Raleigh, N.C. — "It's all about the sound effects," Remy Fullwood said as he shows a student in his adult boxing class how to throw a jab-cross combo on a heavy duty boxing bag. "Pow. Pow."
The 34-year-old former professional boxer trains everyone from athletes to soccer moms at his Jawbreaker Boxing studio tucked away in The Creamery on Glenwood Avenue. The studio offers adult and children's boxing classes, strength and conditioning classes and personal training.
"You can learn to box and train like a pro," Fullwood said.
Students of all levels train together. With a rigorous program, it's hard to tell the boxers training for a fight from the ones just training for the body.
"I'm going to train you like you are getting ready for a fight," Fullwood said.
That is something he knows well. The USA Certified Boxing Coach is battling multiple sclerosis. He was diagnosed while attending North Carolina Central University. While the diagnosis derailed his professional boxing career, he found a new love - personal training. He has worked with former U.S. Army Boxing champion Coach Sherridale Morgan, San Antonio Spurs power forward David West, N.C. State's BeeJay Anya, former IBC super middleweight champion Julius Fogel, pro fighters and former WBF heavy weight champion Paul Marinaccio and pro fighter Donnell Holmes.
While Fullwood and his team, including amateur MMA fighter Jeff Piercy, might be training you to throw a punch, no one taking a boxing class is required to actually fight someone. You will, however, feel like a boxer. The facility has hand wraps, gloves and everything else you need to train. A typical boxing class has a mix of bag work, conditioning and some one-on-one ring time with the trainers to practice your punches.
The class I took involved lunges and squats across the parking lot and ended with some tough core conditioning. My arms were really sore from throwing hundreds (seriously!) of punches. Every time I felt like my arms were going to fall off, Fullwood would show up and with a big smile encourage me to keep pushing forward.
In fact, it's hard to find Fullwood without a big smile and for good reason. In 15 months, he has grown Jawbreaker into a successful boxing and personal training studio. And he has eyes on expansion to a larger facility and a second location.
Class packages are booked on a monthly basis. If you want to try the facility out, Jawbreaker offers two free 1-on-1 training sessions so you can learn the fundamentals of boxing in the ring with a trainer.
Jawbreaker Boxing, 410 Glenwood Ave., is open Monday through Sunday for classes and open gym sessions.