Tag Archives: #GymLife

Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) at the gym.

Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) inside gym

Why waste time? Cassius Clay was just 18 when he traveled by train from Louisville Kentucky to Miami Beach. It was December 19, 1960 and Angelo Dundee (trainer at 5th Street Gym) told him to wait until after Christmas but Cassius insisted on coming down immediately. Hank Kaplan (boxing historian in Miami beach) recalls the […]

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 Cassius Clay dedicated himself to boxing, it was about all […]

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 several years of his training unfolded, Joe Martin took a […]

Cus D’Amato founder of Gramercy Gym®*

Gramercy Gym, New York

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 ready before getting the coach. The coach can’t do everything […]

Times Square Boxing Club®*

Times Square Boxing Club®* Forget about the body bags sagging on old hooks from the ceiling, or the cracks in the shadow boxing mirrors. Never mind the mounds of adhesive tape holding speed bags together, or the rattle and shake that each powerful jab makes. When you wanted to get to the heart of boxing, […]

City Park’s Gym

City Parks Gym In the dimly lit gym, the sunlight cutting through cracked windows and spilling into the room, the sounds of sparring, jump ropes, and men striving for greatness –no matter where they found it, City Parks Gym was a small place in New York City that, in late 1961 and early 1962 it […]

Grupp’s Gym®

Grupp’s Gym®   After World War I, the nation was feeling the effects of a long war and returning soldiers struggled with shell shock and trying to return to some semblance of normalcy in their life. For the rest of the country, the Great Depression and World War II were merely a short time into […]

Salem Crescent Athletic Club®

Salem Crescent Athletic Club® From the outside, along 129th Street and 7th Avenue in New York City, gazing up at Salem Methodist Church, one might never know that a den of warriors existed within its basement. The church leaders believed that energy was necessary to fight sin. As a result, the built a gym in […]

Stillman’s Gym®*

Stillman’s Gym®* You don’t become a legendary athlete when you spend all your time attending press conferences and interviews. It takes years of hard work, constant training, and exhausting workouts at no-nonsense gyms like Stillman’s Gym. Stillman’s was the place to get down to business without any distractions. Founded in 1919 to keep New York […]

Stillman’s Gym®*

This is the photo that started the entire collection. Grateful for Stillman’s Gym, New York. Stillman’s Gym®* You don’t become a legendary athlete when you spend all your time attending press conferences and interviews. It takes years of hard work, constant training, and exhausting workouts at no-nonsense gyms like Stillman’s Gym. Stillman’s was the place […]