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LA Boxing franchise picks RR for 3rd site

LA Boxing at 1650 Rio Rancho Blvd., near Kmart, is scheduled to open in mid-January. (ROSALIE RAYBURN/JOURNAL)
LA Boxing at 1650 Rio Rancho Blvd., near Kmart, is scheduled to open in mid-January. (ROSALIE RAYBURN/JOURNAL)
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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.

LA Boxing Rio Rancho
What: Boxing- and kickboxing-style workouts, grappling and self-defense, circuit training, sparring
Where: 1650 Rio Rancho Blvd., Rio Rancho
Hours: 5 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.- p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $54 to $94 per month depending on membership packages, $199 joining fee, which includes gloves/wraps, an hour of private training and access to online training support
Phone: 994-4269; Web: LABoxing.com/RioRancho

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.

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