Conor McGregor may have a unique diet and fitness routine, but he still trains at an MMA gym like any other great fighter. However, McGregor’s gym, Straight Blast Gym Ireland, or simply SBG, recently got a $550,000 renovation. Here’s a look at all of the features of McGregor’s new gym.
SBG, a gym of MMA champions
SBG’s founder, John Kavanagh, is McGregor’s head coach. Born in Ireland, Kavanagh is a skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, and he’s actually the first Irish Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. With a 3-3 record, Kavanagh wasn’t very successful in MMA, so he became a full-time coach to predominantly Irish MMA fighters.
A few years later, he began training McGregor, who was a local fighter much like Kavanagh was. SBG was a small-scale gym, even nicknamed “The Shed,” as Kavanagh told Business Insider. But this didn’t matter; McGregor and Kavanagh just needed a place to train. At The Shed, Kavanagh and others coached McGregor as he steadily rose up the UFC ranks.
Eventually, McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez, becoming the UFC’s first champion in two weight classes. His impressive UFC success meant that Kavanagh and SBG were rolling in cash, too. Faced with more and more fighters looking to trains where McGregor trains, Kavanagh decided to expand SBG.
‘The Monster,’ according to Conor McGregor
After spending about $550,000 to renovate the gym, Kavanagh says SBG has effectively doubled in size. The Shed had approximately 8,000 square feet of space. Now, the new gym, which McGregor calls “The Monster,” has about 16,000 square feet of space. The renovations took months, says Kavanagh, but SBG stuck to its roots; it doesn’t boast anything too fancy.
The Monster has both a full-sized octagon for MMA and a full-sized boxing ring for boxing. Since McGregor’s roots are in boxing, the need for a full-sized boxing ring was apparent. For Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kavanagh gave The Monster a lot of open spaces for mats.
In terms of equipment, The Monster has plenty to lift in its weight room. It doesn’t have many treadmills, but weights and punching bags are adequate in terms of equipment. The Monster also has a huge, 40-person sauna that aids in recovery, according to Kavanagh.
That $550,000 didn’t go to just expanding, either. Kavanagh made the changing room special, reports Business Insider. He even partnered up with a firm that renovates five-star hotels to ensure that SBG’s changing room looked nice and classy.
Who trains at Straight Blast Gym Ireland?
Of course, the most famous person to train at SBG is McGregor. However, McGregor’s other teammates, some UFC and others MMA, also train there. According to Business Insider, SBG trains about 30 athletes in major MMA organizations, including five UFC fighters. There are also about 500 members of the general public who train there.
Those 500 people are learning a variety of things, as there are classes that teach every martial art necessary for success in the UFC. However, the professional fighters train separately from everyone else. That said, McGregor will sometimes work with regular members.