Going 12 rounds
Calling itself a “group fitness and boxing experience,” Mayweather Boxing + Fitness, created by legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather, has opened its first Michigan studio at 34000 Woodward Avenue in Birmingham. The studio is led by franchisees Rod and Paloma Blanes. Rod, who previously was a commercial pilot with Delta, has a lifelong passion for fitness and boxing, and the Blanes plan to open several more franchises in the surrounding area. Paloma, who brings experience in circuit training and Crossfit, will be the studio manager. “It’s a fitness gym geared towards boxing,” Rod said, noting the studio will feature treadmills, rowers, free weights, battle ropes and jump ropes. “Classes are circuit based, with 12 rounds. The first two rounds are warming up, the next eight rounds have boxing, with three rounds changing each day so people don’t get bored. They’re 45-minute workouts meant for busy people who want an efficient workout.” While boxing is incorporated into every workout, and instructors will walk around teaching proper techniques each class, the studio does not feature a boxing ring. “There is no sparring at Mayweather’s,” Rod said. “It’s not meant for someone looking for a fight, but for someone looking to get fit.” Head Birmingham instructor is former Detroit Lions linebacker and professional boxer Alexander Lewis.
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