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.
When a terrible car accident left him confined to a wheelchair, in constant pain, and battling weight gain, Dieuseul Berto vowed to rehabilitate himself from the inside out. He adapted a fighter's training regimen to his own limitations, and soon developed the Tiger Vascular program.
Today, at Tigers World Tampa, Dieuseul leads groups through high-energy classes that incorporate techniques of boxing, mixed martial arts, and self-defense. A carefully selected team of trainers joins Dieuseul, and each member of the faculty comes from a distinct fitness background. Most importantly, perhaps, is the fact that Dieuseul and his team also possess firsthand knowledge of what it takes to undergo dramatic physical transformation. They use that familiarity to connect with and inspire clients on a personal level to push them ever closer toward the peak of physical fitness, where the air smells faintly of sweat and all the birds are super-ripped eagles.
The BRAG in BRAGNetwork is actually an acronym, one that stands for Business Resource Assistance Group. Once you decode its name, the organization's mission is no surprise: it helps connect local consumers with stellar local merchants to promote worthy causes. Periodically, the team spotlights a specific industry, too. With a current focus on the health and wellness industry, the team hosts a 60-day weight loss challenge that blends weekly workouts and perks from local merchants. A current partner is the YMCA, yet the challenge doesn't require knowing the YMCA dance to participate.
Equipment: Kettlebells, dumbbells, and jump ropes
Students should bring: Mat, towel, and water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
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.
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.
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