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I Tried It: Boxing Fusion


Photo by Corey Jenkins

You Try It

Various times, Monday through Saturday

Xplicit Fitness
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Grantville

There’s no greater stress reliever than beating your fists against a heavy bag.

I couldn’t wait to punch away my tension at the Boxing Fusion class at Grantville’s Xplicit Fitness, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. Boxing… fused with what, exactly?

The owner, Chad Yarvitz, is a former Golden Gloves champion. He started the class with a 30-minute warm-up. Be warned: This “warm-up” is intense.

While Yarvitz shouted out health facts, we alternated between jumping lunges, Swiss-ball push-ups, dumbbell rows, sprints, and—my favorite—flinging heavy battle ropes.

Then trainer Mike Douglas joined Yarvitz and explained our next challenge: three minutes (the length of a boxing round) at each of six stations. We worked our way through chest-presses and rows on TRX straps, shuttle sprints, plank hammer curls, time on a rower, and plenty of punching: on a heavy bag, a double-ended bag, and even trainer-held focus mitts for people with boxing experience.

The hour finished up with “the Grid,” a 10-minute all-out sprint to fit in as many reps as possible of 60 v-ups (jackknife sit-ups), 20 bear crawls, and five shuttle runs.

This mash-up of boxing and functional fitness is a tough workout, but also easily customized to every fitness level. I was never bored, and at the end of the hour I was sweat-soaked and panting—and completely stress-free.

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