South Shore fitness center proprietor retains it ‘actual’ by including new state-of-the-art boxing facility

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Chris Bello, 54, likes to carry it genuine — Workforce Severe,…

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Chris Bello, 54, likes to carry it genuine — Workforce Severe, that’s.

Essentially the most present addition to his full-provider Huguenot-based well being membership — 1st opened in 2015 as a mixed martial arts (MMA) studio — is a brand new level out-of-the-artwork boxing facility.

The previous Navy Seabee, who greater than the yrs has been related in a broad number of athletics — from hockey on condition that the age of 5, to teaching in Muay Thai, and boxing — has branded his whole-service gymnasium as Group Severe, or simply Severe for fast.

“I’ve been in bodily health my whole life-style with distinctive sports activities. I carried out hockey my whole lifetime. … After I was within the navy, I began working some plans. Which is once I commenced pushing myself into the coaching ingredient in its place of me simply coaching myself,” talked about Bello, who talked about that throughout this time he additionally grew to grow to be fascinated in schooling within the martial arts.

Above the numerous years, Bello, an Annadale resident, has expanded his model and house, along with in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, when he transformed his MMA facility right into a total-provider well being and health middle that incorporates skilled bodybuilding and powerlifting teams, and famend MMA and boxing coaches. Because of the demand from clients from each individual, from amateurs to champions, he not way back opened the brand new boxing facility addition to Workers Actual.

A glance within Workers Actual’s new boxing well being membership. (Courtesy of Giana Bello)

“It felt important to provide our clients further place to organize, spar, be taught from one yet one more, and most significantly, make it attainable for our open health middle members to enhance [without classes] in the event that they need to dabble in a boxing, combined martial arts, toughness and conditioning location,” talked about Bello of the enlargement.

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“There are different boxing health facilities on the Island, however none that provide entry to a complete well being facility, like Severe does. It’s about including the ultimate puzzle piece of ‘battle sports activities’ that customers have been craving,” he added.


Bello acknowledged he has discovered an uptick in folks’s curiosity in boxing, MMA and acquiring in fine condition with a few of his common gyms lessons, like Boot Camp, contemplating that gyms opened again up amid the pandemic.

“I further the boxing spot, as a result of I needed way more place to family equally fighters and health center-goers alike. In the midst of our peak time, from 4 to 9 p.m., I seen how briskly paced the mat and turf spots had grow to be — so it was sophisticated to get private education in,” he defined.

“Actual is thrilled to provide the selection for our customers to educate in a model identify new, conventional boxing house on high rated of our total-fledged facility,” Bello added.

The brand new boxing health middle supplies Workers Precise clients way more house to coach, spar and “be taught from each other,” he talked about.

“Actual is thrilled to supply the likelihood for our associates to educate in a producer new, widespread boxing place on prime of our full-fledged facility,” Bello reported. (Courtesy of Bianca Bello)


He mentioned Crew Actual has been affiliated with Battle Membership Jiu-Jitsu and its creator, MMA fighter Marcio Bittencourt, on condition that Bello very first opened the MMA ingredient of the gymnasium in 2015.

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“Marcio Bittencourt is our head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teacher. He arrived to america with earlier UFC champion Amanda Nunez and expert her in her early a number of years,” recalled Bello.

He reported there are 10 Jiu Jitsu-affiliated universities within the Tristate space, which incorporates two others within the borough — Staten Island Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Island Martial Arts.

“All just a few Staten Island [MMA facilities], alongside with Professor Marcio Bittencourt, are doing the job with one another to provide all who educate with us a constructive sensible expertise with Jiu Jitsu. We’re particular person instructional amenities, however an individual workers — which tends to make for a helpful and uplifting neighborhood laborious work,” mentioned Bello.

Team Real

Along with boxing, Workers Severe presents a comprehensive-assistance health middle, conditioning classes, combined martial arts and extra. (Courtesy of Giana Bello)

And Actual’s rising well being and health middle membership ranges from avid bodily train followers to certified boxers.

“Underneath our roof we now have households who work out collectively, mates who educate collectively, athletics teams searching to extend their stamina, retired individuals who need to proceed to be lively, and kids keen to review a brand new motion,” talked about Bello.


He mentioned he has non-public connections to fairly just a few health middle associates.

“One member, John Leonardo, is my childhood pal Donnie Leonardo’s son. Donnie was a professional boxer, and now John is adhering to in his footsteps. With the [boxing gym] addition, John will likely be making use of Real as his Staten Island spot for power and conditioning, and to get some sparring in,” he mentioned.

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One other Group Severe member Bello reported he enjoys performing with is Andrea Moore, who has a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu, and has skilled it “extra tough than most fighters.”

“She has listening to discount, however doesn’t allow that give up her from committing to the sports activities she loves, and the neighborhood she teaches. Andrea has been a boxer for 15 a very long time, and can now be outfitted to combine even way more girls’s packages into the mix with this new [boxing facility] addition,” he talked about.

Team Real

“Underneath our roof we now have households who train routine collectively, mates who practice collectively, sporting actions groups searching to strengthen their endurance, retired women and men who need to preserve energetic, and younger ones keen to review a brand new motion,” talked about Bello. (Courtesy of Giana Bello)

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