Wicked Local | EverybodyFights Saugus

January 23, 2020 | Mike Gaffney
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A luxury fitness facility co-owned by the son of boxing legend George Foreman is planning a spring opening at the AvalonBay development.

The Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 to grant Everybody Fights a special permit to allow a personal fitness establishment at 855 Broadway. The 3,500-square-foot studio will occupy one of the retail spots that front the mixed-use development at the former Hilltop Steak House site.

Everybody Fights’ objective is to make people the best fighter they can be in the ring and in life by offering group fitness classes that combine the grit of a traditional boxing gym with the luxury of a modern studio.

The Saugus facility will feature a full-size boxing ring with free weights, functional equipment and treadmills.

Classes available at the 855 Broadway location include TRAIN (an interval-based circuit training class focused on building strength, endurance and explosiveness with a mix of cardio, strength training and boxing); BAGS (which teaches boxing combinations and bodyweight exercises to build upper and lower body conditioning required for a 12-round fight); ROAD (a treadmill class focused on building endurance and explosiveness); as well as a recovery class and open gym workouts.

George Foreman III, one of the founders of Everybody Fights, said he is excited to open a suburban location after seven years of growing his fitness community in Boston.

Seventy percent of members at Everybody Fights are women, Foreman said.

“Although our name is Everybody Fights, there is no physical contact in our studios,” Foreman said. “Our mission is more about using boxing as a platform to support people, to empower them to relieve stress.”

Most important, Foreman said, is the emphasis on mental toughness so that members achieve better outcomes in their personal and professional lives.

Selectmen also granted Everybody Fights an extended hours of operation permit that enables the fitness facility to open at 5 a.m.

Hours at Everybody Fights will be 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Michael Moran, a principal with Everybody Fights, said he and his partners want to be involved in the community.

As someone who has been part of Everybody Fights since its inception, Moran emphasized that the facility has done amazing things for people.

“I’ve seen it change lives in a very positive way,” Moran said.

The hope is to open the Saugus Everybody Fights in mid-March or April, according to Moran.

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