South Shore gym owner keeps it ‘real’ by adding new state-of-the-art boxing facility


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Chris Bello, 54, likes to hold it authentic — Workforce Serious, that is.

The most current addition to his full-provider Huguenot-based health club — 1st opened in 2015 as a combined martial arts (MMA) studio — is a new point out-of-the-artwork boxing facility.

The former Navy Seabee, who more than the yrs has been associated in a broad variety of athletics — from hockey given that the age of 5, to coaching in Muay Thai, and boxing — has branded his whole-service gymnasium as Group Serious, or just Serious for quick.

“I’ve been in physical fitness my entire lifestyle with distinctive sports. I performed hockey my entire lifetime. … When I was in the military, I started operating some plans. Which is when I commenced pushing myself into the training element as an alternative of me just training myself,” mentioned Bello, who mentioned that all around this time he also grew to become fascinated in education in the martial arts.

Above the many years, Bello, an Annadale resident, has expanded his brand and space, together with in the course of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, when he converted his MMA facility into a total-provider health and fitness center that contains experienced bodybuilding and powerlifting groups, and renowned MMA and boxing coaches. Due to the demand from customers from every person, from amateurs to champions, he not long ago opened the new boxing facility addition to Staff Real.

Team Real

A look inside of Staff Real’s new boxing health club. (Courtesy of Giana Bello)

“It felt vital to give our customers additional place to prepare, spar, learn from one yet another, and most importantly, make it possible for our open fitness center members to improve [without classes] if they want to dabble in a boxing, mixed martial arts, toughness and conditioning location,” mentioned Bello of the expansion.

“There are other boxing fitness centers on the Island, but none that offer entry to a whole health facility, like Serious does. It’s about adding the final puzzle piece of ‘fight sports’ that users have been craving,” he added.


Bello stated he has found an uptick in people’s interest in boxing, MMA and obtaining in good shape with some of his popular gyms classes, like Boot Camp, considering that gyms opened back up amid the pandemic.

“I additional the boxing spot, because I wanted much more place to household equally fighters and fitness center-goers alike. In the course of our peak time, from 4 to 9 p.m., I seen how fast paced the mat and turf spots had become — so it was complicated to get personal schooling in,” he explained.

“Real is thrilled to give the choice for our users to coach in a brand name new, traditional boxing space on top rated of our total-fledged facility,” Bello added.

The new boxing fitness center provides Staff Actual customers much more space to train, spar and “learn from one another,” he mentioned.

Real Fitness

“Real is thrilled to provide the possibility for our associates to coach in a manufacturer new, common boxing place on prime of our full-fledged facility,” Bello reported. (Courtesy of Bianca Bello)


He said Crew Real has been affiliated with Battle Club Jiu-Jitsu and its creator, MMA fighter Marcio Bittencourt, given that Bello very first opened the MMA element of the gymnasium in 2015.

“Marcio Bittencourt is our head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor. He arrived to the United States with previous UFC champion Amanda Nunez and skilled her in her early several years,” recalled Bello.

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

“All a few Staten Island [MMA facilities], alongside with Professor Marcio Bittencourt, are doing the job with each other to give all who educate with us a constructive practical experience with Jiu Jitsu. We are individual educational facilities, but a person staff — which tends to make for a beneficial and uplifting community hard work,” said Bello.

Team Real

In addition to boxing, Staff Serious presents a comprehensive-assistance fitness center, conditioning lessons, mixed martial arts and additional. (Courtesy of Giana Bello)

And Real’s growing health and fitness center membership ranges from avid physical exercise fans to qualified boxers.

“Under our roof we have families who work out collectively, friends who educate collectively, athletics groups hunting to increase their stamina, retired persons who want to continue to be active, and youngsters eager to study a new action,” mentioned Bello.


He said he has private connections to quite a few fitness center associates.

“One member, John Leonardo, is my childhood pal Donnie Leonardo’s son. Donnie was a pro boxer, and now John is adhering to in his footsteps. With the [boxing gym] addition, John will be applying Genuine as his Staten Island spot for energy and conditioning, and to get some sparring in,” he said.

Another Group Serious member Bello reported he enjoys performing with is Andrea Moore, who has a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu, and has experienced it “more tricky than most fighters.”

“She has listening to reduction, but doesn’t permit that quit her from committing to the sports she loves, and the community she teaches. Andrea has been a boxer for 15 a long time, and will now be equipped to integrate even much more women’s programs into the blend with this new [boxing facility] addition,” he mentioned.

Team Real

“Under our roof we have families who exercise routine collectively, mates who train collectively, sporting activities teams hunting to strengthen their endurance, retired men and women who want to keep energetic, and young ones eager to study a new action,” mentioned Bello. (Courtesy of Giana Bello)

Staff Actual AT A Glance

Deal with: 2298 Arthur Eliminate Rd., Huguenot

Internet site:



New Firms in Concentrate is a weekly column that relates the tales of new Staten Island enterprise owners. If you have a new organization on Staten Island, e-mail [email protected].

Associated COLUMNS

Former Mother Mousse cake designer launches ‘creepy but cute’ artwork company

Soon after growing up in the true estate small business, properly-regarded NYC Realtor launches his possess agency

NYC organization provides Santa, the Easter Bunny and bagels proper to your door

Pandemic spurs nurse practitioner to open up NYC wellness centre presenting IV drips

Self-manufactured entrepreneur opens NYC driving faculty catering to adults on Staten Island

Launched from his grandparents’ garage, 20-calendar year-previous finds results crafting picket U.S. flags

Satisfying a long-held dream, 28-calendar year-outdated opens new NYC pediatric occupational treatment center

‘I owe it to my childhood’: 20-12 months-old acquires license to build Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo collectibles

Influenced by her late brother, superior-close NYC hairstylist opens Staten Island salon

NYC clothes line inspiring ‘positivity’ picks up steam after Black Life Matter protests

‘Age gracefully, still seem younger’: NYC plastic surgeon opens Staten Island workplace

Glam Gardener NYC grows out of pandemic to make array of organic, medicinal solutions

NYC kids’ speech therapy facility grows out of amplified need to have amid pandemic

Encouraged by her grandmother, 28-12 months-aged ‘hair artist’ launches NYC studio


Leave a Reply