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Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Where it all began.

Where it all began. Cassius Clay was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. One day, he would become more commonly known as Muhammed Ali, and during his childhood, while out riding his bike, events unfolded that changed the true course of it. His…

Joe Elsby Martin was Muhammad Ali’s First Boxing Teacher.

Joe Elsby Martin was Muhammad Ali’s First Boxing Teacher. Joe Elsby Martin came to Louisville Kentucky in 1937 and joined the Louisville Police Department, serving until his retirement in 1974. In 1938, he became a boxing coach at the local recreation center called Columbia Gym…

Grace Community Center Gym, Louisville Kentucky

Grace Community Center Gym Some gyms inspire from a distance. Some transcend the tides of time. Grace Community Center Gym holds on through history, though its doors have long since closed, because of one of the Greatest boxers of all time. Ali. Once a young…

Columbia Gym, Louisville Kentucky

Muhammad Ali: The Columbia Gym Today Today, Spalding University’s athletic departments stands where Columbia Gym once reigned. In honor of Muhammad Ali and his illustrious career, the University recently renamed the location back to its original: Columbia Gym. Shortly after Muhammad Ali’s death in 2016,…

Muhammad Ali with Joe Martin (his first boxing coach)

Muhammad Ali listening attentively to Joe Martin. Six weeks after that fateful day, having lost his precious, beloved bicycle, 12-year-old Clay got into the ring with another boy his age. He was a white boy and Cassius Clay enjoyed his first victory. As the next…

Muhammad Ali: Where it all began.

Cassius Clay was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. One day, he would become more commonly known as Mohammed Ali, and during his childhood, while out riding his bike, events unfolded that changed the true course of it. His brand-new $60 red and…

Grossinger’s Training Camp®*

Nestled within the Catskill Mountains in New York was Grossinger’s Training Camp. It was an incredible location located next door to Grossinger’s resort camp and the Grossinger Hotel. The resort enjoyed its heyday in the 1950s. It offered a quiet retreat ideal for fighters seeking…

Gramercy Gym®*

Gramercy Gym®* Turning off 14th Street off Irving Place in the heart of New York City, slipping past a collection of garbage cans standing guard by the curb, and then climbing two creaking flights of stairs, an ambitious young boxer would hear the snarl of…

Your calendar doesn’t lie 🤔

xxiv_vii Your schedule doesn’t lie. Going to the gym?? This is a great tool to help you go to the gym. I hope this helps. 😀 Jerry Seinfeld used this technique to make himself write jokes even when he didn’t want to. Get a big…

Gramercy Gym, New York

Cus D’Amato founder of Gramercy Gym®*

I’m a big fan of hiring the right coach. You look at anyone successful today and they have a coach or a mentor assisting them. No one goes alone. Always good to have someone in the corner. But always remember that you have to be…