What takes 30 minutes, changes every day, has no set class times, includes a trainer and let’s you pretend to be an MMA fighter for a solid 30minutes of your daily life?
9Round 30Min Kickbox Fitness.
A 30-minute, full body, kickboxing workout, 9Round is set to open their very first Huntsville location at Twickenham Square this winter.
“What I liked about it is that it is so fast, you are constantly doing something,” said franchisee Steve Bump.
Bump who owns the Anytime Fitness in Hampton Cove with his wife Jodi, was introduced to 9Round by a friend who had joined the franchise’s first Alabama location in Tuscaloosa.
“I go on the website and immediately I think, we need this in Huntsville,” said Bump
The concept is structured around a system of 9 rounds, the workouts at each changing daily, with rotations between rounds every 3 minutes assisted by a green, yellow and red signal light.
“Every three minutes the green light goes off and you begin the round. Two and a half minutes in the yellow light goes off and the trainers yell “30 seconds!” and you just punch it out as much as you can until the red light goes off signaling the end of the round. At that point, the trainer will then yell a transitional exercise (squats, lunges, jumping jacks, burpees, etc.) as you’re moving to the next round, then the green light will go off again and the trainers will yell “next round!” and you’ll start whatever exercise is set up next for you,” explained Bump.
The beauty of the concept? Fast paced guided exercise with no set class times.
One of the biggest reasons people fail to hit the gym in his experience, said Bump, was missed class times. “People see they are a few minutes late for class and then end up deciding to just not go at all. Well, at 9Round, if you miss your 9:00 class, we have a 9:03, and a 9:06, and a 9:09, and a 9:12, because literally every 3 minutes a new rounds starts. With 9Round, whenever you’re ready, you just jump in and start your workout.”
Membership will include not only your gloves, wraps and access to 9Round nutrition with customized meal plans, members will also receive a MyZone heartrate monitor to wear around their chests during workouts.
Similar to a fitbit, the monitor is Bluetooth enabled and allows you to choose a custom fighter name to display on a large screen in the gym which shows your current heart rate, calories burned and the zone you are in so you know if you’re burning fat.
“The cool thing about the monitor is that it’s not just for use at 9Round,” said Bump. “The device can hold up to 10 hours of data and will download to the 9round computer when you come in next. That way you can utilize it for your personal workouts outside the gym as well. There’s even an app you can download to your phone for it.”
For Bump, one of the main selling points on the concept for him was it’s shear affordability. “Even the most expensive monthly membership, the month to month membership, will only be $99/month,” but of course Bump says, there will be special introductory pricing and deals when the gyms opens, and your first workout is always free to try!
For those new to kickboxing, don’t fear, 9Round will have special first timer workouts focusing on basic punching and basic kicking technique. From there says Bump, the intensity of your workout is up to you. “Our goal is to teach people good technique and then let you go at the workout as much as you can. If you’re burning your butt out there, it’s about a 500-600 calorie workout in 30mins. People are busy and our goal is to get you in and out.”
The gym, which currently has plans to open sometime after Christmas will be open from 6am-1:30 and 3:30-8pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday; From 8am-1:30 and 3:30-8pm Tuesday and Thursday and 8am-12pm Saturday.