Some members use club to lose weight
Pinckney resident Karl Burr has two bits of advice for people who want to lose a lot of weight — talk with your doctor and try the TITLE Boxing Club in Brighton.
The 29-year-old weighed in at 555 pounds 13 months ago, dropped to 480 with the help of eating-addiction pills and — seven months after working out with TITLE’s personal trainers — now tips the scale at 388. He has a goal of losing 100 more pounds this year and 50 more by summer 2017.
“I’m feeling awesome,” said Burr, a 2005 Pinckney Community High School graduate and a Jimmy John’s delivery driver. “I’ve been able to lose 100 pounds, basically (by boxing).
“People are excited to see me and I’m excited to see people here,” he added.Burr and his mother, Pollyann Walker, work out in the boxing club, 8491 W. Grand River Ave., at least two or three times a week and have already lost a combined total of 237 pounds.Burr is down 167 pounds and hopes to lose a total of 305. Walker’s already lost 70, dropping from 400 to 330.
TITLE makes it easy for its 600 members to stay in shape. The club has 60 heavy punching bags; a boxing ring for personal training and mitt work; two treadmills and an elliptical machine for cardio work; free weights to bulk up; lockers; and showers.
“We were just rated the fastest-growing franchise in the country, actually,” said co-owner Jamie Bagget, whose father, a 1980 Olympic boxing hopeful, has lost 40 pounds in the club. “The boxing workout is a total body workout and it’s fun.“This is really scary to people, and I was scared, so I totally understand, but it’s fun,” she added. “It’s not scary and your first class is free.”
Lynde Zlamal, an amateur boxer, first signed up to get fit, but now uses to club to train for upcoming bouts. She likes working out with groups and hopes to fight for a Detroit Golden Gloves title later this year.
“I love it,” Zlamal said of the club. “It’s a really nice family atmosphere and they’re really encouraging,
“There are people of all ages and abilities,” she added. “Above all, people are just trying to let out some steam and feel good about themselves.”
When Burr steps into the club, he breaks a sweat in a boxing and kickboxing class or gets one-on-one help with a personal trainer.Under the watchful eye of the trainer, he’ll start with a 15-minute warm-up, box and kickbox for eight rounds, usually three minutes each, and rest for a minute in-between. He’ll then leave the ring and pound on his midsection with a medicine ball for the rest of the hour. Burr throws jabs, crosses, hooks and upper cuts, and he kicks one of the 100-pound punching bags.
Walker’s already noticed her son’s progress. Burr is losing weight to enjoy things he likes to do, such as ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and go on roller-coaster rides. He also wants to be around to watch his nephew and niece grow up.
“Last Sunday (Jan. 31), he was walking down the hall with a new shirt and new jeans and I could notice right then that he had lost 150 pounds,” Walker said. “It was fantastic.
“He encourages me and I encourage him,” she added.
The club also has 11 personal trainers to guide its members through individual and group workouts. It is open from 5:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; from 5:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays; and from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Karl Burr and his mom, Pollyann Walker, both work out at Title Boxing Club, where Burr works to lose weight to his targetted 250 pounds. Karl began his wight loss drive at 555 pounds, and has lost 92 pounds since June working at the specialized Brighton gym.
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