COMMUNITY: Boxing into shape

Author finds new sport to love

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Editor's note: Megan Lehman is a student at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City and will be transferring to the University of Iowa in the fall where she plans on studying communications and journalism.

By Megan Lehman, community contributor

IOWA CITY — It is 6 a.m. I should be in bed right now, enjoying the time in between work, school and my pillow.

But what am I doing instead? I am wrapping my hands, putting on my hot pink boxing shorts and getting ready to hit it hard.

My twin sister, Hailey, and I signed up for TITLE Boxing Club in Iowa City about five months ago with the hopes of getting fit. We have been hooked ever since, no pun intended.

Not only is TITLE helping Hailey and I get back in shape, it also makes us feel capable of kicking some serious butt.

Every workout starts with some stretching and a warm-up. We then head into combinations and 15 minutes of abdominal work. It is safe to say Hailey and I were expecting to be challenged, but we definitely got more than we expected.

TITLE Boxing offers incredible total body boxing and kick-boxing classes that help women and men burn up to 1,000 calories an hour in the group workout classes known as “power hour.”

The first workout was intense. Power hour is no joke. In high school, Hailey and I were huge athletes. There rarely was a day when we were not out running laps, working on volleyball serves or playing defense in a basketball scrimmage.

Now that we have been out of high school for two years and out of shape for almost that long, boxing was a big wakeup call.

Refusing to believe I was so out of shape, I decided to push myself as hard as I would have at cross country or basketball practice. I ran the warmup as hard as I could, hit the bag as hard as I could — and then hit the floor as hard as I could when the workout ended.

But it was one of the best feelings I have ever had after a workout.

“Jab, across, hook! Again! Jab, across, hook! Now let’s add a roundhouse kick!”

I turn toward Hailey, who usually is punching the bag next to mine, and laugh.

“Sometimes I think they just like to see us suffer,” she said.

After every class, I walk to my car a little sorer and a little stronger. Never in a million years did I imagine I would be taking a boxing course. And I never imagined I would love it this much.

With 10 different trainers and multiple different class times that start as early as 5 a.m. and as late as 7:15 p.m., you never get the same workout twice. What is even better is that the trainers try to make personal connections with the members.

It feels more like coming to work out with friends who double as drill sergeants, pushing you to give it all and hit it hard.

If you are looking for a powerful, full-body workout, TITLE Boxing is the place for you. Tell them Megan sent you.

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