Empire Defense & Fitness Reviews


Albany MMA is an awesome place. The workouts are challenging and the staff is SUPER knowledgeable. It does not have the usual muscle head atmosphere of a gym. The customers as well as the staff are all Super Friendly and Supportive. The workouts are enjoyable and results evident after just a few weeks. Alan Condon the owner is very hands on and takes true pride in the facility, his staff, and his clients.

Mike Waldman


My time and training with Empire is invaluable to me. As a student in the Muay Thai program, I have been invested in by staff and fellow students alike - my success feels like a priority to everyone around me. The facilities and instruction are second to none and thoughtfully handled. Alan and Cheryl manage a great business and take the measures to maintain a great environment for all of us - it feels like a family. I feel more confident and capable in my body than I ever have from the strength I've built and progress I've made - it really is the best part of my day. I can see my involvement here for many years to come. 

Emily Musial


Excellence is a choice and you can achieve it here! I love the people I train with and the course content is for the real world so if the worst happens, you'll be prepared! 

Rob Nielsen


I love this place. Staff is friendly and engaging. They go out of their way to help you learn how to do things correctly and safely. I've never had so much fun exercising. Two weeks in and my hip is already feeling stronger. So glad I joined. No pressure, positive atmosphere. 

Roseanne Pappas


One of the best decisions I've ever made was making the first private lesson and signing up for the Muay Thai class. Great environment and awesome staff. This will not just take your fitness to the next level, but teach you skills that could potentially safe your life. I'd recommend it to anyone. Make that first call!!

Colton White


I joined the beginner Krav Maga class at Empire about 2.5 months ago and I have to say... I have never been more excited to exercise!! Every day that I have Krav, I am so excited to get there and start my work out. Every day that I don't have Krav, I am wishing I did! I have learned so much from Alan and the Empire Team already. I am ecstatic that I am reaching my goals of becoming stronger and losing weight (ilbs down so far). Krav at Empire inspires me to be healthier in my overall life too. I can't wait for my next workout!

Amanda Brittany


Threw the first punch of my life two weeks ago, and I've never felt better! I have been so intimidated and scared to join a gym, but I am SO happy I finally did and I am SO happy I chose ESDF. I look forward to going to my HIIT class every day because the workout is great, the staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and encouraging, and the overall environment is super positive. Looking forward to working more with the ESDF team!

Amanda Rózsavölgyi

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