When we first talked about moving from Livonia to Ann Arbor, one of the things that I knew I would miss was the Livonia Recreation Center. For the last five years or so, I had been taking the same exercise class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The class was a great mix of weight lifting, cardio, and core work, had great instructors, and best of all, I made several friends over the years. Unfortunately, driving from Ann Arbor to Livonia to exercise three times a week wasn’t going to work so I had to find an alternative. I did some research online and found a few options, but nothing seemed to be the perfect fit. Thankfully, I saw an ad on the back of the Ann Arbor Observer that a Title Boxing Club was opening in Ann Arbor less than 10 minutes away from the new house!
I took kickboxing in college and always really enjoyed it. I always begged my instructors at the Livonia Rec Center to include a bit of boxing every once in a while. I also took a boxing class there, but the time didn’t work out for me so I didn’t stick with it. That’s one of the great things about the Title Boxing Club, they offer many classes throughout the day, every day. When I was looking for a new gym, I wanted morning classes and a lot of the area gyms only offered classes at night. I hate night classes and I tend to dread them, so I knew I had to have morning classes if I was going to stick with it.
The Power Hour workout offered by the Title Boxing Club is made up of three sections. You start with a 15 minute warm-up made up of jumping jacks, burpees, etc. as well as some shadow boxing. The punches and technique are explained as well (FYI, on the weekends they offer a more in-depth technicque class). Then you have eight three minute rounds with a one minute “break” in between. Each student has their own heavy bag to punch. You are NOT hitting people and they will NOT be hitting you. During each three minute round, the instructor gives you various punch combinations to work through at your own pace. Sometimes the focus is power, sometimes speed, sometimes both. During the one minute “break” an extra exercise is offered like crunches or jumping jacks or you can just catch your breath and grab some water. Once the eight rounds are over, there is a 10 to 15 minute core and stretching routine using a weighted medicine ball.
I can’t tell you how much I LOVE the Ann Arbor Title Boxing Club. It’s super close, the yearly membership breaks down to about $4/class if I go three times a week, which I usually do, the instructors and staff are very nice, and it’s a great workout. I find that it’s more than just a physical workout for me, but also a mental one. It’s a great stress reliever, all that punching really gets all my aggression and stress out of my system. If I’m in a bad mood, I usually leave in a better one. The boxing really requires me to focus on what I’m doing, not all the stuff that I need to do at home or work. I really can’t recommend it enough.
Your first class is free, so there’s nothing to lose in trying it out. They offer both monthly and yearly memberships, but unfortunately do not offer a drop-in option. In addition to the classes they offer, they also provide personal training (both boxing and general fitness). There is a treadmill, elliptical, and a variety of weights available to members to use at anytime they’re open. The yearly membership also comes with a bunch of perks, like discounts on Title Boxing gear and clothing, and reduced personal training rates.