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Fighting Fitness LLC Keeps the Fight Out of Boxing

By Pamela Sosnowski

Although boxing as a fitness regimen has taken off in the U.S. ever since the Rocky movies, the idea of taking a hit to the face prevents most people from lacing on boxing gloves. Jennifer Keenan, the owner and founder of Fighting Fitness USA, wants people to know that inside her Orange-based boxing studio they have nothing to fear.

"There is no brawling at Fighting Fitness LLC," she said. "It's not about the face trauma, but the love. It's all about form and the love of the sport."

Although some clients do come to Fighting Fitness with aspirations of boxing competitively, the gym's motto of "real people, real boxing, real results" assures that boxing is appropriate for anybody, from kids to retirees. The classes range from beginner boxing which teaches the basics up to Muay Thai, a Thai combat sport that incorporates the lower body when striking an opponent.

Keenan's road to boxing began with a struggle to lose weight, often though fad diets, supplements, and trying to get into shape on her own at home. Witnessing a boxing class at her gym as she took another monotonous turn on the treadmill was the push she needed to try the sport. After discovering that boxing delivered a full body workout that improved cardiovascular strength and burned off calories, and stress, she became hooked on the sport. She was inspired to obtain personal trainer certification in 2006 and opened Fighting Fitness the same year.

The gym is open seven days a week and in addition to boxing classes, also offers classes in martial arts, interval training and conditioning, abs work, and more. Two classes are available for younger, aspiring boxers: kids' gloves fitness, suitable for five to 10-year-old kid and tween boxing, for those 11-17. Both classes as well as the adult boxing classes teach proper form and include pushups and abs exercises.

Fighting Fitness also offers open gym workouts at 9 AM on Saturdays. This gives members the opportunity to train with bags, weights, and other equipment whether they only have 20 minutes or the full hour to get pumped for the weekend.

"We offer one-on-one training and semi privates," Keenan said. "But classes are most popular."

No matter what kind of workout one visits the gym for, one thing remains consistent: the friendly, welcoming nature. Clients describe Fighting Fitness as a great family friendly gym with a very comfortable environment. Keenan and her trainers can adjust moves for those with limitations and keep the environment safe and encouraging.

All of these qualities are helping to bring participants of all ages into the gym and erase any negative beliefs about boxing. Keenan is proud that her establishment is introducing clients of all ages to the sport as they punch and jab their way to fitness.

"We have boxers as young as five and as old as 80." she said. "Come in for fun and be ready to work. Play hard, train hard and laugh."

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