Last year, Myrtle Beach resident Connie Williams was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She was prescribed a medication called Metformin to keep her sugar levels in check, set about to watch her carbs and lost 40 pounds.
She and husband Michael Williams then attended a traditional gym for a time, but she said she didn’t feel as if she was accomplishing anything.
“It was a good start, but at a regular gym, you don’t have somebody coaching you or telling you how to do things,” she said. “We kind of just did the same thing and I didn’t see any results.”
Williams, 48, had plateaued.
A friend at work told her about a new outfit called TITLE Boxing Club, located at Plantation Point Plaza in Myrtle Beach. Williams was unsure about checking it out because she said she is not an active person, let alone an athlete – and the 48 heavy bags hanging at the club might have been scary-looking as well.
“He said I should really go, and that he never felt better – so I went, and I absolutely loved it,” she said.
What she encountered was an inclusive, family-oriented atmosphere – with folks of all ages, shapes and sizes engaged in classes designed to take a person through paces of a boxer’s training, but allowing them to train at their own pace and taking a “get fit, not hit” approach.
It’s just so motivating. All of the trainers there are so motivating. They work with you, and you don’t feel like you are not going to fit in. I fit in 100 percent. My husband is 60 and he goes with me three times a week.
“It’s just so motivating,” she said. “All of the trainers there are so motivating. They work with you, and you don’t feel like you are not going to fit in. I fit in 100 percent. My husband is 60 and he goes with me three times a week.”
Within two weeks of signing up and starting classes, Williams noticed that her blood sugar levels were dropping. She came off her medication more than two weeks ago.
“My sugar is perfectly normal,” Williams said. “I check it several times a day just because I want to make sure that it is still normal, and it is.”
When she was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, her blood sugar was 240 in the morning. Now it is below 120.
“To me, that’s a big story, because having diabetes really worried me,” she said.
TITLE Boxing Club head trainer Tyron Johnson, a.k.a. Coach “T,” has been a personal trainer for roughly 17 years. A former boxer, Johnson won every professional fight he engaged in and was 10-0 as an amateur. Johnson understands the trepidation some people might experience with any fitness program with the word “boxing” attached.
“Anytime you hear the word ‘boxing,’ it kind of scares people because the first thing they think about is getting into a ring and throwing punches at each other,” he said. “We don’t do that here at TITLE Boxing Club. It’s a safe environment. You can come in and train like a fighter without the fight.”
He explained that the boxing class is focused on a boxing workout as far as technique and combinations utilizing the aforementioned heavy bags, plus leg work.
It’s for all fitness levels and you work at your own pace. The workout is a 15-minute warm-up and then we go into eight rounds of boxing [3 minutes each], with active recovery rest – you could do exercises like jumping jacks or side lunges – and straight into 15 minutes of core, which is ab work – crunches, sit-ups, leg lifts and planks. Everything at the end is really focused on the core.
“It’s for all fitness levels and you work at your own pace. The workout is a 15-minute warm-up and then we go into eight rounds of boxing [3 minutes each], with active recovery rest – you could do exercises like jumping jacks or side lunges – and straight into 15 minutes of core, which is ab work – crunches, sit-ups, leg lifts and planks. Everything at the end is really focused on the core.”
Johnson said anybody can participate.
“We have families come in with their young ones, and we have senior citizens. If anybody is looking to get out and change up their workout, boxing is where it’s at. Wrap up your hands, throw on the gloves and throw some punches at a bag. It’s an awesome stress-reliever and core workout and also good for flexibility.”
TITLE Boxing Club is also an ideal environment for cross training, and according to Johnson, a great option for women looking to tighten up their abs, hips and butts.
“It’s just a great workout, and it’s been changing a lot of people’s lives,” he said.
Husband-and-wife owners Michelle Monsour and Carl Monsour also participate in both the boxing and kickboxing classes.
"The benefits of our TITLE Boxing Club classes are endless,” said Michelle Monsour. “I have finally experienced weight loss that I’ve struggled with since having our children [ages 3,4 and 5]. I have increased energy and reduced stress levels. Outside of taking the classes, our trainers help motivate us and our members on eating ‘clean’ and adopting a healthier overall lifestyle.”
TITLE Boxing isn’t just about fitness and exercise. It’s a lifestyle, an experience and being part of a family that supports each other, motivates each other and holds one another accountable.
Monsour added that TITLE Boxing recommends attending classes three times a week to see life changing results.
“We’ve seen weight loss, mental health improvements, elimination of medication, Parkinson’s management as well as off-season sports training and improvement for children as well as collegiate levels.”
The family atmosphere is first thing Williams noticed when she signed up – and Monsour feels strongly about such inclusiveness.
“TITLE Boxing isn’t just about fitness and exercise,” Williams said. “It’s a lifestyle, an experience and being part of a family that supports each other, motivates each other and holds one another accountable.”
For more information about TITLE Boxing Club, go to www.myrtle-beach.titleboxingclub.com.