Aside from climbing out of rattlesnake-infested quicksand or posing for rattlesnake-infested watercolor portraits, few activities combine the focus and physicality seen in a boxer's fitness program. Put flabby physiques down for the count with today's Groupon: for $24, you get a one-month membership to 9Round in Brookfield (a $49.95 value). Students who continue on after redeeming their Groupon are eligible for a discounted monthly rate of $29.95 after paying a $99 one-time enrollment fee.
The 9Round boxing/kickboxing circuit is designed to be fast and challenging with a pinch of hateful fun so participants stay engaged while getting ripped. The nine-station workout program includes a personal trainer who provides guidance through stages such as jump rope and speed bag. By combining the best functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit-training regimens into one beast of a workout, the 9Round training program places a great deal of emphasis on results, just like retired Keebler elves who now live inside Scantron machines.
When 9Round founder and IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson isn't dominating combat rings across North American and Europe, he is taking care of his two children. It was with his kids in mind that the seasoned black belt crafted his signature workout¬—a challenging professional fighter's training regime compacted into a hectic, schedule-friendly 30 minutes.
Today, certified trainers in 9Round gyms across the nation lead students in Shannon's workout, guiding classes through its nine rounds of aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance-training exercises. Instructors vary the rounds each day, supplementing body-weight exercises with jump ropes, punching bags, and free-weights. Coaches also encourage diets of fruits and lean meats and counsel students against common dieting pitfalls, such as skipping breakfast or storing smoothie surplus in unmarked laundry-detergent bottles.