Local celebrity and UFC fighter Holly Holm hosted a workout training for her Albuquerque community on Nov. 23, benefiting IncredAble Adaptive MMA at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy.
According to IncredAble’s website, their mission is to "empower and provide youth and teens, who experience a variety of environmental, physical and cognitive challenges with the skills and benefits of Mixed Martial Arts." The class cost $40 to attend, and all of the proceeds went toward funding the program.
IncredAble founder and CEO Heather Winkeljohn said athletes who train professionally at the Jackson Wink Academy regularly work with kids in the IncredAble program.
"It’s been nice to see the way athletes interact and help out with the kids in the IncredAble program," Winkeljohn said. "We’ve had Holly, Jon Jones ... and Carlos Condit come in and start working with some of the kids."
The hour-and-a-half, high-energy workout class guided by Holm was inspired by workout techniques and training she uses to prepare as an MMA fighter. People of all ages and abilities were encouraged to participate in the class.
At the end of the workout, Holm thanked the class for coming and bringing positive energy.
"You come in and everyone is kind of quiet and you don’t really know who you’re standing next to and it’s kind of cold and you’ve never really been to a class like this before," Holm said to the class. "By the end of it, everybody puts their bags together and you’ve made friends sitting next to someone you’ve never met before, and that’s community building."
"I love that," Holm said. "And the positivity with it and that it bonds people, which is really rare these days."
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