Here’s a link to the story that I posted exactly 6 months ago: http://www.ilovemv.org/new-blog-1/category/title-boxing5
Update: It’s been 6 months since I joined Title Boxing Club and I wanted to share a few things about my experience taking boxing classes.
First of all, I can’t believe how much stronger I am as a result of boxing. I can lift heavy items much easier and I have much more endurance. I can fly up the stairs when I park on the top level of a parking lot downtown Mountain View. I can sling a 50 pound bag of chicken food over my shoulder and move it from my car to my house. Doing yard work is so much easier. Everything is easier when you’re stronger.
I feel more confident as a result of boxing. I haven’t had the opportunity to punch anyone, nor do I see that happening in my near future, but I do feel like I could handle myself better, now that I’ve been boxing for 6 months, if something were to happen and I needed to stop someone from bothering me.
And I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the sense of camaraderie that I feel towards the other members of Title Boxing Club. I’ve been a member of 3 other gyms in Mountain View over the last decade and I certainly did not feel like I looked forward to working out with the other members from any of those clubs.
Those people were just random strangers that were exercising next to me, but at Title Boxing it feels very different. People encourage each other and tell each other that they did a good job when the workout is over. I searched online for some kind of scientific evidence as to why I feel like everyone is my friend there, but I can’t find anything. You’ll just have to trust me, or experience it for yourself.
And when one of those people that you’ve been hitting the bag with says to you, “I’ll see you tomorrow,” you feel like you don’t want to let anyone down—of course you need to meet them there the next day!
The woman next to me in the photo is Jing. She’s a Public Health Nurse for Santa Clara County and she’s been a member at Title for over a year. She told me that she’s much more confident, has more endurance, and is stronger and more toned, now that she’s been boxing. She also told me that she enjoys the workout so much that she always feels motivated to keep it up. Jing and I both think we’ve discovered the Fountain of Youth.
We’re both wearing the Flame hand wraps that we earned for working out to 12 times in October. I like that Title always has challenges/contests that keep members motivated.
I’m on my second pair of gloves. Yes, I actually wore out one pair. It took me a while to figure out exactly what to wear so that I didn’t have to think about my clothes at all. Once I found the perfect leggings, I got a few pairs and I’m set now. It’s not a fashion show and no one cares what you’re wearing.
Each trainer is different, so you never get bored with the routine. Kim is a friendly drill sergeant and has her class work in pairs for some rounds. It’s a fun way to test yourself against your neighbor. Armand talks to us like we’re really training for a fight, which cracks me up because I would probably cry if someone punched me in the face. Jenni drinks 5 cups of coffee before class and then demonstrates the combos so fast that she’s a blur, and has lots of motivating words that she shares with us while we’re pounding the bags (below). Ariya moves with the style and grace of a professional boxer. Every class is different and it never gets old.
"You’re stronger than you think!"
"Surprise yo damn self!"
I’m so happy that I discovered Title Boxing Club. And I would have never guessed how much I would enjoy punching a 100 lb bag. You should give it a try.