North Smithfield-based business launches MMA program focused on training for those over age 40


NORTH SMITHFIELD – Burn With Kearns has announced that its mixed martial arts fitness certification programs have been updated to include the latest research in sports medicine, and to help participants over the age of 40 to overcome fitness obstacles.

Students of the course learn how to effectively train their bodies to be more efficient, according to instructor Coach Kevin Kearns.

Kearns notes that according to the latest studies, many people decreased their fitness levels during the consecutive lockdowns caused by the recent pandemic.

As more people over the age of 40 struggle to regain their momentum, Burn With Kearns has launched the newly improved MMA fitness certification program, where students train one-on-one with Kearns, who said he believes that age is just a number when it comes to good health.

“I tell people all the time to ‘be relentless’; to own your mistakes and to be yourself,” Kearns said in a recent release about how he overcame his own struggles, as told in his two books, Always Picked Last, and There’s Light in the Tunnel.

The updated MMA fitness program includes the newest strategies in sports medicine, according to Kearns, with the goal of improving how the body uses muscles to perform seemingly difficult moves with ease.

Kearns says this is particularly important during mixed martial arts training, where athletes need to perform different moves at the same time. He said that one of the key lessons that students will learn in the program is how to activate their breathing.

“Most people are unaware that their daily shallow breathing, one that is focused around the nose and the lungs, causes the body to perform at a less than optimum rate,” Kearns said. “Athletes learn how to control their breathing so that each breath extends to their diaphragm and is slowly released through targeted exhales. Not only does this make the body more efficient, but it promotes faster healing as well.”

Students are taught how to breathe, fall down, and move as if they were training for the UFC. The MMA training incorporates moves to maximize performance and dramatically improve fitness levels for only 30 minutes each day.

A Cumberland resident, Kearns has also shared his personal story of overcoming obstacles as the author of a book about his journey growing up in Everett, Mass., and being bullied.

“I sucked at every sport I tried,” said Burns. “I couldn’t hit a baseball or shoot baskets or do any type of sports. I was picked on and bullied daily by people who I thought were my friends. It was not a life I wanted to live.”

His second book tells of how a deep depression nearly led the trainer to commit suicide.

Now, Kearns works with individuals, groups and organizations and teaching self-worth, battling with bullying and other topics. He says his goal is to reach as many people as possible, and that he believes if he changes the mindset of someone in trouble, then he has succeeded.

Kearns also penned some 200 articles for various industry publications. Both of his books can be purchased on

Kearns is currently hosting a fundraiser that aims to help remove the stigma of mental illness.

As for the new MMA training, the coach says it can be taken by anyone, regardless of fitness level. Nevertheless, he asks students to always listen to their bodies and tell him whenever they are experiencing pain or discomfort.

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