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Fit Club, Not 'Fight Club'

Title Boxing Club in Springfield has 58 punching bags and allows no sparring. It's a fit club, not a fight club, says co-owner Kate Carski.

Title Boxing Club in Springfield has 58 punching bags and allows no sparring. It's a fit club, not a fight club, says co-owner Kate Carski. Photo contributed

Some call it back-to-school stress. Others call it a seasonal rush. Either way, early fall is filling up Springfield gyms like TITLE Boxing Club with moms and children ready to punch one of the 58 heavy bags the center houses.

Opened in October of last year, TITLE Boxing Club Springfield is attracting members who strive to participate in a challenging, high impact and motivational workout. (No sparring, says co-owner Kate Carski: "It's a fit club, not a fight club.")

Current members at TITLE Boxing Club, Springfield are men and women, ranging in age from 13 to 60. Julie Silverman Peasley favors the kickboxing classes as cross-training to her marathon prep. She says she sees them as almost meditative and the focus to perform the punch and kick combos leaves her with no mental space to worry about anything else. She also employs the cardio equipment and free weights. Peasley chose TBC Springfield because of their friendly and encouraging staff and their diverse membership base.

Ted Croushore works out with his family, and says he likes the classes because they don't get boring like other workouts.