Title Boxing Club Review: The Power Hour

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Gone are the days of Billy Blanks' Tae Bo kickboxing-inspired workouts. While you may still find a few cardio kickboxing classes at your local fitness center, you're also likely to encounter more traditional boxing and kickboxing gyms. Instead of wide-open aerobics rooms, these feature spaces filled with heavy bags, boxing rings, and functional fitness equipment, such as medicine balls, jump ropes, and kettlebells.

These gyms can be intimidating if you don't know what you're doing. Fitness-focused boxing clubs, including Title Boxing Club, combine the intensity and physicality of traditional fighting with the upbeat and inviting atmosphere of a boutique fitness studio. The club offers tough workouts in a friendly facility.

Title Boxing Club Atmosphere

Title Boxing Club's main workout area is a large room filled with heavy bags and a boxing ring. The facility also offers benches, water fountains, bathrooms, and lockers. The staff members are friendly and helpful.

Because Title Boxing is a franchise, you can expect every location to look similar and to be managed according to the same general principles. There may be slight variations in tone and atmosphere based on specific ownership. As of August 2020, there are 174 locations in 32 U.S. states, plus Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Title Boxing Classes

TBC's classes are actual boxing classes. This means you need wraps, gloves, and access to a bag. If you're new, don't worry—club staff will help you get wrapped and gloved by providing you with access to loaner gloves and a pair of wraps. (It's best to buy your own inexpensive wraps rather than borrow used ones.)

The mid-length class is designed to last 54 minutes and target every muscle from head to toe with:

  • Warm-up and conditioning exercises: 15 minutes
  • Boxing exercises: 8 rounds, 3 minutes each, for a total of 24 minutes
  • Core work: 15 minutes

This class is almost twice as long as a 9Round circuit, and it is instructor-led, while 9Round is self-directed. The group fitness atmosphere at Title Boxing lends itself to greater class camaraderie and teamwork. Many of the exercises involve partner work, where both partners punch the same heavy bag at the same time or pass a medicine ball back and forth.

The instructor demonstrates moves, as well as correcting form, offering motivation, and providing a countdown of each exercise's remaining time. A second staffer may also circulate through the class, working individually with each participant to help them improve hand-eye coordination and speed.

Interspersed throughout the routine are cardio and strength exercises, such as jumping jacks, burpees, squats, lunges, and mountain climbers. Since you really never stop moving, you maximize calorie burn for those 54 minutes.

Working With a Heavy Bag

If you haven't used a heavy bag before, be aware that it's tough. Every time you throw a punch, you're met with the force of the heavy bag. The result is a high-impact workout for your upper body that strengthens and challenges every major muscle group. You tighten your core as you rotate your hips and torso, you flex your chest, shoulders, and back as you jab and punch, and you support your movements with your lower body.

Title Boxing Club's classes are considered "all level," but if you haven't exercised in a while, you might want to start with the 30-minute class. No matter what class you take, let your instructor know that you're new so that they can remind you to modify movements if needed and go at your own pace. Or sign up for a private training session prior to taking a group class.

In a group setting, it's common for people to push themselves past their ability level, opening themselves up to injury. Ease your way in and focus on form rather than keeping up with your classmates. Then you'll be able to stick with the workout long-term.

A Word From Verywell

It's important to take workout marketing with a grain of salt. Title Boxing Club claims the 54-minute class can help you burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour. But calorie expenditure is highly individualized based on factors like sex, height, weight, body composition and total muscle mass. While the class is certainly a tough workout, don't automatically assume you've burned 1,000 calories during each class. 

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