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The Boxing picks up the pace in Canton

BY ELAINE GEROU & NATALIE SHIRVANIAN 
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & SPORTS EDITOR 

Have you lost motivation to stay fit? Have your workouts become monotonous and boring? Are you in need of change? If any of these apply, Title Boxing Club, a franchise with locations across the country, is the solution. Opened in Canton on July 20, this unique gym offers a workout like no other that adds the addictive element of adrenaline, reeling in new members daily.

Boxer Jordan Newton strikes hard against trainer Devin Skrmbellos at Title Boxing in Canton.
Boxer Jordan Newton strikes hard
against trainer Devin Skrmbellos
at Title Boxing in Canton.

Michael Kemsley, owner of the Canton location, was a member of Title Boxing in Farmington Hills for six months before deciding to purchase his own.

“It [Title Boxing] changed my life,” Kemsley said. “It’s something I strongly believe in.”

Kemsley knew he could make a difference when he and business partner Jerry Kim opened the club.

“I’ve had so many family memberships from people doing this with their kids, saying, ‘Oh my gosh, my son actually talks to me now, my daughter wants to hangout with me’.” Kemsley said.

The classes include boxing, kickboxing, power hour workouts and personal training in a regulation-boxing ring, all teaching proper technique of the various punches and kicks.

Depending on one’s intensity, body weight, metabolism and other various factors, the sessions can burn up to 1,000 calories according to customers’ Fitbits.

The workouts make every muscle burn and are the perfect combination of cardio with strength training, requiring heavy breathing and producing streams of perspiration for all participants.

Some may feel intimidated by a workout this intense; however, everyone can take it at their own pace and take breaks as needed.

“I’ve got people in wheelchairs who do this, eight-year-olds, a guy who wears an eye patch, so it is for everyone,” said Kemsley.

The acceptance of Title Boxing Club relieves the feeling of intimidation, welcoming everyone to the community.

“[The best part about Title Boxing] is the environment—the passion and the fact that when you look behind you, in front of you, left and right, everyone is doing the same thing. It’s not someone reading a paper, talking on their phone or walking around the gym, not knowing what to do,” said Kemsley. “That’s why I invested in it.”

The experience keeps many first-timers coming back. Graciela Otero was hooked after her first week, immediately committing to going six days a week and is now a committed employee, loving her “fun” job.

“I was addicted right away,” Otero said. “From Aug. 1 to Oct. 1, I lost 17 pounds just doing this. I didn’t change my diet. I didn’t change anything I did other than the direction I drove after work. The trainers kept me motivated, and that’s what pulled me in.”

There are seven different trainers that offer various workouts and motivation methods, so customers are never bored.

“I switch it up, [but] I usually teach kick-boxing,” said Detann Wilson after instructing a grueling core workout.

The club offers the first workout free and encourages everyone to try it out, and there are personal and family plans offered. Children as young as eight-years-old are able to join.

With the franchise’s one of a kind motto bringing much success, Kemsley will be opening another location in either Plymouth or Northville within the next year, bringing the intensity even closer to Schoolcraft.

Whether wanting to get in shape, relieve stress or create a positive life change, Title Boxing can improve anyone’s life. Title Boxing is located at 5848 Sheldon Rd. and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information or class schedules, call at (734) 207-0337 or visit their website canton-sheldon.titleboxingclub.com or Facebook page at facebook.com/ TITLECanton.