Title Boxing Club Review: Dominating the Power Hour

Can You Really Burn 1,000 Calories in an Hour?

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Gone are the days of Billy Blanks' Tae Bo kickboxing-inspired workouts. While you may still find a few cardio kickboxing classes at your local fitness center, many of these classes are being replaced by more "hardcore" boxing and kickboxing gyms. Instead of wide-open aerobics rooms, you're more likely to find spaces filled with heavy bags, boxing rings, and functional fitness equipment, such as medicine balls, jump ropes, and kettlebells.

That said, many people don't feel comfortable stepping inside a traditional boxing gym. It's intimidating if you don't know what you're doing. Not to mention, walking into a facility with amateur fighters sparring in one corner, and cauliflower-eared coaches shouting at boxers in another, isn't exactly inviting.

That's why fitness-focused boxing clubs, including Title Boxing Club, are popping up around the country. These clubs combine the intensity and physicality of traditional fighting with the upbeat and inviting atmosphere of a boutique fitness studio.

I had the opportunity to test out Title Boxing Club's Power Hour boxing class at their North Austin, TX location. This is what I learned:

1. Title Boxing Club Offers Clean and Open Facilities

When you walk into a Title Boxing Club, you're greeted by a wide entryway that opens to a large room filled with heavy bags and a boxing ring. There are benches, water fountains, bathrooms, and lockers, all available for use.

The staff is friendly and welcoming—there are no hulking boxers soaked in blood and sweat waiting to beat you into submission.

Because Title Boxing is a franchise, you can expect every location to look similar and to be managed according to the same general principles, although there may be slight variations in tone and atmosphere based on specific ownership.

2. The Staff Are Friendly and Helpful

The Power Hour class is an actual boxing class. This means you need wraps, gloves, and access to a bag. If you're new, you don't have to worry—club staff will help you get wrapped and gloved up by providing you with access to loaner gloves and a pair of wraps. Keep in mind, you may have to pay a nominal fee to buy the wraps, but trust me, you don't really want to use wraps previously worn by someone else. It's a small price to pay, both literally and metaphorically.

The club manager at the North Austin location wrapped my hands, giving me a tutorial on how it's done. Then he outfitted me with a pair of loaner gloves and suggested I "claim" a heavy bag close to the instructor. The manager and instructor then gave me a rundown of what a typical class entails:

  • 15 minutes of warmup and conditioning exercises
  • 8, 3-minute rounds of boxing exercises (a total of 24 minutes)
  • 15 minutes of core work

The entire class is designed to last 54 minutes and will target every muscle from head to toe.

3. The Class Promotes a Team-Like Atmosphere

I'd previously taken a 9Round kickboxing class, so I thought I knew what to expect. I was only sort of right.

The Power Hour class is almost twice as long as the 9Round circuit (which is a 30-minute workout), so while there were similarities between the two, there were quite a few differences.

First, Power Hour is an instructor-led group fitness class, while 9Round is a self-directed circuit. The group fitness atmosphere of Power Hour lends itself to greater class camaraderie and teamwork. In fact, many of the exercises involved partner work, where both partners punched the same heavy bag at the same time, or passed a medicine ball back and forth. The class I attended was relatively small (about 10 participants), and I had the chance to speak with and work with several classmates. Everyone was friendly, welcoming, and encouraging.

The instructor-led format was also a nice feature. The instructor did much of the class along with us, so it was easy to get a feel for the proper form by following his lead.

He also made a point of circling the class, correcting form, offering constant motivation, and providing a steady countdown of each exercise's remaining time. The club manager even got in on the action by walking through the class with punching mitts, working individually with each participant to help them improve hand-eye coordination and speed.

4. Working With a Heavy Bag Is Tough

If you haven't used a heavy bag before, let me tell you, it's tough. Every time you throw a punch, you're met with the force of the heavy bag, "hitting" you back. The result is a high-impact workout for your upper body that strengthens and challenges every major muscle group. You tighten your core as you rotate your hips and torso, you flex your chest, shoulders, and back as you jab and punch, and you support your movements with your lower body. You'll work muscles you didn't know you had in ways you didn't know were possible.

5. Additional Conditioning Work Amps Up the Calorie Burn

Interspersed throughout the routine are cardio and strength exercises, such as jumping jacks, burpees, squats, lunges, and mountain climbers. You really never stop moving, which means you maximize the class' calorie burn.

6. You Feel Spent Afterward

By the end of the hour, I was spent. I hadn't worked my upper body that hard in months, and I was ready to take a breather. But despite my exhaustion, I also felt great. The workout had been tough, but energizing at the same time.

Considerations

The classes are considered "all level," but if you haven't exercised in awhile, I would suggest checking to see whether your local club offers a more beginner-friendly or introductory class. While my instructor did a good job of reminding participants to go at their own pace and only do movements that felt comfortable, in a group setting it's common for people to push themselves past their ability level, opening themselves up to injury. By easing your way in and focusing on form rather than "keeping up," you'll be able to stick with the workout long term.

A Word From Verywell

It's important to remember to take workout marketing with a grain of salt. Title Boxing Club claims the Power Hour class can help you burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour, the key words are "up to." Calorie expenditure is highly individualized based on factors like sex, height, weight, body composition and total muscle mass. A 6'5", 350-pound man will burn more calories in an hour than a 5'1", 110-pound woman. While the Power Hour class is certainly a tough workout that's bound to burn a lot of calories, don't automatically assume you've burned 1,000 calories during each class. 

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