to have this).

Additionally, they have 35+ Heavy and Specialty Bags with a huge, custom bag rack system, an MMA Cage, a separate Strength & Conditioning facility, plus five new bathrooms with showers. Most important, they emphasize hygiene, completely cleaning their training areas twice a day using these medical-grade air treatment units to kill any viruses or bacteria.

It is conveniently located on Sports Arena Blvd., adjacent to the Valley View Casino Center, directly across the street from the Target in Point Loma and less than a mile from the I-5 & I-8 freeways and the Old Town trolley. If you were to ask a gym member the reason why they are a member of this gym; they would likely tell you the difference maker is their 12 dedicated, accomplished coaches.

The 12 reasons for selecting The Arena as our preferred gym: 1) unlimited access to the 170 classes per week, 2) convenient location 3) cleanliness of the gym 4) the updated, high-quality fitness equipment, 5) members have the very same goals, 6) affordable cost, 7) welcoming, friendly atmosphere, 8) the guidance and inspiration, 9) the quality of your training partners, 10) more than adequate training space, 11) knowledgeable coaches who explain and discuss everything from anatomy to diet, proper form and even your exercise selection and not to belabor the point, 12) The Arena has 12 outstanding coaches.


Their Muaythai instructor is the legendary Kru Mark (r).

No gym has as many members or as many professional athletes training at their facility. Here we see Ulises Sierra (12-0-2, 7 KOs) training with The Arena’s Head Boxing Coach Joe Vargas.

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