At Punch Boxing for Fitness, visitors experience an entire boxing match without having to dodge a single punch. That's because the gym's workouts are staged in three-minute rounds where exercisers jab heavy bags, shadow box, and boost their heart rate by jumping rope. One-minute breaks let them catch their breath in between toning muscles and building cardio endurance, not to mention mastering proper punching technique. Punch Boxing for Fitness' expert trainers shape each hour-long training session around beginning and advanced boxers alike; in fact, many pros, including Roy Jones, Jr. and Winkey Wright, have trained there.
TITLE Boxing Club began as a cocktail of talents: the fighting prowess of former professional boxer Danny Campbell, the acumen of businessman Tom Lyons, and the top-of-the-line gear from Title Boxing, LLC owners David Hanson, Tony Carbajo, and John Rotche. Hanson, Carbajo, and Rotche provided the gym?s equipment and outfitted the first location with an onsite pro shop. Campbell put together two signature Power Hour workouts, one based on boxing and the other on kickboxing. Lyons took care of the franchising, and the club has spread all over the nation.
The Carrollwood and Brandon locations both boast dozens of 90-pound heavy bags built into floor-to-ceiling black metal frames. Drumrolls of punches and kicks resound from these inanimate foes as patrons burn calories and learn self-defense moves during hour-long boxing and kickboxing fitness classes. When the workout's over, they head to the pro-shop area, where padded cage walls neatly separate the goods from the rest of the gym and provide a safe haven for viewing merchandise.
Wrestling. Point fighting. Kickboxing. San Shou. Mixed Martial Arts. Name a combat sport, and chances are, Rich Galicia Wilson has competed in it?and won. A fourth-level black belt, Rich has amassed an impressive resume of belts, and bruises, over the years. His latest endeavor, Fight Team, taps into all that experience and shares it with others.
Rich and his team provide expert training for amateur and professional fighters. They also lead Fight Fitness, which offers cardio kickboxing classes for individuals looking to reap the benefits of a fighter's training regimen. During classes, students unleash fury on focus mitts, Thai pads, and speed bags. They even spar with partners, which is far more effective than tearfully swinging at a picture of an old, snarky gym teacher.
Inside the Evolution Martial Arts studio, multiple black belt-holder Ryan L. Cook draws from 23 years of martial arts experience to lead classes through kickboxing and jiu-jitsu moves. Students can also opt for cardio-kickboxing classes that burn calories while toning the body, and kids aged 3-5 can build confidence and motor skills during Little Ninjas classes.
In addition to his combat experience, Shifu Mario Salazar has coached numerous students to victory in the kickboxing ring. Inside his training space, he customizes Chinese-style kickboxing classes that incorporate elaborate throws and takedowns versus more traditional knee and elbow techniques. Comprehensive classes push participants to lose weight, gain lean muscles, and achieve fitness or fighting goals through varied routines.
Trainer Pat DeVito and the team at Tampa Bay Boxing Club train up beginner and experienced boxers alike. Their classes allow newcomers to develop boxing skills as a means of staying in shape or to master footwork and jabs for use in competitive boxing matches instead of relying solely on that secret combo you learned playing George Foreman's KO Boxing on your Sega. Lessons take place in the boxing club's spacious gym, replete with a ring and punching bags of various sizes and shapes. They even offer cardio and ab work classes for those not yet ready to face the ring, but who still want to get fit.