RIO RANCHO – High-energy, boxing-style training is coming to Rio Rancho.
LA Boxing franchisees Reece and Noelle Killebrew are gearing up to open their third metro-area location at 1650 Rio Rancho Blvd., near Kmart.
The concept encompasses workouts led by trained instructors, including boxing- or kickboxing-style training with large hanging punching bags, circuit training with ropes and other equipment, and self-defense.
Classes involve a variety of moves designed to build strength, flexibility and endurance, incorporating pushups, sit-ups and squats interspersed with rhythmic kicks and punches on a 150-pound bag.
Doing a typical one-hour session, with warmups and stretches, about 40 minutes of interval high/low intensity activity and a cool-down will burn 800 to 1,000 calories, Reece Killebrew said.
“It’s a great way to make cardio exercise fun, get in shape and lose weight,” he said.
The 7,500-square-foot gym also has a raised boxing ring where boxers can practice sparring, and a retail area where gym members can buy boxing gloves and clothing.
The couple opened their first Albuquerque location at Renaissance and Alexander in 2004 and added a West Side location in late 2010.
They now have several hundred members at each of the Albuquerque locations, ranging from 6 years old to more than 60.
Rio Rancho seemed like a natural choice, Reece Killebrew said.
“It’s an up-and-coming community,” he said.
The LA Boxing franchise system permits up to three locations in a metro area.
The Rio Rancho LA Boxing location is scheduled to open on Jan. 14. The Killebrews are planning to hold a grand-opening event on Feb. 2, during which classes will be taught by former World Extreme Cagefighting champion “Razor” Rob McCullough.