Workout at TITLE Boxing Club packs a punch
Brookfield location is first in the state

By Katherine Michalets - Special to The Freeman

March 15, 2013

Darlene Waters wanted to try a boxing workout because, "Why not workout and get a skill at the same time?" She took advantage of the free Power Hour workout at TITLE Boxing Club in Brookfield on Mar. 12, 2013.
Mary Catanese/Special to The Freeman

BROOKFIELD - The atmosphere of TITLE Boxing Club makes you feel like Muhammad Ali could walk through the doors, but the purpose of the new fitness gym is to get people into shape without fighting or feeling intimidated.

As the name implies, there are 61 heavy bags or punching bags hanging from the ceiling of TITLE Boxing Club. There is even a small boxing ring in the corner near the windows. Located along the wall, there are weights, kettlebells and treadmills for use by customers throughout the day.

Lori Anacker, who owns the business with her husband, Steve, said the intent of the instructor-led workouts is empowering and energizing. The gym does not teach fighting, but helps participants to get in shape by doing total body boxing and kickboxing fitness routines, using the heavy bags during TITLE Boxing Club’s signature “Power Hour” class.

Information on TITLE Boxing Club’s website says participants can lose up to 1,000 calories during the Power Hour. Anacker said music is played to help “take people’s minds off that they’re working so hard.”

The workout is comparable to group personal training. “It’s a really unique workout. You won’t find it anywhere else,” Anacker said.

Juan Ochoa, joined TITLE Boxing Club to get back in shape. He said he enjoys boxing because he likes "to be able to hit something without getting arrested."
Mary Catanese/Special to The Freeman

The Anackers purchased franchising rights to open the Brookfield location and plan to open two others in the Milwaukee area, with the next one possibly opening by this year’s holiday season.

The Anackers’ son Matthew serves as general manager of the Brookfield location. Since opening Feb. 16 on Bluemound Road, the feedback has been all positive, he said.

Every workout is different, but every one is intense

Participants have also told him that they were “pushed harder than they normally can go on their own.”

He added that each Power Hour is different because the instructors put their own twist on the routine and also tend to switch up the order each time. The Power Hour is an interval-based workout program that combines bouts of intense cardio and boxing exercises with short periods of rest.

TITLE Boxing Club also offers personal training in the ring, which is intended to help improve the person’s striking technique.

Steve Anacker, left, owner of TITLE Boxing Club in Brookfield, put on a pair of boxing gloves to train with his son, Matt, who is the general manager of the newly opened fitness club.
Mary Catanese/Special to The Freeman

Female clients are drawn in by TITLE Boxing Club’s offerings, Lori Anacker said. “Being on the bags is empowering,” she said.

Participants can range from 8-year-old children (accompanied by an adult) to people well into their 60s, Anacker said.

Currently 24 Power Hour classes are offered each week, although that will likely grow to about 30 to 32. The first class is free, and after that there is a monthly membership. A grand opening celebration is also planned for Saturday which will allow the community to get a sampling of TITLE Boxing Club.

The four instructors at TITLE Boxing Club have a variety of backgrounds, from a former Marine who taught boxing to a Carroll University exercise science major, but all are trained to teach at the club and are either certified or are in the process of getting certified.

At a glance

What: TITLE Boxing Club

Where: 17115-D W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield

Hours: Classes are offered seven days per week, ranging from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. depending on the day of the week.

Grand opening celebration: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Power Hour classes are 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Prizes and raffles throughout the day.

Info: 395-4311, and on Facebook