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Gym Profile: Team Top Notch Fitness

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in Gym Profiles

Address: 226 Stone Rd.  Villa Park, IL 60181
Phone: (630) 439-6870
Business Hours: 11am-9:30pm Monday-Saturday, Closed Sunday

Classes Offered:
Classes are offered for both fighters and non-fighters. Classes offered include Muay Thai kickboxing, boxing, no-gi jiu jitsu, and wrestling.

Kids ages 8 and up are welcome.

Other programs:
Private lessons are available

Cost:
Contact Matt for any special promotions currently running

Review:
In the movies you always see gyms that have these great fighters but seem like little holes in the wall.  Team Top Notch Fitness is likely the inspiration for these.  Yes when you walk in there is a nice sitting area and a small kitchen, but just past the two rooms lies the heart of the team; the gym.  When you enter the gym you see nearly wall-to-wall green wrestling matts, both on the floor and up two walls.  On one side are shelves of equipment, both for the fighters and the non-fighters.  The entire area is surrounded by heavy bags of varying sizes and shapes.  Continuing around there is a large ring to get work in.  This is unusual for an mma gym, but with a primary focus on Muay Thai, it makes perfect sense.  On the other side of the ring are some weights and cardio machines completing the workout area.  Strung around the ceiling are flags of nearly every country, likely with a story of training in each location.

On any random night there will be upwards of fifty students crammed in, kicking pads, working combinations and sweating.  It’s hard not to want to just punch or kick a bag when you see this many students all doing just that.  There’s a reason they are all there, putting in hard work, and it makes one question why they aren’t participating along.

Top Notch Fight Team

Recapping With Mac Ramos At Team Top Notch – I Want My Guys In The Big Show

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in Interviews

Top Notch Fight TeamTop Notch Fight Team is one of the top mixed martial arts schools in the Chicagoland area.  Boasting fighters such as Ricardo Lamas, Mike Santiago and others the gym is going in the right direction towards owner Mac Ramos’s goal.  MMA Recap’s Brent Todd caught up with Ramos to discuss the gym and what his fighters go through.

So when was Top Notch formed?
It was formed in 2001

How did it come about?
After my fight competition years I decided to retire and train new guys.

What all is offered at Top Notch?
We offer Muay Thai as we are a Muay Thai school.  And we do boxing, mma, jiu jitsu and wrestling.

What makes training at Top Notch different than training at the other gyms?
Overall we focus on the most important things in a fighter.  Their conditioning, their stamina and the mental game.

There’s a large stable of fighters who train at Top Notch, who are some of the current fighters we should be on the lookout for?
Ricardo Lamas is fighting on the WEC card, Mike Santiago is fighting for XFO in August and again in September for Ruckus.  Also we have Demetrius Williams who has seven fights so far as an amateur and will be turning pro soon.  He’s going to be a good 125.  We also have Tim Hemmingway who has a lot of fights from a different team and he didn’t get the proper training there.  He’s a heavyweight and he’s about to make his mark.

What steps do fighters need to take to become successful in this sport?
The mental game is the key.  It’s either you want it or you don’t.  You have to want it.  You could have all the other tools, but without the mental you are done.

What are you goals for Top Notch in the next couple of years?
I want to get my fighters to big shows.  I want to get my guys all spread out amongst the big shows like UFC, WEC and Bellator.  I prefer to get my guys to there.

Any other thoughts?
Just be on the lookout for my guys.  We will fight anyone and we don’t turn down fights.