Meeting with Title Boxing Club Knoxville franchise owner Ashley Burns is like getting an energy boost. His enthusiasm for his new venture is certainly contagious. His Title Boxing Club franchise opened this week and the community has responded well.
Burns is a Baton Rouge native, graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, and left the United States Air Force having attained the rank of Captain. He has his Masters degree in Logistics from Trident University International. He left the Air Force when he and his wife Amber wanted to start a family. They chose Knoxville, after much prayer, for its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains and the "just right" feel they got when driving around.
Ashley is passionate about the life changing possibilities of boxing. He believes in the ability of boxing to relieve stress, build confidence and change the way one looks at one's body.
One of the most immediate things that stands out is the privacy of the room. Forty 100 pound bags hang from the ceiling of the Title Boxing Club. These bags provide privacy, which is so important to anyone who is trying something for the first time. You will not feel exposed. You will not feel as if you are being stared at. When you are at the bags, you can only see a few people on either side.
A trainer, with a headset, is on the floor during the class. The trainer provides encouragement and motivation, while the cranked up music provides rhythm to aid the movements. With over 1,000 workouts in the Title Boxing Club catalog, you will not have a repetitive, boring work out.
The first work out is always free, and Ashley says this workout works for ages eight to eighty. According to Ashley, in just the few days they have been open, several women in their sixties have been in for the classes. When asked what the one thing he wants everyone to know about Title Boxing Club, Ashley says:
"Burn up to 1000 calories an hour with TITLE Boxing Club's POWER HOUR classes"
Ashley would love to see organizations use the Title Boxing Club for fundraisers. Instead of the usual car wash or pancake breakfast, a high school group, church group or other organization could sell tickets for a private function at Title Boxing Club. Title Boxing Club provides the gloves (up to 30), the venue and the trainer. The organization keeps all the funds raised.
Title Boxing Club Knoxville is on North Peters Road, in the same complex as The U.P.S. store and JoAnn's. Check out the Title Boxing Club website for hours and classes or call them at (865)-622-5569. For a look at the facility check out the slide show.