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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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.
At Hurricane Sammy Boxing Gym, 2016 Olympic hopeful Sammy Valentin teaches the sweet science to boys and girls ages 9 to 16. Although he's only 18 years old, he's already earned the nickname "Hurricane" for the speed, agility, and power he developed over a long-term training regimen that began at the age of 5. As a teacher and ambassador of boxing, he encourages youngsters to follow a similar path to supreme fitness and self-confidence. With hard work and proper training techniques, students improve their own agility, reaction times, and hand-eye coordination, which are all necessary for boxing at a high level or fending off an uncle's noogies.
Simply knowing how to land a kick or a punch is one thing. Having the discipline to use those skills effectively in a real-life scenario is another thing altogether. The instructors at 1 ATA Martial Arts draw on years of training to teach children, teens, and adults the complete meaning of martial arts such as tae kwon do and kickboxing. As one might expect, the classes emphasize physical training in a safe environment, but they leave room to focus on mental growth as well.
Ross Kellin, owner and head instructor of Champions MMA, knows a thing or two about marital arts. He's not only a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu but a licensed boxing and mixed-martial-arts trainer and manager. His unique perspective of the sport, both in and out of the ring, has raised his team of fighters to become a powerhouse in the industry.
But Kellin, a Lakeland native, doesn't just concentrate on his rising fighters. He also turns his careful attention to kids, offering after-school programs, summer camps, and even birthday parties. And, for clients looking to up their fitness sans cage match, Champions MMA hosts a cardio-kickboxing program that uses Tiger Vascular Boxing Fitness workouts to obliterate calories.