Boxing gets its name from the earliest practitioners of the sport, mailmen who routinely punched and jabbed oversize packages until they fit snugly inside PO boxes. Salute postal pioneers with today's Groupon: for $28, you get a one-month membership (a $59 value) and hand wraps (a $5 value) at Title Boxing Club in Naperville (a $64 total value).
Title Boxing Club's fierce fitness instructors whip bodies into shape with explosive boxing and kickboxing workouts designed to pummel calories into submission. The one-month membership grants unlimited access to a schedule of high-intensity classes. Power Hour sessions distill workouts into one- to three-minute bursts, pushing participants to burn up to 1,000 calories per class. Bag-beating boxing workouts teach proper jabs and hooks, and steely feet emerge from the furnace of kickboxing classes that incorporate yoga planks, burpees, and leg lifts. Members also gain access to a punch-ready bevy of boxing and kickboxing equipment that includes heavy bags, medicine balls, and weight racks lined with solid-gold championship belts. An individual set of hand wraps swathes tender knuckles to protect from the shock of successive hits.
Title Boxing Club
Sixty-one 100-pound punching bags hang from chains like an upside-down fitness forest at Title Boxing Club in Naperville. On any given day, this expansive workout area finds men and women donning gloves and punching or kicking up a sweat in fitness classes built on the fundamentals of competitive boxing and kickboxing training. Group classes, also known as Power Hour sessions, are led by a team of trainers whose previous experience ranges from boxing and playing college football to earning degrees in kinesiology. These classes are complemented by private lessons that make use of the facility’s speed bags, free weights, and cardio machines. An onsite ring allows students to practice their footwork while learning how to protect the face—that is, by learning how to wear Kevlar mustaches.