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Boxing L.A.-style comes to Cary

Posted June 23, 2008

— A gym brand-new to the Triangle fitness scene boasts that its boxing workouts pack a real punch – participants can burn up to 1,000 calories in one, hourlong session.

At L.A. Boxing on Harrison Avenue, traditional exercise machines line the walls, but the classes center around individual punching bags.

"We don't do pilates. We don't align your chi," said Mona Johnson, who runs the franchise. "You come to work out here."

The classes are lead by professional boxer Bonnie Mann. She holds a world title and is prepping for fights this summer.

Mann said you don't have to be a boxing pro, though, to benefit from her classes. She aims to guide and correct first-timers, while motivating the more experienced people in the class.

Participants first wrap their hands to support their fingers inside the boxing gloves. And once the gloves come on, the real workout starts – no choreography, no music, just a hardcore session with a punching bag.

Trainers say the resistance of the punching bag enhances the workout, and Mann's classes do not allow for a real rest in the entire hour.

Those two things mean that participants who go all-out can burn 1,000 calories a session.

Mann encourages novices to go at their own pace, which means they might not reach that goal the first time out.


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  • yruatwit Jun 23, 2008

    I work out regularly in the company of several different Hanes and Fruit of the Loom Boxers.

  • WilloWSnapper Jun 23, 2008

    wral does this cause it mentions cary and they know it will get lots of hits with negativity and bashing of cary

  • fatchanceimwrong Jun 23, 2008

    This is news? Fitness centers of all types have opened over the years and continue to do so. Do they all get media coverager from WRAL. I wonder who did whom what favor to get free advertising & coverage from WRAL.

  • daMoFo Jun 23, 2008

    This is innovative? People have been working out on heavy bags as far back as I remember. Someone just found a way to get yuppies to pay them for it. I have a heavy bag I hang in my backyard. No gym fees, no blaring loud music, no waiting.

  • Caesarsgirl79 Jun 23, 2008

    WRAL also did an article on Box-2-Be-Fit. When I first found out about it, I looked it up and a WRAL article came up. It only has a video clip.

  • homebrewer Jun 23, 2008

    "A chick boxer???? Phew..."

    Clint Eastwood should make a movie about that..

  • Timbo Jun 23, 2008

    A chick boxer???? Phew...

  • frayedknot Jun 23, 2008

    Wow, that advertisement looked just like a news story...

  • littlebobeep Jun 23, 2008

    Although I never boxed I always liked a boxers workout, very 'theraputic'!

    Here's the place in Brier Creek, might be worth a look.


  • Caesarsgirl79 Jun 23, 2008

    I recently heard about a boxing gym in Brier Creek. I think it's called Boxing-2-Be-Fit or something like that. I was thinking about possibly trying it. Maybe I will look into both of these. I know there used to be a boxing gym in downtown Durham. I don't know if it is still there though.