WICHITA — Even Wichitans who aren't looking to get in shape are going to have a hard time avoiding gyms soon.
In addition to new Planet Fitness and Gold's Gym locations, Title Boxing Club is coming to the city.
It may sound exclusive to boxers, but the franchise actually is a fitness center.
"We're basically taking the danger out," says Chris Gerhardt, who is opening the business with Matt McClure. Gerhardt says they want it to "be something everyone can do just to get in shape."
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The first of what they think will be three Title Boxing Clubs will open in 5,527 square feet near 21st and Rock Road at the Shops at Tallgrass early this summer.
Gerhardt is a business consultant and former employee of equipment dealer Title Boxing, which is the company that started the fitness franchise in Kansas City.
He says more than 100 of the franchises have been purchased so far, and there are about 40 open nationally.
For $59.99 a month, clients can have group classes and individual training using the same exercises as those who box or do mixed martial arts.
"We just turn it into (a) regular workout program for everybody," Gerhardt says.
There's a boxing ring, but he says the majority of the class is on a boxing bag.
The classes have a warm-up, boxing rounds and core work at the end.
"This gym offers a coach that's with you the entire time," Gerhardt says. "There's some pretty fantastic coaches that are already on board."
That includes pro boxer Manny Thompson and Ross "The Boss" Puritty, a former heavyweight world champion.