Kim Nofsinger has a remedy for Carrollwood residents under stress.
Hitting a punching bag at Title Boxing Club.
The franchise recently opened at 14309 N. Dale Mabry Highway in the Grand Plaza shopping center just south of Bearss Avenue. Nofsinger, a partner and owner of the boxing club, talked to Patch about why Carrollwood was chosen as the new location and the fitness programs at the club.
Patch: How did you choose Carrollwood for the new location?
Nofsinger: We are going to open 10 in the Tampa area. We just started looking at spaces, and this one happened to be where we can open quickly. We loved the demographic, and the environment here is perfect. Lots of families and active people.
Patch: What is the fitness program here like?
Nofsinger: Everybody's misconception is that we are a fight gym. It's strictly fitness and kickboxing classes. The gym is open all day, so people can come in for cardio. You can burn 1,000 calories per hour.
Patch: What do you offer that sets you apart from other gyms in the area?
Nofsinger: For some, this will be your sole gym. For most people, it's supplemental. They are looking for something unique. About 75 to 80 percent do something else. They belong to LA Fitness, they are a runner, they play tennis. It's something to shake up their workout.
Patch: What are the benefits of boxing?
Nofsinger: It's a total body workout. You use every muscle when you box and kickbox. For women, the great thing is that a boxer has the shape we all want. It uses muscles you don't use doing anything else.
Patch: What do you think about LA Fitness taking over the Lifestyles locations in north Tampa? Do you plan to absorb some of those members?
Nofsinger: We don't look at the big box gyms as competition. They don't offer what we offer, we don't offer what they offer. We hope if people are losing memberships there, they can try it out and change up their workout.
Classes are held daily, and the first class at the boxing club is free. Call 813-443-0865 for more information.
Editor's note: Anyone who mentions this story to officials at the club receives free boxing gloves through Aug. 5.