This is it … almost! TITLE Boxing Club was the closest thing I have found so far to the UFC Gym in Baton Rouge that I loved so very much. I saw an ad on Facebook for a free class, which seems to be a trend for me, and signed up! It was as easy as going to their website, filling out your info for a free class and writing a short message saying which class you wanted to try before hitting the submit button. I was emailed back with confirmation email within 24 hours and followed up with a call a few days before telling me to come a few minutes early so I could get wrapped and set up.
I showed up a bit later than hoped, thanks to my GPS, so by the time I got wrapped up and filled out the paperwork class had already began. I scheduled my class for a Sunday at 10:30AM because again I was worried about traffic and wanted to make sure I didn’t have any commitments or appointments before or after.
Class started with a few laps around the bags (these were the hanging bags I am used to) and then things really started to heat up. We did some really tough bodyweight exercises, like lunges and squats and burpees, but they weren’t like normal lunges, squats and burpees, they were like lunges, squats and burpees on steroids. It was just a lot of different moves to get warmed up and I was sweating pretty hard before we even put the gloves on to do some serious bag work. In fact there was another first timer next to me and towards the end of the warm up I heard him turn to his girlfriend/wife/whoever and say, “Why are we here?” HAHA
After the warm up, we got our gloves on and started some combinations on the bag. Luckily I have had experience with kickboxing before because there was no guidance (unlike iLoveKickboxing) and the instructor would just yell out combinations and demonstrated them 2-3 times, but had I never kickboxed before I would be completely and totally lost, like the people next to us were! I LOVED these combinations though. They were challenging and we were all punching, kicking, kneeing, spinning, jumping, ducking, I mean it was a lot! The instructor also came around with the like punchy glove things … I know, real technical, so that you could do the combination with him vs. on the bag just to give us a bit more of a challenge. After the bag work, we finished with some super intense ab workouts followed by a bit of stretching.
I 100% like this kickboxing class the best so far in Houston, but it still wasn’t up to par with the UFC Gym in Baton Rouge, the main reason being the staff, not that the staff was rude or mean or anything, just because they weren’t very informative or engaging. At iLoveKickboxing and the UFC Gym, they made a real effort to get to know you and teach you, whereas TITLE just taught the class and if you could follow along then it was an incredible workouts, otherwise you were just a lost puppy.
After class I went to return the gloves and there was no one at the front desk. I waited for about all of a minute or so but was so sweaty and smelly and hungry that I just put the gloves down and left. We (my husband joined me for this class) did get a call as we were driving home saying they were sorry they didn’t get to catch us before we headed out and wanted to know how we liked it and if we had any questions. I did check out the pricing sheet while I was waiting to return my gloves and I thought the pricing was pretty reasonable. They had a couple different options for membership so here they are:
1 year unlimited classes = 0 initiation fee, $940 total paid in full
1 year unlimited classes = 99 initiation fee, 69+tax/month
6 months unlimited classes = 0 initiation fee, $450 total paid in full
Month-month unlimited classes = 149 initiation fee, 89+tax/month
2 weeks unlimited = 100
Most of those also include a week pass for friends/family
These may not seem reasonable to some people, but that was one of the most intense workouts I have experienced so far on this journey and am already feeling sore. I know I will be hurting tomorrow. Basically, what I am saying is if you want to have a ton of fun and get an pretty damn intense workout in at the same time, this is the place to be. If they had a location closer to where we live, I would highly consider doing more classes with them. Also, at the beginning of class the instructor mentioned that for any newbies he would offer a half hour of training with him to work on technique, which is fantastic, but it really would be beneficial before the class … not after!
For more info, or to sign up for your free class, visit https://titleboxingclub.com/houston-westchase-tx/ or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TITLEBoxingClubHoustonWestheimer/