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The Sweet Science Of Getting Fit 

A boxing student gets some pointers from Title Boxing Club trainer Jonathan Williams.

In this month’s fitness adventures, the Long Islander News team has investigated all sorts of ways to get fit in the New Year. Last Tuesday, it was time for us to tackle the sweet science, harnessed with the purpose of achieving total body fitness. The best part is you never have to worry about dodging a right hook.

When my editor Luann Dallojacono and I arrived at Title Boxing Club’s 335 Main St. studio nestled in the heart of the Gerard Street municipal lot, we were greeted by Steven Stone, the general manager. While he’s a fairly recent convert to the boxing-fitness model, he’s no stranger to fitness – he’s been a certified personal trainer since age 21.

“Fitness has always has been a passion,” he said.

But, in recent years, he was looking for something new. When he learned that Title Boxing, a manufacturer of boxing apparel and equipment, was branching out into fitness clubs, he explored a franchise opportunity and took a class to get the full effect. The results, he said, were eye-opening, and he opened the Huntington village location – Long Island’s first – in August.

“The way I felt after taking that first class… it was exhilarating,” he said. “This is the workout for me.”

Title Boxing Club’s proprietary workout is called the “power hour,” tailored around either boxing or kickboxing. “The first 15” minutes includes a warm-up of jogging, push-ups, squats, lunges, mountain climbers and squat jumps.

It may sound daunting, but here’s the beauty of the workout – you go at your own pace, and if you decide to slow down and not cram a squat into every waking second, no trainer is going to bark at you for slacking. The key is to keep your heart rate up and keep moving, Stone said. As you gain strength, you can train harder within the framework of the workout.

“It’s age-neutral, gender-neutral and fitness-level-neutral,” Stone said. “No matter who you are, you can do this workout and not be scared away.”

Nevertheless, in that first 15, I’ve never been so happy in my life to do pushups – just to give my legs a break.

When the warm-up winds down, the real fun begins – it’s time to put your gloves on for a 30-minute battle with the 110-pound bag in front of you. The bulk of the exercise is broken into three-minute rounds, each one focusing on different punch combinations, with one-minute “active rest” intervals in between rounds.

For someone who has never boxed before and currently boasts a lifetime 0-0 record in schoolyard fistfights, let’s just say punching a huge black bag was a little awkward at first. But with a little bit of direction on proper form, stance and tempo, it came to me surprisingly quickly. Pretty soon, I felt very comfortable slugging away. There’s also great comfort in knowing that your sparring partner will never hit back.

Not only can you burn up to 1,000 calories in one hour while getting a total-body, functional workout, the catharsis is noticeable. And if you’re like me and your first attempt at a sit-up following a round of planks results in not so much as a crunch, but hysterical laughter? Welcome.

Thanks to a friendly, encouraging staff, you’ll never feel discouraged as you discover your fitness level, only excited to get back on your feet, put on your gloves, get back to pounding the bag and taking another step closer to your goals.

Memberships run $99 per month with a one-year commitment and get you full access to the club along with gloves, wraps and a Title Boxing Club bag. For those who want to go month-by-month without a yearlong commitment, it’s $129 a month. Call 631-683-8060 to learn more or visit http://huntington-main.titleboxingclub.com.

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