If you’re looking to punch up your fitness, you might want to give Title Boxing Club in the Kettering Towne Center a try.

Despite the name, Title Boxing isn’t a boxing club: it’s a fitness club for non-boxers. In fact, about three out of four of the 400 members are women, says General Manager Dale Bucci.

“People think we’re a fighting gym when they hear the name,” he says. “We’re not that. We’re strictly a fitness club.”

He says women enjoy the intense, supervised workouts. “You’re not pounding away on a treadmill. So, you’re not destroying your knees,” he says. “It’s more engaging than running, more dynamic. You learn how to throw a punch, but that’s secondary to the fitness.”

The Kettering location, opened last December, is the first in Dayton for Title Boxing, one of the fastest-growing fitness franchises, with more than 130 locations nationwide. The club has some free weights and cardio equipment, but most of the space is dominated by 55 boxing heavy bags to deliver boxing and kickboxing moves to pump up a high-intensity workout.

A boxing workout may seem unconventional, but Bucci, a master fitness trainer, says it makes sense.

“Boxing is stationary movement, basically. You’re using your upper body. That’s unique,” he says.

All of Title Boxing’s hour-long workouts are directed by one of six trainers on staff.

The standard workout, which the club says can burn up to 1,000 calories, starts with a 15-minute warm-up with various exercises, such as jumping jacks or shadow boxing, called out by the trainer.

That’s followed by eight, three-minute rounds on the heavy bag, with the trainer calling out different punch combinations.

“The trainer might call out, ‘Jab, cross, hook!’ So, you’ll throw your left, your right and a left hook, ” says Bucci. “Or he might call, ‘Double jab, cross!’ That’s two left jabs and then a right cross. You’ll stick with that combination for 30 seconds or so, and then he’ll call another.”
Each of the rounds is followed by a one-minute rest period. The final 15 minutes is spent on core-strengthening exercises. The kickboxing routine is the same, except it includes various kick moves.

You don’t have to know how to throw a punch to get started, Bucci says. Trainers explain the basic techniques to jab, cross, hook and uppercut before the session begins. Participants are asked to report early for their first, complementary session to learn the basics and get their hands wrapped and gloves fitted, which are provided.

“To get good at it takes practice,” says Bucci. “Initially, folks just slug away at the bag, but if they work at it, they’ll get acclimated to the punches and get a better work out.”

Title Boxing, launched in 2008 by retired professional boxer Danny Campbell, offers a variety of membership plans. The Dayton franchise, owned by Mike Fulkerson, has plans to open additional locations in the future, Bucci says.

For more information, call 937-938-5222 or go to titleboxingclub.com.