Roll With The Punches At Title Boxing Club.
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Fast facts on Title Boxing Club.
• Degree of Difficulty Scale For Beginners: 6 out of 10.
• Calories Burned in One Hour: 450.
• Muscle Soreness After The Fact: 6 out of 10.
• Location: 4140 Lemmon Avenue, Suite 275, Dallas, TX 75219.
• Classes Offered: Boxing, kickboxing and personal training.
• Introductory Offer: First class is free.
• Price: $79/month for a membership, $69/month for year-long membership commitment, $10 extra a month for attached 24 hour gym access and $40-$60/hour for a personal trainer session.
If you're looking for a new kind of work out that can burn up to 1,000 calories and teaches you timing, rhythm and coordination then boxing might be the sport for you. Title Boxing Club offers multiple different kinds of classes that combine classic boxing moves as well as cardio and strength training all rolled into a one hour work out.
With the help from some very experienced and professionally-trained instructors, the class spends almost the entire hour getting well acquainted with a 100-pound bag hanging from the ceiling. Although this seems quite foreign to most people, says boxing instructor and personal trainer Manuel Corral, boxing can become a very natural means of exercise.
“You are learning to use your body and it's natural movements,” Corral says. “Learning punches and kicks can help you in moments of self-defense.”
Self-defense is just one of the many benefits of learning to throw a proper punch, though; according to Corral, technique is the first thing they teach at TBC. After you gain your ground muscles, that's when the fun really begins.
The class begins with a warm up combining high-kicks, leg-lifts, bear-crawls, crab-walks and one-legged jumps through the aisles of punching bags dangling in the middle of the studio. Once warm, you'll put on your hand wraps — which help prevent hand injuries — and slip your mitts into a pair of gloves.
Shortly after, a mic'd up instructor can be heard throughout the gym as he begins yelling out combinations of different punches and kicks while he makes his way around the bags. Don't worry if that sounds intimidating; personal attention will be available throughout the class to guarantee you know what you're doing your first few times around.
If you aren't looking for a leg workout, TBC's boxing class uses the same kind of combination structure as its kickboxing class — minus all the kicks, knees and elbows.
Gloves and wraps are removed towards the end of class for a short floor exercise section involving a medicine ball for some ab-work, and that's followed by some very necessary stretching.
Before considering this class, know that some bruising should be expected for first-timers. Just like with any other form of exercise, though, it gets easier with time.
Not only does Title offer boxing and kickboxing classes for members, they also have their own boxing ring used for your own practice outside of class with personal trainers available through the gym. For an extra $10 each month you can also workout on your own in the gym's 24-hour workout facility next-door.
If you're looking to learn a thing or two about boxing or self-defense, this is a gym full of people very serious about getting into physical shape.
And, hey, it's not so bad getting to punch and kick something for a little while either.
Overall, I'll give Title Boxing Club a B+.