Champions Boxfit offers a fun way to work out

Special to the HeraldMarch 17, 2014 

Trainers LaToya Dee, left, and Jenny Taylor work to motivate students to stay fit, while having fun. Taylor opened the Champion's Boxfit gym in October 2012 to offer people an opportunity to exercise and stay healthy. PHOTO PROVIDED

Looking for a fun way to get fit?

Champion's Boxfit is a new way to do it.

Jenny Taylor, mother of Saint Stephen's Episcopal School senior Christina Taylor, opened the Bradenton gym in October 2012 to offer people an opportunity to exercise and stay healthy in a fun way.

"I wanted somewhere that I could introduce people to a different way of working out ... one that was fun, different every time you did it and (offered) strength conditioning, as well as cardio," Taylor said.

Saint Stephen's senior Jacqueline Perron, who has attended training classes, said Taylor's gym is the perfect place to get fit.

"(Taylor) makes the classes entertaining and fun. The hour flies by, and it is a great way to get in shape," Perron said.

Jan Pullen, Head of School at Saint Stephen's, said she has always been hooked on exercise, and this new gym has fueled her drive to stay fit. She recently finished a six-week boot camp that consisted of two classes every week from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.

"I started on Wednesday afternoons, (but) it has grown into trying to exercise almost every day and to try to take

the best care of myself that I can," Pullen said.

Senior Christina Taylor said her mother's class has had a positive impact on the school community.

The workout "promotes teamwork and makes (our) school community healthier and happier," she said.

Pullen said Taylor classes fare un, but disciplined.

"(Jenny's) a bootcamp sergeant with a smile," Pullen said.

Physical education coach Stephanie Travis said Taylor keeps students honest by practicing what she preaches.

"She is stern, but she motivates us by leading by example," Travis said.

Pullen said attending classes at Champion's Boxfit has added fun to her routine.

"It has definitely answered a prayer for me. (I found) a way to keep physically fit, and … it is a fun way to exercise. I never in my life thought I would be putting boxing gloves on and hitting at a bag," Pullen said.

Taylor said she liked the idea of opening a boxing gym because it has been around since the days of the Romans and will stay in style.

"Other fads will come and go, but boxing will always be boxing," Taylor said.

Visit Champion's Boxfit at 5917 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton.

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